By: Ash Millio
30th Nov 2022
"Bought in the 1990s and still going strong"
A friend bought a set of Tannoy 603s and was extolling their virtues, and at the time I was looking for something a little louder and more capable than the trusty Mission 600s I'd purchased some 9 years previously.
I was looking for more "oomph" - complete sonic package with good bass response and accurate rendition of all music styles at all volumes when the speakers are paired with a suitable amplifier. I sought advice from a local hi-fi shop (now no longer there, and nor are any of their competitors) and bought the Tannoy 611 speakers from new, and went with good quality speaker wires to bi-wire them.
I already had a 40W amplifier and upgraded to a Yamaha AS-500 to pair with the 611s, as it was also louder, recommended and could be bi-wired to the speakers, which was all the rage in hi-fi at the time (early 90s in the UK).
I was impressed with the sound then and still am - full spectrum of sound for what I like and at a reasonable price, with enough guts to give volume when desired and just build the sound without distortion or colouration. I use the floor spikes through the carpet to mechanically connect with the floor boards to enhance the sound and prefer CD - currently Arcam Alpha 7 - as a source, but have recently added a Yamaha MusicCast Wi-Fi connected streaming device to the system for convenience when working from home or cooking.
Every genre from music concrete, classical, jazz, heavy rock, metal, soft rock, folk, vocal, soft ensemble music, funk and driving dance styles all work well, as do more esoteric sound streams like whale song, rain in the jungle, soft-spoken ASMR and everything I have thrown at it.
Presently considering adding a SubWoofer for fun, and to annoy the wife.
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