The TLS-80 speaker system is a domestic version of the acclaimed IMF Professional Monitor.
Both a tweeter and a supertweeter are employed for proper handling 'conducive with wide dispersion', according to the manufacturer.
The TLS-80 is fitted with a three position `perspective control'. In the central `O' position the mean hemispherical response is nominally flat, whilst the '-' position tailors mid band energy to provide a response which psycho-acoustically increases the effective distance of the listener from the transmitted performance.
Similarly in the `+' position the mid and high frequencies are brought forward to provide a response relating to a close listening position, such as to enhance some popular music performances, especially under high ambient noise.
From a technical viewpoint the TLS80 incorporates a 300mm x 210mm flat polyster bass driver, a 150mm plasticcone midrange unit, a 45mm diaphragm tweeeter, and a 19mm dome super tweeter. Crossovers are at approximately 375Hz, 3.5kHz and 13kHz.
The TLS-SO is a freee standing system measuring 978mm(H) x 460mm(D) x 456mm(W) and supplied in a mirror image pair.
Midrange frequencies were very smooth and pleasant sounding, but tended to be swallowed up by the powerful bass. The high frequencies are very well maintained with a nice clean `shimmering' quality.
Transients were handled superbly and the majority of musical pieces reproduced very faithfully. Clarity is excellent and colouration is mostly very low.
Distortion was minimal and impedance is nominally 6 ohms.
This is an impressively large speaker with performance to match its size.
IMF Monitor TLS-80 Suggested Price: $1610 Distributor: International Dynamics Agencies Pty.Ltd.
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