The XT 8Fs deliver huge dollops of the important stuff when it comes to conveying the essence of one’s music collection. Music flows in a very natural way, and retains a good sense of rhythm, when so coupled with the unconstrained dynamics and speed. That they may overplay their hand at times, while being a little impressionistic when you get down to the finer points, is not really to be deprecated, at this price, and I have to give Tannoy a lot of credit for refusing to play it safe with this design.
I guess, when it comes down to it, I want my system to entertain, not to impress. I’d like it to do both, of course, but that tends to cost considerably bigger bucks than are being asked for here. Any loudspeaker selling at the price point of the Tannoy, or even considerably more, is going to have some defining compromises, and the temptation for many makers will be to take care not to offend. That might have made sense if you were making hi-fi in Jane Austen’s day, but these days, good manners are less of a social asset than, perhaps, the knack of knowing how to have a good time. Actually, I suspect Jane Austen knew that too, and I wouldn’t be at all surprised if, like me, she found the Tannoy XT 8Fs much to her liking.
Type: Three-way, floorstanding speaker with bass reflex enclosure
Driver complement: one dual concentric driver comprising 25 mm Linear PEI dome with Torus Ogive WaveGuide and Omnimagnet technology, and 200 mm multi-fibre paper 44 mm voice coil; one 200 mm multi-fibre paper pulp cone with rubber surround and 44 mm edge wound voice coil
Crossover frequencies: 250Hz and 1.8kHz, passive low loss 2nd order low pass, 1st order high pass
Frequency response: 34Hz-32kHz (-6dB)
Impedance: 8 Ohms nominal
Sensitivity: 91dB for 1 Watt at 1 Metre
Dimensions (H×W×D): 1080 × 317 × 345 mm
Finishes: Dark Walnut; Medium Oak
Manufacturer: Tannoy Limited
Tel: 44 (0)1236 702503