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 JBL revives its retro L100 loudspeakers Thu, 11 Jan 2018, 02:30am McIntosh's XRT2.1K loudspeakers: 81 drivers, 7ft tall, £138k Thu, 14 Dec 2017, 11:59am Tangent unveils new wireless floorstanders Mon, 27 Nov 2017, 02:10pm Best Black Friday speaker deals - hi-fi, Bluetooth, wireless Fri, 17 Nov 2017, 11:46am New Cabasse Murano Alto: flagship technology in compact cabinets Tue, 24 Oct 2017, 02:14pm 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.