- Written by Brian Alvarez
- Published on 24 April 2012
The Tannoy Revolution DC6T Floor-standing Speaker In Use
Prior to this review I have not spent much time listening to Tannoy home speakers. Professionally in my post-production career I have used Tannoy non Dual Concentric and Dual Concentric speakers since the mid 90s. Much of the same characteristics I appreciate of Tannoy professional monitors apply to the DC6T towers. In many ways the Tannoy DC6T speakers just sound like large studio monitors with better bass extension and output. This is a huge compliment. They are relatively neutral, image well, are forgiving off axis and in particular have a snap, speed and lack of overhang that usually only active studio monitors posses.
It's difficult to place the overall character of the Tannoy DC6T speakers. Initially I thought they had terrific timing, great imaging and good but not excessive bass, good but slightly coarse highs. This initial impression came while using my Myryad MI-120. An amp known for those qualities, high detail, superb timing, and great bass definition. Neutral but not cold, with just a bit of hash in the treble. Substituting the Meridian G55 redefined the sound. It was now completely grain free with insane control over the woofers but at the expense of timing and a sonic picture so neutral as to sound cold. A trait of the G55 amp. Beginning to see the trend? The Parasound A23 brought immense bass grip and intensity, I had to double check my subwoofer wasn't on. The midrange became more lush and there was a definite reduction in detail, the typical Paraound....sound. The Tannoys take on and reveal the character of the electronics upstream in a truthful and honest manner. Many speakers do so as well but impart their own sonic character in addition to that of the electronics. The Tannoys manage to minimize it to such an extent they really get out of the way. A rare feat for a speaker of this price.
Enough resolution to reveal subtle details yet not so much resolution as to make mainstream commercial recordings unlistenable. The wholly organic sound translates into effortless listening. Some equally priced speakers offer more startling realism in the mid-range but at the expense of cohesion with non acoustic/vocal recordings. The DC6Ts manage to make details a better part of the whole sonic image. Instead of needing to focus in on the reverb tail of a snare, it's just there, more easily perceptible. The acoustic space of a live recording is that much more realistic and intimate. Panning of instruments or studio effects sound faster, more vivid and exciting.
It didn't matter if I was listening to The Beastie Boys Paul's Boutique or Chet Baker playing These Foolish Things, the one quality that bowled me over was the pitch definition and vibrancy off bass. Usually easy to do if you also don't have a lot of bass output, a good 2-way monitor for example. The timing and bass pitch definition is what routinely draws me to 2-way monitors. Towers often times don't time as well and usually don't have the same tight and quick bass of monitors. This is not the case with the Tannoys. When called upon they can deliver serious amounts of bass and also great extension without compromising speed, timing and tonality. There's no trace of boxiness or resonance in the midrange even when driven hard as can sometimes happen with floor standing speakers with significant bass output.
Imaging is good but slightly diffuse and may actually be more realistic. I can't remember the last live performance where I could localize someone to be exactly 12 degrees to my right. If you value pin point sharp imaging this may not be the best choice. Staging depth is good but not phenomenal. Over what the Tannoys do most is being well rounded. The DC6Ts aren't tuned for one characteristic at the expense of others, or voiced to highlight one quality, they are a well balanced speaker.