Fast FactsApplications: Sound reinforcement, installation
Key Features: Three-way, dual 12-inch woofers; four six-inch mid range cones; three one-inch compression HF drivers; 13-layer Baltic birch cabinet; Duratex coating.
Contact: TCS Audio at 800-403-4484, www.tcsaudio.com.
Soundcraft Series Five FOH console (48-channel); various Audix, Shure and AKG mics; QSC PowerLight 4.0 and 1.4 power amps; BSS MiniDrive speaker processor.
+ Strong rigging hardware by ATM.
+ Stout cabinets
– Pure rectangular cabinets do not seem to couple as well when an angle is placed into the array.
Contact: TCS Audio at 800-403-4484, www.tcsaudio.com.TCS Audio is a relative newcomer to the world of pro audio, but in their short time they have managed to make quite an impression in the sound system business. Earlier this year I reported to you about their model 2500 trapezoidal speaker system, well now I am pleased to report on their newest entry, the TL1200 Series Line Array.
The TL1200 line array three-way speaker is a double 12-inch cabinet, with front-loaded woofers in individual compartments. The mid frequency duties are handled by four six-inch cones, and the highs are created through the use of three one-inch compression drivers. The 12-inch woofers are located at opposing sides of the cabinet, flanking the mid and high frequency components, which are center-cabinet located. TCS Audio rates the speakers with the following specs: 1,000 watts RMS to the woofers (an 8 ohm load), 900 watts RMS to the four six-inch cones (a 4 ohm load) and 150 watts RMS to the three compression drivers (approximately 6 ohms). All raw-frame components are B & C manufacture. TCS rates the TL1200 as having a useable frequency spectrum of 78 Hz to 18 kHz in single configuration, and in a properly focused array of eight cabinets a frequency range of 42 Hz to 18 kHz. They further rate the single speaker cabinet application as having a nominal output of around 102 dB at 1 meter, and a focused array of eight boxes to have a nominal output of 144 dB (unclear at what particular portion of the array this is measured).
The cabinet is composed of 13-layer Baltic birch and has a loaded weight of 160 pounds. The dimensions of the TL1200 are 17 inches tall, 44.5 inches wide an 17 inches deep and the box is finished with Duratex coating, a smooth scratchproof finish. The front grille is perforated 16-gauge steel, and has a layer of foam behind it to hide the components. On the rear of the cabinet is the connector plate, which houses two parallel Neutrik NL-8 connectors. The outer vertical edges of the TL-1200 are home to the rigging components, and feature a quick-release pin system, designed and manufactured by ATM Flyware. This rigging allows the conjoining of cabinets into various angled scenarios, as well as direct stacking for ground use, when a flying grid is not available.
A companion subwoofer cabinet is offered in this series, a double 12-inch subwoofer, that is identical in size but without the mid and high frequency components. Although the box is identical in size, it is a much beefier box, being constructed of 26-layer Baltic birch and double the wall thickness of the three-way pack. The sub is called the TL1200S, and is designed to hang, or stack, directly with the rest of the full range line
We employed the system at a July 4th show at a local casino, hosting the Gin Blossoms in an outdoor show. We unpacked several of the speakers, and decided to ground stack the rig, as there was no roof, and they were too heavy to fly four cabinets from Genie towers. The TL-1200 is a stout cabinet, and it definitely takes two people who had their Wheaties that day to lift and stack these speakers. The ATM hardware lined up well and locked the rig together securely on to the provided bumper. When stacking speakers directly one on top of another, and the boxes are perfect rectangles, they form a true “line,” and this is the closest thing to a perfect world a line array will ever be. A true straight line of speakers has minimal comb filtering, and minimal phase skew, thus rendering an almost perfect coupling of like components. In this case, we had some very good sounding speakers, They project a very even wavefront. As I walked from side to side in the venue (parallel to the stage at 100 feet), I noticed the TL1200 stack covered the venue quite evenly. We repeated this style of stacking on a couple of occasions, and the TL1200 array performed very well.
On one occasion, we decided to fly an array of three cabinets from Genie towers (a total speaker weight of around 480 pounds) on each side, and found the TL1200 speakers to be good sounding and relatively free of noticeable phase irregularities, with the cabinets at an angle of two degrees to each other, and a space of approximately two inches from each other at the front edges.
The speakers will need to be angle adjusted prior to their residing in the flown mode, which may require a little taking in and out of the array the first few times, until you become friendly with the angle adjustment procedure. Overall, the TL1200 speakers performed well, thanks to the quality components manufacturing by B & C. The TCS speakers were at their very best when in the ground stacked mode, and sounded quite good. The lower frequencies were represented very well by the companion 1200S cabinet, and truly extended the patterned lows nicely.