What Hi Fi Sound and Vision Thu, 17 Jun 2010, 2:00pm

Merlin Tarantula Figure '8'

Tested at £40

An affordable upgrade - the improvements are big enough to make it a worthy buy

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  • Smooth grasp of motion
  • dynamic, wide sound
  • great value for money


  • Nothing

We liked Merlin's three-pin Tarantula so much we gave it an Award – and its reassuring to see that its figure-of-eight version has the same qualities.

This mains lead gave our reference setup a natural colour palette and a smooth, supple grasp of motion, even during taxing scenes.

It's no slouch with sonics either, and its wide sound is bang on, although top-end finesse could've been better.

The Tarantula offers the most bang for your buck.

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