Our Verdict 
An affordable upgrade - the improvements are big enough to make it a worthy buy
Smooth grasp of motion
dynamic, wide sound
great value for money
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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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Merlin Tarantula Figure '8'