The Majesty of Westminster
This is the culmination of everything Tannoy
Meet the crowning achievement in the Prestige Gold Reference Series. London calling.
Westminster, the central borough of London that's home to the eponymous Abbey and the UK government, also lends its name to one of Tannoy's most magnificent creations, the 15" Dual Concentric, Westminster Royal. The numbers are staggering: the 530-liter cabinet stands at 4.5 feet high and weighs in at 308 lb. The frequency low point is 18 Hz, but, as Kevin puts it, with its 99 dB efficiency, it "can be driven with a Walkman." No matter which amplifier you choose, it's an incredible gift to know you can select your power source based solely on sound quality; absolute power is not a concern here.
The cabinet is hand-crafted in the UK from high-quality materials and reminds one of a long-gone but much-romanticized era. Tannoy themselves say: “The luxury oiled-wood walnut veneered panels and solid mouldings, the individually machined metal trim, and return of the classic Tannoy lightning strike logo exude the regal class of bespoke furniture.” This all reminds one of Horatio Hornblower books describing the British Navy in all its grace, bluster, and imperial power.
While the physical dimensions of the Westminster may inspire awe, the real magic of the speaker comes from what these dimensions imply. For example, low-frequency response numbers like 18Hz are pulled off through no mean feat. A complex compound horn design allows for low-frequency reproduction well below the audible spectrum for most humans. All of which necessitates a large cabinet, so the massive stature of this British behemoth is a result of design engineered to give you music on a scale so epic, there’s room for little else, and you’ll miss not a note or a beat of the entire recording from its highest high to its lowest low.
Kevin has a pair of the Westminster in his living room, driven by a PrimaLuna amp. This system has a spooky intimacy and isn't at all bothered by the large, extremely high-ceilinged room it has to fill. Senior Upscale sales team member Joel Bennett recently visited Kevin and heard the Westminsters. “Leonard Cohen’s Famous Blue Raincoat brought me close to tears,” he said, remembering the moment as though it had just happened. “There’s nothing like a Tannoy for conveying human emotion,” said Bennett.
There's just nothing like a Tannoy. And there's definitely nothing like the Tannoy Westminster. You can check it out below or call us to learn more.
Hot Legs Summer: Wharfedale Stand Promo
Until September 4th, Wharfedale is offering free speaker stands with the purchase of the Linton.
See the photo; this isn't any old stand. The beautiful and functional Linton stand comes with wood shelves in a matched finish for each speaker and doubles as LP storage. These fabulous pieces of audio furniture sell for $500 on their own.
The Lintons are one of our top-selling speakers, and in 2019 Jeff Dorgay of TONE awarded them the Exceptional Value Award, writing, “We believe good hi-fi should be fun, affordable, and approachable. The Lintons tick all the boxes and then some.”
In his video on the Lintons, Steve Guttenberg of Audiophiliac fame goes on to say, “If this were a $3- or $4000 speaker, they’d be making no apologies,” so the folks at Wharfedale probably aren’t feeling defensive about a pair of Lintons at $1499 including stands either. Get in on this deal by calling us before it ends.
PrimaLuna Gets John Darko in a Bubble Bath
"If the EVO 400 has a parallel in the music world, it's 'Gaucho, because it's the aural equivalent of taking a bubble bath that's been sprinkled with glitter."
John Darko recently set up the "heaviest amp he can remember having," the PrimaLuna EVO 400 Integrated.
He was pleasantly surprised to be presented with something that was "not the cliched view of many EL34 amplifiers in that it does not sound thick or buttery. Not at all."
Darko found the EVO 400 highly resolving with "excellent dynamic prowess, especially with microdynamics" and big and punchy bass. He found this to be the case even on 85 dB speakers, his current Kaya S12 standmounts.
When John changed speakers to a model we're all familiar with, he noted, "With the Klipsch Forte IV, the PrimaLuna brought more substance to the midrange," reminding us why we love the combination so dearly.
We also liked the part where he talked about the EVO 400's "vapor-trail-like instrumental decay," being rich with tone color but not syrupy.
Darko was surprised, but we totally weren't, that the headphone output is "absolutely fantastic."
Check out the video for a non-tube-amp-audiophile take on the all-tube PrimaLuna integrated.
Top Sales and Deals!
Here are the noteworthy sales and offers we have going right now. Note, there are further terms and conditions; this is just a summary. To get all the details, contact our sales crew on website chat, via email (firstname.lastname@example.org), or call 909-931-9686.
Going On Right Now: For Upscale Audio's 4th of July Sale, we take an additional 10% off all used, blemished, open-box, and refurbished products. The savings you find could be massive. We're adding more products to this massively discounted collection every day, so keep checking back in!
LAST DAY: KLH Model Three and Model Five are on sale.
Until August 15: GoldenEar's 'Two Subs Are Better than One' offer. Buy a pair of subs at a significant discount.
Until August 31: JBL L100 on sale.
Until September 4: Wharfedale Lintons stands are included with purchase of the speakers.
Until September 4: JBL L82 on sale.
Until September 21: Arcam summer sale. 20% and more off the SA10, SA20, SA30, and PA410.
Until September 30: Balanced Audio Technology is offering a full original retail price trade-in on your old stereo electronics for any new BAT product.