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Where to start with Tannoys ?

Discussion in 'classic' started by steveinspain, Oct 17, 2021.

  1. cooky1257

    cooky1257 pfm Member

    Best performance to size for the 12" HPD, K 3128 and Gold 12R is in the range of 90 to 125L ported, above that the law of diminishing returns kicks in-I wouldn't go above 120L Balmoral which is pretty much as good as it gets imho.
    Ian's/Fraser's boxes are 95L I think and do work well against a wall. If you could go for wide(r) and shallow then I'd opt for the 15" HPD Mansfield, I've had a few through my hands and really liked them.
    12" HPD Chatsworths are another good bet and may well satisfy the 'narrow' requirement.
     
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  2. divedeepdog

    divedeepdog pfm Member

    I was talking about Stirling SE being taller and narrower than TW that I have.

    I had Chatsworth, sold them as they didn’t really work in my small room. Took them to gf’s to wrap and wallop, they were magic hence me buying another pair of 12” golds in dodgy cabinets.

    Stirling TW came along at an offer I couldn’t refuse, the idea now is I have working speakers while I build something for golds.
    A roundtuit if I ever saw one.
     
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  3. Whaleblue

    Whaleblue Southbound

    Under £4k
     
  4. Gaius

    Gaius Trade: Stiletto by Tangerine

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  5. cooky1257

    cooky1257 pfm Member

    Just a shade over £3k surely?
     
  6. Whaleblue

    Whaleblue Southbound

    Well, being precise, taking the proceeds from the white cabs I’ve sold off, around £3250!

    Either way, a bargain.
     
  7. cooky1257

    cooky1257 pfm Member

    Indeed Ian, no mistake, they are a bargain even at £4k.
     
  8. calorgas

    calorgas Ratty bumpkin

    I agree with this, and happily my better half is pretty much in agreement these days. Lancasters are obviously pretty wide but they're quite shallow and arguably have less going on visually than small speakers atop stands with multiple legs and cables hanging down the back.
     
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  9. Whaleblue

    Whaleblue Southbound

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  10. Gaius

    Gaius Trade: Stiletto by Tangerine

    Thank you. About as mint as you'll find, possibly never used.
     
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  11. Whaleblue

    Whaleblue Southbound

    Wow. Look forward to hearing your impressions.
     
  12. Gaius

    Gaius Trade: Stiletto by Tangerine

    Indeed, I will report back! They will be driven by a Sugden A21a, LP12 up top.
     
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  13. cooky1257

    cooky1257 pfm Member

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  14. Gaius

    Gaius Trade: Stiletto by Tangerine

    15" Golds
     
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  15. steveinspain

    steveinspain pfm Member

    Blimey ! That's a real rarity, what a treat for you !
     
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  16. Jono_13

    Jono_13 Duffer

  17. Gaius

    Gaius Trade: Stiletto by Tangerine

    I've never had a Nail 3R. They will be driven by a Sudden A21a.
     
  18. Jono_13

    Jono_13 Duffer

    Oops, I thought you did.

    The Sudden should be a great partner for them.
     
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  19. anderson4209

    anderson4209 pfm Member

    Hi, i have a pair of tannoy 3lz 10 inch gold in original cabinets to try, lot of people knock these as being bright
    and not as good sounding as other vintage tannoys, any opinions please, i am using rogers export monitors
    at the moment, regards, peter
     
  20. calorgas

    calorgas Ratty bumpkin

    I can't comment directly on 3LZ but from my experience I think you'll find a very different presentation between the Rogers and Tannoys, so you may have to allow time to adjust between them. Some years ago I spent a lot of time swapping between pairs of Rogers Studio 1 and Tannoy Devon trying to decide which I preferred (the Devons eventually won out, just). Then several years later repeated the exercise with another pair of Studio 1 against some Cheviots, and this time I kept the Studio 1s. I'm now using a pair of 12" Lancasters but could easily go back to the Rogers (again).

    The Rogers will be smoother up top and dig a fair bit deeper, but certainly lack some bite in the mids compared to the Tannoys. So yeah I think you will find the 3LZ a little bass light compared to the Rogers, but you might find that they may make up for in other areas.
     

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