Tannoy Mercury 7.2 review | What Hi-Fi?

For the ones versed in Roman mythology, the name Mercury might bring to mind the God of conversation, so at the face of it, a excellent title for a pair of audio system.

Unfortunately, more related to those Tannoys is the planet named after him, in so much because it’s far from the most efficient hi-fi on Earth.

That’s perhaps a tad harsh but given our admiration for the company’s usual output - such because the Award-winning Eclipse 3 speakers - the Mercury 7.2s are disappointing, principally because we’d be expecting so a lot more.

Build and compatibility

They’re an attractive unit; a diminutive, 9.4-litre wood box finished in walnut (our review pair and personal choice too), gentle oak or black oak, every flaunting a 28mm comfortable dome tweeter and 15cm midrange driver to the entrance and passive reflex port to the rear.

The Mercury 7.2s are unassuming but smart at the same time: a magic combination for budget bookshelf audio system.

The build high quality doesn’t entirely fit, then again.

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At this worth the Mercury 7.2s may just feasibly be a component for your first hi-fi setup, however £230 isn’t by means of any stretch a trivial amount, and the first impressions are that it doesn’t really feel like you’re getting a scouse borrow.

The reflex ports, for instance, already feel unfastened as we’re picking the speakers up out of the box.

There are speakers such because the Monitor Audio Bronze 2 or Q Acoustics 3020 that feel higher-end than this.

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Sound

But that doesn’t necessarily quantity to poor sound, which is, in spite of everything, what issues most.

And when we plug those Tannoys in to feed them Explosions In The Sky’s The Wilderness, we're relatively comforted by means of the reasonably detailed, easy to hear efficiency with which we’re presented.

There isn’t oceans of area, though that’s neither a marvel nor a significant grievance given the Mercury 7.2s’ stature, but the detail is sufficient that we will pick out the instruments as textures build and don’t really feel we’re lacking any parts.

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It’s simple on our ears, as well; we don’t select any coarseness that would make listening strenuous, even if preparations succeed in their crescendo.

The balance generally is a little bit off, although. There’s a fair bit of bass, despite the fact that it isn’t extraordinarily taut, and the treble is equally prominent, however it creates a crevice through which the mid-range tends to cover moderately.

It’s extra noticeable when switching to an album with vocals, reminiscent of Fleet Foxes’ Helplessness Blues; where we ought be experiencing luscious harmonies, the feeling is that they’re lost, shadowed by higher and decrease frequencies.

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Most disappointing, regardless that, is the Mercury 7.2s’ sense of timing and dynamics. It isn’t complicated, nor does it make rhythms tough to trace, but it’s flat.

There’s little actual momentum or expression, which leaves the efficiency feeling slightly cold; there are not any swells, no impetus on beats or selecting patterns.

If you’re after a couple of audio system to power a birthday celebration, these almost certainly aren’t them.

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Verdict

We’ve been slightly glad taking note of the Tannoy Mercury 7.2s, and while there are sides in their performance we recognize, we’re no longer moved to finger thru our music library as we would be if we were actually enthused by way of what we had been listening to.

If you want one thing small for some easy listening, there may well be a spot for those Tannoys in your shelf.

Otherwise, there are lots extra talented options available on the market - and plenty that’ll prevent a little of cash to boot.

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