Tannoy Prestige GRF
Tannoy Prestige Gold Reference GRF speakers were built to celebrate Tannoy's 90th Anniversary. The name GRF comes from the initials of Guy R Fountain, who founded the Tannoy company in London in 1926.
Utilising a 300 mm (12") Gold Reference Dual Concentric driver housed in a beautifully designed, oiled walnut cabinet, provides the opportunity for music lovers to own an exclusive and high-performance loudspeaker from the world-famous Tannoy Brand.
Powerful & Articulate
The GR’s 12" Dual Concentric with its signature PepperPot WaveGuide, Alnico motor system and HF compression driver delivers a superbly dynamic overall presentation with fast, accurate bass and a fluid and open midrange.
With 90 years of experience, Tannoy’s GRF driver boasts an incredible 560 watt peak power while offering over 95 dB efficiency.
The crossover utilises extremely high-quality components in a minimalist design ensuring the shortest possible signal path to the driver and providing flawless musical reproduction.
Featuring Tannoy ICW ClarityCap MR capacitors, low loss laminated core inductors and thick-film resistors, the entire crossover is deep cryogenically treated as a whole unit. The process has allowed the GRF to achieve unparalleled gains in resolution and deliver an even more natural and cohesive sound.
Minimising cabinet resonance, the bespoke birch plywood cabinetry is extensively braced internally and the twin rear port is engineered to reduce low-frequency turbulence.
Meticulous hand finishing and time-honoured traditional craftsmanship are evident in the timeless beauty of the oiled walnut veneers and cabinet detail. Gold anodised machined metal trims, intricately detailed with Tannoy’s nostalgic lightning strike logo complement the overall stunning appearance of the loudspeaker.
'GRF90s make full use of Tannoy’s 12in Dual-Concentric drive unit in a large cabinet to deliver a performance conventional loudspeakers are unable to match. They are accurate, easy to drive, need little power, will run intensely loud without strain and shake any room... Although the big GRF90 looks old-fashioned and technologically backward, it is not. The underlying principles work well even today, which is why big Tannoys sound so good – and remain unique.' (HiFi World Magazine February 2017)
'Tannoys need a decent run-in of around 40 hours minimum… As always these Tannoys put up a huge soundstage, and delivered instruments and vocalists with force... The GRF90s put even more weight and substance into images of people and instruments... Even with Treble Energy pulled back to minimum the tweeter was still obvious and at times forceful, but not intolerably so. It is ruthlessly revealing – and this is why a super smooth Single-Ended valve amplifier free of crossover distortion like the Icon Audio Stereo 30 SE is the best match; you otherwise get the blemishes of the amplifier thrown at you.' (HiFi World Magazine February 2017)
'What you don’t need – as some recompense – is a big amplifier... I would say 20ft was a lower limit for the GRF90s. Room size is critical then; you will only understand what a GRF90 can do in a large room.' (HiFi World Magazine February 2017)
'Whilst bass was massively powerful it was also clean, easy going and seemingly expansive, not being dogged by colour or internal cabinet reflections. By comparison smaller speakers give a more generalised sound, a vague event pattern, whereas the GRF90s had no difficulty in finding detail and timbral richness in strong bass lines.' (HiFi World Magazine February 2017)
'GRF90 is a fabulously well engineered big loudspeaker. Not only that, it has unique strengths like total phase consistency that make its sound unique. Superbly engineered, it is no boring academic wonder, nor an anachronism as it might appear, so much as one of the most powerful and impressive loudspeakers I’ve ever encountered.' (HiFi World Magazine February 2017)