Tannoy Legacy Eaton Standmount Speaker Review & Comments

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    1. Ed Selley

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      Ed, everything you review scores 8, 9 or 10.
      Are you a) selective about what you review, knowing in advance that it will almost certainly be excellent;
      b) super-lucky;
      c) too polite; or
      d) so in love with your own music collection that it sounds terrific whatever system you play it on?

      If everything new is genuinely impressive, then perhaps it’s time for more articles on putting systems/combinations together than individual product reviews?
       
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      Hi Doc,
      Thanks for your comments. As we are a small team with limited time to review items we do take care in what we choose to cover every month and aim to cover products that forum members are interested in. This usually means that most products should be decent performers, like most high end TVs and expensive HiFi products, so yes I guess we are selective, but not for the any other reason than time and the type of products our readers want to read about. Most products in this section of the market do perform to a high standard and it is Ed's job (and that of every reviewer here) to be honest in our assessment and tell it like it is. We review for forum members and nobody else, so there is no bias towards manufacturers or certain products. I hope that answers your question.
       
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      Yup, makes sense.

      Have you reviewed anything that was utter pants, and then said so?
       
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      Further to Phil's comments- yes, I'm selective- I suspect more selective than the screen reviewers. With only a limited number of slots available for each month, I tend to a do a lot of pre sorting for product before it comes for review. With our TV reviews, we have a reasonable chance of covering the major releases each season. I have no chance of doing that with two channel. I believe there's more value in bringing some truly great equipment to people's attention than seeking out something to issue a kicking.

      In two channel, there are very few products that have no redeeming features and it is important to try and envisage that if the performance it offers isn't immediately blowing my frock up, what it might be doing for other people. If it was done purely on my personal preferences, we'd be another outpost of the flat earth school of hifi which Phil and the rest of the AVF team have worked hard to ensure that we are not.
       
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      Perhaps a recalibration of the 1-10 scale may be in order (bit like gcse's over the past few year) if you only tend to pick at lead reasonable performers and are only using 3-4 of the marks.

      Maybe use a 0 for anything that is not worth bothering about, 1-3 for average, 3-6 for good, 7-9 for excellent and reserve 10 for the "I'sell my wife/kids/granny/left kidney" to own one.

      Manufacturers may not like this be would give us readers a better definition of the relative merits of the kit you review.

      Hope this is useful.
       
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      I bought the Tannoy Berkeley 15" dual concentric speakers in 1978 for a trade price of £350, a fortune then, they are still! my main speakers and sound fantastic, and have never heard a speaker to my mind that can replace them, 40 years old and still going strong, rock on Tannoy!
       
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      Does Tannoy still make The Westminsters?
       
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      Yes £32,499!
       
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      Bloody Hell !!!! When Isaw them a few years ago they looked like something out of 1930s in looks and the design do they still look the same as i remember them and were they horn speakers
       
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      Have a look

      Tannoy Prestige Westminster Royal GR Speakers (Pair)
       
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      Interesting review. I wonder how these compare against the similarly priced DC10T, which also has a 10 inch driver but looks much more like what a modern floorstanding speaker is "supposed" to look like?

      Folks just need to get beyond the 1970s appearance (or be willing to buy forty year old speakers that have had a few knocks to the cabinet for a fraction of the new price) and accept that the sound coming out of them is unparalleled. I have a pair of DC3000 8 inch floorstanders in the living room, and whilst I only just managed to persuade my wife that we needed them as they are immense, the sound is just stunning. Not bad at all for a few hundred pounds on Ebay.

      Ultimately sound is produced by physics, and physics dictates that low frequencies and big notes have long wavelengths and long wavelengths need big boxes to properly form, just look at the bass pipes of cathedral organs that can be 10 metres in length. Now way round that annoying relationship of speed of sound, frequency and wavelength I'm afraid!
       
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      They are a butt ugly speaker... no grills?
       
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      They have grills and sound fantastic as they should at the price!
       
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      Dont blame you! my mate has a set of Tannoy RHR's 15" Limited editions from that era, I have never had a system that comes close to them for open stereo but we have very different systems and the rest of his kit matches his speakers appropriately but they do sound fantastic and ridiculously easy to drive!

      I guess beauty with any furniture (and they are crafted furniture) is always in the eye of the beholder, my mates would look stupid in my house but in the correct location they are more elegant than most... imvho :hiya:

      Still these Eatons aren't cheep, curious how they would stack up against a set of Tannoy LGM's (also stand mounted) from the past too :)
       
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      We have had these speakers in and heard them running of some decent power amps and would be more than happy to give our views to any questions on these. Interesting comments in the review on the Concept 500's as well, which we've also had running and now just awaiting our demo pair :smashin:
       
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      They’ll have to with a face like that.
       
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      I've just bought a used pair and can only agree about the sound quality, superb
       
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      I truly believe these speakers are what it's all about. Great bass and well great bass. If we are honest these are all we need. Endgame, plain and simple.
       
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      Ed, I thought this Tannoy was some wacky retro mono speaker, a literal retro offering.

      Then I saw your Spendor A1 review and, again, a single speaker.

      Do you have an aversion to showing us two speakers together in the same photo? By all means have some close ups, but it would be nice to see them as a stereo pair from your seating position :)
       
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      Two different things at work here. I don't do many shots in room as its a bombsite. I usually shoot a few pics with both speakers but I'm still getting myself back together following the leg break so I'm moving fewer objects around. Normal service will be resumed, promise.
       
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      Tannoy have done a great job with this product.
      They must have someone onboard that understands the rich legacy of the company.
      If I came into a bit of cash this is one product that would be top of my list.
      Lets hope there is room for a more reasonably priced version in the future as like most
      expensive speakers you are paying for a cabinet makers craftsmanship.
      I don't mind if a fetishistic reviewer tells me it lacks as vast a soundstage because of the blander wood finish
      and fewer screws holding the driver in.
       
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      I know it’s all to taste, but how could anyone ever have such a Victorian utter ugliness in their home?
       
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      I love them. Remind me of my first hifi speakers back in 1985 - Tannoy Mercury Gold, along with a Creek Cas4040
       
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      I had a pair of the Tannoy Mercury Golds too - the first pair of speakers I bought myself along with a Rotel amp having previously used my Dad’s old Leak Delta 30 amp and Leak speakers.

      I have to disagree though - the Mercury was much better looking. The Eatons look hideous!

      HB
       
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      This is one of the interesting things about speakers: they are the most obvious and immediate aspect of a Hi-Fi system, aesthetically speaking. I've never had anyone comment on the appearance of my amplifier or CD player, but nearly everyone has said something about my speakers over the years.

      Mostly, though, function follows form and it's all about the drivers and allowing them to perform to the best of their ability. But speakers do tend to be objects in their own right even when they're not performing, they tend to take up more floor space and you do notice them first.

      These Tannoys look like old speakers, which is kind of their intention. I don't like them even though I admit that they are striking, far more so than the Concept 500's.
       
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      They are one of those products that do look better in the flesh, but at the same time they are also an acquired taste.
       
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