I prefer Tannoy to Focal.....but I don't know how useful that is.
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I must say the Tannoys have a cleaner design. In my opinion this is also somewhat important. If your planning to keep the speakers for a long time a clean design is always welcome.
I also really can't help you with your decision. For one, I don't know the Focals. But also I really don't listen to any of your music styles on my DC6Ts.
With respect to their appearance: they really look good. I used to keep the speaker grill off, but that also makes the speakers more noticable. Eventually I decided to put the grills on.
Had anyone heard both the Dc6t and the kef q500's? I can get a nice discount on the kef's but they look a bit old fashioned because of the english cherry finish.
In my local dealers, I demoed the DC6T's along with Rega RS3's (using both my own Rega Brio 2000 amp and the new Brio R) then the dealer brought out the Kef Q500's for comparison.
Personally I prefered the DC6T's and RS3's both of which I then had on home demo.
I decided to get some HC gear instead, but when I get back to looking for floorstanders, the DC6T's and RS3's will be on my shortlist.
HiFi: Rega Brio 2000, Rega Apollo CDP, Mission 780's on Atacama SE20's. BK XXLS400DF. Chord Crimson Plus & Chord Carnival Silverscreen (b/w), Tacima MC.
HC: Pansonic TX-P50C3B, Onkyo TX-NR609, Sony BDP S480, MA BX2's, MA BXFX & MA BX Centre. BK XXLS400DF. Chord Carnival Silverscreen & Classic cables.
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I'm pretty shure I'm gonna go for the DC6T's. I keep reading good things about them and even the brand in general gets almost exclusively 4 or 5 star ratings on the site. Can't go wrong with these speakers
thanks everyone, this has been realy helpfull!
In this game, there is no such thing as "can't go wrong".....and good reviews are certainly no guarantee of success.
If the DC6Ts have a weakness, it's that they "can" get a bit edgy in the treble when pushed (equipment and room dependant). For some, this is a deal-breaker, while others enjoy the extra "zing".
I believe that what you say is certainly true but it's still a big step up from my old setup, which makes me very happy!
I ordered the tannoys, can't wait to test them!
A little off topic maybe but does anyone know something more about my amp? It's an old sony TA-FA5ES (champagne color). I know my father paid a decent amount of money for it back in the day but is it still a good amp, or should I maybe check on making an update in the near future?
I had a Sony TA-F4A back in the early 80s, and it was a decent budget amp......yours is a good step up, and provided it isn't in need of a service, should be a good match with the Tannoys.
Let us know how it goes.
Indeed, let us know how it goes.
So I got my speakers yesterday, got them in position and started testing.
They're really amazing, i love the sound. The bass is clear, the stereo image is amazing... I'm very happy! They have yet to break in so thinks will probably only get better over time. I also ordered some new cable (van damme blue) cause my cable is pretty cheap.
Again a little off topic but I have a quick question. I own a macbook pro from "11 and most of my music is on there. Would i benefit from an external soundcard like the creative sound blaster? It's an fairly unexpensive upgrade. I know macbooks have pretty descent soundcards themselves.
Hi, my name's Nathan. I'm new to the forum so I'm just gonna go ahead and post my question.
I'm looking into buying some new floorstanding speakers as i've outgrown my old BOSE 301 SERIES II. I'm only 19 years old, so I listen to a lot of different music genres. That is why i'm looking for a speaker that is capable of playing reggae, rap or hip-hop but also house or drum and bass. I prefer floorstanders because from what i've heard they deliver enough bass to leave out a subwoofer. I really liked the Teufel Ultima 40 mk2. They seem like a lot of speaker for the money. Anyway, I'd love to have your opinions on it as i don't know all the brands and speakers.
The amp i'm using is an old sony sony ta-fa5es gold. I would use them in my room at home for now but soon in my student appartment. The room they will be in is 5x5m or something.
Thanks in advance!
I'd be looking at something like Q Acoustics 2050i, although they are quite tall. Focal seems a good call.
Ehhmm, he already bought speakers.
@Nathan: glad to hear you like the Tannoys. I, however, can't help you with your further questions.
How are you using the mac at the moment? From the headphone socket, not at all?
Ideally an inexpensive usb or toslink dac, if practical look up the 'Odac', a sub £100 usb dac that has an excellent reputation, plenty of other options if you look around.
In a similar situation I use an AEX into a cheap Fiio dac so I can play music from my laptop on the sofa.
We do so many shows in a row,
And these towns all look the same,
We just pass the time in our hotel room
And wander 'round backstage,
Till the lights come up, and we hear that crowd,
And we remember why we came.
Yes, I just use the headphone socket with a RCA cable in the AUX connection on my amp.
The odac is just the thing I'm looking for in size. Can you clearly hear difference when you use something like that or just when you pay very close attention? I don't want to go and spend money on something if only an audiophile can hear the difference
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