View Full Version : my 12" Tannoy Golds vs Klipsch Cornwalls?

02-01-2007, 05:40 PM
I wonder... :scratch2:

02-01-2007, 07:23 PM
So watcha gonna do, bolly?

02-01-2007, 07:33 PM
Hey, dude...I have first dibs on the Tannys:smoke:

02-01-2007, 08:48 PM
Ya' know I'm going thru something similar. I have Tannoy 12" reds that I've put in diy horn cabs and my tweaked Cornwalls. They sound different and I'm trying to decide what I want to keep/do as I slowly tweak the horn cabs. The Tannoys are quicker and the Cornwalls dig deeper. I've got the Tannoy cabs in the main system now and they really do sound very nice but I'm a long way from having made up my mind on this one.

02-01-2007, 10:03 PM
In a few months you are welcome to make a trip to Illinois and listen to my Cornwalls. We'll see if we can disturb a few of my new neighbors.:D


02-01-2007, 10:03 PM
I've had several different Tannoy DC, including reds. All original and stock, and I have heard cornwalls and K-horns.

If bass is not a factor and accuracy is, go with the Tannoy. If you like a big sound and lots of bass, go with the Klipsch.

If you can't decide, sell them both and get a pair of NS-1000 :D

02-02-2007, 03:44 AM
k r i m n e y!! :roll:

well bully/jcmrt, only one way to solve this then, I gotta grab em cause their cheap... hopefully this weekend.

thanks for the offer Ross! And Jack, LOL!! :)

02-02-2007, 03:44 AM
oops, the :roll: should be :lmao:

02-02-2007, 11:10 AM
If you are getting them cheap then you can't lose....but the Cornwalls will probably need some tweaking - unless there was another audio maniac who owned them :)

I'll be interested to hear what you think...and what kind of cabs do you have your 12" golds in?

02-02-2007, 01:15 PM
there are a pic or two jcmjrt, in the link in my sig. Here's a couple more though(I spoke to the guy today, I'll be seein him on Sunday);

02-02-2007, 08:04 PM
Anyone who puts an amp on a speaker, doesnt deserve Tannoys....give em up man...

02-02-2007, 08:39 PM
Looks like the cabs are pretty well made and of a decent size to give the Tannoys a little breathing room.

Are you using stock crossovers? The crossovers for my reds are encased in a metal box and I don't want to mess with them - it's pretty big bucks (well, my idea of big bucks) for original reds - but I was thinking maybe I'd try building a completely separate set of crossovers based on a schematic...just take it on faith that's what I've got and give new components a try. I will say though that the crossovers are in pretty amazing condition given their obvious age. I'm thinking that the box (probably filled with a resin) must help with heat transfer and keeping the caps fresh. Are your golds encased and have you done anything with them?

02-02-2007, 09:05 PM
I haven't done a thing to them jcmjrt, except play em. And I can't remember about the crossovers... I think there might've been screws in them...

...listen to the sawhorse man up there!! :D

02-04-2007, 01:20 PM
they're big, they're painted black, they've gott casters monted on the bottoms, they've gott 1/4" jacks added as well... and they're mine! He's gonna deliver them sometime next week. I listened for 1/2hr and thought the sound was quite good. :smoke: Sorry, no pics, they're about 7 outa 10.

02-09-2007, 05:58 AM
they'll be delivered to my workplace Monday! :banana:

figure I'll sand/woodfill the cabs, but what about finish? They're plain old plywood and I was thinkin on repainting, but a nice veneer would be sweet too! Any thoughts?

02-09-2007, 11:18 AM
Yes! I'll be looking forward to your review and how you think that they compare.

The world is full of options for veneer. I don't know your skill level but the easiest to work with is probably the paperbacked type. You can get those already coated with adhesive as well. The only drawback is that you typically don't find exotic woods like that - but if you like oak, walnut, maple, etc it's a non-issue. Domestic hardwoods can be gorgeous.

02-09-2007, 11:25 AM
never veneered before jcmjrt, but I'm a quick learner! :)

02-12-2007, 12:46 PM

02-12-2007, 12:49 PM
Oh, man...


02-12-2007, 01:02 PM
ok that's the before picture .now hurry up and start working towards the "after" shot.:D

02-12-2007, 03:30 PM
I forgot to mention...

16S873, and 16S874, consecutive serial numbers!! :smoke:

02-13-2007, 05:04 AM
in due time chris, in due time!! ;)

as per the Klipsch serial no. datatbase, these old girls are from 1978!

02-13-2007, 11:54 AM
i'll be waiting.:D

02-13-2007, 11:57 AM
lol, ya bastage chris!!! ;) off to work I go. :sigh:

02-14-2007, 05:51 AM
Welcome to the Cornwall club, Greg!

02-14-2007, 06:37 AM
thanks Lee!

03-01-2007, 04:11 PM
I hate to say it, but, my Cornies have found new homes, they'll be leaving probably this weekend. :sigh:

03-01-2007, 06:40 PM
So I take it that you still love your Tannoys best? The Cornwalls look like they have been recapped with the GE oil cans? That's a good update. I think that Al K's redesign is better but that does cost a fair chunk of change. Cheap to try and with decent results are damping the horns and spider with plasticlay and bracing the soundboard and back.
My Tannoys have replaced the Cornwalls for now but it sure wasn't a blow out...and I'm going to recirc the Cornwalls back in soon so I give my ear plenty of chance to hear the differences and make up my mind.
I'd say that the Cornwalls reach deeper and maybe higher but the Tannoys have a cohesive sound to them that's very engaging. The Tannoys (in these backloaded horn enclosures) have a nice fast bass but don't dig out the low notes.

03-01-2007, 07:26 PM
Hi all,

Man, what a tough choice! I am presently using a borrowed pair of
(CAPT. SCARY) 12" NORELCO's FRD's in my large Cabinets with BEAUTIFUL results (using my FISHER 400 Tube receiver).
Sooner of later, I will find a larger pair of KLIPSCH and I can compare for myself the differences. That being said, I have REALLY become a fan of the
12" full range driver club!