Tannoy Red loudspeakers tested

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

I am living in Vilnius, Lithuania. And, very fortunate to meet people who have the knowledge and talent to build beautiful audio components. And, was told the power-amps and pre-amplifier, were made by the gentleman who owned the system. The gentleman was from Russia. And, was interested to hear my opinion of his system. What could be so hard in that?

The meeting

Sometimes when I go to a listening session, I just never know what to expect. And, as it turned out, this was an audio experience never to forget. I arrived as agreed, and met by my friend who showed me into the listening room. Three other audio friends were also present. Including, the owner of the Tannoy Red loudspeakers.

The system

The music was fed from a computer to a DAC. After which, the signal was fed to a pre-amp and a pair of Mono-blocks. The pre-amp and Mono-blocks were hand-built, using components of the highest quality. And, I could see, no expense had been spared on this project.

The Amplifier

mono block amplifier all hand made

The Mono-blocks were a beautiful creation. And, I was impressed by the quality and size of the components used. This gave me a clear indication the owner really loved what he had created. And, the owner was pleased we had come to listen to his accomplishment.

The loudspeakers

The loudspeakers were Tannoy 15″ Red monitors fitted into Lockwood audio enclosures. And, were in great condition. Lockwood Audio is a company who specializes in the manufacture of loudspeaker enclosures. And, have many years of experience.

I am a Tannoy loudspeaker lover and consider Tannoy to be among the best in the manufacture of quality Loudspeakers. I have owned many Tannoy loudspeakers over the years. And, I do prefer the sound from a 15″ monitor above anything else.

Tannoy Red loudspeakers tested

At this point, I have to say every person hears things differently. And, as a result, focus on the sound they prefer. One person will pay attention to bass response and depth of the bass. Whilst another person will be more interested in the upper frequencies. Also, every person thinks their system is the best. Which, is because they are used to their own system sound.

Listening to the system

I am lucky to have friends who have a passion for music. And, 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’. Why I do not know. But, maybe it is because I am English and my opinion is valued. And, whatever I say, is always agreed upon in the end!

The sound

As I said, earlier, every person believes their system sounds the best. But people are unaware of speaker positioning and how critical it actually is. And, as I listened, to the first few bars of music, I am sorry to say I shuddered.

The sound was harsh in the middle, lacked focus and just wandering around the room. I asked the owner if he would allow me to move the loudspeakers. This is because I knew, it would make the system sound better.

side view of stereo system

The owner told me it was hard to get a good sound because the room was small. Also, there were lots of reflections. But I was more than welcome to try.

Easy Fix

For me, it was an easy fix. I measured the speaker’s centre to centre distance. After, which, measured the back wall distance. And, made the necessary adjustments. Ten minutes later the system sounded totally different. Everything was in place, focused and harshness gone.

At this point, one of my friends was surprised. And, said, he never thought by repositioning the speakers the actual harshness could be improved. Resulting, in a new experience!

The result – Tannoy Red loudspeakers tested

The result was great. And, showing how the system sounded. Also, just how good a pair of mono-blocks can sound. Everything was there, as you would expect in the way of detail, space, dynamics, bass and sound stage. The Tannoy red loudspeakers really performed in an amazing manner. And, we’re bringing everything the system could offer.

Issues

There were however a couple of issues. The first was 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 was asked by my friend, to bring a set of my own cables with me. Just to try if necessary. And, he asked the owner if it was to try. I was given the green light. And, to cut a long story short, I fitted a pair of my own three-meter loudspeaker cables.

Conclusion

We sat back and listened as the cables warmed up. The owner jumped up and said in Russian, just how good the system sounded. And, never knew a cable could make such a difference. And, as a result, we were able to hear just how magnificent the Tannoy Red Loudspeakers sounded!

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