Jun 282015

Finally got some time to test these loudspeakers, albeit in a different location to where I ultimately plan to deploy them in EPC1 (my studio and workshop).

Tannoy Mercury V1i loudspeakers / luidsprekers / Lautsprechers / enceintes

What they look like from the front; standard rectangular box shape (unlike the Wharfedales which are curved and bulkier)

Tannoy Mercury V1i loudspeakers / luidsprekers / Lautsprechers / enceintes*

he rear binding-posts – complete with clear plastic covers on them (some type of EU safety rule?). Unlike the Wharfedales they do not have the bi-amping links, fine by me as I don’t use two amps – these are my house systems; not a rave rig 😉

Tannoy Mercury V1i loudspeakers / luidsprekers / Lautsprechers / enceintes

What they look like with the front covers off.

As I am still tidying up EPC1 (my workshop and studio) I tested them in my bedroom, in roughly the same position the Wharfedale Diamonds are situated.

I connected them to my Sony AV receiver (made in Malaysia in 2009 – more an “Aiwa” in a less brash case.

It has a traditional 1980s era design with a linear PSU and 100W RMS output per channel

I used the output of my laptop and a Raspberry PI B connected to a cheap C-media USB soundcard (better than the internal soundcard which is noisy and a bit “flat” sounding).

This room is smaller, my previous experience of Tannoy LS units (there are some at ICR-FM studios used as studio monitors) is that they need room; otherwise they sound “muddy!”  The good news is these ones do not suffer from this flaw – I tested them with everything from German Christian folk music and speech content from Radio Maria Nederland to 80s synthpop and hard techno!

it did seem I had to “give the amp some gas” compared to the Wharfedale Diamonds to get the same sound level (even though the sensitivity of these LS units are supposedly the same) – I haven’t done any “proper scientific” tests but I think the Wharfedales are heavier on the bass than the Tannoys. – but when the tannoys were given the right power they were strong and clear; sounded perfect for radio production. they may not be pro monitors like the reveal but to my ears they aren’t too far off

The Tannoys are way more directional and need to be positioned well – this could be an advantage in EPC1 as it will reduce noise nuisance to outside. So everything works out just right as I intend to use the Wharfedales for general listening [as an upgrade to “Japan” midi system (again made in Malaysia!) and the Tannoys as monitors for DJ mixing and studio production.