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PAIR TANNOY PRESTIGE CANTERBURY 15 VINTAGE COLLECTORS SPEAKERS

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PAIR TANNOY PRESTIGE CANTERBURY 15 LOUDSPEAKERS

Probably the best speaker ever made ! These mint condition highly collectable Caterbury 15 speakers have just come in !
Hand Built and owed since new these amazing speakers cost a massive £20,000 new
Don't miss out on this once in a lifetime chanch to get these fantastic speakers.
Tannoy Prestige loudspeakers have certainly always been out of the ordinary; wonderfully individual and totally unlike any otherspeakers. Distinctive, distinguished and proud, they transcend merefashion and have captured the imagination of music connoisseurs all overthe world. The designs comfortably complement any decor from ancientcastle through to cool, casual and contemporary. The only rules weabsolutely adhere to when designing and crafting Prestige loudspeakersis to utilise the most up to date, no compromise, acoustic technologiesand time-proven cabinet making skills ensuring the very best soundingloudspeakers you will find …anywhere.The confidence in our company’s skill is derived from an enthusiasticworkforce and a pedigree that only a very small handful of audiomanufacturers can boast. Indeed it all began a very long time ago…In the early days of broadcasting all radio sets needed both low and highvoltage DC power; something that could only be supplied by batteries.The lead acid batteries commonly used for the radio equipment of thetime would, of course, need regular recharging.In London, in 1926, Guy R. Fountain perfected a new type of electricalrectifier with the aim of designing a charger more suitable for use in thehome. His rectifier consisted of two dissimilar metals held in a specialelectrolyte solution; one was tantalum and the other an alloy of lead. Sosuccessful was this invention that Guy Fountain founded a British companyby the name of Tannoy, a contraction of the words 'Tantalum' and 'Alloy',and this brand name went on to become internationally renowned andhighly regarded in all aspects of sound reproduction.Early experiments with moving coil loudspeakers with DC energisedmagnets proved the company’s first foray into the field of loudspeakertechnology; starting with a discrete two-way loudspeaker system in 1933followed shortly after with a range of microphones. These developmentsled to loudspeakers capableof high power handling enabling the company to become world famousin the field of public address and sound distribution. The company hadan important role in communications systems during the war years andcountless prestigious installations were completed in subsequent decades.So effective was the company’s penetration in this market that in the lateforties the Oxford English Dictionary adopted the word ‘Tannoy’ as thegeneric term for a Public Address system; still the case to this day.Tannoy has always been at the forefront of the communications revolution,developing its own equipment and production technology. The companyhas built up a fund of knowledge and experience which has provedinvaluable in the development of loudspeakers for an exceptionally widerange of applications. The famous Tannoy Dual Concentric™ loudspeakerdriver principle was created and developed by a gifted Tannoy engineer,a creative genius called Ronnie Hastings Rackham, in the late 1940’s. Itis still highly regarded by music enthusiasts, recording facilities andbroadcast studios worldwide due to its unique point source dispersionproperties. Due to its complex design, where the high frequency unit ismounted behind, and concentrically with, the low frequency unit, thelow and high frequencies are fully integrated at source. This uniquefeature is what gives the Dual Concentric™ driver such matchless soundreproduction qualities.The Tannoy Research and Development team has continued to refinethe innovative Dual Concentric™ principle. By implementing the latestdesign and material technologies, with sophisticated circuit techniquesin crossover design, Tannoy has developed loudspeaker systems withsuperb reproduction capabilities and exceptionally wide dynamic range.Timeless design qualities linked to the very latest developments of theacoustic arts give every model in the Prestige series its individual statusas a high performance loudspeaker for the discerning music lover. Page 3
Full Specs Below
Recommended amplifier power  .  50 - 275 Watts
Continuous power handling  .  140 Watts RMS
Frequency response  .  28Hz - 22kHz, -6dB
Sensitivity  .  96dB (2.83 Volts @ 1 metre)
Nominal impedance  .  8 Ohms
DRIVE UNITS  .  51mm (2") with Aluminium alloy dome,Alnico magnet system with
Pepperpot Waveguide™
Dual Concentric™ high frequency  .  Alnico magnet system with
Pepperpot Waveguide™380mm (15") Treated paper pulp cone with
HE twin roll fabric surround.
Dual Concentric™ low frequency  .  380mm (15") Treated paper pulp cone with
HE twin roll fabric surround.
Dispersion  .  90 degrees conical
CROSSOVER  
Frequency  .  1.1kHz
Type  .  Bi-wired, hard wired passive, low loss
2nd order low frequency, 2nd order
compensated HF
Adjustment  .  +/- 3dB over 1.1kHz to 22kHz shelving,
+ 2dB to - 6dB per octave over 5kHz to
22kHz slope
CONSTRUCTION
Enclosure type  .  Dual variable distributed port system
Volume  .  235L (8.3 cu.ft)
Dimensions  .  1100 x 680 x 480mm
Weight  .  63kg (139 lbs)
Finish  .  Walnut veneer with solid walnut edging and
burr walnut trim detail

These are some of the finest speakers ever made !

These mint condition highly collectable Caterbury 15 speakers have just come in !

Hand Built and owed since new these amazing speakers cost a massive £20,000 new

Don't miss out on this once in a lifetime chanch to get these fantastic speakers.

Tannoy Prestige loudspeakers have certainly always been out of the ordinary; wonderfully individual and totally unlike any otherspeakers. Distinctive, distinguished and proud, they transcend merefashion and have captured the imagination of music connoisseurs all overthe world.

The designs comfortably complement any decor from ancientcastle through to cool, casual and contemporary. The only rules weabsolutely adhere to when designing and crafting Prestige loudspeakersis to utilise the most up to date, no compromise, acoustic technologiesand time-proven cabinet making skills ensuring the very best sounding loudspeakers you will find …anywhere.

 

INTRODUCTION

The 15.00” version of the Tannoy Dual Concentric™ drive unit in the Canterbury  is equipped with an Alcomax 3 magnet system and the Tannoy PepperPot WaveGuide™ to further enhance the point source symmetrical dispersion properties of the driver. Acoustically this speaker delivers a superbly dynamic overall presentation with fast, accurate bass, fluid and open midrange and clean, spacious high frequencies - an exceptionally involving performance.

With such impressive performance available the useful addition of a Variable Distributed Port System allows low frequency output to be tuned to suit any room dimension. Careful consideration has been given to the precise layout of all the Prestige crossovers in order to minimise inter-component coupling and they are positioned well away from the driver to avoid any detrimental magnetic field effects.

Birch ply panels and a complex internal bracing structure create an exceptionally substantial enclosure. The timeless beauty of the oiled walnut veneer exterior finish, with its hand selected burr walnut inlays and solid walnut mouldings, ensures that these audiophile loudspeakers are undoubtedly destined to become true family heirlooms

Having re-evaluated the performance of models throughout the Prestige range, Tannoy engineers selected the latest cutting edge components and materials at their disposal to introduce several performance enhancing amendments to the crossover topologies within the prestige models. To optimise acoustic performance only components of the highest possible standard have been used.

The Canterbury  benefits from Acrolink® cable right through from terminal panel to crossover, crossover to drivers and the LF board wiring itself; not forgetting the bi-wire links. Cables produced by Acrolink use self-stipulated 6N copper, constructed using the same process as is used with wires for semiconductor devices, which require a guarantee of high quality. More precisely, the purity of the copper needs to be over 99.9999% and the total of any impurity metals must be less than 1 part per million. The quality of this cable ensures that a powerful yet delicate and natural, fast response is accomplished throughout the signal path.

Very low loss laminated iron core inductors on the LF ensure that there is less resistance between the amplifier and driver, resulting in superior bass control. High purity silver (99.99%) link wires maintain signal path integrity on the separate HF crossover board and for the HF feed capacitor Hovland Musicaps® are used with a special Tannoy DMT™ (Differential Material Technology) isolation sleeve. Hovland Musicaps® are renowned for their exceptional dynamics, speed, focus, correct timbre and depth of field, and true inter-transient silence. Separate layers of polypropylene film and conductive foil deliver superior clarity of reproduction that metalised capacitors cannot match.

High quality ICW Musicaps are used in other areas. Vishay thick film non-inductive resistors are used in critical areas, with extensive heat sinking where necessary. The stable component temperature provided by the heat-sinking feature ensures maximum reliability and an even and consistent sound quality.

The terminal panel, with it's 5-point (bi-wire and ground point) gold plated terminals has the driver chassis grounded via the 5th terminal. By using appropriate speaker cable, this proven technology, developed on earlier Prestige models, minimises the effects of RF interference resulting in a more transparent midrange. Additionally the Canterbury SE uses high quality WBT™ connectors to ensure easier connection of substantial loudspeaker cable whilst maintaining complete signal path integrity.

The unique advantage of the Tannoy Dual Concentric™ principle is that the low and high frequency sound radiation is generated on the same axis. In effect, the Dual is a single chassis comprising two separate drive units properly merged into one, with the high frequency unit mounted in the centre of the pole piece of the low frequency unit. High frequency sound radiates from the centre of the low frequency unit through a carefully designed high frequency exponential horn, either the PepperPot WaveGuide™ or the Tulip WaveGuide™ dependant on the model. It is the fact that the low and high frequencies are therefore fully integrated at source that gives the Tannoy Dual Concentric™ driver such unique sound reproduction qualities.

The location of the high frequency unit does not physically obstruct the low frequency unit in any way; a unique feature when compared with industry standard coaxial systems. Polar dispersion of sound is symmetrical in both the horizontal and vertical planes. By careful crossover network design the virtual acoustic sources of the high and low frequency units can be made to occupy the same point on the axis. Therefore the whole sound appears to emanate from a single point source located slightly behind the drive unit. This means that the loudspeakers, when fed from a high quality stereo source, can recreate a full and accurate stereo image.

The low frequency section of the Dual Concentric™ drive units has exceptional power handling and dynamic range. The low frequency cone piston is produced from selected multi-fibre paper pulp. This is specially treated to absorb internal resonance modes. A treated fabric surround, or rubber surround in the case of Autograph Mini, is designed to correctly terminate the moving cone and provide optimum compliance and linearity at large excursions. The cone piston is driven by a high power motor system, which in selected models uses an Alnico magnet. Alnico is an unusual iron/nickel alloy doped during the melt process with cobalt and aluminium to produce a magnetic material with very special properties. Having a high remanant magnetism and energy product, Alnico magnetises to a high level and retains an unusual degree of magnetisation. Alnico is also an electrical conductor. These properties give the Alnico magnet equipped Dual Concentric™ drivers an exceptionally clean transient response and increased sensitivity. The coil is wound with a special high temperature adhesive system and individually cured to ensure reliable operation at high peak power inputs. The shape of the low frequency cone is arranged to provide optimum dispersion of audio frequencies at both the high and low ends of the spectrum. The cone flare continues the high frequency horn profile to ensure a smooth transition at the crossover point.

The high frequency driver consists of a wide dynamic range compression unit giving superb transient performance with a smooth uncoloured response. The compression unit feeds acoustic power through a low compression phase compensating device, either the Tannoy Tulip Waveguide™ or the PepperPot WaveGuide™, to the throat of the acoustic horn formed by the low frequency cone. The low frequency cone profile provides a second waveguide with acoustic impedance transformation to match the high frequency radiation into the listening environment.

Either a titanium or aluminium alloy diaphragm, formed by a specially developed process, produces a piston with a very high stiffness to mass ratio. Optimum molecular grain structure gives long-term durability. A low mass precision coil provides the driving force for the diaphragm, energized by a powerful magnet system. A damped acoustic cavity to one side of the diaphragm controls the compression driver response and ensures perfect integration at the crossover point.

 

A LITTLE TANNOY HISTORY

The confidence in our company’s skill is derived from an enthusiastic workforce and a pedigree that only a very small handful of audio manufacturers can boast. Indeed it all began a very long time ago…In the early days of broadcasting all radio sets needed both low and highvoltage DC power; something that could only be supplied by batteries.

The lead acid batteries commonly used for the radio equipment of thetime would, of course, need regular recharging.In London, in 1926, Guy R. Fountain perfected a new type of electricalrectifier with the aim of designing a charger more suitable for use in thehome. His rectifier consisted of two dissimilar metals held in a specialelectrolyte solution; one was tantalum and the other an alloy of lead.

So successful was this invention that Guy Fountain founded a British companyby the name of Tannoy, a contraction of the words 'Tantalum' and 'Alloy',and this brand name went on to become internationally renowned andhighly regarded in all aspects of sound reproduction.Early experiments with moving coil loudspeakers with DC energisedmagnets proved the company’s first foray into the field of loudspeakertechnology; starting with a discrete two-way loudspeaker system in 1933 followed shortly after with a range of microphones.

These developments led to loudspeakers capable of high power handling enabling the company to become world famousin the field of public address and sound distribution. The company hadan important role in communications systems during the war years andcountless prestigious installations were completed in subsequent decades.So effective was the company’s penetration in this market that in the lateforties the Oxford English Dictionary adopted the word ‘Tannoy’ as thegeneric term for a Public Address system; still the case to this day.

Tannoy has always been at the forefront of the communications revolution,developing its own equipment and production technology.The company has built up a fund of knowledge and experience which has provedinvaluable in the development of loudspeakers for an exceptionally widerange of applications.

The famous Tannoy Dual Concentric™ loudspeakerdriver principle was created and developed by a gifted Tannoy engineer,a creative genius called Ronnie Hastings Rackham, in the late 1940’s. Itis still highly regarded by music enthusiasts, recording facilities andbroadcast studios worldwide due to its unique point source dispersionproperties.

Due to its complex design, where the high frequency unit ismounted behind, and concentrically with, the low frequency unit, thelow and high frequencies are fully integrated at source. This unique feature is what gives the Dual Concentric™ driver such matchless soundreproduction qualities.The Tannoy Research and Development team has continued to refinethe innovative Dual Concentric™ principle. By implementing the latestdesign and material technologies, with sophisticated circuit techniquesin crossover design,

Tannoy has developed loudspeaker systems with superb reproduction capabilities and exceptionally wide dynamic range.

Timeless design qualities linked to the very latest developments of theacoustic arts give every model in the Prestige series its individual statusas a high performance loudspeaker for the discerning music lover.

Full Specs Below

CANTERBURY 15 

  • Recommended amplifier power  .  50 - 275 Watts
  • Continuous power handling  .  140 Watts RMS
  • Frequency response  .  28Hz - 22kHz, -6dB
  • Sensitivity  .  96dB (2.83 Volts @ 1 metre)
  • Nominal impedance  .  8 Ohms

 

DRIVE UNITS  .  

  • 51mm (2") with Aluminium alloy dome,Alnico magnet system with
  • Pepperpot Waveguide™
  • Dual Concentric™ high frequency  .  Alnico magnet system with
  • Pepperpot Waveguide™380mm (15") Treated paper pulp cone with
  • HE twin roll fabric surround.
  • Dual Concentric™ low frequency  .  380mm (15") Treated paper pulp cone with
  • HE twin roll fabric surround.
  • Dispersion  .  90 degrees conical

 

CROSSOVER  

  • Frequency  .  1.1kHz
  • Type  .  Bi-wired, hard wired passive, low loss
  • 2nd order low frequency, 2nd order
  • compensated HF
  • Adjustment  .  +/- 3dB over 1.1kHz to 22kHz shelving,
  • + 2dB to - 6dB per octave over 5kHz to
  • 22kHz slope

 

CONSTRUCTION

  • Enclosure type  .  Dual variable distributed port system
  • Volume  .  235L (8.3 cu.ft)
  • Dimensions  .  1100 x 680 x 480mm
  • Weight  .  63kg (139 lbs)
  • Finish  .  Walnut veneer with solid walnut edging and
  • burr walnut trim detail

 

THESE EVEN COME WITH A PAIR OF ORIGINAL TANNOY BRASS GRILL KEYS WITH TANNOY LABEL STILL ATTACHED !

DON'T MISS THESE FANTASTIC RARE SPEAKERS AT THIS GREAT PRICE

£1000 OFF NOW ONLY £9995.00 THE PAIR !!!

 

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Manufacturer TANNOY
Manufacturer Code TANNOY CANTERBURY 15

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