Naim & Tannoy

As previously mentioned I have a loose plan to upgrade a chunk of the system in the new year/next summer. First up will be a Supernait 2 & then some speakers.

The current set up is a:

Nait XS 2, B & W CM6 S2, Audioquest bi wired Rocket 88's, CD5X coupled to a Flatcap 2 that also powers a Stageline (moving coil) & Rega PS2 with an Ortofon 2M Bronze needle.

I recently had a chance to audition a pair of PMC twenty5.24 which were quite amazing especially when you consider they're a 2 way but I found them too crisp for my liking. The dealer then suggested the new Tannoy so we popped downstairs where the Arden were set up. After wrapping my head around how big they are the sound floored me. My room isn't big enough for those ones so I've started wondering about the Eaton & Stirling. 

Here's my question: has anybody run either the Eaton or Stirling with a Supernait 2? I'm wondering about how it would power them & if Naim plays well with Tannoy. Short of hauling my amp over to the store or somehow maybe borrowing a pair overnight I'd like to get some real world thoughts. Having listened to B & W in many iterations over the years I find it hard to put into words how good the Tannoy sounded. Of course I've had to get over my notions that cabinets like that still belong firmly in the 70's! I had pals that had big boxy JBL & I could never figure out why they wanted those big cabs when the smaller newer sounded even better but that's another thread for another time.

Cheers all.

 

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Those new Tannoy Legacy speakers do have a whiff of the hairy chest with open collars about them. Quite a few new speakers are following a move away from the slim tower, towards a bigger cabinet and drivers at more realistic prices.  Good news for those who like yourself find the slim towers too dry.

Should be fine with a SN2 I would imagine, although being very sensitive will need a little larger room - can move serious air with little power.

As a caution ! If you do settle with this system you might run into the dreaded channel imbalance issue with Naim volume at very low levels for late night listening.

I have tested old style Tannoy Berkelys, Little Red Monitors, and Little Gold Monitors with my Naim system, albeit an old style Chrome bumper one.  The Tannoys sound incredible and reach insane volumes with incredible clarity. The big Berkelys were on another level and it was like having a nightclub soundsystem in my lounge.  Needless to say my wife appreciated this - cough

My room isn't really that big and I normally run SBL's, but all the above mentioned Tannoys worked well in the space without any bloating or distortion of SQ.

If you go for an old pair I would recommend that you check the crossover / fuses / caps within, as I had to do some work on all the pairs i've had.  I've also had to refoam a couple of them and change out tweeters too, and even re-cone the LRM's.  I have leaned a lot doing this, and the effort was worth it. 

If you're looking at a new pair I would say that the sound should be similar in nature as the design and drivers (concentric) are the same same pretty much.  I love the classic design of Tannoys too, not a bad way to spend your money if you ask me!

Good luck on your search

TOBYJUG posted:

Those new Tannoy Legacy speakers do have a whiff of the hairy chest with open collars about them. Quite a few new speakers are following a move away from the slim tower, towards a bigger cabinet and drivers at more realistic prices.  Good news for those who like yourself find the slim towers too dry.

Should be fine with a SN2 I would imagine, although being very sensitive will need a little larger room - can move serious air with little power.

As a caution ! If you do settle with this system you might run into the dreaded channel imbalance issue with Naim volume at very low levels for late night listening.

Tom Jones is alive & well! But you're right - they do invoke a lot of 70's memories. Where's that Farrah Fawcet poster of mine?

Wugged Woy posted:

I'm also interested in forumite views. I think the old-school Tannoys look fabulous. 

I have to admit that I'm surprised how taken I am by the cabinets. I'm a long time tower guy but the sound is what matters. And my girlfriend is Scottish raised so she's down with them.

Wow, I didn’t know they’d ‘re-released’ the Arden! I remember including the original in my mammoth audition of a dozen or so speakers in the then fairly lofty £250-£300 price bracket back in about 1975. It didn’t come top, but it was a definite contender - unlike the majority which were rejected on first play as sounding awful.

But sorry, no, I can’t help with the question in hand.

Donde posted:

Hi

since two weeks i have a new pairing/setup.

Tannoy Legacy Cheviot and Naim Nova.

All i can say is wow. Works perfect together. For my ears.

Just pure music in my room-totaly in love.

Very cool! I like the whole line but space only permits so much speaker. It's interesting to hear the Nova works so well. A cursory glance at it's specs suggests to me that it is quite close to the Supernait 2.

Thanks for that.

TOBYJUG posted:

Those new Tannoy Legacy speakers do have a whiff of the hairy chest with open collars about them. Quite a few new speakers are following a move away from the slim tower, towards a bigger cabinet and drivers at more realistic prices.  Good news for those who like yourself find the slim towers too dry.

Should be fine with a SN2 I would imagine, although being very sensitive will need a little larger room - can move serious air with little power.

As a caution ! If you do settle with this system you might run into the dreaded channel imbalance issue with Naim volume at very low levels for late night listening.

I'm familiar with the dread pirate Roberts. Dread channel imbalance not so much. What happens when?

GuyCaballero posted:
TOBYJUG posted:

Those new Tannoy Legacy speakers do have a whiff of the hairy chest with open collars about them. Quite a few new speakers are following a move away from the slim tower, towards a bigger cabinet and drivers at more realistic prices.  Good news for those who like yourself find the slim towers too dry.

Should be fine with a SN2 I would imagine, although being very sensitive will need a little larger room - can move serious air with little power.

As a caution ! If you do settle with this system you might run into the dreaded channel imbalance issue with Naim volume at very low levels for late night listening.

I'm familiar with the dread pirate Roberts. Dread channel imbalance not so much. What happens when?

On most Naim kit they use the blue alps volume potentiometer. A very high quality item, although when just taken out a fraction from end stop 0, some have noticed an imbalance of volume from either the left or right outputs.  Taking it out further everything's right as it should be.  Not something that would be noticed with low or even average sensitivity speakers when listening at very low volume, but something you might if using very sensitive speakers like the Tannoys. That's if late night listening is important to you of course.

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