VINTAGE ROYD MINSTREL STEREO SPEAKERS. For sale we have an incredibly rare set of Royd Minstrel speakers - Famed for their perfect match with NAIM equipment. Joe Akroyd designs and builds exceedingly good loudspeakers, and they usually cost a bit more than this surprisingly compact floor-stander. With slimline dimensions of only 642 x 18O x 120mm (yes the cabinet depth is just the same as the diameter of a Compact Disc), this new Minstrel Special Edition is about as tiny as any floor-standing loudspeaker could be.The reference axis is tilted upwards, to give an increase in effective height at the listening position, by mounting the rectangular enclosure on to a dedicated plinth or base through a wedge shaped insert. Note, however, that the top naturally slopes backwards which rules out any attempt to balance a vase of flowers on top. Cabinet-work is impeccable and finished in real-wood veneers of cherry or black ash.
The already very rigid enclosure has extensive internal damping to minimise standing waves and further inhibit panel resonances. Bass reflex loading is employed with a small cylindrical port emerging at one side. As the two loudspeakers have this port on opposite sides, the user has a choice of placing the stereo pair with the ports facing inwards or outwards which produces a subtle difference in imaging and is well worth a bit of experimentation in any given room situation. The conventional black grille cloth is wrapped round a strong frame with a curved bottom edge. A single pair of colour-coded terminals is positioned about 18cm above the base.The wood and steel bases both come with three fixing bolts each, two of which fit into the cabinet floor while the third anchors a black steel strut which is in turn bolted to the rear of the enclosure to serve as a strengthening back support. In fact, the wooden base is adequately robust but the more massive steel base does add a beneficial degree of stability. Again, in the context of trying to extract a quart of response from this pint-sized loudspeaker, the supplied four floor-spikes are recommended for all but the most damage-conscious floors.
The first thing you notice about these speakers, is just how small they are and how little they weigh. As soon as you connect them up and power on you know they are something special.The treble is handles perfect. They bounce along with such enthusiasm that you cant help but smile at them while you listen. Apart from the full and `juicy bass that seems to come from below you, the other fantastic quality they have is their imaging and sense of space around them. No other speaker I have tried has matched them for this, they really do throw the sound around which all adds to their charm. ROYD is not a big name, but with these speakers you get a very big sound.
Please feel free to jump on any forum and ask about these speakers, or read some reviews on them and you will see nothing but love. NAIM owners know all about these speakers and the incredible bounce and sound they put out.. Often to the far east.I have been running these speakers with my Sansui 990db which is an absolute monster of a receiver and these little beauties handle it with ease. There is just such a refined sound to them. I get a lot of enquiries asking if I will sell the drivers separately, the answer is no.
The speakers are too nice to part and each pair was hand made so splitting them up would be a real shame. As for the condition of these, They are a solid 8 / 10. They retain their original plinths, The covers are in perfect condition - No tears or rips, and there is no gumming on any of the drivers - All move freely and sound fantastic. They are a sure investment and a quick route to being very satisified with your music. Please just spend 10 minutes reading up about these online..You may not realise what you have been missing out on. The item "Vintage Royd Minstrel Stereo Floorstanding Speakers / HIFI / NAIM / RARE" is in sale since Tuesday, February 4, 2020. This item is in the category "Sound & Vision\Home Audio & HiFi Separates\Speakers & Subwoofers". The seller is "reminisce_audio" and is located in Wigan. This item can be shipped worldwide.