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Well, I've yet to see an official owner's thread on this site, so damnit I'm making one. I realize that this UK brand seems to have a relatively small following here on AVS, but here's hoping it will become more well known. I recently bought new L/C/R's for my home theater in the form of the custom install Tannoy DC12i's. Previously, I was using an older set of Paradigm Focus V3's and a CC170 centre channel. Things seemed alright, but I always felt like there was room for improvement. Boy was I right. I set up my new Emotiva XPA-3 hooked up to my older Onkyo 806, then hooked up the Tannoy DC12i's and threw in the new Bourne Legacy movie.


Wow!


The crackling flames were so clear, voices were localized all over my AT screen in the right places, gunfire was super impactful - just a monumental leap in audio fidelity. Yes, these speakers are a lot more money than my old ones, but for the money I think these things are a steal.


In Canada, London Drugs (a drug store no less!) sells Tannoy speakers. Initially, I thought they must be garbage (anything new that I haven't heard of before must be garbage, right?). Anyhow, after doing some research, I realized that this brand of speaker is very highly regarded in the UK and I'm very proud that my local pharmacy carries their brand. Damn that sounds weird. At any rate, in my hometown, this "drug store" is becoming highly regarded, as they have also begun to sell new vinyl records and high quality record players - people are beginning to listen to real music again and not compressed MP3 crap.


So, in my situation for my home theater, I was unable to use floorstanders, but still wanted real punch to my front setup. I came across Cinema JBL stuff and Klipsch stuff but damn was it expensive. I chanced upon a really good deal with this Tannoy DC12i speaker and I'm really glad I did. I don't have a whole lot to compare it to, but the sound to me is absolutely phenomenal. Check them out:

http://www.tannoy.com/residentialsummary.aspx


For what it's worth, if you're Canadian like me, don't discount the Tannoy brand over the Klipsch - the Klipsch's may provide more punch, but from the reviews I've read the Tannoy's are incredibly clear and precise. You can often find some stellar deals at the store as well. Keep your eyes out. If I hadn't found such a deal on the custom install line, I would have gone for the Tannoy Saturn bookshelves. They look fantastic.


Any Tannoy owners care to share their thoughts?
 

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This is the closest thing to an 'official' Tannoy thread, although it doesn't have the word 'official' in the title:


http://www.avsforum.com/t/806904/tannoy-owners-thread


I'm down to my last 57 Tannoy speakers/drivers
...none of the high dollar older stuff though, and 14 of them aren't even true Dual-Concentrics (they're ICT's).


3 CMS12 (the exact same drivers as the DC12i you have)

4 System 1000

2 System 800

3 System 800a (amplified)

3 S8IW inwall

2 Saturn S8C

7 CMS8 in-ceiling

(also 2 really cool AMS8 plate amplifiers)

8 CMS6 in-ceiling

7 I6AW outdoor

4 I6MP (amplified version of I6AW)


I've ran into a few Tannoy owners on the AVS -- most notably DS-21, Face2, and Coctostan -- and other admirers too, but they all hang out primarily in the DIY area and are also into other speakers as well (as am I).



I've always been surprised at the lack of notoriety that Tannoy gets on the forums.
 

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Suggestions as to where to buy Tannoy speakers in the US? The point source series (Revolution, Precision, Definition) look very interesting to me.
 

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Suggestions as to where to buy Tannoy speakers in the US? The point source series (Revolution, Precision, Definition) look very interesting to me

I bought mine from hifiheaven. They have the really high end stuff, although the definition series, as stated above is really quite a deal considering what you get. I'm pretty confident that they are the last HT speakers I'm ever going to buy. I got absolutely soaked by shipping and brokerage fees, but it was still worth it. For the lower end (but still great) stuff, maybe you need to buy from Canada (London Drugs)? Wow, now that sounds weird saying that.


I didn't see the Tannoy owners thread, although I did search for it. At any rate, this thread is "official", says me.
 

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Looking at the Tannoy site and clicking 'Sales and Service', this is the regional sales rep for your area:


Morris Tait & Associates - Southern California

Address

23342 Madero Road E

Mission Viejo

CA

92691


Contacts


Phone 949-472-6482

Fax 949-855-4254

Email [email protected]


That might be part of their problem -- you'd think they would want to list the direct dealer network on their main website?



They are much more of an installed sound / sound reinforcement company I suppose.


There are a few online sites that seem to carry Tannoy if you Google, but I have no experience with any of them.
 

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This is the Tannoy speaker I would like to have:




Tannoy VQ 60! It uses a sweet BMS 4592 coaxial compression driver in the horn and a pair of semi-horn loaded 12's. 138 dB continuous, 144 dB max. OK, I know, massive, massive overkill for home use, but pretty cool nonetheless. Hard to get the scale of it by the pic -- it is 36" x 27" x 20" and weighs 170 lbs.



I actually have some BMS coax drivers and JBL 2226 15's and would love to make a quasi-clone of the Tannoy.
 

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Can't top Aaron, but I'm a long-time Tannoy fan. Current collection is (I think):


3x System 12 DMT II's (in bespoke sealed cabinets by Nathan Funk)

3x System 8 NFM II's

3x CPA12

2x Saturn S8iw

2x CMS8

2x i8AW

4x Arena eggs (two grey, two white with faux-Saarinen floor stands)

TS10 sub


In the past, I've also had System 800s, and a B475 subwoofer (same 18" drive-unit as the Kingdom). Also the Precision 8 monitors (good riddance!)


I'm currently not using any of them, alas. The 12 DMT II's are the best speakers I've ever set up by some margin. However, they're just too wide to harmoniously blend into my current living room. So I've had to go in a different direction.


The CPA12's and CMS8's are going into my sister's basement theater, along with some non-Tannoy bass drivers.
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Originally Posted by blastermaster  /t/1445420/official-tannoy-owners-thread/0_100#post_22705945


Well, I've yet to see an official owner's thread on this site, so damnit I'm making one. I realize that this UK brand seems to have a relatively small following here on AVS, but here's hoping it will become more well known. I recently bought new L/C/R's for my home theater in the form of the custom install Tannoy DC12i's. Previously, I was using an older set of Paradigm Focus V3's and a CC170 centre channel. Things seemed alright, but I always felt like there was room for improvement. Boy was I right. I set up my new Emotiva XPA-3 hooked up to my older Onkyo 806, then hooked up the Tannoy DC12i's and threw in the new Bourne Legacy movie.

Yeah, going from OK speakers to great ones makes a big difference.
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Suggestions as to where to buy Tannoy speakers in the US? The point source series (Revolution, Precision, Definition) look very interesting to me.

Tannoy doesn't seem to be terribly pushed about establishing a real presence in the US consumer audio market, for whatever reason. Maybe it's just a hobby/prestige thing for them, with the professional side making the actual money. Also, the supertweeter line (TD12, etc.) was a colossal sonic failure, and that couldn't have helped sales.
 

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I'm totaly new but heck, mayne someone likes to read my few words on the topic.

I've been listening to 40 different floor standing speakers and with no knowladge about prices I picked the tannoy mercury V4 as m favorites.


They will be in within a week. The sound was warm and full and i'm mostly concerned about the music and 25% for home cinema. The speakers are great with the marantz sr5007 I think so at the end of the week my journey will begin. I will post a review in about two weeks. Then the speakers will be played in and the real experience can start.
 

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There's a set of D700's on eBay right now. One of the best speakers I've ever heard. I thought about bidding myself but can't justify buying a new pair of speakers when I'm currently having three new front speakers made.


(No relation to seller whatsoever, never seen/heard the actual speakers for sale, etc.)
 

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Originally Posted by JW22  /t/1445420/official-tannoy-owners-thread#post_22710818


I'm totaly new but heck, mayne someone likes to read my few words on the topic.

I've been listening to 40 different floor standing speakers and with no knowladge about prices I picked the tannoy mercury V4 as m favorites.

They will be in within a week. The sound was warm and full and i'm mostly concerned about the music and 25% for home cinema. The speakers are great with the marantz sr5007 I think so at the end of the week my journey will begin. I will post a review in about two weeks. Then the speakers will be played in and the real experience can start.

Congrats on your purchase! The Dual Concentric is what put Tannoy on the map and many feel there is magic there, but I just did a bit of reading and your Mercury's with their conventional midrange/tweeter layout seem to be well-received as well. That really says something that they won out of 40 speakers you listened to.
 

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Originally Posted by DS-21  /t/1445420/official-tannoy-owners-thread#post_22710848


There's a set of D700's on eBay right now. One of the best speakers I've ever heard. I thought about bidding myself but can't justify buying a new pair of speakers when I'm currently having three new front speakers made.

Jay, I agree with the 10" Dual's attributes; the System 1000's I have are a great blending of the 8's and 12's qualities. Those D700's certainly wouldn't be a 'budget' purchase with the bid price currently at $1465 shipped with a little over a day left.


It's funny you mentioned not using any of your collection currently -- I'm using precisely one of mine these days (an S8C as center in my family room along with LS-6 line arrays). It's a good stopgap as I ponder the idea of getting the expensive LS-C dedicated center to go with the arrays (that I love but they are just really big). I will implement many of the others (the outdoor speakers primarily) down the road.


Keep me in the loop on progress on your 'skunkworks' LCR project you are working on. As you know, I've some of those too and am interested in the results.
 

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Originally Posted by sdg4vfx  /t/1445420/official-tannoy-owners-thread#post_22708326


Suggestions as to where to buy Tannoy speakers in the US? The point source series (Revolution, Precision, Definition) look very interesting to me.

Hm ...

HiFi Heaven and Morris Tate only carry the more expensive speaker series (and both have rotten return/audition policies).

London Drugs (in Canada) has an extremely limited selection which doesn't include the series I mentioned.


Any other suggestions? Maybe Tannoy just isn't interested in the US market?
 

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I watched the Bourne Legacy last night with my wife. There was a scene where a missile comes right at the screen. She jumped out of her seat! Seriously, for what they cost, they are a bargain. I went to the Reference level speaker thread and the DC12i's are right up there and scored well. FWIW, hifiheaven is selling 3 of them and two fat subs (display models) for a ridiculous price. I bought their display models (3 for the price of one) and they shipped all the way across the US and up into Canada in arrived in perfect shape. In fact, I think one of them was brand new, as the speaker plugs still had the plastic in them where the banana plugs would go. I would tell my friends to jump on the deal, but none of them are as into it as I am.


Anyway, it's great to see there's some life in this thread. I'm hoping that there are some of us from Canada who have realized that Tannoy makes some great speakers and will go out and buy some and post their thoughts.
 

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Hello Aaron, For me it is a little strange that I picked these front standing speakers over almost 40 other options (also bookshelf speakers but still). And then finding out that these are not the most exspensive is really nice. So at that point there was no hesitation on buying them anymore.


For getting them played in is there some 'best' protocol? Just curious. Again, in about 2 weeks i will post a review of the speakers. They will be used with the marantz SR5007, also new. ;-)
 

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It's funny you mentioned not using any of your collection currently ***

True, that requires some explanation.


The 12 DMT II's are the best speakers I've yet deployed, hands down. However, I'm not using them for now (or the foreseeable future) simply because they're too large to look good in my current living room. That matters, too. (Not gonna hide behind "WAF." The issue is "MeAF.")


I could've designed and commissioned new cabinets for the 8 NFM II Dual Concentrics, along with perhaps helper woofers to keep excursion on the Dual down (a better version of the JTR Triple 8, if you will). The reason I didn't boils down to pattern. My room is very wide. One the left, the distance to the right speaker is less than the distance to the same-side wall, and on the right the distance to the same-side wall is less than the distance to the opposite-side wall! (Left and right speakers set up as equilateral triangle crossing about two feet in front of the listening position.) So to get more spaciousness in this room, a wider pattern than the ~90deg offered by the Tannoy Dual Concentric is in order. That's also why I'm keeping the 12 DMT II's and 8 NFM II's. They may end up being a better fit in my next home. Perhaps in different cabinets (or not), perhaps with some crossover tweaks (or not).


PS: I forgot one above. I owned a pair of Precision 8's for a while. Bloody horrible speakers, probably the worst I've ever owned. Nearfield or farfield. They (along with the TD12) really made me wonder how badly Mark Booth's departure for KEF hurt Tannoy. (The same gentleman who modernized the Tannoy Dual Concentric with his annular "Tulip" phase plug did the same with the KEF Uni-Q, improving its off-axis response up top with the radial "Tangerine" phase plug.) Fortunately, they seem to be done with the supertweeter fetish, and some of their newer designs look interesting. Or would, if they were sold anywhere near me.
 

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Originally Posted by DS-21  /t/1445420/official-tannoy-owners-thread#post_22715543


True, that requires some explanation.

The 12 DMT II's are the best speakers I've yet deployed, hands down. However, I'm not using them for now (or the foreseeable future) simply because they're too large to look good in my current living room. That matters, too. (Not gonna hide behind "WAF." The issue is "MeAF.")

Yes, I should have prefaced as such as I've read your blog posts and seen the new digs. You are funny -- totally kick ass mains, but they aren't getting the fashion police's approval...and you are the one with the badge.



I was actually going to post responding to your latest blog entry speaking about the Electrovoice CPS 8.5 amp -- specifically regarding David Rich's less than glowing review of the QSC DCA 1222...did he not like the 'sound'?
-- but was having issues signing in with my Google account and don't have an account for any of the other options. I'll see if I can get it figured out.


Better to hold on to the good stuff and wait than sell and wish you hadn't later, IMHO.
 

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Hello Aaron, For me it is a little strange that I picked these front standing speakers over almost 40 other options (also bookshelf speakers but still). And then finding out that these are not the most exspensive is really nice. So at that point there was no hesitation on buying them anymore.

For getting them played in is there some 'best' protocol? Just curious. Again, in about 2 weeks i will post a review of the speakers. They will be used with the marantz SR5007, also new. ;-)

As for 'breaking' them in, simply play music and enjoy.
 

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Proud to be a Tannoy owner here in Canada. My dealer for the longest time kept telling me how good Tannoy speakers were. I was happy with my PSB speakers (old Image series). I finally made the jump to Tannoy by purchasing the Eyris DC3, DCC and DC1. Fantastic speakers for music and HT.
 

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I've been using Tannoy speakers in my HT since 2006. I haven't had any problem until recently. I have to get one of my front speakers refoamed or re-edged.


I've got the Tannoy Sensys & Sensys DC line.


Tannoy Sensys DC1 (R & L front)

Tannoy Sensys R (surround)

Tannoy Senssys DCC (center)

TS10 sub

IC6 DC ( I use this in ceiling speaker as my 6th speaker in the far rear)
 

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Good evening fellow Tannoyites and those wanting to be one of us...


I have ran the DC12i [L-C-R], IW63DC [LS-RS] and DC15i Sub x 2 w/ IW500D amp for about 3-4 years old [have to check PO records when I signed up] or so with nothing but praise.


Now if anyone was interested in this setup I could be talked out of them or perhaps line one up with new Tannoy's
 
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