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I think it was Tannoy that produced this shape speaker.  Were they any good?  Did anyone on the forum own these?  How much does shape influence the sound (triangular, cone)?!?


Are electrostatic another name for active speakers, if not then what is the difference?  Is it still possible to build your own speaker?


On this discussion pictures most welcome.

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Yes, Tannoy had the Six range, with a six-sided cabinet, the idea being better structural integrity and less internal reflections. As far as I recall, they worked rather well.

Here's a link to the Gramophone review of the 613s, back in 1992.

No, electrostatic speakers aren't the same as active speakers: the former uses a large charged diaphragm to move the air, operating on very high voltages, and needs to be driven by a conventional amplifier.

An example is the Quad ESL2905, reviewed here by this magazine and here by Gramophone.

Active speakers, by contrast, can be run from a preamplifier or other low-level source: they have a crossover to split frequencies between the drive-units, and then dedicated amplifiers for each driver.

Some have multiple inputs, volume controls and even built-in digital to analogue converters.

Yes, you can build your own speakers, though the lethal voltages involved in electrostatics probably rule them out as beginners' - or even advanced - DIY projects, and the complexity of active speakers make them a bit tricky too.

But conventional passive speakers should be perfectly possible: there's a range of online resources to help you work out which drivers to use, how big a box you'll need for them, and how to design the crossover to suit.

Or you can buy speakers in kit form from the likes of Wilmslow Audio, where all the design work is done for you...

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I remember having a pair of bright orange (!) hexagonal speakers eons ago although the make and model name escapes me.
They actually sounded OK but my wife was horrified at the colour and said the only place they would look good would be in an Outspan Orange Warehouse Cool

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Tonya, are you thinking of the Tandberg Fasett speakers?



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Yup, they are the ones, LonelyBoy!
Well spotted and thanks for putting me out of my misery, I was trying to find them in the attic to see what they were called.
I remember I picked up a Tandberg dual capstan cassette deck at the same time as those orange monstrosities.


They don't make 'em like that anymore (thank goodness!).

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Andrew Everard:


Here's a link to the Gramophone review of the 613s, back in 1992.


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Fascinating Andrew

Does WHF have any plans to create an archive like that? The tidbits in the back of recent mags have been nostalgic but to have access on-line to archive stuff would be fascinating no?

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Thanks Andrew for all the helpful links.


Much appreciated.

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shado, i have a pair of Tannoy 603 bookshellf speakers and Tannoy 621 Centre, there from 1995 or there abouts....


Recently converted the attic and started to use them  again, For speakers 15 years old they stilll sound fantastic,



 


 

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Excellent Torres , glad to see they are still useful.  I saw a pair in Radfords Hifi shop years ago when I was looking at the DAC in the box to add to my Rotel Bitstream CDP, but I never got round to auditioning the Tannoys in the end.

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Re: Hexagonal Speakers for starters

When you said hexagon speakers, this is what I first thought of from seeing them in a pawn shop.

 

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Re: Hexagonal Speakers for starters
bobsalonde:

When you said hexagon speakers, this is what I first thought of from seeing them in a pawn shop.


 



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I rememeber selling Tannoy's 6 series when I worked for Radfords i the early/mid nineties. The most popular ones were the 611's, the cheapest floorstander in the range at about £400. They were quite short and fat, but because they used an 8" bass driver,and an 8" dual concentric driver, not many speakers could match their powerful bass performance.


 

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Torres09:

shado, i have a pair of Tannoy 603 bookshellf speakers and Tannoy 621 Centre, there from 1995 or there abouts....


Recently converted the attic and started to use them  again, For speakers 15 years old they stilll sound fantastic,



 


 


 



I remenber wanting to buy a pair of those.but the top seemed to be made of plastic.Maybe I should have bought , but I dont even remenber having heard them. Good hein?

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hi  ear, i've had these from new ( yep 15-20 years now) and when i recently converted the attic i dug them out and started using them as a 'stop gap' until i had the funds to get a newer pair...........


However that's all changed now, i forgot how good these speakers are, really impressed for their age...


When i watched Band of Brothers BluRay that sealed the deal, so glad i did'nt get rid of themBig Smile

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upgraditys sometimes make you end up with somethinh worse than in the begining. I dont get rid of anything lol

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I remember bringing home 2 catalogues, one for Tannoy with models in that range and one from Pioneer from a range called prologue if Im not mistaken, these had ceramic dome i recall.anyone had them?

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