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Old 03-19-2022, 10:13 PM
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Did any one hear the arden legacy and accuphase e800
i have arden legacy thinking of accuphase e800
Room 15x21x10 wxdxh
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Old 03-19-2022, 11:32 PM
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Mahmood kasi… Welcome to AA!
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Old 03-19-2022, 11:35 PM
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Did any one hear the arden legacy and accuphase e800
i have arden legacy thinking of accuphase e800
Room 15x21x10 wxdxh
I have put a good customer of mine in the Tannoy Canterbury GR & Accuphase E-800. He defines the match as “Absolute Heaven”

Perhaps he will chime in.
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Old 03-20-2022, 02:09 PM
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I have put a good customer of mine in the Tannoy Canterbury GR & Accuphase E-800. He defines the match as “Absolute Heaven”

Perhaps he will chime in.
i m loud listener do e800 will b fine for hard listening
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Old 03-20-2022, 04:47 PM
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i m loud listener do e800 will b fine for hard listening
Very easily, so am I.
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Old 03-20-2022, 05:47 PM
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Do the match well or should i go with others brands
What will b good match in tubes amps
i m new arden legacy are my first speakers
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Very easily, so am I.
Can i get 220volt version of e800 in japan ??
if i can kindly pm me the address thanks
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Esoteric/Bryston System: ESOTERIC C02-X PRE-AMP, P-02X TRANSPORT, D02-X DAC, G02-X CLOCK, BRYSTON 28B3 CUBED MONOBLOCK AMPS(4), BRYSTON BHA-1 HEADPHONE AMP, SHUNYATA DENALI 6000/S v2(2) EVEREST 8000 POWER CONDITIONER(2) AMR-DP777-SE DAC, SILENZIO MUSIC SERVER, TAD REFERENCE ONE MK2 LOUDSPEAKERS, QUADRASPIRE RACK, WW PLATINUM CABLES
Accuphase/Canton System: ACCUPHASE E800 INTEGRATED, DP570 CD/SACD PLAYER, T1200 FM STEREO TUNER, DG-68 VOICING EQUALIZER, PS530 POWER SUPPLY, CANTON REF K3’s, CANTON REF K5’s, SILENZIO MUSIC SERVER, HRS MXR REFERENCE MAHOGHANY RACK w/ M3X2 SHELVES, WW GOLD CABLES
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I realize this is an old thread, but since there's not a lot of independent Legacy Arden information out there, I've included my thoughts which I've also posted on AK. I will add here that most of my critical listening is jazz, soul, modern R&B, and general working around the house music is alt rock.

Speakers I’ve owned recently include a restored pair of KEF 107s and the Spatial Audio M3. I also have a pair of Onix Strata Mini’s in my semi-vintage home office system.

I sort of lucked into a pair of the Legacy Arden back in October and to be honest, they weren’t on my radar up to that point. I was about to sell my Spatial Audio M3 (Turbo S) for the new Spatial X5 which feature a pair of 12” powered sub drivers. I loved the M3’s sound and open baffle design, but my room is so hard to get decent bass response out of. The listening area is only 14’x 17’ (in a 14’x 40’ main room) but has a max ceiling height of 18’ and open on one side to the entire rest of the house (including a second floor). In order to support the M3s, I employed a pair of 15” sealed subs and an SVS AS-EQ1 sub equalizer.

One thing that interested me in the Arden design is the 15” dual concentric design and its trio of front mounted ports. Since my set up is on the long wall of my room, I have plenty of width for a large, wide, speaker that is not too deep. Most of the modern “living room friendly” designs are narrow with a lot of depth…not to mention rear ported.

I have the Arden’s placed with their backs about 18” off the front wall and toed in so the axis crosses about 3’ in front of my head. This yields the best sound stage. I’ve experimented with them in many positions including flush to the wall and pointing straight ahead. This placement yields more bass, at the expense of sound stage in the sweet spot. The speakers are about 11’ apart and 11’ from my listening position.

The overall sound of the Arden in my system is best described as coherent and “full”. There is a weighty sound throughout the mid bass, and lower bass that has rendered my dual subs obsolete. I’ve since sold off the subs and EQ which helped justify the cost of the Arden’s. I was a little concerned about the ability for a 1” tweeter to blend well with a 15” woofer, but my concerns were unwarranted. The sound throughout the frequency range is sublime.

One of the professional reviews I’ve read on this Arden describes the overall sound to be on the warm side of neutral. I would agree with this assessment, but would add it’s more forward than laid back, which is how I would describe the KEF 107 (laid back). The Arden does not present a hyper-detailed , clinical sound. It is definitely on the lush side of the spectrum, but do not take this to mean the sound is mushy, instead, think of it as scale. There is a thrust and weight in the room that I’ve not experienced with any other speaker. There is no listener fatigue after long listening sessions. The danger in that is that I find myself sitting for longer periods than is healthy, so it’s self-loathing, rather than listener fatigue that forces me to grab my mountain bike and get out of the house.

Tune-ability.
Between the ported vents (which can be plugged), and the adjustable treble energy and roll off crossover, the Arden offers a lot of flexibility depending on your system’s front end. I experimented with both and have settled on no port plugs and tweeter adjustments at level.

One caution I would provide prospective buyers of the Arden is to closely consider the other gear in their system to ensure synergy. All of my listening is some combination of digital (CD, SACD, streaming). All are run through a Musical Paradise MP-D2 Mk2 tube DAC, a McIntosh C2300 (tube hybrid) pre amp, and either a Pass Labs XA30.5 (solid state) or VTA ST-70 (KT-66 tubes) amps. I can easily tune the overall sound with tube swaps in the DAC, and to a lesser extent the C2300. Both amps, at 30 and 35 watts respectively, drive the Arden with ease. The Pass provides a higher damping factor that result in more defined edges in the lower frequencies, where the ST-70 provides a slightly finer grain sound in the mid and upper frequencies (smoother if you will). Both are staying in the system, and I swap them frequently depending on my mood. If forced to choose, I’d keep the Pass, and will say I believe SS amps make for a safer pairing with the Arden. YMMV.

If I imagine a worst case scenario front end for the Arden’s it would be a vintage Dynaco ST-70 running EL34 tubes, an older Conrad Johnson tube pre, and a vinyl rig. I feel this combination would be like adding too much salt to a properly cooked meal. I feel Arden’s benefit from a little extra detail from upstream components. For tube guys, think more NOS Telefunkens and less NOS Mullards.

Nothing in life is perfect, and neither is this Tannoy. For the price, I would expect a wood finish that rises to the level of cost. They are beautifully constructed and (book match) veneered, but essentially come “ready to finish”. They provide a tin of wax, but it is not a suitable finish for long term protection. I tossed the wax and applied 4 coats of Watco Danish Oil. I suppose the upside is one gets to pick the final color and sheen. Heck, you could stain these in a JBL L100 orange stain if you wanted.

Both the spikes and feet provided are pretty basic and not befitting the price. That they’re constructed in Scotland, and not China is likely the main justification for the cost. I ended up making my own feet with threaded studs and hockey pucks (don’t laugh, they work). If Tannoy is going to cut corners, I’m glad they chose inconsequential, non-sonic areas like supplied footing and expensive finishes.

On WAF.
My wife has either said nothing, or downright criticized the speakers that have come through our home over the years. This was partially due to the fact I was teaming them with the aforementioned subs. “I hate all those boxes in the room”. I thought for sure she would hate the bulky looking Arden in person. I was smart enough to show her photos of beforehand. When I removed the M3s, subs, and put the Arden’s in place she walks in and says “These look nice, they look like furniture.” I was shocked. As they say… happy wife, happy life.

If you have any specific questions that I can help with, fire away.
yakker, May I politely as a question? First, thank you for your in-depth observations on the Arden.

I would love to purchase three Westminster’s for an LCR configuration in my room (12’ x 24’), but this is above my budget, and I’m not sure using a phantom centre would work well even if I could afford two Westminster’s. So I’m looking at a less expensive Tannoy (maybe) alternative.

I could easily afford and fit three Arden’s into my room. I’m looking for that room loading and pressure you feel with Westminster’s and I’m thinking the three 15” Dual Concentric woofers in the Arden’s might come close. Do you, or anyone else have thoughts on this?

Also, I am a bit concerned about Tannoy’s future given that Paul Mills and several others left Tannoy after they were acquired. I can only imagine the parting was acrimonious given they pretty quickly founded Fyne Audio. Fyne has introduced their Vintage Classic XII (https://www.fyneaudio.com/product/vintage-classic-xii/) which is similar in size and price to the Arden, but it only has a 12” Dual Concentric rather than the 15” one in the Arden.

My concerns about Tannoy include who is going to replace Paul Mills and the others, and is Tannoy’s current owner going to perhaps just try and live off Tannoy’s reputation without taking steps to bring in new talent and grow the business? I don’t have any dealer friends who stock either brand, so I’m curious if anyone in this group has any insights?
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