just superb for the money, I paid just 249 pounds, dont be put offf by the slightly lightweight feel of the cabinets for such big floorstanders, the bass is deep and controlled, only hinting at boominess if backed up to a wall and even then you need to crank up the bass and volume to provoke any wayward bass, the mid and treble have a pleasing tranparancy, and can be delicate with the right music, a very fun listen for not much of you hard earned, recomended !
Brought these for £259 inclusive delivery as a replacement/upgrade from my Eltax Monitor III, which died after many a year good service.
Literally out of the box, they are several classes above the Eltax. Bass is responsive, punchy and well defined. The midrange has great clarity and the treble is detailed without being harsh; cymbals now crash instead of fizz!
I fully expect that after the Tannoy's have been run in I will bring out even more detail and partner my Sony TA-FB940R QS amp well.
I will connect this speaker to Marantz PM 6004 which has only 45 watts for 12 m2 room with 4-6 m height. What do you think ? Should I change the amp too ?
Just to put this into perspective and to be my last comment here as I have spammed enough already
The marantz 6004 has great reviews.
My current amp as I said is just a low budget AV amp , Yamaha AV365 and with it.. the V4's sound incredible.
the nicest sounding amp I ever bought was an Alto Audio Innovations dedicated 35 watt 2 channel amp costing at the time over 15 years ago more than £500, that made anything you put through it sound like musical paradise, and after now owning the V4's ... I dearly wish I had my Alto to power them now. Why change an amp BEFORE you hear the speakers? i'm tempted to get that marantz amp for myself
Could you bung the rear ports to allow them closer to a wall?
If you bung them.. you'll kill them (in my opinion).. they work great close to a wall anyway. but how close are we talking? the boom on these v4's is very low at 15 cm's, you'll likely only affect the imagery closer than 30 cm's, mine are at 30cm's. Have tried them right up against the wall and they still sound very good but lost alot of soundstage like most speakers do.
Realistically my listening area is small at the minute, so these are undoubtedly overkill. They'd be approx 15 from the rear wall but on one side next to the side wall. I just didn't want to miss the bargain of £249 for future use when listening circumstances improve. How far apart are yours and how far back is your listening position from them? Thanks
mine are exactly 1.6 meters apart and i'm normally about 2 meters from the front side of them when purposley listening to an album. In my opinion.. at the current price.. the V4's are the best rear firing speaker ( weather placed close to a wall or not ) that you can buy brand new and this kind of price.
I bought them unheard based on frequency response and they continue to blow me away, nose rattling bass (at high volumes) deep bass and high detail even at very low volumes. (and i'm still only using a yamaha AV 365 amp) bought for £100 off the shelf
See post below... tunner says it all.
I paid £249, brilliant value!
Although the reviews here are pretty accurate, and it's great that what hi-fi have now tested the v4's in a group test... the tech specs that what hi-fi state are wrong in pretty silly ways, they are NOT floorstanders?? they are NOT biwireable ?? Makes me not trust other specs that what hi-fi publish. even after the updated review.. it's still not correct.
Hi wharfe, sorry about that, we've had a few gremlins in the works since we moved to our new servers with data not pulling through correctly. I've now amended the specs.
You have redeemed yourselves
I have had the V4's for a couple of months and they are amazing and for £300 you could not find better, they produce an awesome sound stage with great attention to detail, turn up the volume and they really come to life, having coupled them with the Mercury VC Centre and the V1's as rears my listening experience is even better.
I have recently updated my receiver from an ONKYO TX-SR307 to the Denon 1912 which did reasonably in reviews but at only £350 powers the V4's beautifully and has made my sound 10 times better.
If you are looking for some floor standers on a budget of up to £600 -£700 I would save some cash and go get the V4's.
I upgraded to these from Mordaunt-Short Avant 914i floorstanders and previous to those I had Tannoy M3 Cherry floorstanders and for a short while tried some Cambridge Audio S30 speakers (which were rubbish).
Let me tell you this, these speakers are
1: Amazing out of the box.2: Even better after a couple of months of normal usage.
I use my pair with the trusty NAD C325BEE amp so they are not bi-wired but the sound output is sublime.
The highs are crisp and detailed yet the bass goes very low to the point that when playing music or movie where you'd normally expect the rumble coming from a subwoofer you look around and there is no sub in sight - that's how low they can go and it's distortion free at virtually any safe volume as well.
The Mordaunt-Short were well liked for their exclusive treble detail and the V40 is not far behind at all. You can evry easily sit back with just a pair of these and thoroughly enjoy an action filled movie but at the same time chill with with smooth jazz music or pop to Hip Hop, they seem to be the jack of all audio trades and the price is not too high either.
My amp is connected to my PC via a Xonar STX soundcard so I use the setup for gaming too and again here they're superb.
I really like these speakers and they will not be replaced until the day they break outside of the warranty.
My only negative is that the floor spike coasters they come with don't have rubber bottoms like other coasters (I have audio serenity coasters anyway) but they actually bundled in coasters which other manufacturers don't do which is nice.
I think I paid £340~ for them at Richer Sounds a while back. Funny thing is I spent maybe 2 hours just listening to the speakers in RS's demo room and the guy who helped me out setting it all up said it was great to see soemone come in and actually properly listen to them instead of just spend a few minutes track skipping. We listened to their demo CDs of various tracks from various artists of all genres and we agreed on all of the differences between the speakers that were put through the demo and in the end I chose the Tannoys for their level of bass (punchy, detailed, low, not boomy at al) and composure in treble detail.
They also look very cool. Mine are dark brown (almost looks black) and suits my set-up perfectly.
I have owned the V4's now for about 3 months.
I've been heavily into Hifi since I was 12 years old, i've owned many speakers, many amps etc etc........i'm now 37 years young.
I raved about the Tannoy V4's when I bought them. (seriously)
I still rave about them !!!!!
Can't wait till I can get a better amp!
Currntly using Yamaha AV 365. Going to buy Yamaha 1067.
I am a newbie to Hifi and this is my first post. I recently picked up a pair of Tannoy Mercury V4's in sugar maple. I rip CD's to Itunes in Apple lossless format, then stream them wirelessly to my airport express in the family room, which then feeds my recently acquired Peachtree Nova integrated via Monster Toslink optical cable. For speaker cable, I went with Audioquest Bi-Wire Rocket 33 with silver banana plugs. This is my first real stereo system.
I chose the Tannoys after extensive speaker research online, as well as countless listening sessions at local Hifi shops. Whathifi's review of the Mercury V4 was the tipping point for me, I ordered mine without ever hearing them. I had listened to the B&W CM8, Paradigm Monitor 9 as well as other brands such as Dynaudio. In the end, I decided to save some money and take a leap of faith with the Tannoys.
All I can say, with my limited experience in this wonderful little hobby I recently discovered, is that I am completely blown away by how good these speakers sound to me. My Nova only puts out 65 watts in to 8 ohms, but that's enough to drive these speakers to insane levels while still maintaining their composure. I find myself giggling from time to time when I've got the volume cranked...and I'm not the kind of guy to giggle. I feel that these speakers offer tremendous value at $500 US Dollars, and I wanted to share my sentiments with the other readers out there. I couldn't be any happier with my Tannoy speakers.
Where did you purchase your Tannoy Mercury V4?
I am trying to find a dealer in the Los Angeles area or internet dealer, but I have had no luck.
Is the average price $500/pair US Dollars?
hi... I'm in the UK.. got them by special order (unheard) from my local "Audio T" now called "sevenoaks" a real pedigree audio dealer for £350.
I am surprised about the lack of real user reviews. I had my eye on quite a few speakers.. various mission, various Q acoutics, wharfedales, various Quadral's.
Never considered tannoy til I found the V4's.... they are incredible and do everything I could possibly want and more! at such a price (£350) Ive not switched the subwoofer on since i bought them.
One word to describe them?
Loud clear fast deep hard punchy detailed accurate.
Isn't that eight words?
It would have been eight but here are some more....
Dynamic, versatile, refined, CHEST POUNDING BONE RATTLING BASS.... awesome for the price... I could go on but i'd rather play some tunes on my new tannoys.
I find myself thinking that I may never buy speakers from any other manufacturer than Tannoy in the future.
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