ricardo666 - Member
After running a hifi from college days, and getting my first job in a recording studio, I paid a trip to richer sounds.
Tried some mission, and mordant shorts which both very capable, and suited classical music, wanted something to feed my addiction to heavy metal. So settled on these, my amp then was an old marantz, but upgraded that for the surround sound amp with the expected flat screen not long after. The TDL speakers are superb, still going strong after near on 12 years abuse, clean, punchy sound, detailed crisp riffage, throughly recommended if you can still get them.
That's funny. I tried Missions, Mordaunt Shorts and the TDL RTLII's as well before settling on the TDL's. The Mordaunt Short (MS25 MKII's, I think) were at the time hailed as the best at that price. But, I thought they were really poor. They were good for gentle vocal stuff, but there was no power behind them. They just had no impact whatsoever. I even checked that they had been wired up correctly, as I thought they were out of phase.
The Mission's were OK, but not as good as the TDL's and the TDL's were more compact.
I think I got mine in '94 at the same time as my amp. The CD player is perhaps a year younger (I originally was using an Aiwa ADF-450 cassette deck).
I used to love going into Richer Sounds and just looking at all the kit. It was refreshing to go into a hi-fi place (even if their stuff isn't that hi-fi) and not be looked down at by hi-fi snobs who had no time for you, unless you were spending £5k on the latest Naim/Linn set-up.