Tannoy red loudspeakers are Great. And 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.
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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. And 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 to the system
The music was being fed from a computer and then to a DAC. After which, was provided to a preamp and then to a pair of Mono-block amplifiers. The preamp and the amps were hand-built using components that were of the highest quality. And, no expense spared on this project.
The power-amps and preamp were hand made, but I just had to close my eyes and listen. And what could I say to that? What a Great way to start the day – as they say!
The Mono-block amplifiers were just a beautiful creation. And, the owner was so proud of what he built. Also, was pleased we came to visit, to listen to his accomplishment. And the thing that struck me was that everything had been made so simple. Also it was easy to get. And there was precisely the right amount of components necessary to make the system sound the way it did.
The amplifier was quite amazing to see. And, I was impressed by the quality and the size of the components used. Also I had a clear indication the owner loved what he created and knew what he was doing. I am thankful for this meeting. And it is good to meet such a person and see what he can do with components. Also I am living in Vilnius, Lithuania. And, I am fortunate to meet such people who can build such a beautiful piece of equipment. Also, something to be proud of and in this case, it was indeed something special.
The loudspeakers were Tannoy 15″ Red monitors fitted into the famous Lockwood audio enclosures. Which, were in excellent condition I might add. Lockwood audio specialises 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. Also I have owned 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. Another person could be 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 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 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. I could make the system sound better. The owner told me it was tough to get good music because the room was tiny. 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 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 anger in the sound had gone. And, for him, it was a great lesson.
The result was the system sounded excellent. And, showed just how good a pair of monoblocks could actually. 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 performed. There were a couple of issues.
The first was, the bass had a touch of bloom around the bottom end. But, it could fix by putting a carpet on the floor. Also, the system was still a touch on the stiff 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 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 couple of 1.3 meters interconnect cables. And, what a difference they made to the sound which was now, sensational!
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