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Yamaha's new Thin Light Flexible Speaker Technology awarded pick of Pro Light+Sound 2010

Jun. 21, 2010

Yamaha's Pioneering Thin Light Flexible Speaker technology is amongst a select group of ground breaking new products to be awarded a coveted 'Pick of Pro Light + Sound 2010’ by Pro Sound News Europe Magazine.

The TLF was premiered at the Frankfurt Musik Messe and immediately became one of the hot hits of the show - Pro Sound news said " You can roll it up and fold it away, you can print anything you like on it - its a Sound Curtain! at 1mm thick and weighing just 400g per sqm, TLF emits highly directional flat waves to provide discreet and focussed coverage , even in close groupings."

Developed by Yamaha’s Centre for Materials and Components Technologies, TLF has remarkable physical characteristics. It is around one millimetre thick and highly flexible, allowing it to be hung and rolled up like a poster. It’s also extremely light - just 400g for a speaker measuring one square metre. The additional attached cloth layer can be printed with any image or design using printing process, such as silk screening or an inkjet printer.

The acoustic characteristics of TLF are just as impressive. It is highly directional, emitting flat audio waves which mean sound can only be heard when the listener is standing directly in front of the TLF speaker. This directivity also means that any number of TLF speakers can be hung side by side, with almost no unwanted ‘crosstalk’ from one to the next.

“The fact that we are able to develop products such as TLF demonstrates the wide range of Yamaha’s audio research and development capabilities. Together with our extensive ranges of loudspeakers, amplifiers and audio processors, the groundbreaking technology of TLF emphasises that Yamaha Commercial Audio is far more than just a mixing console manufacturer,” says Nick Cook, European Marketing Director for Yamaha Commercial Audio.

“We believe that TLF has many potential applications in the retail, advertising, public information and leisure markets as it makes possible a new era of posters and displays that can also broadcast highly directional audio."

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