Thankfully its also available in a much classier Dark Walnut colour. The subwoofer looks absolutely nothing like the other speakers, which wont please advocates of aesthetic congruity but its still a relatively attractive bass bin. Theyre reassuringly heavy too.ROUND-UP: Best Surround Sound SystemsTannoy Mercury Vi DesignThe only thing we didnt like about Mercury V was its design, and sadly we have to say the same about Mercury Vi.Our samples came in a Sugar Maple finish, which looked a little unflattering in our test room but may well suit yours.
This specially priced package features a pair of V4i floorstanders for the front channels, a pair of VRi standmounts for the rear channels, the VCi centre and the TS2. The binding posts have been improved theyre now gold-plated and encased in chunky plastic, which makes it easier to clamp your cables tightly.Towards the bottom of the back panel are two pairs of binding posts that allow you to bi-wire the speaker feed the mid/bass and high-frequency drivers separately. If not, gold-plated link bars connect the two sets of posts.
Sturdy spikes are provided for placement on a carpet. Despite its lacklustre looks, V4i is still a well-made speaker, with internally cross-braced cabinets giving them the requisite rigidity. It takes some tugging to remove but its worth doing as the drivers silver surrounds bring some much-needed glamour.For this affordable 5.
10 subwoofer, which isnt a Mercury subwoofer per se but is the same model that accompanied the Mercury V package.One new design touch is a plinth that elevates the V4i off the floor to improve stability and reduce vibration. For the V4i, Tannoy has stuck with the same boxy cabinets and plastic-textured wood veneers as before, which are inoffensive enough but lack the curvy elegance of systems like the Roth OLi RA.The VRi rears and VCi centre are also well-made and dressed in a matching Sugar Maple veneer, but again their rigidly straight lines and lack of embellishment makes them visually uninspiring.
On the back are three dials controlling volume, phase and crossover frequency, plus stereo RCA input and output.But given that Mercury V scored top marks in our 2012 review, it needs something special to top the original.The V4i sports a black cloth grille on the front, fixed on with plugs as opposed to tidier magnets.
1-channel speaker system, Tannoy has tweaked the blueprint of the brilliant Mercury V system with several component and tuning upgrades in a bid to take its performance to new heights. We say plinth, but really its two chunky black bars that attach separately to the bottom. It comes in satin grey and high gloss white or black finishes, with curved edges and black cloth grilles covering the drivers at both ends more on those later. Theyre a stylish addition, though. Any comment guys?