I love Tannoy loudspeakers. Guy Fountain, who actually founded Tannoy was from England in 1926. But, Tannoy has been based in Scotland, since 1970. Tannoy has an incredible following, from all over the world, and Vintage Tannoy, are becoming collector’s items.
Tannoy sound is unique!
The very first pair of Tannoy loudspeakers I owned, was from 1970. And, was the beginning of a great relationship. Over the years, I have owned Berkeley, SRM x 15, Turnberry, Edinburgh, Glenair, Autograph. And, my own custom-made 300 litres enclosures, housing Tannoy 3818 15″ drivers.
This is one of my systems, showing the tannoy Berkeley loudspeakers. The sound from these cabinets is amazing. The drivers are the 15″ HPDs and range was jaw-dropping, to say the least.
I used an Esoteric DV60 CD player with Esoteric A-10 amplifier. But, changed to a Gamma Acoustics 211 tube amplifier (fitted with GE VT-4C Nos tubes). I can still remember the amazing sound of this system. It was like the room was alive and yet scary, how real everything became.
SRM x 15
Whilst living in London, I found a pair of Tannoy SRM x 15 (fitted with standard crossovers and drivers). They were being sold because the owner said they had no bass. And, were too big for his room. I was surprised to hear this. But, taking the two-hour journey to listen.
When I arrived at the person’s listening room, I saw immediately the problem. And, why there was a shortage of bass. I loaded up my new accusations and headed back to London to set up my speakers. Two hours later, I had them in position, and they sounded magnificent.
I was very fortunate to acquire a Pair of Tannoy Edinburgh from a dealer in the United Kingdom. Even though they housed 12″ drivers I became to love them. The Loudspeakers arrived in the Tannoy shipping boxes and were in really fantastic condition.
They were made in 1997 and had a volume of 200 litres and fitted perfectly into my listening room (as you can see from the picture above). They were a very fast sounding loudspeaker and best suited to rock. But later, by changing the crossovers, I was able to make them sound nearly as good as my friend’s Autographs.
These are my custom made cabinets. The drivers are the 3818 (as used in Glenair cabinets made for the US market). And, mounted in 300 Ltr. cabinets. The sound is just about the best that I have ever heard from any system. The bass is the deepest, with realism and musicality making me shudder. I have heard many systems in my life, and working with Perkune audiophile cables I need the best!
Tannoy helped my business
About five years ago, I was in London to visit a person whom I had met via an eBay transaction. And, from this meeting, my great audiophile cables story begins. This is another reason why I love Tannoy loudspeakers.
It is strange how one act of kindness can lead to something you were never really expecting. Because Life can certainly turn things around sometimes. And, in a way, I thank the Tannoy sound for the inspiration to start Perkune audiophile cables.
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