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TDL Speakers

admin_exported

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I don't think some people will know alot about these speakers what I'm on about?

Soon I'm going to look and search for a pair of compact TDL Transmission Line speakers. For a pair of TDL Studio 1 M or the TDL 0.75s.

Has anyone had any exp with these rare speakers?

Lots of thanks

Shane
 

plaxtonp

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Hi did you manage to track down any of those speakers you mentioned?? I have had 2 pairs of TDL speakers, I started off with the TDL RTL 2 then i moved on to a fantastic pair of TDL Studio 1 which i still have. The sound they produce is absolutely first rate, try looking on auction sites such as Ebay, That is where i found both sets expect to pay anywhere between £120 for and average set of studio 1's up to £340 for an immaculate pair you really wont be dissapointed if you can find a nice pair. Fantastic bass response down to 28hz and quite neutral so if the bass isnt there it wont add it, but if its there in the recording then wow expect to feel the bass as well as hear it providing you set up is up to the job, good luck in finding your musical nivarna. Alternatively if you are hooked on the Transmission sound then PMC make some very good speakers as well.
 

richardwp

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I've had various pairs of TDLs over the years, albeit only the RTL versions rather tha real TLs. I was first introduced to and fell in love with RTL2's by a real hi-fi buff mate of mine, Roy K Riches (Google him on other forums). He always rated the 2s over the 3s by the way.

Now, having just acquired my 4th pair on Ebay, a pair of TDL Cotswolds, I wonder if anyone knows anything about them? They're 2-way in Cherrywood, real wood veneer, so clearly a cut above the RTL 1-4 range, and have metal drivers. They are still only a reflex transmission line model. The tweeter housing is rectangular. I think they may be part of the t-line or metal series, but can't find out much else about them. Apparently they were £599 new. Any info out there?

I've always loved the TDL sound on my relatively budget system. Powering RTL 2s, RTL4's and now the Cotswolds with Arcam Alpha 8R integrated and 8P power amps, bi-amped with Cable Talk Talk 4.1 speaker cable and quality interconnects between the amps, makes them really sing, especially with my custom-upgraded Marantz CD 67SE bought from a chap on Ebay who specialised in upgrading CD players and amps. Having said that, I was also originally delighted with the RTL2s with my original single Alpha 3 integrated amp and an old Marantz CD42.

I've been really happy with all 3 sets of speaker, but aesthetics (and wife) mean I'm now keeping the Cotswolds and shortly selling on EBay 2 pairs of RTL2s (1 rosewood, 1 black ash) and my rare pair of RTL4s in rosewood because, to be honest, I enjoy the sound from all 3 in their subtly different ways and can't choose between them for enjoyable listening experience, and the wife rules OK, so I'm happy with that. And even I acknowledge that the RTL4s do dominate our living room (sizewise). All in good nick I might add, so watch for them on EBay within the next month if you're interested. Just waiting for some new foam from Wilmslow Audio for the front reflex bass ports on one of the pairs.
 

richardwp

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All my old RTL2s and RTL4s now sold on Ebay so I'm just down to the Cotswolds which I'm very pleased with. Still don't know much about them except they were manufactured in 1999, just before TDL Electronics folded and the name sold on.
 

richardwp

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Via another forum it's been concluded that my TDL Cotswolds are basically TDL T-Line 2s with the bass driver changed to the kevlar model. The rectangular tweeter with magnetised metal dome cover is the same as the T-Line.
 

MaverickAH

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You are absolutely correct about the drivers. I believe I bought my pair back in 1999 or so at a closeout price. The funny thing is that they were not marketed as "Cotswold's" but as RTL2's. The boxes they came in said RTL2 as well! I strongly suspect that the Cotswold was a successor model to the RTL2 that they did not have time to properly introduce due to the company's demise. Mine are still going strong to this day in a bedroom system.
 

zieonth

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Hi, I'm looking for a pair of tdl rtl 4, have to be excellent condition, colour not important, regards David.
 

tonky

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710£ for the TDL 3 kit with unfinished mdf flat pack kit - seems pricey. IPL might be better value/cheaper.

tonky
 

Chris Munden

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Have a look for some used TDL Nucleus 3 Transmission line floor standers, I have had mine since they first came on the market and as a small 'ish' floor stander they still impress me, being driven by a Rega Planar 3/Ortofon Red, Creek 4040 amp, ticks all my boxes any way

Chris
 

T1mb0

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An elderly relative has a pair of TDL Reference Standard speakers. These are still one of if not the best pair of speakers I've ever had the pleasure of listening to!
 

wesleybutters

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Hi, I have a pair of the heavy weight monitors, 4 drivers with the bi-radial bass units. Both bass units are blown. Both super tweeters are sagged. Trying to source original parts but it's v difficult. I've been recommended the kef b139.. Or do I just put face plates in a find similar output units? Any ideas thoughts?
 

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wesleybutters said:
Hi, I have a pair of the heavy weight monitors, 4 drivers with the bi-radial bass units. Both bass units are blown. Both super tweeters are sagged. Trying to source original parts but it's v difficult. I've been recommended the kef b139.. Or do I just put face plates in a find similar output units? Any ideas thoughts?
Only worth doing if you love how they sound. Drive units can often cost more than speakers themselves. Especially if you need more than one. You will most definitely not get your money back if you were to sell them on.

My suggestion is try sell them for spares and repairs and hope that someone takes them. They'd be difficult to sell when fully working.
 

drummerman

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wesleybutters said:
Hi, I have a pair of the heavy weight monitors, 4 drivers with the bi-radial bass units. Both bass units are blown. Both super tweeters are sagged. Trying to source original parts but it's v difficult. I've been recommended the kef b139.. Or do I just put face plates in a find similar output units? Any ideas thoughts?
Old thread. Sorry can't help either but in the 'spirit' of TDL ... I once had the misfortune of owning some RTL 3's for a very brief period of time.

Piles of poo.

I feel for anyone that has to look at and listen to them in their living room.
 

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