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Let’s talk technology. The satellites feature a single 75mm paper cone mid-bass driver, above which sits a 19mm titanium WideBand dome tweeter. The use of titanium is said to deliver a cleaner and more accurate frequency response than soft dome tweeters (hence ‘WideBand’), allowing it to reach frequencies of 40kHz and over – perfect for reproducing hi-res Dolby TrueHD and DTS HD Master Audio soundtracks. It’s driven by a neodymium magnet system, the strongest known type of permanent magnet. Tannoy recommends feeding them between 25 and 100W of power and they reach down to a frequency of 100Hz, although their smooth roll off should allow them to blend seamlessly with the subwoofer.
The centre speaker is voice-matched using the same drivers as the other sats, except that it boasts two 3in mid-bass drivers to give dialogue extra depth.
Lurking inside the active subwoofer is a downward-firing 8in long-throw driver and a 100W amplifier, and on the back is a helpful array of controls. Two dials at the top control volume and frequency crossover from 50Hz to 200Hz, and there’s a switch for flipping the phase 180 degrees.
You also get a line level cinch input and two pairs of speaker-level binding post inputs. A power switch completes the line-up, backed up by an auto power feature that allows you to leave it in standby and it will wake up when a signal is detected.
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