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Tannoy Fusion 2
3 Reviews
rating  4.33 of 5
Description: <ul> <li>Hi-fi applications of truly outstanding</li> <li>Real acoustic benefits</li> <li>Fusion line-up comprises two bookshelf models</li> </ul>


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Emanuele a Casual Listener

Date Reviewed: December 22, 2006

Bottom Line:   
If your looking for some great speakers, but don't want to pay a lot for them then these tannoys are for you, they really are fantastic value!!!!!!!

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Casual Listener

Product model year:   2004

Price Paid:    $105.00

Purchased At:   Empire Direct

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by sethmckiness a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: October 30, 2006

Bottom Line:   
Picked up to replace aging Mini-Monitors about 18 months. I did a comparison against the V.4 Mini and found that after an hour of A/B I liked them better. The speakers are a bit warmer, and I also enjoy the front porting, so the sound does not get as boomy as they would with Mini-Monitors when pushed up against a wall(not the ideal location, but sometimes we must comprise with our better halves). Build quality I would hand to Paradigm. Their speakers are built very well, from the enclosure inward. But I didn't find that out till later.

Something I did discover with these speakers is their Jekyl and hyde personality with different equipment. When I originall listend to them they were being pushed by the current Anthem TLP-1 and MCA-2, I then hooked them up to a Mac-1900. This amp did a fairly good job, and they had a good mellow note. When I hooked them up to a Parasound PLD-1100 and a HCA-600 they also worked well, but I had done a lilttle mod to the 600, which I did not do to that HCA-750 that replaced it. The results were horrible. The base was boomy and highs were like fingernails on chalkboard. Since then the PLD1100 and HCA-750 went to Ebay and I have resurrected an EICO ST70. Initially I was impressed with how again they sounded very smooth and had fairly large bass extension for a smaller 2-way bookshelf. I have since modified the Eico and the Fusion 2s have really come into there own. They do a decent job of soundstaging. They are a lil weak in the midrange area of the crossover frequency, but all in all are great for a speaker thats 400$

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2004

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   Audio Labs

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by paolippe a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: April 25, 2006

Bottom Line:   
I purchased The Tannoy Fusion 2 after an afternoon of listening at Free Shop, S. Marino, a Magazine with a little but nice HIFI room and very kind personnel who make you listen every equipment they 've got.
I compared Tannoy Fusion 2 with many other speakers: Indiana Line Arbour 530, Klipsch RB 25 ed RB15, KEF IQ1 e Cresta 10, Boston VR1, PolkAudio monitor 50, Chario Silouette 100 Tower, Sonus Faber Concertino, JBL Northridge E60.

When I decide to compare/buy a pair of speaker I generally use 2 self written CD compilations, which contain a selection of very well recorded material spacing from Rock to Classical music, throught Jazz. Here is the list:
CD n° 1:
1) Antonella Vitale – The Island (Audio Records): Love for sale.
2) Dire Straits – On every street (Vertigo): You and your friend.
3) L’Orchestra del XX secolo (Audio Records) Copland: Fanfare for the common man.
4) Debussy – Preludes Volume 1 - Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Deutsche Grammophon): La cathedrale engloutie.
5) Stravinsky – La Sagra della Primavera (Deutsche Grammophon): Movimento 2
6) Simple Minds - Good News form The New World (Virgin): Hypnotised e Deadly Sins.
7) Joe Jackson - Body and Soul (A&M): You can’t get what you want e The verdict.
8) Poulenc – Il concerto campestre (Deutsche Grammophon).
9) Enya – A Day Without Rain (Reprise): Wild Child.

CD n° 2:
1) Loreena Mc Kennitt – The Book of Secrets (Warner Bros.): Skellig.
2) Smashing Pumpkins – Adore (Caroline): Once Upon a Time.
3) Pink Floyd – The Wall (Harvest): Hey You.
4) Mark Knopfler – Golden Heart (Warner Bros.): Rudiger e Nobody’s got the gun.
5) Dire Straits – Love Over Gold (Vertigo): Telegraph Road
6) The Beatles – Sgt Pepper’s (Apple): With a little help from my friends e Getting Better.
7) Nirvana – Never Mind (Sub Pop): In Bloom
8) Green Day – American Idiot (Reprise): Holiday e Wake up
9) Husker Du – Warehouse, Songs and Stories (Warner Bros.): She Floated Away.
10) Smashing Pumpkins – Greatest Hits (Virgin): Zero.

Well! Tannoy Fusion 2 are affordable reflex speakers, but they are very well constructed with internal reinforcement of the classic but solid MDF cabinet and a great quantity of synthetical cotton-wool to absorb spurious resonances.
The Fusion 2 sounds (IMHO) very very well and their sound is absolutely smooth, with low distortion, sufficiently controlled basses and discrete sensibility (declared 88 db/1W/1m, but I think it's a little inferior, compared with my reference speakers Cizek model one). The Fusion 2 make better if compared with all the other models I listened with the following exceptions:
1) Chario Silouette 100 have a superior mid sound and better transparence.
2) The piano of Michelangeli sounds better with the Klipsch RB 15 and RB 25; it's more clear and "transient". The Tannoy's piano is not bad, but is too much sweet, with no attack and not convincing transient reproduction.
3) Dynamic, but not precision transparency and image of sound, is superior with more sensitive speakers (JBL, Klipsch, Boston).
3) Sonus Faber Concertino are on the same level of Fusion 2, but with a slightly superior sobriety and balance on mid-bass.

Compared at home, with my reference speakers Cizek model one (Classic American Reference Speakers since 1978), the Tannoy shows a moderately reduced image of the sound and a lack of mid-high frequency, whilst the mid-bass are even too evident and the basses are present but not profound.

Tannoy sounds perfectly Pop-Rock like Dire Straits and Mark Knopfler, but also Nirvana, The Beatles, Smashing Pumpkins, Green Day, whilst Stravinsky and Poulenc need a more extended bass a larger dimension of the image to be more realistic. Also Jazz (Antonella Vitale) and Jazz-Pop (Joe Jackson) is well reproduced by Fusion 2 although the comparison with CIzek is inadmissable.

In Conclusion, these are very interesting speakers with a great value for the money. The little defects are completely counterbalanced by low price (many speakers that cost 10 fold the price you'll pay for a pair of Fusion 2 sound worse).

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4) Van Den Hul "The Name" Signal Cables
5) TNT "Triple T" Power Cables

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2005

Price Paid:    $190.00

Purchased At:   Free Shop, Dogana, S

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