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Yes, seriously. When I go the movie theater I don't car what speakers brand they use. I expect a good sound, while I don't care how those speakers look. Marin Logan speakers, by my opinion, is just an electronic equipment made to produce the highest quality sound with no other concerns. While Tannoy seems to care a lot about the estetics and design that could fit and look great in a different decor styled rooms.
Martin Logan speakers are made to be placed in a movie theater more than in a living room.
Sounds to me like you have spent little to no time listening to Tannoy speakers.
nahh that would require effort and listening skills
much easier and more entertaining to make a post on the forum and yank other folks’ chains - 'mr 1 post' asking about two 10 grand speakers he's never heard ... sheesh
$10k gives you an awful lot of options.
No need to limit it to just two. I know the agony of indecision can be wearing but I think you really should look at other designs.
If that’s not possible, then I’d go for the Tannoys too. At the very least they tend to hold their value well.
Read this too,
esputnix, that is an interesting perspective. I would expect most audio hobbyists would draw the opposite conclusion -- M-L for visual appeal but Tannoy for sonic appeal.
M-L can be impressive, like most electrostatics, for their clean detail and resolution. However, in my experience with three different top models of Tannoy, they sound more like my live music experiences than most other speakers.
ML speakers are not everyone's cup of tea. They can be initially impressive but wear on the listener after a while. They remind me of the rustling of dry autumn leaves, but that's just me. I would spend some serious time auditioning them before I'd make that choice or any other speaker choice, for that matter. There are many things to consider such as room size and electronics match. Have fun and choose wisely.
@schubert I disagree. More than 50% of my music collections are rock. I also don’t listen to classical. I have heard the ML Neolith top of the line but my Tannoy Kensington GR still sounds better to me. Different strokes for different folks. On the business perspective, no business in the right state of mind will make a speaker that will only sound good for certain genre. Who else think Tannoy’s can’t rock? I bet Tannoy owners beg to differ.
Loving my tannoys, they grow on ya....no lack of bass, detail, or imaging...in fact imaging is what they are known for...depth, width, & height, 3d, holographic. Not to mention non-fatiguing, warm, and beautiful. Everything in one gorgeous package, what the he$$ is there not to like? Different strokes for...well you know....😁
I have tannoy arden but no point paying so much for them as you are in US... Mine were under £5k in UK... If I was US based I would look at devore.
But what you are comparing are two presentations of sound a that are near polar opposites. The speaker is the biggest influence on sound so choose what you like then tweak from there.
As far as I know the ardens have given me a sound that a year and a half later I can find no fault in. Lovely to live with.
If you want a hybrid electrostatic loudspeaker that looks good (in my opinion), you might consider the JansZen Valentina P8 at $9,250. These are made to order (with many finish options). There are no distributors so you must order directly from JansZen. 30 day trial.
Neither one. Neither is impressive for your $10K. The specs on both are weak, and the Arden is weaker.
Do you have an idea of how they will actually sound? They are close to polar opposites in terms of the listening experience; do you understand that?
You want prodigious for $10K? Do the Legacy Audio Focus, either iteration. If I had limited means and could only have one speaker, the Focus would be on my short list of perhaps 3. Completely different ball game than these others.
Disclaimer: I have reviewed and owned several speakers from Legacy, including the Focus.
I’ve had a pair of Tannoy 638’s for over 25 years and they have never failed nor failed to impress me. With that said, I do have a ML center channel that is paired up nicely with those Tannoys. Let your ears do the deciding. Try to get at least a 24 hour demo in your home if you’re going to spend that much.
Sorry so many people clobbered you. Tannoy man here but I love
the electrostatic sound. So clear in the mids. But they don't have the
dynamics. If you want to know what a kick drum sounds like put it
on with 15" Dual concentric speakers and turn it up!!
You gotta decide which one you want.
BTW Sanders Sound makes an electrostatic that makes the
Logans sound blanketed. Your mileage may vary!
Please keep us posted!
I have Focal Aria 936's a lower budget speaker that sounds better than any ML that I have demoed. I have never demoed Tannoy's due to dealer locations and limited to no dealer availability in NY
I would NEVER buy a speaker without hearing it. - Never!
I upgraded to Focal 1028BE's and had fatigue within minutes, I purchased these and returned them and had to pa $350 for return freight. Then I demoed Focal Sopra 2 and had no fatigue and was able to hear what I was missing at the Aria level - a much fuller sounding speaker.
My fatigue is from tinnitus and the 1028BE kicked it in to overdrive but the Aria's and Sopra oddly did not. I am clueless as to why only the 1028be's caused this. May be a frequency they hit.
However, at your budget, I suggest to listen to a few brands and compare vs making assumptions. If you love the ML's and have heard them, the go for it. Everyone's ears are different and my example is my point, you should spend a bit of time demoing them and comparing, same day to see what you like. Keep in mind your AMP as some speakers sound great on solid state and flop on tube amps. So I always try speakers demo'd on both to see how well they perform under any type of amp, that sensitivity and synergy is a major factor in good sound.
There is a synergy that matters with AMP and Speaker. So demo, and maybe even bring your amp for the demo.