TURBOSOUND Receives the Prestigious Queen’s Award

In a few short years, the TMS-3 had been confirmed as the world’s largest-selling modular full range PA cabinet, with over 3,000 units in use and sizeable systems in all the big rental houses around the globe. Its rapid and sustained export sales growth was responsible for TURBOSOUND’s first Queen’s Award for Export Achievement in 1987 – the first professional loudspeaker manufacturer in the UK ever to be granted this prestigious accolade – and the only company in its field ever to repeat this feat in 1997.


Expo ’88 in Brisbane, Australia, offered more variety than all the countless special events that TURBOSOUND had been involved with up to that time. With five sound reinforcement sites and one mobile system, the six month event also proved a challenge for the Queensland TURBOSOUND dealer who fielded numerous systems of TMS-3/TSW-124, TMS-4s, and TSE clusters – all of which worked nonstop, 7 days a week for half a year.

Such was the grip of the TMS and TSE series on the market – and a flavour of the-disco inspired era – that TURBOSOUND scooped the Disco International Annual Award for ‘Best Loudspeakers at the 1988 Light and Sound Show (forerunner of the PLASA Show) at London’s Olympia.

By the end of the decade, with the TMS-3 already outlasting its expected life cycle and the next generation of products well into development, a total of 360 TURBOSOUND cabinets, offering a potential 523,000 Watts of programme power, brought to the 1988 UK Monsters of Rock Festival at Donington Park, headlined by Iron Maiden, a sound system which formed the largest front-of-house PA on record – a statistic that duly earned it a place in the 1989 Guinness Book of Records.

Outlasting the typical big league commercial lifespan of maybe seven to ten years, the TMS-3, with the help of some later upgrades such as the patented V-2 manifold HF device, continued to find favour well into the 90’s in the demanding environment of the UK rave scene – in fact very often the system of choice for punters because of its punter-friendly low distortion and ability to shrug off punishing 18-hour-plus stints at very high levels.



Queen’s Award 1987