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Where to start with Tannoys ?

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

  1. steveinspain

    steveinspain pfm Member

    They arrived yet, and are you a happy chap ?
  2. Gaius

    Gaius Trade: Stiletto by Tangerine

    They have! I will be giving them a play a bit later, they do look nice...
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  3. Gaius

    Gaius Trade: Stiletto by Tangerine

    Short review. WOW !!

    Long review and context in a few days.
  4. ToTo Man

    ToTo Man the band not the dog

    Is this your first Tannoy experience?
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  5. Gaius

    Gaius Trade: Stiletto by Tangerine

    It is!
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  6. steveinspain

    steveinspain pfm Member

    I'm feeling very lucky as a kind PFM member has offered me some a little time to hear his pair of 15" Tannoys on Friday.
    So, in the hope that the good luck continues I'm going to post a thread on the wanted section for a pair of 12" drivers, ideally in a good state, possibly in rough cabinets that I can refurbish or replace - I may also be pestering one or two of the local experts..
    So, let me know if you know of anything that may be for sale soon..
    Can't let @Gaius have all the fun!
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  7. Whaleblue

    Whaleblue Southbound

    Apologies for chucking a classified post in - but if you are interested I have a pair of unusual cabs for 12” HPDs up in the classifieds. Maybe too wide for you, but they do look fabulous. They were from an aborted second system project.
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  8. Whaleblue

    Whaleblue Southbound

    Looking forward to that. And more pictures, obviously!
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  9. say it as it is

    say it as it is pfm Member

    Sorry to jump in on a thread a fellow fishie suggested i8 a cheap way into dc ownership are these worth it I know they are meant to work with a sub can a crossover change get them to deliver lower bass or is the construction totally different. What I mean is could the drivers be rebuilt in better cabinet or no fixing them
  10. cooky1257

    cooky1257 pfm Member

    The i8/v8 are designed for compact enclosures, the limits/ benefits/ managed expectations for larger boxes are discussed here:
  11. Monitor Gold 10

    Monitor Gold 10 pfm Member

    I've been enjoying mine since 2006, first with a Tandberg 3002&3003 pre and power amplifier combination.

    Now I've got an Audio Innovations Series 500 valve amplifier and now my sources are sorted; a specially commissioned Thorens TD 150 Mk2 TT and an Audiolab M-DAC+; the brightness has been toned down somewhat.

    Lots of detail revealed. A couple of friends in bands use my system to test pressings and new music of theirs before release.

    I don't plan to get rid any time soon. Although I'm tempted by 12" versions! :cool:
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  12. say it as it is

    say it as it is pfm Member

    So they are fundamentally different I mean no way they can be rebuilt or are they physically different IE basket, cones and magnets etc all different. Excuse my ignorance I don't know tannoy well enough.
    I wrongly assume it was just the crossover and enclosures that set them apart?
    Are any cheaper DC units suitable for use in better cabinets or better crossovers? It simply only the silky money classic stuff that cab deliver effortless bass
  13. steveinspain

    steveinspain pfm Member

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  14. cooky1257

    cooky1257 pfm Member

    Different from what?
    The classic stuff is mostly reasonable money for exceptional speakers.
    The i8's are very good but reach down to 70 hz so if the lowest octave is important to you use a sub- I do and they sound fantastic.bear in mind the i8 s were very expensive bought new.
  15. say it as it is

    say it as it is pfm Member

    I meant are the driver fundamentally different in construction to either the older classic stuff or the later domestic units?
  16. cooky1257

    cooky1257 pfm Member

    With respect google is your friend as are the numerous Tannoy sites where you'll find heaps of info, just search 'Tannoy dual concentric' the i8 is a dual magnet, cellulose coned with titanium HF diaphragm on a tulip waveguide.if were you I'd try some Saturns, 8 inch tulip waveguide with reasonable bass extension.
  17. Lockwood76

    Lockwood76 Trade: Lockwood Loudspeakers

    Hi You should pop into us at Lockwood and have demo We are just doing some fine weeks to our Lockwood Berkley and Lockwood Cheviot the are sounding and looking fantastic
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  18. Gaius

    Gaius Trade: Stiletto by Tangerine

    Tannoy Lancaster
    Here are my initial thoughts after three listening sessions with a variety of music.


    Source is a fairly high end LP12 with Syrinx PU3/Kiseki Purple Heart MC cart.

    Phono stage is Silvercore SUT int EAR Yoshino 834P MM .

    Amplification is Sugden A21a integrated.

    I have had many prior speakers of with the Linn Kan remains my favourite. Here are some of the others.

    Yamaha NS 1000M
    Celestion Ditton 66
    Quad ELS 57
    Quad ELS 63
    Klipsch Forte

    ProAc Response 1SC
    Revel M22
    Focal 1008be
    KEF LS50

    Linn Kan MKI (&II)
    Linn Sara
    Naim SBL (active and passive Mk I &II)
    Naim IBL
    Epos ES14
    Shahinian Arc


    My first time with BIG Tannoys, these were an exceptional find and whilst expensive I think they are a safe investment but unlikely I will part with them.

    They seem to have more detail in the sense I am hearing subtle nuances I have not noticed before but this is not bright spotlit detail, it is just more information within the performance as a whole.

    They have weight, scale and authority in abundance which is not surprising for a 15” driver but they are not slow, or bloated. They are surprisingly fast and agile; they time exteemly well and give a natural and believable rendition.

    They give a real sense of the performance/music and have a live feel. They are not a ‘HiFi’ speaker trying to impress, they just play music very well and simply leave you wondering what to play next.

    They are quite special.

    [​IMG]2021-10-22 21.53.57 by Mark Digman, on Flickr
  19. steveinspain

    steveinspain pfm Member

    Fantastic Mark.
    Your final paragraph echoes exactly what I felt when I heard some 15" Tannoys a few days ago. It only took a few seconds to get the ease of the sound and a few more to say 'unimpressive' - they just play music, and despite not knowing almost any of the tunes (or even the genre) were such a pleasure to listen to.
    Thank you to the fishie who invited me into his house.
    Now I just need to find some..
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  20. steveinspain

    steveinspain pfm Member

    OK, this is not meant to be a dumb question but....
    I've now heard a pair of 15" monitor gold (I think) drivers. How much difference is there between them and 12" HPD in basic sound?
    I know that it'll depend on cabinets etc, but given that I'm looking on ebay I'm unlikely to be able to hear whatever I may end up buying so I'm just hoping that someone will be able to give me a vague idea.

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