Tannoy Red loudspeakers – Lockwood’s!

Tannoy Red loudspeakers

One day, I was asked if I would like to visit a friend who had something that he knew I would love to see. Tannoy Red loudspeakers in Lockwood cabinets!

My friend told me that I would be able to hear a pair of Tannoy Red loudspeakers in Lockwood cabinets. The power-amps and pre-amp were hand made by the gentleman who owned the system. The gentleman was from Russia and I was told just to sit back and listen so what could be so hard?

The meeting

Sometimes when I go to a listening session, I just never know what to expect but this, as it turned out was an audio experience, never to forget. I arrived at the agreed building and my friend came to meet me and showed me into the listening room. I met three of my other audio friends and the owner of the Tannoy Red loudspeakers, as it was a group session.

The system

The music was being fed from a computer and then to a DAC. After which it was fed to a preamp and then to a pair of Mono-block amplifiers. The preamp and the amplifiers were hand built using components that were of the highest quality and no expense had been spared on this project.

The Amplifier

mono block amplifier all hand made

The Mono-block amplifiers were a beautiful creation and the owner was so proud of what he had built. He was also, very pleased that we had come to visit and listen to his accomplishment.

The thing that really struck me was that everything had been made so simple and was very easy to get to. Also, there was exactly the right amount of components necessary to make the system sound the way it did.

Close up

The amplifier was quite amazing to look at and I was very impressed by the quality and the size of the components used. This gave me a clear indication that the owner really loved what he had created and knew what he was doing.

I am living in Vilnius, Lithuania and I am fortunate to meet such people who have the Russian knowledge and technique to build such a beautiful piece of equipment. This is something to be proud of and in this case, it really was indeed something special.

The loudspeakers

The loudspeakers were Tannoy 15″ Red monitors fitted into the famous Lockwood audio enclosures and were in great condition. Lockwood audio specialises in the manufacture of loudspeaker enclosures and has many years of valuable experience – read more

I am a Tannoy Red loudspeaker lover and consider Tannoy to be amongst the best in the manufacture of quality Loudspeaker’s. I have had many Tannoy loudspeakers over the years and I do prefer the sound from a 15″ monitor above anything else.

Listening

At this point I have to say that every person hears things differently and people tend to focus on the sound they prefer. One person pays attention to the bass response and the depth of the bass whilst another person is more interested in the highs and the ultra highs. Also, every person thinks his system is the best and this is because he is used to the sound of his own system.

Listening to the system

I am very lucky to have friends who have the same passion for music and they are all professional people, who like me have been involved with audio all their lives. But, for some very strange reason, I am referred to as “The Expert” and why this is I do not know but maybe it’s because I am English and they really do value my opinion and whatever I say is always agreed upon in the end!

The sound

As I said earlier every person believes his system sounds the best and many people are unaware of speaker positioning and how critical this actually is. As we listened to the first few bars of music I am sorry to say but I just shuddered.

side view of stereo system

The sound was very harsh in the middle, lacked focus and was just wandering around the room. I asked the owner if he would be so kind as to allow me to move the loudspeakers because I would make the system sound much better.

The owner told me that it was very hard to get a good sound because the room was very small and also there were lots of reflections but I was more than welcome to try.

For me, this was very easy to fix and so I measured the speakers between centre’s and then measured the back wall space and made the adjustments. Within twenty minutes the system sounded totally different. Everything was in place, focused and the harshness had gone from the music. At this point, one of my friends said that he was surprised that by repositioning the speakers could improve the actual harshness in the sound and what I had done was a new experience for him!

The result

The result was the system sounded very good and showed just how good a pair of mono blocks can actually sound. Everything was there, as you would expect in the way of detail, space, dynamics, bass and sound stage and the Tannoy red loudspeakers really performed bringing everything the system could offer.

There were a couple of issues and one was that the bass had a touch of bloom around the bottom end but this could be easily fixed by putting a carpet on the floor. Also, the system was still a touch on the hard side and lacked the musicality that one would expect from tubes but again this could be easily fixed or “fine-tuned” by using a different interconnect cable and power cord.

I had been asked by my friend to bring a set of my own cables with me just to try if necessary. I asked the owner if it was OK to do this and he gave me the green light. To cut a long story short I fitted a pair of three meter loudspeaker cables and a pair of 1.3 meter interconnect cables.

We sat back and listened and as the cables warmed up what a difference they made to the sound. The owner jumped up and said in Russian just how good it was and that he never knew that cables could make such a difference.

But, the main thing was that we were all able to hear just how magnificent the Tannoy Red Loudspeakers sounded!

 

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