Why do people still go to the movies? For more than 20 years, almost any film can be easily watched at home. Moreover, every year it becomes more convenient and more pleasant to do it. VCRs and "pot-bellied" TVs have been replaced by DVD players and LCD TVs, and those by Blu-ray drives, hundreds of gigabyte "rips" of 4K-resolution movies, projectors and giant thin OLED-panels. Having covered such a path in such a short time, home “rental”, however, did not kill the traditional one. Even now, when some films can be watched through the efforts of pirates almost before the official release, people still go to the cinema - and blockbusters still collect billions of dollars.
It's all about feelings. And it is not only the big screen that gives them - giant TVs are getting cheaper every year, and projectors are becoming less demanding on lighting and surface quality. But cinema is also sound. Will Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk produce the same unforgettable effect if you watch it not in IMAX, where it seems like bombs are exploding under your nose, but at home? Will the soundtrack by Hans Zimmer, in which the sounds of the environment, volleys of guns and the roar of military equipment, are intertwined with synthesizers, forming an unbreakable sound canvas? If it comes from home TV speakers, it almost certainly won't.
Fortunately, 5.1 speaker systems can, if not repeat, then as closely as possible convey the feeling of watching movies in a cinema with good sound. And in the case of the Tannoy Mercury 7, you can buy them for a small amount of money.
Traditionally - first about the company. Tannoy is originally from London and is one of the oldest audio producers in the world. It was founded in 1926 and quickly acquired an almost cult status in its homeland. Even the verb “to tannoy” appeared in English, which meant transmitting information through the company's loudspeakers, which were used during World War II. As is the case with Xerox copiers, the name has become a household name. By the way, at the end of the Oscar-winning film The King's Speech, King Henry VI of Great Britain declares war on Germany - and in reality, most of the country's population heard this announcement through the Tannoy speakers - they were so widespread then.
But these are things of bygone days, and now Tannoy has three areas of activity, one of which is home speakers. Mercury 7 is a line of affordable Tannoy speakers, and it is on their basis that the company offers to build a 5.1 system at home.
The home theater that we listened to was based on (or rather, got up, given the floor form factor) Mercury 7.4, which costs 49,600 rubles. for a couple. For a system of three additional speakers and a subwoofer, you will have to pay 113,800 rubles. - relatively small money by market standards. And this amount Mercury fulfills convincingly.
Firstly, if you adore powerful low frequencies, love when the shock wave from explosions in some Fast and Furious feels literally on your own skin, and with the chirping of helicopters in an action movie like the last Kong, a chair shakes under you, Tannoy will definitely be able to interest you. The bass of the Mercury 7 inspires respect and fear for broken glass at the same time. You feel it not only with your ears, but with your whole body, and this is exactly what you expect from a home theater system. The high frequencies sound very clean and, for example, the clinking of glass remains the clink of glass, and not the crunch of plastic bottles, as in some inexpensive speakers.
With the effect of presence, everything is also in order: if you correctly equip the room, correctly place the speakers in it, at first you will constantly turn to sounds - additional "panoramic" effects that, for example, video game developers adore, Mercury is great.
When listening to music, the only thing that catches your ears is the lack of midrange. Considering the cost of the speakers, it is foolish to make audiophile demands for them, beg for "warm tube sound so that you can hear the guitarist's fingers touching the strings" and demand a stage the size of Wembley Arena, but looking at their size and design, you involuntarily want something more. In its price segment, the Tannoy 7.4 performs very well - some of the more expensive models will envy the detail here. The speakers are especially good at dealing with ambient and acoustic music - the "squeak" of the strings is felt as if you were playing the guitar yourself.
Of course, there is no crazy dynamics here, and the bass does not always feel like a live instrument - but show me other speakers for 50 thousand rubles, where the situation is fundamentally different?
It is still possible to listen to music on Tannoy 7.4 with great pleasure, and given the pleasant classic design in the spirit of the "old school", they can easily occupy a prominent place, for example, in the hall. In addition, the speakers are offered in three colors - you can choose the one you need for the overall interior design.
Tannoy Mercury 7 is a good choice for those who are going not only to listen to music, but also want to get a high-quality 5.1 system for not the most money. For films like the same "Dunkirk", you may need to run in IMAX, but most of what is released can be watched with the same pleasure at home.>