As went the infamous tag line of Royd Audio, whose loudspeakers were an underrated gem of the British Hi-Fi industry. Each pair was hand built by Joe Akroyd in Telford, UK from the early ’80s until the start of the 21st Century. Over this time, Joe produced many unique and exceptional loudspeakers, all of which captured the hearts of their owners. Regret only came to those who sold them on prior to a misjudged upgrade…
Royd Audio Minstrels
Within this site you can find a mass of information and resources about these legendary and cult loudspeakers. For new users just stumbling on their first Royds’ and long time audiophile addicts wishing to reminisce over all the models; I hope that you will enjoy them for many years to come.
Please note: although www.roydaudio.com was originally the official UK Royd company website, this is no longer the case. This site has no affiliation with Royd Loudspeaker Co. Ltd and is now simple run and contributed by fans, for fans of Royd Audio loudspeakers.
Been a busy evening of scanning through old magazines, but I’m pleased to let you know there are fresh reviews for the site from What Hi-Fi? magazines dating back to the early 1990s. There are reviews for the A7 II, Sapphire II and Merlin. What Hi-Fi? always praised the Royd speakers for their speed and timing, but their overall preference often lied elsewhere.
A7 II Review, What Hi-Fi? Nov 1991
Merlin Review, What Hi-Fi? Dec 1994
Sapphire II Review, What Hi-Fi? August 1993
I’ve added a bunch of information on the Squire
. These floor standers sat in between the Minstrels and the Doublets. Visually, their styling is like that of slimline Doublets. I’ve not yet ascertained their exact release date, but I suspect its was around 1995. Interestingly, later models didn’t feature the standard Royd bass driver design. These had a flat centre, with no phase plug, and seem to be have introduced around 1998 ish.
Much of this new information was supplied by Jens Bondarenko. If you have any information, I’d love to hear from you.
Many thanks to the top chaps over at Hi-Fi Corner (Edinburgh) for sending through scans of the original literature/brochure for the Prior and Abbot floorstanders.
Read the full low down here.
A few weeks ago, rog on pinkfishmedia.net refoamed his pair of Royd Seven speakers. With his kind permission, I have reproduced the details here in a useful guide for others who wish to undertake this project. It’s by no means an easy task and not for the faint hearted, however given the cost of picking up a pair of old Sevens (or other older 7ltr Royds) in need of repair, there is little to lose.
Read the full article on refoaming the speakers here.
Our sister site, Hi-Fi Hunter has just released a new article covering recommended budget phono preamps. A necessity for those starting out on the vinyl road to aural nirvana. Pop by and check out what’s hot and what’s best value for money.
Read the full article on Phono Stages for Around £100 here.
I’m having a bit of a clear out and am selling a pair of Royd Apex
from my own collection. I’ve had this pair about 5-6 years, they used to be in my main lounge setup, but they’ve been in storage for the last few months. They’re in black and in good working order. Cosmetically however, they’re a little rough. Quite a few scratches and knocks, some of which have been touched up with black paint, so not too noticeable from a distance. The metal frame stands also have some rough paintwork. None of this detracts from their working or sound quality.
The Apex are the twin brothers of the original Rega Ela, a transmission line design with a rear bass port (at the top). They can reach pretty low frequencies, but they’re no bass junkies. The midrange is where they shine, slightly forward, but rich and smooth, albeit not as refined as later Royd’s. The Apex feature an external crossover mounted inside the bases, which can be setup for an active bi-amping configuration (using a Naim Naxo 2-4). They’re relatively easy to drive too.
Taking their cosmetic condition into account, I’m looking for £100. Due to their size, weight and lacking of packing, I will unfortunately have to insist on collection only from East London/Essex Border area. But of course, you’ll be able to demo them, compare against other Royd’s I have and enjoy a decent cup of tea. If you’re interested, just get in touch using the contact form on the site.
I’ve just added some new content for the Royd Minstrels
. Steve Edmundson has kindly sent me some scans of original literature that came with his Minstrels. These include the full spec and Royd’s own description that helps put them in context.
Recently ace-reuse-kettering on ebay sold a pair of Minstrel SE’s with the rate steel base. This optional base was studier and gave extra support through a rear vertical brace the Minstrels could rest against.
The Royd Albion’s are insanely rare. They were the top end model, prior to the Revelation Range, very few were sold. However a pair have recently hit the second hand market over in Toronto, Canada. Go check out the advert on Kijiji.
I have added a timeline page to the history section, that lets you scroll through all the Royd Audio Speaker releases in order. It gives a great insight into which models came out when and what they replaced. Unfortunately some of the dates aren’t as accurate as I’d like (e.g. some are based on dates of reviews) and some are still missing. So I’d appreciate any new information or corrections.
Timeline of Royd Releases