Thanks @islandmandan I'm just getting starting to learn about all the Tannoys and actually bought these blind at the recommendation of my friend who knows my taste, gear, room and budget which I stretched some but got a great deal I couldn't pass up. Couldn't have worked out better! My previous Coincidents sounded great out of the box and these easily bested those out of the box, incredible. I need to research your setup and delve deeper thanks for the words of encouragement. Happy listening, I think I may have found my last speaker.
I have to congratulate you on your purchase of the new Stirlings. I got my first pair of Tannoys nearly fifty years ago. For various reasons, I wandered about in the wilderness for nineteen years, and finally some ten years ago, I found myself on the right path again. I built a custom pair of HPD 315 drivers into custom 150 liter cabinets, built custom crossovers, and replaced the foam surrounds with "hard edge" surrounds, as the current Prestige line uses. Due to recent changes in crossover component values, and minor equipment upgrades, I'm now enjoying the best sounding system I believe I have ever heard. Possibly.
I know that is a bold statement, but then I haven't been to but one audio show, the '07 RMAF, only have a couple of audio friends, and don't get out to audio dealers but maybe every five years or so. So yes, I do have limited exposure to fine audio systems, but nonetheless, I know what a great system sounds like.
I have heard the new GR series are very special, so I envision your system is sounding just superb. I've been curious about how my Tannoys would sound with the Musical Reference driving it, but the three amps I'm currently using are working quite well. They are: Class D Audio, modified Assemblage Audio SET 300B, and Audio Renaissance SET 845.
Sorry to kind of hijack your thread, but sharing the joy with other Tannoy lovers is something I just can't help.
Congratulations on your new speakers, with the other fine gear you have, I imagine your ears are feeling just great about now. Enjoy!
New speaker day - now tell me what could be better? Tannoy Stirling Golden Reference speakers arrived August 12, 2019. Getting them dialed in w/the floor spikes and positioning. Out of the box they exceeded my expectations and are a great match for the RM10 Mk II thankfully. Plenty of silent power and the fidelity is startling. Burning them in is a real treat.....cheers amigos!
I initially went w/Roger's recommendation & after a few days tried the 8 ohm taps for a few days. I do prefer the 4 ohm taps & have more than enough power & like the idea of extended tube life. I don't baby this amp & really like to push it hard at times & it doesn't lose it's composure - whatsoever. These Ei's will probably outlive me:) With your Merlins what's your take on the taps?
Pehare. I like the simplicity of your system. Have you concidered room treatments. The room looks too lively. Room treatments would make a huge upgrade in sonics. It would let you hear how great the equipment is.
thanks Solman. Cary & the MR are both great amps w/the Coincidents. The MR is more neutral (less lush), much faster, quieter, more refined & resolving than the Cary. Perhaps closer to the truth, if you will, while keeping all the best attributes of tubes. My favorite amp to date. The chair is incredibly comfortable & is called the Charles Pollock (Jackson's bro) sling chair he designed in 1960 & built by Knoll.
Thanks Al. This setup is really satisfying & no plans for changes. The Edison gets played mostly for curious guests & it rests above my listening area w/the large weathered morning glory horn looming over the room. Glad you enjoyed Ben's Radio page. Happy listening Al, you've got an incredible collection.
Great choices! My impression is that everything Coincident produces seems to be top-notch, and I would imagine that a 6BQ5 amp such as the RM-10 MkII is an excellent complement to the speakers.
As an antique radio collector, I can certainly understand the appeal of the Edison. Both antique radios and early phonograph equipment have a combination of historical, technical, and aesthetic appeal and interest that is very special.
Thanks for the kind comments fellas. Gadmanrdh - the Edison is a model B which originally sold for around $20 in 1905. I paid $600 about 10 yrs ago from a friend who is an avid collector & restorer of these machines. This one plays wax cylinders & plays just like when it was new.