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tannoy legacy series

Discussion in 'audio' started by yuckyamson, Nov 16, 2018.

  1. tuga

    tuga Legal Alien

    Time to get a rug. ;)
     
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  2. John

    John Fore!

    Could I not use a couple large scatter cushions? A rug is not gonna happen.
     
  3. tuga

    tuga Legal Alien

    They should produce some improvement. The problem is that they won’t absorb the upper-mids and treble evenly and this will make the response somewhat less even at the listening spot. I think that Tannoys have a narrow-ish directivity in that range so it might turn out that it’s fine
     
  4. Old Shatterhand

    Old Shatterhand pfm Member

    Hi, 2m distance isn't nearfield it is midfield.;)
     
  5. tonerei

    tonerei pfm Member

    What Dacs are they?
     
  6. Coda II

    Coda II getting there slowly

    Metrum Onyx followed by Aqua La Voce
     
  7. tonerei

    tonerei pfm Member

    Aqua dacs look nice. Holo spring Dacs seem to be similar style/design. Both would be on the radar if I was in the market.
     
  8. tonerei

    tonerei pfm Member

    Another week of breaking in and I have to eat my hat again! Cheviots work when close to a back wall. Tried them out this way earlier in the week and while it is not as dynamic as when they are out in the room it is more than acceptable I would guess for most people once toed in.

    I have now moved the adjustments screws to level on both treble roll off and energy and even listen mainly with both bungs out. I use all my GIK acoustic panels now in the corners in front of the speakers. Putting them behind the speakers doesn't appear to change anything.

    Like many more before me I find that I am starting to really enjoy these speakers. Listening sessions drag on and on. Details, soundstage and body are all I hoped for. Some of the earlier concerns about out of control bass have given way to big smiles at the quality of the bass and low frequencies in general. The tweeter delivers excellent levels of detail. These speakers will not be as crystal clear as Kharma's or other expensive multi driver alternatives but they have a wonderful tone and solid details coupled with that huge soundstage that just keeps me putting on more and more tracks.

    I see a few people have churned these speakers fairly quickly which is surprising. Wonder did they just not give them enough time to break in or play with positioning.

    Anyway highly recommended. Will put some time into comparing and contrasting them with my 63's over the next while. Probably be locked down for the next 3 months so might as well have a bit of a project.

    Not sure how to post a picture but if somebody can point me in the right direction that would be great.
     
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  9. hifinutt

    hifinutt hifinutt

    if you go on flikr its easy to post a pic. you cut and paste the bcc code

     
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  10. shrink

    shrink pfm Member

    Reading a few posts on here and I can suggest that as with @JTC i also find my tannoy legacy to have a darkness in the lower treble / upper midband. It lends them a slightly (shut in) feeling. As JTC knows, my room is sufficiently lively not to be the issue and I listen significantly closer than he does, yet the issue persists.

    I have my eatons on higher stands so that woofer is almost ear level, and I toe them in so that I’m staring down their throats as it were, they’re bang on axis. Less toe in made it worse.

    I run treble energy +1.5 as I find +3 sounds unbalanced and creates a rather thin feeling to the sound.

    pulling them out plenty I’ve found I can tolerate the balance which seems inherent to modern tannoys (I used to own turnberry SE and suffered the same issue).

    my feeling is that the only way to improve this is to use them in massively free space in an otherwise oversized room.

    I like them and they make most things sound good, but they won’t be my forever speaker.
     
  11. shrink

    shrink pfm Member

    Addition: it clearly seems to be mostly an issue about upper bass clouding the lower treble response. Play music without bass and they sound ideal. The second you bring some bass into the mix, it muddies the works a little.

    positioning and bungs may assist
     
  12. John

    John Fore!

    Can someone snap a picture of the Legacy owners manual page regarding location of the speaker. I’ve searched around and found very sparse info. My DMT’s do like to be out in the room three feet away from walls. This seems to be confirmed in the Kingdom manual I found.
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
     
  13. tonerei

    tonerei pfm Member

  14. tonerei

    tonerei pfm Member

    Your photo is the same as photos in the legacy manual John.
     
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  15. tonerei

    tonerei pfm Member

    Not sure how long you have them but they might need a bit longer to run in. All speakers are a compromise but the room and recording also need to be factored in. Well recorded music and lots of it with significant and detailed bass lines sound fine here but stuff that I might get away with on 63's which have too much bass need the bungs in the Tannoys or need to be turned down a bit volume wise. But this is a fault of the recording not the speakers.

    I found for awhile I had the treble energy increased also but now all settings are at level and the bungs are left out. I think I could eek out improvements with diffusion and more room intervention but for my ears it sounds excellent.

    I think also a lot of people end up buying speakers that are physically just too big for the rooms they are used in. Also not using any absorption,bass traps or diffusers etc. is going to mean the SQ will be compromised. All imho.
     
    Last edited: Jan 10, 2021
  16. yuckyamson

    yuckyamson pfm Member

    ISOACOUSTICS footers.

    Will keep repeating it.
     
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  17. John

    John Fore!

    I found this interesting from my DMT manual and can say that it was true in my case when I switched from a 1/2 inch thick neoprene sheet under each speaker to Rollerblocks.

    [​IMG]
     
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  18. hifinutt

    hifinutt hifinutt

    interesting . I have mine on level treble energy in a mega damped room . carpets , sofas , anaglypta , curtains etc. they are not as utterly transparent in the midband as the similarly sized shl5plus but they are very balanced . the sound i find is very linear and realistic and occassionally i just catch my breath over the realism , depending on the recording

    i find that because they are not so relentless as some speakers that they are totally unfatiguing . adding a dc3 psu to my bc pre amp [ custom cables ] has added more weight to the sound , there is certainly lots of bass . i do of course have the iso acoustic pucks underneath which yucky will be pleased to hear
     
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  19. ToTo Man

    ToTo Man the band not the dog

    @shrink, these are the only measurements of the Legacy range that I am currently aware of. They are from a German hifi review website.

    Here's the 1m nearfield measurement of my Tannoy Autograph Mini, which also uses the TW HF guide (albeit a smaller one to that of the Legacy models). The response has a gentle, broad depression of a couple of dBs between 1.5kHz and 4kHz which gives a more 'distant' perspective to the performance. Also note the rising HF response above 5kHz. This makes the presentation too sharply outlined for my liking when listening on-axis. However, once the high frequencies are softened a little with EQ and/or off-axis toe-in to make the MF/HF balance flatter, they sound very natural but still impressively detailed.
     
    Last edited: Jan 10, 2021
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  20. tonerei

    tonerei pfm Member

    Just found this post again when logging on tonight! As outlined above John treble settings at level now. I have the Cheviots on bamboo breadboards with castors. Toed in and my post above which I need to adjust as it doesn't read write is in effect trying to say what you suggest! i.e. The Tannoys are very faithful to the recording. If there is too much bass or over emphasis on a particular low frequency the Tannoy reproduces it faithfully. Tuga mentioned something and I think you did about room nulls or roll off at a particular frequency. Maybe if I was a whizz at measuring I would identify if there is just an issue with the Tannoys at particular frequencies or if the problem is the recording.

    Currently listening to In A Silent Way just after the Koln Concert and you couldn't fault them in any way. I had 5hrs last night playing stuff from Gang of Four, Earth Wind and Fire, Tons of Talking Heads, ST Vincent, Television, Magazine, Fleetwood Mac, The Cars etc. If I was in a detached house out in the countryside I would have kept going into the early hours.

    Here is a hopefully a better mobile photo attempt which is closer to the reality of the room set up

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