Originally Posted by zieglj01
All that money, and you get a Tannoy coaxial driver and a ring radiator-tweeter.
And not even one of their latest-greatest ones. That 6-hole ovoid basket and Tulip phase plug marks the driver as Tannoy's 2046 8" unit, which was found in several of their speakers: the System 800 studio monitor, CMS8 ceiling speaker, i8AW indoor/outdoor speaker, and others. Here's a good picture of one I found in a quick google image search.
It's a good driver. One of the first, IIRC, to use Mark Dodd's "Tulip" phase plug. (Interestingly, Mr. Dodd left Tannoy for KEF some time ago, and has since taken the other major concentric driver family, KEF's Uni-Q, to new heights.) Now, should the 2046 be in a five-figure speaker in 2012? Clearly no.
The 2046 is not Tannoy's best 8" unit, nor was it even their best when it was in wide use
(they had two others that were better) but still pretty good.
Originally Posted by tesseract67
Those drivers are top notch, the cabinet is inert, stepped baffle is smart. Ugly as all get out, but I could forgive that.
In addition to the old, not-flagship Tannoy driver, the cabinet design is shamelessly cribbed from 1990s B&W's Blue Room spinoff, which I believe lives on under the Scandyna name. (Or perhaps Scandyna came first and B&W licensed the design.)
Really, this speaker looks like it's stuck ca. 1994 in parts (well, the Vifa XT-series ring radiators are a newer design than that) and styling.
Originally Posted by MrEastSide
the driver itself is probably made out of $10 dollars worth of materials in a Chinese sweat shop. I'll bet a $500 dollar pair of towers sound almost as good, considering what the price difference would be.
It's one thing to knowingly poke holes in something that's silly. It's another to speak out of unfounded ignorance.
I'm pretty sure all of the 2046's were made in the UK, not China. I think at the time at least Fane was making for Tannoy. At least, all 6 or so of mine clearly say "Made in the U.K."
The 2046 simply dates from before the era of massive international outsourcing.
As for parts cost, I don't know. FWIW, a factory recone kit costs a lot more than $10
, and that doesn't include obviously the magnet, polepiece, or frame.
The 2046 is a well-made driver. The frame is clearly bespoke (which is why I could tell it from the mounting flange) but it's also a stamped steel piece. Not cast alloy like Tannoy's step-up 8" Dual Concentrics of the day.
And I can't think of a $500 tower that sounds better than a well-implemented Tannoy 2046.