Get really great sound

TannoyGet really great sound, from your audio system?  And A sound is something extraordinary and personal to every audiophile! So what is sound? And every person has different hearing. Also, because we have a separate discussion, your sound may not be what I like to hear. And tt the same time, my music may not be what you want to hear. But there are certain things we can do to help get a great sound.

Get really great sound

Every person has different hearing, and because we have a separate discussion, your sound may not be what I like to hear. At the same time, my music may not be what you want to hear. But there are certain things we can do to help get a great sound.

Facebook reaction

I wish to share with you something that happened a few days ago on Facebook, and it was the result of an article that I wrote about loudspeaker positioning. I have just cut and pasted from Facebook to show you the story and the development, which was all done online and took a day!


The first step was when Rick sent me a picture of his system. I would have preferred to have a pic sent to my email, as it is easier to work and the quality always better. But as this was the first time that something like this had happened.  I just went with the flow!

Sound system tuning

The reply I got from Rick. And so I looked at the pic of his system and was able to make a few suggestions for him to try.

Sound system set up

The last reply I got from Rick as he seemed pretty excited about what a few simple moves had done for him. I did reply with the next set of instructions. But as I say he did not answer so, I can only assume that he is happy with his new sound.

Great Sound?

Every person has their way of listening and also the type of music to which they listen can be so different. Two people with the same systems will never agree why one system sounds better to one and not the other. The arrangements are both the same, but one person is playing acid rock at high volume, and the other person is playing Classical music at low volume.

So why should the sound be not so good in one room? A good question and the answer is straightforward. The characteristics of the room and what the chamber contains. How big is the place and how full is space? How has the equipment been positioned in the room and how are the acoustics in the room. Is the room dead or is the place alive?

What sort of sound do you want from your system? Do you like music that is strong and hard and gives you that smack in the chest when you turn up the volume and sends shivers running down you to want a sound that is liquid and lush and so full it envelops you with its beauty and you feel like you are floating in the air?

The audio system used. And, comprises of 300 Litre cabinets containing Tannoy 15″ 3818 dual concentric drivers (same as used in the Glenair enclosures).

The sound I get is magnificent, and every single detail heard. The bass response is among the best I have ever heard, which is due to the system set up and speaker positioning.


The first thing you have to decide what the sound is you want and at what volume you will be playing your music. Please understand that one system will not do everything and has nothing to do with price or components used but is simply the fact that every piece of music is different.

The piece of music you listen to sounds great in the studio created. But remember your listening area is not a studio. The listening area (in most cases your front room) has so many defects so can be done to make the piece of music sound great in your listening room?

I have found, you do not have actually to do much to get a great sound. First is the positioning of your equipment. Second the positioning of your loudspeakers. And third is the position of your-self.


If you want that hard-hitting, fast dynamic sound with bite, speed and attack then choose a solid-state amplifier. But if you wish to that lush, warm tone with a feeling of freedom and passion, then choose a valve amplifier.

When you have your amplifier, then look at your Loudspeakers. I mentioned Tannoy Loudspeakers earlier, and this is because Tannoy loudspeakers can play most types of music without any problem. The older Tannoy is best suited for Valve amplifiers, and the later models are best suited for solid-state amplifiers. Or, a combination of Valve pre-amplifier and solid-state power amplifiers.

When you have chosen your amplifier and loudspeakers, you will then decide on the source. Do you want to use CD, Tape, Vinyl or Media files? All of which used but each has its good points and bad points. Next is your audio cables and power cords because people forget. But, they are just as important to select correctly because your system will only sound as good as it’s the weakest link! Never compromise on your cables, as this is something you will regret!

What can you do?

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