So i finally managed to get someone to help me lift these buggers into the listening room. They weigh around 93kg each so lifting and somehow not bashing them into walls was important! Luckily everything went ok...
So here they are TAD 2402's....I stuck them onto some temporary stands
For the time being i am tried out two types of Shindo WE 300B mono amps (one pair being 1980's vintage and the other 1991) with both a Shindo Model 77 preamp and an Exclusive C-7 preamp.
From an easthetic point of view i much prefer the older Shindo green, it has much more a sense of what these amps are about. I find the TAD's actually fit in with the decor too...my girlfriend is actually saying nothing which is a good sign The maple horns on these is something to behold.
These mostly irrelevant, aesthetic viewpoints aside here are some brief ideas of the performance.
Compared to the Merlins the TAD's have a much more nimble and deeper bass...at the moment due to setup i reckon i am getting only 60% of what they can deliver.
The treble detail is different to the Merlins. Whilst i don't think i'm getting the same level of detail as the Merlins at the same time i don't feel i am missing anything either. The horn tweeters give more feeling and life to the performance...in fact the real point of the TAD speakers is that they make anything sound LIVE.
From the user manual the bottom of the wooden horn has to be at eye level so i am designing some custom stands out of granite/corian and wood with spikes to decouple them from the floor and raise them up a tad (!). Then i can concentrate on distance and toe-in.
Here are some pics and frequency charts:
Over the coming weeks i will add a Wavac PR-T1 preamp and then a suitable power amp.
In time then i'd like to add maybe an outboard crossover and try some YL or GOTO tweeters too....thats more a DIY task