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    Thanks guys.

    Marco. I would like a bigger telly, but our olde Tosh Regza does the job famously.

    I've not yet got it running through as a telly system but it's certainly on the cards and can't wait to sort it out.

    Your right about never wanting to let go of them too. They are astoundingly great speakers. Giving everything in a Kong like scale.

    I was thinking of getting them refurbished in the future but since I found out this news it's making me think again.

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    No worries. You've got to get them connected up to your TV, as movies would sound EPIC!

    I wouldn't refurbish them, if you mean in terms of re-veneering them, as the Formica part of the cabs is a big part of their sound (I'm not kidding), and you can't turn the clock back afterwards... Nah, leave well alone, is my advice

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Black Adder View Post
    Thanks guys.

    Marco. I would like a bigger telly, but our olde Tosh Regza does the job famously.

    I've not yet got it running through as a telly system but it's certainly on the cards and can't wait to sort it out.

    Your right about never wanting to let go of them too. They are astoundingly great speakers. Giving everything in a Kong like scale.

    I was thinking of getting them refurbished in the future but since I found out this news it's making me think again.
    Lol, I have the exact same one Josie and as you say it does indeed do the the job famously
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    I love the recessed positioning which avoids the dominance of large speakers in a room to a great extent.
    I also wonder when you eulogise them, what has been happening in speaker development in the last 55 years.

    I agree with Marco about large TVs dominating rooms these days, but music has taken a downturn. I have a large screen to enable surfing from 10 feet away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pharos View Post
    I also wonder when you eulogise them, what has been happening in speaker development in the last 55 years.
    Not everyone loves big Tannoys.
    I think what has been happening in speaker development over the last 55 years is substantial advances in driver, crossover and cabinet materials and technology, resulting in the reduction in resonances and general colourations.
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    I meant it somewhat satirically Jerry, I used to have Tannoy Lancs. in the 70s, and the guy who sold them to me in '71 said that he was changing because of their colouration.

    Of course the points you raise are all the areas which have had attention, though how "substantial" is open to question.
    We are on the whole, all though many on this forum have numerous systems, unable to compare our systems which have evolved over time, and which would be very interesting in order to assess real progress.

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    Yes, but ALL speakers are coloured to some degree, Jerry darling, including yours!

    So, in the final analysis, all we can do is choose our favoured form of coloration, or that which least offends our ears, and live with it, if otherwise we enjoy the noise that our speakers make

    Btw, let's bear in mind that this is Jo's thread, where she's just posted pics of her pride and joys in situ in her new house, and no doubt would prefer the discussion to be centred around positive comments, so let's not turn it into an anti-Tannoy thread crap...

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    I would put my speakers up with the very best in the 5k - 7k range. I've had 7k speakers before and nothing sounds as addictive as these.

    A lot of people still remember tannoy from the old days. And the worst of the crop was the 15" MG's in Lancaster cabinets. Just simply not good.

    The crossover in mine are fully updated too.

    The 15" drivers are best in Big cabinets. Nothing like Lancasters. Chalk and cheese.

    I know Jerry isn't a fan though. Lol



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    Surprisingly few people have actually heard a good pair of big Tannoys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Black Adder View Post
    Hi all.

    Last week I found that I had an email plonked in to my Junk folder. The email was from the person I bought my Lockwood Major speaker cabinets from a few years ago.

    When I bought them I was curious on knowing where they were in the past. Being Lockwood Majors it was pretty much given that the would have been resident in a sound studio at some point.

    Anyway, I asked if he had any information about them to which I had no reply.

    Then in March 2016! - (I don't check my junk spam/junk enough do I?) I found an email from him. Although it was over a year since I emailed him it was great to read what he had to say.

    He said the cabinets belonged to a producer (to which he couldn't remember unfortunately) who worked at a studio called Chappell? He said that there was a wall of them in the studio and he took a pair when the studio got refitted back in the 70's.

    So, I had a quick skoot and came up with this picture which is really quite astonishing.

    Chappell Studio's late 1960's early 70's I presume

    These were in the 60's judging by the desk and the chair.




    And today?



    Although a little worn around the edges, for their age they look fine... And yes, sounding absolutely splendid.

    Anyway, thought I'd just share this nugget of good fortune with you all. I'm going to check my Junk folder more often.... lol

    Thanks
    Aesthetically, I like your room, but don't you get neck pain from watching your tv at that angle/height. Ergonomics is a much neglected issue in hifi and audio-visuals. I managed to fracture my spine doing building work as a student so have to ensure I do not exacerbate the problem. Spending much of my time in front of a pc doesn't help. I have reduced the problem by buying a 32" 4K AOC monitor, which is vertically adjustable. I have it so that it is level with my eyes two thirds down its height, and angled so that the top of the screen is forward inclined. This means I am looking very slightly upwards, and the plane of the screen is parallel to me. I also bought an Ikea Markus office chair. This has very good lumbar support, but most importantly, is fully height adjustable so that my knees are at a right angle when I am working. An extra plus, though not really ergonomics, is that the monitor settings allow for reduction of uv for good eye health.

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