Advertisement



  1. Things you need to know about the new ‘Conversations’ PM system:

    a) DO NOT REPLY TO THE NOTIFICATION EMAIL! I get them, not the intended recipient. I get a lot of them and I do not want them! It is just a notification, log into the site and reply from there.

    b) To delete old conversations use the ‘Leave conversation’ option. This is just delete by another name.
    Dismiss Notice

Tannoy Legacy vs Harbeth

Discussion in 'audio' started by novak, Dec 8, 2019.

  1. novak

    novak pfm Member

    Hello all,

    Does anyone have any experience with the Tannoy Legacy range? Ideally the Eatons.

    – Are they picky about placement, and do they require a 'sweet spot' seating position?

    – What is the sound signature? Warm? Detailed? Natural? Lively?

    – What about stand heights? Can you get away with a low stand and not have the tweeter at ear height?

    – They seem to 'review' well in the blogs/ mags. What about any gripes? Anything they don't do well?

    – How do they compare to Harbeth? I currently have Harbeth P3ESR. How do they compare to these, and also SHL5+?

    Any thoughts much appreciated! Thanks :)
     
  2. PerF

    PerF Scandinavian Member

    The old Eatons were much more "lively" than SHL5+ ime
    A completely different presentation
    A must hear, different taste, each to their own.
    Not sure if Legacy are same presentation?

    Allways found the SHL5 bas-notes too slow ( in price range)
    Something you may not suffer from your own P3, which admittedly do have some lovely mids.
     
  3. Moppit

    Moppit pfm Member

    I had both on dem a few months ago for a couple of weeks. Ended up with the Harbs. The Tannoys did most things well but lacked the detail and space of the Harbs. They were punchier and did rock very well. Ultimately, to my ears, the mids sounded slightly cuppy and shut in. I think the dual concentric gives a sound signature that is unmistakable. They sounded too close to my much loved Kef ref 2 (which are no slouches themselves) and could not justify the expense for the same sound.

    On the Harbs I think it is the supertweeter that gives the space and air. It's a very different presentation to the Tannoys.

    Personally if you want to find Tannoy magic I'd go higher up the range to a bigger cabinet but you might need a big room.

    The Harbs also worked better in my 5 x 4 room.

    Note the regular SHL5+ are noticeably brighter than the anniversary edition.

    If I were buying for looks then the Tannoys win hands down...lovely retro look. Having said that some of the veneers on the Harbs are beautiful.

    I've not heard the P3 but did hear the C7 next to the shl5+. I think as you go up the box size you trade mid range for bass extension albeit the same sound signature.

    Good luck!
     
    Old Shatterhand likes this.
  4. Rockmeister

    Rockmeister pfm Member

    ? I was auditioning both recently and found the opposite. maybe it was the partnering kit? Both were very similar through the mid and top, with the Anniv... just winning the 'clarity and detail' race, by a nose.
     
  5. matt j

    matt j pfm Member

    I thought they were supposed to sound identical, just in a prettier cab?
     
  6. Rockmeister

    Rockmeister pfm Member

    Who said 'supposed to'? It wouldn't be Harbeth at that premium, and with those pages explaining development ('explaining, at least, on Harbeths usual terms) and it wasn't me when i posted my review, or bought the Annis! :)
     
    maccar likes this.
  7. matt j

    matt j pfm Member

    I've seen it mentioned quite a lot but I can't find the thread where I read it last.
     
  8. Rockmeister

    Rockmeister pfm Member

    I did get involved in a few 'they can't be worth that much because blah blah threads'. I heard quite clear differences. Some may not. Always the same isn't it? :)
     
    Old Shatterhand likes this.
  9. barryb

    barryb pfm Member

    Well, to add to the confusion - some of the Harb anniversaries have updated crossovers, as well as snazzier components and wiring (30.2, P3). Some (the 5's) seem to just have snazzier components. And some of the 5 anniversaries seem to have port dampening, some do not. So...
     
  10. Old Shatterhand

    Old Shatterhand pfm Member

    I have had the same experience as @Moppit.
    My SHL5+ 40th. A.E. also sounded different compared to the SHL5+ in the same room.
     
  11. tuga

    tuga Legal Alien

    As far as I know:

    - having limited low frequency extension does give an impression of "faster bass"

    - the same is true for floor-bounce cancellation

    - manufacturers may intentionally shape the frequency response (voicing) for "faster bass"

    - combined amplifier/speakers response may be affected if the amplifier has high output-impedance, and may result in less damping control over the woofer

    - ported cabinets tend to sound subjectively "slower", particularly if the tuning frequency is high and the system is underdamped
     
  12. hifinutt

    hifinutt hifinutt

    Does anyone have any experience with the Tannoy Legacy range? Ideally the Eatons.
    yes , replaced the harbeth shl5plus with tannoy eaton legacy . could not get on with the harbs which did not seem to do deep enough and becuase they were near walls did not get on well in my room. loved them in my loft room but ultimately too much for my lugholes

    [​IMG]P1050239 by , on Flickr



    – Are they picky about placement, and do they require a 'sweet spot' seating position?

    the eatons can go near walls , they have incredible imaging . remarkable

    [​IMG]710d07bd281792c513ca34e88525aa76da578137 by , on Flickr

    [​IMG]P1050287 by , on Flickr

    What is the sound signature? Warm? Detailed? Natural? Lively?

    this i find is very sweet and non fatiguing . you can of course adjust them to your room

    [​IMG]P1060716 by , on Flickr

    What about stand heights? Can you get away with a low stand and not have the tweeter at ear height?

    i have mine just about the same heigth as the shl5plus i.e 51 cms from the floor to base of speaker

    They seem to 'review' well in the blogs/ mags. What about any gripes? Anything they don't do well?

    any gripes ..well i have to keep the grills on as they are hardly lookers !!!

    How do they compare to Harbeth? I currently have Harbeth P3ESR. How do they compare to these, and also SHL5+?

    they go deeper than the shl5plus . had an organist here who is nuts about playing organs all over the place and he loved them . they may not have the same incredible midrange as the shl5plus but you can listen to them all day with no fatigue

    the p3esr are remarkable and had these recently , i would say the eatons have the same sweet sound but just much BIGGER

    Any thoughts much appreciated! Thanks :)
     
    brumjam, PhilofCas, Fretbuzz and 2 others like this.
  13. hifinutt

    hifinutt hifinutt

    the legacy do so sound different with various amps .
    so far had Thrax integrated valve amp [10k] . utterly incredible sound that blew a few away who heard the combo

    bel canto /msb [16k] softer spacious sound

    schitt freya/firebottle hybrid monoblocks [1.5k], very lively punchy sound with incredible transparency

    lavardin integrated [3k]softer sound

    sugden a21se [3k] ; awesome grunty deep sound with amazing dynamics . very very good indeed

    bel canto / icepower amps [1k] warmish but beautifully natural and engaging sound, drums and vocals sound particularly realistic . this combo is the cheapest and actually superb
     
    Rockmeister, hermit and Torris12 like this.
  14. Old Shatterhand

    Old Shatterhand pfm Member

    How do they compare to Harbeth? I currently have Harbeth P3ESR. How do they compare to these, and also SHL5+?
    I'm afraid to say @hifinutt but that isn't right.
    Harbeth SHL5+ 40th A.E.
    [​IMG]
    Tannoy Legacy Eaton
    [​IMG]
     
    jamesd likes this.
  15. barryb

    barryb pfm Member

    In my experience with the shl5 plus, good bass response is all about suitable placement.

    It's of course not of movie sub bass quality, nor the fastest you may ever experience, but it's certainly more than decent given a suitable amp and requiste free space.

    Having limited free space really can fudge things in respect of its bass quality, and worth considering - better still home demoing.
     
  16. Rockmeister

    Rockmeister pfm Member

    Those are 7's surely? Or a very distorted photo?? :)
     
  17. tuga

    tuga Legal Alien

    My bet: 5s on overly-tall stands.
     
  18. novak

    novak pfm Member

    Thanks, useful to read the replies.

    My room is around 5m x 6m, so a decent size. Suspended wooden floor. Might the Tannoys be too boomy? I also wondered whether the Cheviot Legacy might be good, but perhaps too large-scale in sound?
     
  19. Yank

    Yank Bulbous Also Tapered

    Yes, and a "free space" type speaker placed in a corner. Why do people throw away good money on a bungled installation?
     
    Arkless Electronics likes this.
  20. hifinutt

    hifinutt hifinutt

    I'm afraid to say @hifinutt but that isn't right.
    Harbeth SHL5+ 40th A.E.
    [​IMG]
    Tannoy Legacy Eaton
    [​IMG][/QUOTE]

    not too good at understanding that diagram but amazed if on paper they go deeper . very amazed . My son loves dubstep and music that has a `drop ` the harbeth were useless in this respect !!! the eatons can shake the floor and certainly to my ears , sound better at organ
     

Share This Page





Advertisement


  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice