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Tannoy Super Gold Monitor 1000

Posted on May 8, 2020 at 00:16:59

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Location: Brussels
Joined: April 27, 2010
Looking for opinions
big 1980s studio monitors

locally for sale, first owner.

Trying to motivate a friend to go and listen to them - because I think (if they are like most 15" DC Tannoys I've heard) they would be perfect for his taste!


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RE: Tannoy Super Gold Monitor 1000, posted on May 17, 2020 at 15:52:21

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Location: Toronto, ON
Joined: April 19, 2013

I've owned (and still own) many Tannoy Dual Concentrics and SuperDuals.

Closest I've owned to the SGM1000 is the SGM-15B, which uses the 3839 driver in a smaller (122 litre) cabinet. That may, or may not, be the same 15" DC used in the SGM1000.

Lovely speakers! Even better when I invested in the "hard-edge" recone kit—but that's another story.

I'd say that anyone considering investing up to $10K in a pair of speakers who has the opportunity to audition the SMG1000 (or the SGM-15B) should indeed do so before committing funds elsewhere.

(The attached photo is not of the SGM1000 or the SMG-15B; it's one of my large Tannoy systems: the VS218-DR subwoofers and the V15 DC driver (with custom cabinet and passive crossovers).


RE: Tannoy Super Gold Monitor 1000, posted on July 2, 2020 at 23:58:53

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Location: Brussels
Joined: April 27, 2010
I just saw your answer as I've been unable to connect to the asylum during the European confinement...
we went to have a listen to the SGM1000.
Unfortunately, the seller has them connected to a 2000W class D Crown amplifier, with a lot of digital ancillary equipment, and made us listen to a low quality mp3 playlist.
The sound was the worse I've heard in a long long time, and of course, failed to impress my friend. Pity. The seller was apparently certain he had the best sound around... I don't get it. No bass, shrill highs, hashy background... terrible.


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