Hugh Robjohns wrote:All I can say is that It takes a lot to impress Phil....
I get that impression as well Hugh. But have you heard the 2020s? Has Phil heard the R6?
This will be the last, major thing I buy and I do not want to 'buy cheap' and then wonder for the rest of me puff "SHOULD I have spent that other bag and a half?"
My requirements are modest. I do not want a max SPL much above 100dB and I do not want window rattling bass on rock (have the Missions for that!) No, my main concern is a very clear midrange to combat my lugloss, treble say, over 5kHz is forever a foreign land to me now.
Even something many folks blessed with '20-20 hearing would judge a bit 'forward' would suit me better than 'smooth'.
My hearing loss is not up for question T. Had the NHS tests, got the curves and the digital aids!
I am progressively low to 2kHz and then go of a cliff. Most of the top string of the violin is lost to me as is the last octave of the grand Joe. I just hear the 'clunk'. The two ears are rather different in loss but that does not seem to affect my localization.
The Tannoys were purchased many years ago. The reasons for my choice went thus...
A blind 'shootout' in another magazine showed the 5As and something of Giant Killers, being picked up as better than other, more expensive speakers.
Tannoy are a very old and well respected audio company (they have the rare distinction along with 'Hoover! as being a generic name!) They have had speakers in studios for most of my 3 score and ten+5 they therefore have a reputation to uphold.
Tannoy do not make every other electronic gimmcrack and toy.
The price was within my grasp.
Behringer are the Marmite of the audio industry. They made mainly low grade gear until the advent of the X32 range. I do not like many of their business practices* (and Uli bottled the SOS Q&A!) but one cannot deny they have nade some very decent kit at a cost level that the home bod can afford.
But, the world of transducers is NOT the same as SMT electronics. I know how analogue electronics works to a fair level and know how cheaply even very sophisticated circuitry can now be made. The same is not true of loudspeakers. Anyone can stuff a set of cheap woofers and tweeters in a box (you only need a Stanly rule to copy the comp'!) fit it up with a pair of 'plate' amplifiers and Bish-Bosh, you got a monitor speaker...No, you don't, you just ha a ripped off box with cheapo speakers in it.
Until and unless someone of the high standards and larnin' of Phil or Hugh tells us "The Truths are superb monitors, sell you granny and get a pair NOW!" They won't get my custom.
Maybe I am a cynical old B but When £950 can buy you the 202os I think asking £1100 for two small 'bassless' noisy boxes is taking the ***s! (in the Nov mag.)
*Stop copying "our" 'king amps!
I guess, I want the Tannoys but more sophisticated and with a bit more level?