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1978-81

TURBOSOUND Ltd is Born

By 1978 – which is when the official story begins – Tony Andrews had met Tim Isaac and joined forces with John Newsham, a respected sound engineer, to form TURBOSOUND. They began designing, building and renting out their innovative speaker systems.

At the same time, Alan Wick and partner Mark Hardy were running the successful Muscle Music rental company in London. By 1980, market demand was such that they were sub-hiring in most of their equipment – and it was TURBOSOUND’s systems that caught their attention.

By mid-1981, the two companies had done enough business together to realize the potential of a merger; and brought together their respective design and marketing skills to form the TURBOSOUND Group Ltd.

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TMS-3

As a result of the merger, and realizing that the route to providing truly great quality sound at large scale live music events was to design loudspeakers from scratch rather than buy someone else’s, a fledgling manufacturing operation emerged with a small portfolio of ground-breaking products, including the first modular full-range PA cabinets with real midrange: the TMS-3 – soon followed by the TMS-4, TMS-2, TMS-1 and TMS-5.

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V2 Driver

All the products employed the same modular building-block elements of 10-inch cone midrange drivers and the patented TurboMid device which, when coupled with the departure from a two-way crossover arrangement to three-way, were largely responsible for the powerful and articulate vocal reproduction and noticeable lack of harmonic distortion.