- Luxurious build quality
- Chic design, perfect for wall-mounting
- Polished, coherent, detailed sound
- Lacks the sheer muscle of some rivals
Review Price £2,200.00
The Tannoy Highline 300 system is the latest update of its Arena series, the first incarnation of which was unveiled some six years ago and has been delighting audiophile ears ever since. This modern-day revision caters for owners of flatpanel TVs with its slim, slinky wall-mountable speakers and their lavish, lifestyle-focused design.
This particular package comprises five identical Highline 300 LCR speakers, designed to be wall-mounted around your TV or attached to optional Highline stands, plus the Highline TS300 sub. There’s no dedicated centre, but their shape makes them easy to install vertically or horizontally.
The Highline 300s are a gloriously good looking set of speakers, each one a 590mm-long, 109mm-wide enclosure with sumptuous curves all the way round and a fixed grill on the front. They look stunning on their own – pieces of eye-candy to accentuate your wall-mounted TV – but attached to the stands they reach whole new levels of elegance and style.
The only thing better than their looks is their build quality. The cabinets are fashioned from thick section aluminium that injects a feeling of luxury, each one weighing 5kg. On the wall, they stick out 101mm, which might poke out a bit further than your TV but not by much.
On the back, two high-quality binding posts are sunk into a recess that runs right the way down the back. These are easy to access and hold cables firmly in place, but banana plugs are a no-no if you’re wall mounting them.
The subwoofer is a superbly engineered unit, and much slimmer and prettier than your average bass-box. Curved corners, a luxurious gloss-black finish and fetching silver bolts peppered around the surface are a winning combination, and even the controls are stylish.
Four bullet-shaped chrome dials line up down one side on a brushed aluminium panel, making it easy to make those all-important tweaks, while on the underside you’ll find stereo line input, power lead port and the power switch – though you will need to screw on the attached legs to make room for these underneath.