The wider dispersion FLOODLIGHT cabinet, which had the same faceprint as FLASHLIGHT and shared the same flying system, provided a means, when flown underneath the cluster as a downfill, of addressing the nearer audience rows with a lower sound density while keeping the same signature by using the same driver configuration and crossover points.
FLOODLIGHT marked a radical technical development in that the round-nosed cones so familiar in the TMS-3 and FLASHLIGHT had metamorphosed into dramatic looking ‘axehead’ shapes, sitting in the throats of wide angular waveguides moulded from acoustically inert resins.
In a classic piece of lateral thinking, further variants emerged in the shape of the trapezoidal FLOODLIGHT that was used for smaller scale, stand-alone touring applications, and on the wilder side of the family – the striking “Skeleton” FLOODLIGHT, a design made possible by the fact that the wooden cabinet itself played no part in the loudspeaker’s acoustic performance. Developed for fixed installations where an enclosure was deemed unnecessary for physical protection, and even undesirable because of the paucity of fly points in the average nightclub, the savings to be gained in terms of weight and cost by omitting the woodwork were significant.
Carried over from FLASHLIGHT was the increasing use of cone drivers custom built by sister company Precision Devices. These drivers were not only unique in their format and performance – the 21-inch bass driver in particular achieving an ideal blend of speed and low frequency extension – but also in their design and build quality. The 6.5-inch midrange driver, with its futuristic window-less chassis, was built to such fine tolerances and in-house quality control that performance was uniformly predictable.