Today I take a look at some handsome speakers and present to you my Tannoy Precision 6.2 review.
I have owned a number of different Tannoy speakers over the years. My first “proper” hi-fi included a pair of Tannoy Revolution R2 floorstanding speakers. I had those for years and loved them. They only got moved on after an unfortunate incident when a small child knocked one sideways and it tipped over, gouging a hole in the wall. Fortunately no children were hurt, but it set the wheels in motion and I began to look elsewhere.
Tannoy are a famous British brand who are now owned by Music Group. They design and manufacture some of their high end speakers in Scotland, however the Precision range are built in China (isn’t everything these days). Tannoy produce speakers across multiple price points, from budget right up to high end. Their history and experience in building speakers puts them above most of their rivals.
Unboxing and setting up the Precision 6.2
These speakers are Gorgeous (with a capital G), one of the finest looking speakers I have ever owned. They look great in the flesh and, when listening, I find myself just staring at how pretty they are. I don’t care where they are made, they are stunning – well done Tannoy.
The finish here beats other speakers at the same price point with ease. They come in four different finishes: high gloss black, high gloss white, dark satin walnut and high gloss dark walnut. Mine are the satin.
They come with a plinth that you need to screw on yourself – easy enough with the supplied allen key. The base has a cavity into which you can add some sand. This gives the speakers extra weight making them more stable and reducing the centre of gravity. The idea here is that the sound improves as a result of being heavier – I tried it and didn’t notice any difference. Once the plinths are attached, these speakers are very stable – children would be hard pushed to knock these over!
The Precision 6.2 come with a magnetic grille to cover the front – very smart looking too. Use the grille for aesthetic reasons only, little finger cannot harm the Tannoy’s drivers as the tweeter is protected deep inside the top driver. I prefer the look of the Tannoy’s without the fabric grille.
The plinth comes with spikes which are typically used to sit the speakers on carpet. Cleverly, the spikes can be adjusted from the top so, if your speaker wobbles at all, you can easily make adjustments while it is in situ.
I pair the Tannoy Precisions with my Roksan Caspian M2 integrated amplifier.
Round the back is a bass reflex port and the speaker binding posts. The Precision 6.2 provide 5 speaker terminals. Wait, what? 5 terminals???
There are the usual 4 which allow you to bi-wire or bi-amp the speakers plus an additional “grounding” terminal that you can hook up to properly earth the speakers. Tannoy claim the fifth terminal reduces electronic interference – I tried it but didn’t find it to have any effect. I suspect it is only required in certain circumstances.
Dual Concentric Drivers
The Precision 6.2s each have two drivers. The bottom driver is the mid-bass driver. Above that sits Tannoy’s signature Dual Concentric driver whereby the tweeter is placed inside the bass-mid. This is a similar (but sufficiently different) concept to what Kef do with their Uni-Q driver. The Dual Concentric driver provides a single source for the sound, thereby improving imaging.
Listening to the Tannoy Precision 6.2
I gave these about a week of running in by playing music constantly at varying volume levels. This process will loosen up the drivers and improve the sound. All speakers require some level of run-in as they have moving parts so can be “stiff” straight from the factory. I hooked up the Tannoys to both a Naim SuperNait and an Abrahamsen V2.0 UP integrated amplifier. The source was either vinyl or a Bluesound Node.
The Precision 6.2 have a really engaging and enjoyable sound. They get into the groove of the music and create an impressive sound stage. You can party with these speakers! The music sounds high, wide and deep with bags of detail thrown into the room. Vocals and instruments will hover nicely in mid air between the speakers providing you have toed them in properly.
These speakers sound best if you can get them about 60cm or more away from the wall behind them due to the bass reflex port on rear. If you don’t have space to do that, you may want to look elsewhere. Bass response is OK for a floorstander – it doesn’t go massively deep but is tuneful and nice to listen to.
A slight problem
I had one small problem with these Tannoy speakers: the sound is coloured. Let me explain… These speakers make music sound dynamic and exciting. To do this, they boost certain frequencies in the treble. This can become a problem dependent on the rest of your hi-fi and the the room they are in.
When hooked up to the Naim amplifier, the treble boost became annoying and gave me earache. It wasn’t a problem with the smoother sounding Abrahamsen though. If you have “bright” electronics and a “bright” room (lots of reflective surfaces) then you should avoid the Tannoys. I suspect they would make a good partner for electronics from Marantz or Arcam in addition to the Abrahamsen.
On certain songs I could hear the dual concentric driver itself; what I mean is that I could hear the effect the driver was having on the music – it sometimes gave it a metallic / harsh edge. This is an annoying thing to notice as it detracts from the enjoyment of music.
These are lovely speakers with a high desirability factor. If you have an nice or smooth sounding hi-fi then these speakers will bring it to life. Use caution if your hi-fi is already a bit lively. Otherwise enjoy what it is a beautiful and enjoyable speaker.