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Tannoy Eaton

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Tannoy Eaton

Description

Tannoys baby 10" HPD 295A driver in a compact 52 x 35 x 25" particle board cabinet with a choice of real wood veneer finishes.

The performance of the Eaton sets an entirely new standard for bookshelf enclosures.

The enclosure has a ducted port and carefully adjusted internal acoustic foam damping provides a bass response out of all proportion with its size.

The HPD integrated drive system consists of a direct radiator bass unit and a high frequency compression driver, both located concentrically within the same frame and magnet assembly

Specifications

Type: 2 way, single driver loudspeaker system

Frequency Response: 50Hz to 20kHz

Power Handling: 50W

Crossover Frequency: 1000Hz

Impedance: 8Ω

Sensitivity: 87.5dB

Full Range: 1 x 10" HPD 295A

Enclosure: ducted port

Grille: brown, sand or blue cloth

Finish: walnut, ash, teak

Dimensions: 524 x 350 x 250mm

Weight: 18kg

Year: 1976

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Reviewed Jul 16th, 2017 by DrGizmoBAB

Tannoy's Eaton is an interesting speaker. The particular units I own have butyl rubber surrounds, a good feature for longevity since they're resistant to degradation. Being of dual concentric design (tweeter within, woofer acting as the horn cavity) provides a pseudo acoustic point source. I label them 'pseudo' point source because the woofer cone limits the dispersion of the tweeter when listening off axis, resulting in a darkish closed-in presentation when listening to the speakers away from the 'sweet-spot'.

On the other hand, listening on-axis can portray a hard brashness to the sound when the front Level and Roll-off controls are set to nominally flat. Dropping both of these settings by 1 increment solves this issue. The frequency response is ruler flat until you drop into the lower octaves. Here the amplification makes a big difference. Amplifiers with tight control over the bass spectrum is a must, otherwise they could sound anemic. This is expected since this is the smallest in Tannoy's dual concentric line-up.

The amplifier I use with these speakers is Mission's vintage Cyrus One, which quite a good match. I'd say almost optimal if it were not for the limited power (25 to 30 WPC) of this amplifier.

Of coarse I'm being critical because these speakers are quite pricy on the 2nd hand market (the speakers are no longer available new).

Using an analog source brings weight to the bass that most digital sources lack.

The good news is that these speakers present a truly unveiled sound stage, better than anything I've tried short of open baffle full-range systems which BTW costs quite a lot more.

In summary, the Tannoy Eaton's connected to solid amplification using vinyl as the source will give exemplary results.

 

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