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This review is from: Tannoy Mercury V1 Sugar Maple (Electronics)
I am not a speaker pro (like someone who will rant about specs on speakers in a hifi store) but I do have experience of a few speakers and hifi systems in my time.
The speakers are very stylish. Big smart and classy, with brushed aluminium speaker template type things (hard to give them a name) and a good 'solid' enclosure. Compared to the F1's (which I have in my lounge)They look completely different- The f1's are modern, curved and cool whilst the V1's are Big,straight and classy.
The sound of the V1's are brilliant for the price. They give of a responsive and natural bass with detailed highs and clear mids. The f1's sound similar but noticeably lack bass and have slightly muffled highs (This is only in comparison to the V1's, they are quite clear in reality).
Overall, I love the V1's. Partnered with a relatively powerful amp, thick insulated wires and a decent audio source, they will become a beast that will last you almost decades. I think, if you are conscious about style- The V1's cabinet is rather large (they just about fit on my shelf, I will need to put them on brackets though). But as I said earlier, I love them and would never give them up (maybe until a new tannoy range appear).
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Initial post: 28 Nov 2012 13:54:03 GMT
Your Intriguing review brings me close to a purchase. What about ease of positioning? I have the devil's own listening room that will make mince meat of speakers that need the "sound triangle", exquisite positioning trials, "sweet spot", etc. My only hope is finding easy-peasy knockabouts that are at home on a chair in the middle of a room. Some speakers approximate this "comfy old shoe" aspect better than others that agonize over toe in/toe out, no more than 20cm from a wall, etc. Would you say the V1s are as good in this respect as any I'm likely to find? Or can you mention more costly bookshelves that aren't finicky? I have good hi-fi ears, am classical music, often at low volume.
In reply to an earlier post on 6 Dec 2012 22:27:18 GMT
T. Gardners says:
well the tube that funnels air out of the cabinet of the speakers is at the front, i have mine backed up against the wall, but in all fairness not completely because it would wreck the wires i use (they are like and inch thick). But yeah they can go as far back as you want, but the cabinet is long, about 25cm in length which believe me, if it was any longer, i'd struggle to find a place for them. Sound wise they can fill the whole room, they do have a sweat spot, (towards the centre, woofer height) but is much more spread out than normal speakers (with the pointy woofer centre) because the completely dome shaped centre spreads sound out evenly. This is pretty much all i know about this kind of thing, but hope it helped you!
In reply to an earlier post on 7 Dec 2012 10:45:16 GMT
Last edited by the author on 7 Dec 2012 10:48:14 GMT
Thanks for taking the time to reply. Your preference is to jam the speakers against the back wall. As I wrote prior, I'll have them in the middle of the room on a chair. Did you experiment with lots of positioning of the speakers in different places? Do they require that? Are they fussy about positioning? Does the sound change massively when you move them around? If yes, they're not for me.
I need speakers that are at home pretty much anywhere in the
room and aren't finicky about where you put them. How would you
rate the V1s in that respect? (Given my assymetric listening room, I
don't have the option to consider different speaker positions. They'd
have to be so relaxed about positioning, they'd sound good wherever I decide to plunk them down.) Did you find it necessary to move them around a lot to get satisfactory sound --- or did you jam them against the wall straight off? Thanks for your time.
In reply to an earlier post on 9 Dec 2012 13:20:55 GMT
Last edited by the author on 9 Dec 2012 13:22:22 GMT
T. Gardners says:
they sound good wherever, and because of the dome shaped cone, they are a lot less picky about positioning compared to ones, that have like a bump or a point at the centre of the cone. But i would say have them as close to head/ ear height as possible (you can also angle them to do this) just because it'll sound more surrounding, but as long as you have places to plant these speakers you'll be fine.
In reply to an earlier post on 9 Dec 2012 15:04:57 GMT
Thanks again for sharing your experience. The closest hi-fi shop is 4 hours away by train (& then 4 hours back), so there'd have to be a hotel overnight if I audition them away from home and if you add in meal costs for the two days, that comes to about 50-70% OF THE COST OF THE SPEAKERS THEMSELVES! So your advice is invaluable and I feel safe in mail-ordering them out now. Thanks again so much. I may wait until January to avoid the seasonal shipping crush but I'll let you know the results after they "settle in". Ciao!
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