Our Verdict You must hear these before buying any other speaker at this price For Lovely tonal balance fluid but precise timing and dynamics plenty of detail Against Some rivals punch harder Reviewed on 6th December 2010 We’ve been fans of the Mercury range right from the start. This, the fifth iteration, is by far the best yet, thanks to a raft of upgrades including stiffer casework and a lightweight mid/bass cone. But the proof is in the playing – and we’re happy to report that it’s easy to fall for the Tannoys’ charms. The soundstage is bigger than that from others in the same class, and they manage to translate the combination of space and intimacy of the live venue better than any other. There’s also a fluidity and solidity to the delivery that makes instruments sound delightfully lush, and dynamic shifts flow beautifully. More after the break You could listen these speakers in isolation, and not find any faults, but comparison with the best around proves that there’s a little punch and attack that the Tannoys miss. They’ve got a slightly rounded-off treble, too, and while that means they’ll make the most of harsh recordings, it also costs a smidge of sparkle. It’s a tough choice… See all our hi-fi speaker Best Buys Follow whathifi.com on Twitter Join whathifi.com on Facebook Related News Tannoy reintroduces its Legacy speaker series from the 1970s Tue, 21 Feb 2017, 05:29pm Best speaker deals - hi-fi, Bluetooth, wireless Tue, 14 Feb 2017, 04:49pm Tannoy's new Gold Reference GRF speaker to be built in Scotland Fri, 27 Jan 2017, 02:33pm Dali introduces four-strong Spektor speaker range Wed, 25 Jan 2017, 12:41pm JBL 4312SE speakers celebrates the brand's 70th anniversary Wed, 18 Jan 2017, 05:55pm Hi-Fi Hi-fi speakers Mercury V1 Tannoy Stay on top of your sound with What Hi-Fi? in your inbox every week Thank you for registering for our Newsletter We will send you relevant emails and updates.