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Looks like yet another specialist HiFi manufacturer that's been swallowed up by huge multinational bean counters. How long before the whole world is run by one giant corporation. 

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24 minutes ago, Monitor Gold Ten said:

I notice this article is dated 2016 and find myself wondering if the the factory ever materialised or whether it was just marketing PR. I'm without doubt a cynical old sod after spending the majority of my working career in the marketing industry. I remember one very highly respected high street retailer that had their shoe uppers manufactured in India then importers the upper and had the soles welded on in Northampton. Printed in very large letters on the bottom of the soles were the words 'Made in England'. Could equally apply to speakers. 

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16 hours ago, Nifkin said:

Closing the sales team to sell by e-commerce. Didn’t think that the high end worked like this. Maybe it’s ok for people who know what Tannoys sound like. Given that in Europe you can send back anything that you don’t like for a full refund I will order some Westminsters!

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Looks bad as a once famous UK manufacturer looks to be going to mass market and abandoning what made Tannoy famous; the Behringer route. Such is life at the moment.

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41 minutes ago, George 47 said:

Looks bad as a once famous UK manufacturer looks to be going to mass market and abandoning what made Tannoy famous; the Behringer route. Such is life at the moment.

It needn't be all bad.  I own no Behringer products and would not say that I would often even consider to buy a Behringer product. But they are seriously investing in the democratisation of high quality products.  They have state of the art manufacturing and have partnered with Siemens to deliver this. They are producing analogue synths that are replicas of the famous synths from the 70s and 80s at seriously cheap prices and they are selling in vast quantities. Moog stopped production of it's MiniMoog reissue selling at $3700 because within a year Behringer were selling the same thing (in a smaller case rack only) for $299.

On the synth side they are the only manufacturer who can do what they are currently doing with a huge amount of new products being launched comparative the entire rest of the industry.  Hopefully they will maintain Tannoy quality and deliver it at a reduced price and if so then we all win.

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I hope so but they did not start well by trying to close down the plant and now they look they are doing that. Anyway time will tell.

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1 hour ago, DomT said:

 Hopefully they will maintain Tannoy quality and deliver it at a reduced price and if so then we all win.

Not everyone will win, what about the jobs in Coatbridge? Maybe Fyne will take some of them on?

Yet another British HiFi manufacturer gone to China.

I believe they have been making some of the cheaper speakers in China for some years now, have the prices come down?

Chinese/Filipinos care little for history or the real article, IMHO. I won't be buying any recent Tannoys.

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It’s always sad when sites close and people lose their jobs. But this has always been the case and the world continues to evolve. I was just pointing out the benefits from a hifi perspective as this is a hifi forum

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58 minutes ago, StingRay said:

Chinese/Filipinos care little for history or the real article, IMHO. I won't be buying any recent Tannoys.

I've bought three sets of Tannoy speakers over the years but I won't be buying them anymore.

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49 minutes ago, DomT said:

It’s always sad when sites close and people lose their jobs. But this has always been the case and the world continues to evolve. I was just pointing out the benefits from a hifi perspective as this is a hifi forum

Yes you maybe right but also the quality may go down and prices stay the same or go up. I would rather buy British made speakers there are still some around.

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Unfortunately the prices of the Prestige range have gone up significantly in the last few years. Some prices nearly doubling. 

Talking to the marketing manager at Fyne they have a waiting list for new speakers as they are gaining lots of orders. I hope so as that may mean they can take on some of the staff.

Does anyone know where the Prestige speakers will be made in the future?

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