If you remember Bentley as a brand
slowly fading away into obscurity, looking outdated in a modern world, then
you may be interested to know that just as Bentley has made a seemingly
miraculous comeback, so too have Tannoy's loudspeaker equivalent, the
Prestige Range. We see less of Prestige in the UK than Bentley; few of us have
homes or wallets large enough to accommodate them – Prestiges that is! But
they sell ever better the further East you go, Tannoy recently told me.
The revival of Prestige, like the revival of Bentley, brings
with it interest in Tannoy's other, more modern-looking loudspeakers and the
new DC10A featured in this issue is an outstanding example – see page 10.
Like a Bentley it harks back to its roots, yet underneath a sleek modern
exterior lies advanced engineering. Far from being sized down, the DC10A is
sized up, to benefit from sheer cabinet volume – and that means great bass.
I hope you enjoy reading about it.
readers are always right (I mean it!) and we have had many complaints about 'ignoring CD', which I accept have substance. The whole topic of digital,
including a new 'd' word – downloads – in truth stirs argument. I hope
our feature on CD – see page 23 – makes the situation a little clearer.
Coincidentally, a new breed of super CD player is appearing. We are making
every effort to get them in for review!
And finally, going back to the topic of ‘old values, new
technology' we have in for review a brand new Sugden Single-Ended transistor
power amplifier (with matching preamp). Transistor SEs are very rare beasts and
I know why: we built one at Hi-Fi World many moons ago and it streamed heat,
whilst at the same time sounding fabulous. Sugden have deep experience with
all this however, like few others, and their new FPA-4 power amplifier is a
startling new product. Don't miss the next issue where a review will almost
certainly appear – if we don't all get washed away in this winter's
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