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Tannoy 613
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rating  4.67 of 5


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by biren b a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: June 14, 2007

Bottom Line:   
Owned pair of Tannoy 615s since 1995 Purchased brand new. Concentric mid range & tweeter, 1x8" woofer and 1x8" passive radiator, 300 Watts max handling capacity. Lead-shot ballasted base. Absolutely divine speakers. Tight and true bass. Point source stereo imaging, phenomenal highs. Encourage me buy the new TD12 Dimensions now set up in a quad with MC352 Macintosh power amp feeding 615s & Cayin A-100T tubed integrated feeding TD12s in Home theater mode. The best sounding speakers:615s and gets even better with TD12s. Complement each other well.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   1995

Price Paid:    $5000.00

Purchased At:   3rd coast Laser

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by not of this world a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: November 21, 2006

Bottom Line:   
i own the tannoy 615 which is the 613 bigger brother i have ownd so called highend speakers before the 615 is amazing with deep bass piont source stereo
separation with a wonderful sound that will stun you best speakers i have ever heard

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   Pre 1995

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   second hand

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jz_007 a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: November 8, 2004

Bottom Line:   
The Tannoy 613 is a larger version of 611, also reviewed on this site. It is a floor-standing speaker with an "irregular hexagon" cabinet.

Quick specs:
Recommended power: 10-150W (Max 250)
Impedance: 6 ohms
Sensitivity: 90dB (2.87V @ 1m)
H x W x D: 899 x 276 x 188
Weight: 15 kg
Drive Units :
- 6.5" Dual Concentric
- 6.5" Bass unit
- 6.5" Mass-tuned passive cone
Can be bi-wired

Back in about 1988 I compared a pair of Tannoy Dual-Concentric DC200s with the equivalent offerings from Mission and Kef. Some think that that the D-C design (where the tweeter is mounted in the centre of the mid/bass driver, to create a "point source") introduces too many design compromises. Personally, I was instantly won over by the integrity of the Tannoys - the sense of "being-there-if-you-close-your-eyes." The other speakers sounded out-of-phase by comparison.

16 years, later, I have a pair of Tannoy 613s, and I still love the Dual-Concentric design for the same reason. The only other type of speaker I've heard which provides this integrity of sound are the Quad ESL-63s, which also (in theory) provide a point source. But they are perhaps less suited to the Friday-night Speaker Demolition Derby.

I run the Tannoys from a Quad 66/303 pre/power combination. Vocals and sax in particular come over brilliantly on the 613s. The bass is rich, warm and deep; never boomy, but with enough power to rattle the ornaments off the shelves if you want. On a more practical note, their shape makes them compact in a room - much less than ordinary box speakers on stands. They are visually fairly unobtrusive (although the black ash finish looks pretty dated now).

OK, so I've sung the praises, so what's less good. Well, I find them quite "fussy." For example, it's more important than many other speakers to sit in the "correct" place to get the best out of them. Some music works better on them than others, seemingly independent of genre (although in the main, I'd say they are usually better at classical than rock). The result this fussiness is usually harshness in the treble, a criticism which I have seen levelled at D-Cs elsewhere. Alternatively, it sometimes sounds like it's trying to extract too much detail - i.e recreating all the parts, instead of the whole.

But I'm not an audiophile, so I'd take what I say with a LARGE helping of scepticism. I think that D-Cs sound significantly different from separate-driver units, and as such are worth a listen - if only to find out if they are to your taste.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   Pre 1995

Price Paid:    $350.00

Purchased At:   Secondhand

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