My Story Since I have fallen in love with an idea of coaxial
speakers, I've been looking out for different constructions from
well known brands. Having experienced the high end Tannoy
drivers and speakers, I was interested to see if more modestly
priced constructions are capable of creating similar character
Believe it or not, but I actually found these speakers on a
car boot sale! They did not look very clean when I bought them,
but with a bit of work they turned out just fine.
These speakers were in the higher end of the
'Series 90' - the range developed by Tannoy which featured
technologies from professional studio monitors, adapted for
domestic market. Here is how Tannoy describes these: "Designed
to deliver high sensitivity and bass extension, the DC2000 is a
compact, floor-standing speaker".
Drivers feature famous 'Dual Concentric' construction which means that we have two diaphragms (HF
and LF) combined in one driver and working on the same axis - if
you are not familiar with this construction, read the
Monitor Gold 15" review, which explains it in more detail.
The benefits of having the high frequency driver sharing the
same chassis as the bass driver are that the whole drive unit
operates across the audio bandwidth as a single point of source,
which in theory, should produce perfect stereo image. According
to Tannoy, the crossovers are designed to time align both high
and low frequency drivers, to eliminate "unnatural time delays"
and create true point source.
Look & Feel
My first impression was quite positive - the speakers
heavy and the drivers look neat. The enclosures are made of chipboard and are
fairly rigid. They are finished in
black vinyl laminate
that tries to imitate wood - I'm not a big fan. There a two
drivers in each speaker, one
Dual Concentric driver and one bass driver and both feature baskets made from pressed metal.
often see this in budget speakers, so seeing it in these Tannoys
was a little disappointing, especially that from what I found on
the internet, they were not exactly cheap when they were new.
Both drivers' cones are made from polyolefin suspended on rubber
surrounds. The tweeter diaphragms are made from aluminium and
are driven by a separate magnet, positioned behind the bass
diaphragm magnet (see photos below). The crossovers are
hardwired and feature fairly basic components, glued to the back
of the speaker terminals - popular cost saving approach,
frequently utilised amongst modern speakers.
I did not have any expectations when I first plugged these
speakers in. After first few tracks I was neither disappointed,
nor excited. They are very neutral. Bass is low enough, but not
low to cause an earthquake. It is quite quick, as you would
expect from a closed box. Sealed enclosure fans will not be
disappointed. Tracks like Drie Straits - Water of Love sound
dynamic and not lack anything.
Midrange and treble are well balanced - not
shouty but not dull either. Vocals and instruments sound nice
but do not sound alive. They are of course different degrees of
sounding close to alive, and perhaps at the time of testing I
was used to my other speakers and the DC2000 simply did not
sound nowhere near as good as the other speakers. Saying this, when I test
speakers I apply the same 'ultimate' test scale regardless of
the price. What I am trying to say here is that if you normally
listen to the music on low quality speakers, you will be very
impressed with DC2000 but if you have a relatively good quality
set up, you may not appreciate them so much. They are not the
most transparent speakers in the world, however, they are quite
easy to listen. They are capable of playing many different types
of music at relatively high levels without causing distress to
listener's ears. Another important part of speakers' presentation is depth of soundstage.
Unfortunately the reviewed pair does not have much of it. The
presentation is actually very similar to all other Dual
Concentric Tannoy speakers - sound seems to be coming 'from in
front' of the speakers. This must have something to do with the
construction of the driver as I actually never heard any Dual
Concentric driver capable of sounding 'from behind' the speakers.
Maybe because of this DC2000 are not that engaging. You will not
have tears in your eyes when listening to Bob Dylan's - Girl
From the North Country, but it will not sound bad at all - just
less engaging than on better quality speakers.
Quite neutral with a good low end extension and moderate
level of transparency. Not the most engaging speakers but easy
to listen. Good value for money but overall nothing to get
excited about. Before buying, I would definitely recommend to
listen to other second hand speakers available within this price
range (for instance TDL Studio 1).
Balance of Sound:
Neutrality of Tone:
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