Tannoy 3818 the best sounding driver for me. And I consider it the best driver for testing all types of Audiophile cables. Also, the Tannoy 3818 speaker and the range of the drivers are extensive, and so much information heard.
Tannoy 3818 the best
I have heard and owned many Tannoy Loudspeakers my life. And when I decided I wanted a Loudspeaker for testing audiophile cables, I had to think hard. Also I wanted the best solution because drivers have different sonic signatures. And I chose the only way to get the sound I wanted was to build everything myself.
It took me about five months before I finally found a driver from a company in London. And I considered myself very fortunate to have found them. Also, The 3818 drivers are 15″ dual concentric with Tulip waveguide. And made and fitted to Glenair enclosures.
The crossover fitted to the driver can make or break the final sound heard. And I have known people to build beautiful cabinets, but when they sit down to listen the sound is not what it should be. And In most cases it is the incorrect selection of crossovers.
The crossover necessary for this driver to perform correctly is 1.1K. And, I chose components from ClarltyCaps and Mundorf. Because I consider them to be amongst the finest in the world. Also the cabling that I used was cryogenically treated. And is because I have carried out tests with and without this treatment. And prefer the cleanliness and transparency the Cryo treatment offers.
The Driver in the picture is the 3818 fitted to the Glenair enclosures. And, specifications are as follows –
- Dual Concentric™ high-frequency 33mm (1.75”) aluminium alloy dome with Tulip WaveGuide™
- Dual Concentric™ low-frequency 380mm (15.00”) treated paper pulp cone with HE twin roll fabric surround. 52mm (2.00”) edge wound voice coil.
- Recommended power: 50 – 225 Watts Continuous power handling: 135 Watts RMS
- Frequency response: 32Hz – 25kHz -6dB
- Sensitivity: 95dB (2.83 Volts @ 1 metre)
- Nominal impedance: 8 Ohms
The Enclosures were built by using 25 mm MDF and designed to give a capacity of 300 Liters. And the insulation material was WoolRock. Also, the cabinets were internally braced and fitted on SoundCare spikes.
The build was done very carefully with every panel screwed and then glued into place. And the same is done with the cross members and bracing bars. Also, the Enclosures filled with two layers of WoolRock and a single layer covering the crossover
When completed, the system sounded precisely as it should. And I was delighted with results. I have many friends to listen to my system. And we have changed amplifiers, CD players and tested many different cables. But, the results in every case are better than expected. And I think the words I will always remember are “that is one of the best sounding systems I have ever heard in my life”. And these words repeated by my friends who have listened to my system.
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