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    The Tannoy Eatons finally arrived from Scotland yesterday and I've had a bit of fun last night and this lunchtime listening.

    Lovely nick and the bloke from Shiply seems to have looked after them very well on the journey.

    I must say they are rather nice. Proper Tannoy sound, remarkable (clean) bass from modestly sized boxes (well modest in Tannoy DC land anyway). The 10in HPD 295a drivers sound more like Golds to me than later HPDs and from what I've read of the construction, they are indeed the closest to Golds of all the HPDs. They have a sweetness about them that's quite fetching.

    The Radford STA25 in the main system drives then beautifully but the 200w Class D in the study manages pretty well too. Nice soundstage, all the usual positive Tannoy attributes of fullness, phase coherence, and so on. A shade less accurate in timbre/more 'vintage' sounding than my 12in HPDs but then again the big ones have some very flash crossovers driving them which breed out much of the Tannoy idiosyncrasy. I suspect a trip to Paul at RFC would even the playing field a bit.

    Unfortunately the Eatons are rather too large for my little study - they only fitted because the TT is doing duty in the main system while Russ Collinson makes some changes to the TD124 plinth - so I'm not sure how long they will be staying. I'll take my own pics at some stage but here are from when they were purchased:



    Main: Speakers 'RFC' Tannoy Canterburys / custom crossovers; Amp - Radford STA100; Pre EAR 912; Vinyl: Thorens TD124 MkII + Ikeda IT345-CR1 / Ikeda IT-407 tonearms; Cartridges Stereo - Miyajima Madake, Ortofon SPU Royal N, Ikeda 9C III, SAEC/Excel C3; Mono - Miyajimas - Zero 0.7, Premium 1.0, Sonovox MC-4 1.0, Edison '78' 4.0 conical, and Shure M44 strapped for mono with several Expert Stylus conicals for different eras of 78s; Phono stage and SUT from EAR 912; Esoteric Sound Re-Equalizer for equalisation of early mono and 78, switchable in from tape loop; Digital: Audio Note CDT2/II transport, heavily modded AN Kit DAC + Mutec MC3+USB.

    Study: Speakers - Tannoy DC6; Amp: Pass Aleph 'Mini'; preamp - Firebottle custom; Vinyl: Garrard 401 with AT1503 tonearm and vintage Ortofon SL-15e with matching Ortofon 2-15k SUT; Phono Stage: Firebottle Plus; Digital - Trichord Genesis III CDP + Arcam rBlink; Schiit Multibit DAC.

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    Not surprised you like them. As you say, they are a sweet speaker and definitely 'proper' Tannoys.

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    I've just got my Eatons back from Paul. They are really impressive little(!) speakers. Although it is a bit like upgrading knackered suspension on a car (ie - I am not sure how a brand new pair sound), the results from Paul's tinkering was superb. He's a great guy, too. I am sure he spent way more time than he charged for.

    His Canterburys are obviously the benchmark. (with a Radford sta25, obvs...)

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    'Little' is of course a relative term. The Eatons are reasonably large by most folk's standards .

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    Give me a shout if you decide to sell, Tom. I have been wanting to try some Tannoys and these may fit the bill. Could combine a listen when I get down to yours.

    Cheers O

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    "lack of passion is fatal"
    Gerrard 401, classic hifi hammertone, Russ Collinson plinth / Tenuto Gun Metal Turntable Mat / SME 3012 J7 Rewired / audio-technica ATP-12T - phonomac modified / Ortofon Vintage SPU GE /Shure M3D /DV XX2Mk2 / The Cartridge Man Music Master with isolator / Miyajima Zero B 0.7mil Mono / Vintage GE VRII Mono / WAD 300b Power modded, TJ Mesh Plate Valves / David Coe AD Audio 'Satchmo' Pre & Phono / Hashimoto HM-7 SUT / Tannoy 12" MGs in RFC Custom Rutland Cabinets with RFC Custom Crossovers / Speaker Cables: Duelund DCA16GA Tinned Copper / SW1X Audio Design USB-SPdif / SW1X Audio Design DAC 1 Signature / Interconnects: Duelund DCA20GA home brew /SW1X Audio SPDIF AERO 6 / Synology NAS Drive / Roon / Tidal HiFi / Mains Power Conditioner

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    Quote Originally Posted by martian sunrise View Post
    I've just got my Eatons back from Paul. They are really impressive little(!) speakers. Although it is a bit like upgrading knackered suspension on a car (ie - I am not sure how a brand new pair sound), the results from Paul's tinkering was superb. He's a great guy, too. I am sure he spent way more time than he charged for.

    His Canterburys are obviously the benchmark. (with a Radford sta25, obvs...)
    At the moment my setup is pretty much the same - RFC Canterburys with an STA25 ... at least until the STA100 comes back from Will's place.
    Main: Speakers 'RFC' Tannoy Canterburys / custom crossovers; Amp - Radford STA100; Pre EAR 912; Vinyl: Thorens TD124 MkII + Ikeda IT345-CR1 / Ikeda IT-407 tonearms; Cartridges Stereo - Miyajima Madake, Ortofon SPU Royal N, Ikeda 9C III, SAEC/Excel C3; Mono - Miyajimas - Zero 0.7, Premium 1.0, Sonovox MC-4 1.0, Edison '78' 4.0 conical, and Shure M44 strapped for mono with several Expert Stylus conicals for different eras of 78s; Phono stage and SUT from EAR 912; Esoteric Sound Re-Equalizer for equalisation of early mono and 78, switchable in from tape loop; Digital: Audio Note CDT2/II transport, heavily modded AN Kit DAC + Mutec MC3+USB.

    Study: Speakers - Tannoy DC6; Amp: Pass Aleph 'Mini'; preamp - Firebottle custom; Vinyl: Garrard 401 with AT1503 tonearm and vintage Ortofon SL-15e with matching Ortofon 2-15k SUT; Phono Stage: Firebottle Plus; Digital - Trichord Genesis III CDP + Arcam rBlink; Schiit Multibit DAC.

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    Paul had his with a Radford Revival (STA40?) up them. incredible!

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    Quote Originally Posted by martian sunrise View Post
    Paul had his with a Radford Revival (STA40?) up them. incredible!
    I thought Paul had the STA25?
    "lack of passion is fatal"
    Gerrard 401, classic hifi hammertone, Russ Collinson plinth / Tenuto Gun Metal Turntable Mat / SME 3012 J7 Rewired / audio-technica ATP-12T - phonomac modified / Ortofon Vintage SPU GE /Shure M3D /DV XX2Mk2 / The Cartridge Man Music Master with isolator / Miyajima Zero B 0.7mil Mono / Vintage GE VRII Mono / WAD 300b Power modded, TJ Mesh Plate Valves / David Coe AD Audio 'Satchmo' Pre & Phono / Hashimoto HM-7 SUT / Tannoy 12" MGs in RFC Custom Rutland Cabinets with RFC Custom Crossovers / Speaker Cables: Duelund DCA16GA Tinned Copper / SW1X Audio Design USB-SPdif / SW1X Audio Design DAC 1 Signature / Interconnects: Duelund DCA20GA home brew /SW1X Audio SPDIF AERO 6 / Synology NAS Drive / Roon / Tidal HiFi / Mains Power Conditioner

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    Possibly - it was new to me.

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