Tannoy red loudspeakers are Great. It all started with a phone call. And, I was asked if I would like to visit a friend who had something special. My friend told me that I would be able to hear a pair of Tannoy red loudspeakers in Lockwood cabinets.
I was also told the power-amps and preamp were hand made but I just had to close my eyes and listen. What could I say to that? Apart from, a big fat yes
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 and called my friend, who came to meet me. Also, I met three of my other audio friends and the owner of the Tannoy red loudspeakers. I said hello, we shook hands and then sat down. The music began, and we started to listen.
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. Everything was done exactly as it was meant to be!
The Mono-block amplifiers were just a beautiful creation. And, the owner was so proud of what he built. And, was also pleased we came to visit, to 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.
The amplifier was quite amazing to look at. And, I was impressed by the quality and the size of the components used. This gave me a clear indication the owner really loved what he created and knew exactly what he was doing.
I am thankful for this meeting. Because it is good to meet such a person and see what he can do with components. I am living in Vilnius, Lithuania. And, am fortunate to meet such people who can build such a beautiful piece of equipment. This is something to be really proud of and in this case, it really was indeed something special.
The loudspeakers were Tannoy 15″ Red monitors fitted into the famous Lockwood audio enclosures. Which, were in great condition I might add. Lockwood audio specializes in the manufacture of loudspeaker enclosures, having, many years of valuable experience.
I am a Tannoy red loudspeaker lover and I consider Tannoy to be amongst the finest, in the manufacture of quality Loudspeakers. I have had many different Tannoy loudspeakers over the years and I do prefer the sound from a 15″ monitor above anything else.
I have to say at this point, every person hears things differently. And, people tend to focus on the sound they prefer. One person pays attention to the bass response. Whilst, another person is more interested in the highs and ultra highs. Also, to every person, their system is always best. And, this is because they are used to the sound of their own system.
I am lucky to have good friends who have the same passion for music as I do. And, are all professional people, who, like me, have been involved with audio all their lives. But, for some strange reason, I am referred to as ‘The Expert’. Why this is, I do not know. But, maybe it’s because I am English and they value my opinion. Because whatever I say is always agreed upon in the end!
As I said earlier, every person believes their system sounds the best. And, people are unaware of speaker positioning and how critical this actually is. As we listened to the first few bars of music I shuddered.
The sound was harsh in the middle and lacked focus. And, was just wandering around the room. I asked the owner if he would allow me to move the loudspeakers. Because I could make the system sound better. The owner told me, 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 easy to fix. And, measured the speakers centre to centre. I measured the back wall space and made 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 he was surprised. Because by repositioning the speakers, the harshness in the sound had gone. And, for him was a great lesson.
The result Tannoy red loudspeakers are Great
The result was the system sounded very good. And, showed just how good a pair of monoblocks can actually sound. Everything was there, as you would expect in the way of detail, space, dynamics and bass. Also, the sound stage was improved, and the Tannoy red loudspeakers really performed. There were a couple of issues.
The first was, the bass had a touch of bloom around the bottom end. But, 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. And, again, 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, 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 meters interconnect cables. And, what a difference they made to the sound which was now, sensational!
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