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  1. #1
    Join Date: Apr 2012

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    I'm Geoff.

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    Is this really a good idea? I just bought these Tannoy T145 Ascots.

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Tannoy-Asc...vip=true&rt=nc

    They are amongst the least sought after pepperpot dual concentric models. The early plastic cones not being popular and the purists put off by the ceramic magnets. However, the ten inch drivers can be fitted with the excellent paper pulp Eaton or SRM 10B cones, which makes them far more serious contenders. Some don't take the 10" Tannoy DCs very seriously, but they actually pack a decent punch, face it ten inches is not exactly small. I have possible plans for the drivers and the resulting speaker system may surplant my current (and very fine) Cheviot II speakers.

    Stock image:



    I'll bung some proper photos here once I've picked these up.
    Mr. Tact!

    Main system: MMs/ADCs/Low output MC's/One rare Japanese SUT/One scarce British phono stage/various tonearms/hefty Japanese DD TT and hefty Japanese BD TT and small British BD TT. 4 CD players/2 jitter buster/2 DACs/Valve buffer. TVC stepped attenuator or valve pre-amp or solid state pre-amp. Current dumping power-amp or either of two Class A SS power-amp or Class A EL34 valve monos or big Japanese (part Class A) integrated. Big dual concentric speakers/Smaller dual concentric speakers/Two way British compacts and full range speakers, amongst others. And too much more to list!

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    Cool..

    I like the 10" and 12" DC's... I always felt that the cabs let them down but these do look great! Get the re-coned, refreshed crossover and they should be keepers.
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    Bigger drivers than they look. Are they going with your philips ones?
    Regards,
    Grant ....

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Black Adder View Post
    Cool..

    I like the 10" and 12" DC's... I always felt that the cabs let them down but these do look great! Get the re-coned, refreshed crossover and they should be keepers.
    I intend to recone them once I source the right cones. That may take a little while. Annoyingly a mint set of Eaton cones with good rubber surrounds sold on eBay recently. They'd have been perfect, but at that time obviously, I didn't know these would come along.

    I'd really like to house these drivers in (comparatively) compact transmission line cabinets. Never seen Tannoy DCs in such cabinets yet. The 12" is a little large for a domestically sized TL box, but the 10" should be OK.
    Mr. Tact!

    Main system: MMs/ADCs/Low output MC's/One rare Japanese SUT/One scarce British phono stage/various tonearms/hefty Japanese DD TT and hefty Japanese BD TT and small British BD TT. 4 CD players/2 jitter buster/2 DACs/Valve buffer. TVC stepped attenuator or valve pre-amp or solid state pre-amp. Current dumping power-amp or either of two Class A SS power-amp or Class A EL34 valve monos or big Japanese (part Class A) integrated. Big dual concentric speakers/Smaller dual concentric speakers/Two way British compacts and full range speakers, amongst others. And too much more to list!

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    Quote Originally Posted by struth View Post
    Bigger drivers than they look. Are they going with your philips ones?
    No, the Philips are a separate project. Which I must sort soon. They don't need much work.

    Trouble is I'm currently working on these instead:



    A couple of nice vintage cabinets into which I'm installing a pair of high sensitivity full range 8" drivers (not the Philips), to use with my Rafaelite 6V6 valve amp.

    Too many projects on the go really.
    Mr. Tact!

    Main system: MMs/ADCs/Low output MC's/One rare Japanese SUT/One scarce British phono stage/various tonearms/hefty Japanese DD TT and hefty Japanese BD TT and small British BD TT. 4 CD players/2 jitter buster/2 DACs/Valve buffer. TVC stepped attenuator or valve pre-amp or solid state pre-amp. Current dumping power-amp or either of two Class A SS power-amp or Class A EL34 valve monos or big Japanese (part Class A) integrated. Big dual concentric speakers/Smaller dual concentric speakers/Two way British compacts and full range speakers, amongst others. And too much more to list!

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    They look pretty solid built. Keep you busy all those jobs.
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    Grant ....

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    My experience with Tannoy speakers is very limited.

    The longest experience I had was with the Prestige Sandringham. I think they have 8'' Dual Concentric drivers. Nicely made cabs...same goes to the grill covers.

    S.
    Shane Lonergan........UB1 Birth.

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    These are they!



    To go in my spare vintage cabs. Weedy little full range 8" units from Taiwan, which have pretty small magnets and a peak power handling of 10 watts. Funny thing is, when I tried them in free air using my little valve amp, they sounded really nice. I reckon they will do a decent job. I have other full range drivers I can swap over to if I'm not happy anyway.
    Mr. Tact!

    Main system: MMs/ADCs/Low output MC's/One rare Japanese SUT/One scarce British phono stage/various tonearms/hefty Japanese DD TT and hefty Japanese BD TT and small British BD TT. 4 CD players/2 jitter buster/2 DACs/Valve buffer. TVC stepped attenuator or valve pre-amp or solid state pre-amp. Current dumping power-amp or either of two Class A SS power-amp or Class A EL34 valve monos or big Japanese (part Class A) integrated. Big dual concentric speakers/Smaller dual concentric speakers/Two way British compacts and full range speakers, amongst others. And too much more to list!

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    dont need huge magnets and the sensitivity looks good. no mucking about with complicated xovers either
    Regards,
    Grant ....

    I've said it before and I'll say it again: democracy simply-doesn't-work
    .... ..... ...... ...... ................... ..... ..... ..... ..... .....
    DENON DV2900 - TWIN PRO MONOBLOCK AMPLIFIERS - XIANG SHENG DAC\PRE\HEADPHONE AMP - AVANTREE OASIS CLASS 1 BLUETOOTH - AUDIO TECHNICA ATH-MSR7 & OPPO PM-3 PLANAR HEADPHONES - WIN10 JRIVER23, SPOTIFY PREMIUM - ECHO DOT - SMSL M6 MINIDAC - FULL RANGE TWIN TELEFUNKEN's - Q ACOUSTIC BT3 actives - CANTON SUB - MAINS REGENERATED AND FILTERED.

  10. #10
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    That's what I thought. Keep it simple. I've got a box of spare tweeters and just might add one with a small cap, to come in at say 12 kHz, to give the top a little more. We'll see. Need to work my port size now. Tempted to use a resistive port.
    Mr. Tact!

    Main system: MMs/ADCs/Low output MC's/One rare Japanese SUT/One scarce British phono stage/various tonearms/hefty Japanese DD TT and hefty Japanese BD TT and small British BD TT. 4 CD players/2 jitter buster/2 DACs/Valve buffer. TVC stepped attenuator or valve pre-amp or solid state pre-amp. Current dumping power-amp or either of two Class A SS power-amp or Class A EL34 valve monos or big Japanese (part Class A) integrated. Big dual concentric speakers/Smaller dual concentric speakers/Two way British compacts and full range speakers, amongst others. And too much more to list!

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