TDL Nucleus 1 Bookshelf Loudspeakers
The TDL Nucleus 1 Loudspeakers were TDL's entry level budget louspeakers of the mid 1990s. I picked up a pair to upgrade the tinny distorted sound that the bundled speakers with my first PC produced. Partnered with a Cambridge A1mk3SE amplifier they produced a very pleasing sound.
The treble is very clean, not sweet but most importantly not harsh like some of the competition. Mid range is controlled and slightly pushed back in the mix and could never be accused of being forward. But where the TDL Nucleus 1 Bookshelf Loudspeakers score highly is with the bass, not that they produce deep bass more so the bass produced is punchy, detailed, tuneful and never never wooly. The TDL Nucleus 1 Bookshelf Loudspeakers are quite small and solid loudspeakers measuring only 26cm high on a 17 x 17cm base and employ a 2 way infinite baffle design meaning they can be placed near rear wall without issue.
For £60 a pair, it is very hard to criticise the sound, and the TDL Nucleus 1 Bookshelf Loudspeakers were highly rated in several of the Hi-Fi press magazines as well. I still use TDL Nucleus 1 Bookshelf Loudspeakers today in my home cinema set up, although I have slightly improved the original design by upgrading the crossover and dampening the drive units with blue tak which adds detail to the entire frequency range . The TDL Nucleus 1 Bookshelf Loudspeakers employ only one capacitor in the crossover meaning they can be replaced with a true audiophile component to get the best from the tweeter very easily. I also used the "Celestion Tweak" which involves wrapping the cappacitor in blue tak and covering with insulation tape. Why this should sweeten the treble, I don't know but it does and the effect is quite noticable.
Only one of the TDL Nucleus 1 Bookshelf Loudspeakers is used now as a centre loudspeaker powered by an Audiolab 8000A amplifier, but it is a testament to the TDL Nucleus 1 Bookshelf Loudspeaker's quality is that it has yet to be upgraded.
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