As a further reminder that there’s no one perfect speaker and therefore no perfect speaker design, I happened by Gary Pearce’s home today to find a set of TDL Studio 0.5 Transmission Line Speakers sitting on the floor sounding unfeasibly good.
Talk about obscure, there can’t be too many transmission line speakers wandering the earth these days – PMC would have a fair few out there but I can’t remember the last time I saw or heard a set of TDLs.
They date back to the early 90’s and at 620mm tall, are either hobbit sized floorstanders or oddly proportioned standmounts depending on your perspective. Either way, they make a strange and unique sound, which prompted both Gary Steel and myself to enquire about the state of the subwoofer, which turned out to be off.
Good old transmission lines – bass light they’re not, with a claimed 30Hz bottom end extension in this case, despite the single bass/mid driver being a small 135mm doped polypropylene-cone (there’s a 25mm magnesium alloy tweeter doing top end duty).
So there’s not much too them but they’re a lot of fun to listen to. If I had the space, I’d be keeping my eye open for something similar on TradeMe, not to replace my main speakers, just to have something a little less serious on the boil.