Tannoy has gone to even greater design lengths on the inside. The satellites use the company's dual concentric driver that places the tweeter in the centre of the bass unit for better integration. This latest incarnation offers full wideband frequency response (up to 54kHz) and the centre channel gets a supplementary bass driver for additional power handling during home cinema.
A 300W amplifier and beefy looking 10-inch driver are packed into the equally well finished and flat-ish aspect subwoofer. You get controls for volume, frequency, phase and, rather more mysteriously, LF extension.
This is similar to REL's famous Slam and Depth switch but offers it on a fully variable basis between the 'music' and 'theatre' settings. Uniquely the Arena sub has spike mounts on five out of six sides so you can place it up, down, sideways, flat - wherever you like.
This variable aspect is however a doubleedged, neigh five-edged, sword. The bass response in markedly different depending which way the driver is facing so be prepared to experiment to find the sweetest orientation. Ironically, our test room favoured the sub's driver facing the floor - sadly negating the use of its gorgeous grill cover. We just hung that on the wall and passed it off as modern art.
Of course, all this technology and designer chic does not come cheap. At £1,200 the Arena is half as much again as Mordaunt Short's Genies. Add in the stands and brackets and you could buy both competitors for the same cost as one Arena system. So does the performance justify the outlay? Oh yes indeed
When I bought this product, I was amazed at how quickly I could put it to use, it worked instantly and was able to play music, the radio or just anything I wanted it too. It's great for kids too, as my brothers loved using it for their birthday parties. At a cost of £179.99, I thought I was taking a risk, but I couldn't be more wrong, the sound quality is insanely good and the durability is fantastic, (I have now owned this great product for over 2 years).
It looks great too, and the volume adjusts to a high difference in sound levels, you can play it like background music for a chilled evening in, or take it out to a friends house for a party, it will always provide wonderful entertainment for all ages!
Despite it being fantastic for the norm, it can have its bad days, as it does use up battery life quicker than most electrical products and can be faulty at times, for example when trying to turn it on it can spike a little and the sound will crackle, but just expect this when first putting it to use. Along with this, it is likely to be turned on and the sound be really high or low for some reason, this is because it may be turned off and can be altered very easily, as it is a quite small and delicate product. Overall I'd recommend it as it is worth paying for its long lasting great quality use.
In this issue, it seems like the mandate was satellite/subwoofer systems. I had the pleasure of auditioning what might be the upper end of the spectrum. Tannoy is my product of choice, purely based on what appears to be the sexiest, most unique, and highest priced of the selected systems. This bronze (also available in lacquers, white, silver, or black) bombshell is the most striking I have seen. Rolex, Ferrari, Razor, and Lexus have nothing on this design! From the moment I opened the boxes, they screamed of quality. I handled each piece like a Fabergé Egg (kind of that shape), careful not to disturb what appeared to be umpteen coats of piano-quality lacquer.
Dual Concentric and Wideband are terms you will quickly become familiar with when researching the Tannoy company and its commitment to perfection. You might have heard them before, but for simple clarification, let's review. Concentric isn't difficult; it is as Webster's tells us, "Having a center in common." So, Dual Concentric is having the tweeter (high frequency driver) in the throat of the mid-bass driver. This allows all music information to generate from one pinpoint location. Benefit? With all musical bandwidth delivered from one pinpoint location, this time-coherent point source allows for excellent dispersion and imaging. While others spread multiple drivers along a tall baffle, causing time errors in delivery, acoustic synergy is achieved with the Tannoy Arena 5.1 system, delivering sound "on time" to any location in the room. This is nothing new in the studio monitors of most recording studios.
although this speaker looks amazing and could probably give other top quality products a run for their money in terms of their looks but it just does not cut the sound the quality which is the main point in buying a speaker, as a buying you are looking for competitive prices but still does an extremely good job and if a product cannot complete it's task and do what it says on the tin then it should't be brought. The sound quality can often cut out and when listen to it the frequency alternates making even the basic songs hard to hear- which make the product almost a complete failure!!!!!! the only thing that keeps its head above the water is its looks and build quality when I first held it even right out the box it had a great feel to it with a strong frame. I even dropped it a few times and it withstood the fall which is great but it is a real shame that even before the drops that the sound quality was beyond poor. i could probably find better sound quality from one of the cheapest phones on the market at the moment…i am very disappointed with the initial product and anyone interested in buying please please please don't its just not worth it and I'm taking mine back to the store for a full refund this week. ha ha ha ha ha ah hana hahaha haha ha ah its my fault really for not reading the reviews…don't buy this .xxx