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Tannoy Reveal New Series

Discussion in 'Pro Audio Equipment' started by Murdock, Aug 5, 2005.

  1. Murdock

    Murdock Guest


    Any topics and impessions about Tannoy Reveal 6D and 8D?

    Digital input and anechoic flat sound...

  2. McCheese

    McCheese Well-Known Member

    Haven't used them, but saying something is flat in an anechoic chamber (which is what I assume that 'anechoic flat' means) is just marketing hype, since nobody mixes in one. And digital input means they had better have damn good D/A converters.
  3. LastManSitting

    LastManSitting Active Member

    what do you call that??? buzzword dropping out of context. Sorta clueless???

    I did my homework a little better so I can inform you that the so called anechoic sound comes from the computer program tha is provided with the speakers, as well as a microphone. This setup enables you to measure a test signal from the speakers via the microphone and then compare it to a signal generated in a ... yes, good guess! ... an ANECHOIC CHAMBER! This will let the program generate a setting for the DIP switches at the rear of the speakers. There's circa 2000 positions available so there is a point to have a computer generating the ideal setting for your room to get as flat respons as possible.

    I've been to the music shop and listened to them, compared them to a few others and they sound just the way I want them to. Transparent so the let me hear the music, not the resonating box the speakers are mounted in. The deliver great defenition for the price and they are not prone to get you ear fatigue, which is cool because it will get you a few extra hours of mixing before your ears get sour! And they sounded at least as good as a pair of considerably more expensive Genelecs!!! Could be the room or the setup though ...

    I think they have the right price/performance ratio so today TADAAAH! I ordered a pair and I will pick them up in the middel of next week. Later I will add a subwoofer because the reveals don't provide the real looooow rumble, but that I can live with for a while.

    So sooooon h o h o h o o o o !
  4. Adore

    Adore Guest


    does the Reveal 5A also has some DIP switches on the back ? I have the old Tannoy Reveal and still love them !
  5. LastManSitting

    LastManSitting Active Member

    Check it out at http://www.tannoy.com ?

    The DIP-switches are mentioned at the 8D page but not at the 5A page soo ... it doesn't look too promising. :( ?
  6. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    I would hesitate to call the folks at Tannoy clueless. They are responsible for some of the finest speakers on the planet. In truth, they, like everyone else, feel compelled to use buzzwords to attact sales too. The same reason I'm purchasing a Mac Mini and an MBox so that I can say I have a ProTools Studio even though I will NEVER use it...

  7. LastManSitting

    LastManSitting Active Member

    Well, maybe I wasn't referring to the folks at Tannoy as much as Murdock who maybe was in a hurry when he started the topic :wink: . Clueless might be a strong word, but we should be careful the words ... me included :oops: but not once on Tannoys site you could read about "anechoic flat sound" because there is no such thing. It's a mix of terminology consisting of "anechoic" wich occurs in a specially treated chamber with no refelections of soundwaves, and "flat sound" that is suposed to be a reference to a flat frequency response i supose. But the end result is not very useful words eventhough everybody propably could see where he was comming from? What you could read though is ...

    ... which is a description of the ActiveAssist program that's included with the monitors.

    And I also have the highest respect for Tannoys craftsmen so as I've already said I'm going to buy a pair of 8D:s next week! 8)

    Hopefully I've not offended anybody :?:
  8. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    Ahhh, I get it...

    Well, in that case, you're absolutely right. I couldn't find any reference of that on their site either. Also, to the best of my knowledge, Tannoy doesn't have ready access to an anechoic chamber. (The only loudspeaker company I know of that does is Paradigm.)

    Nope. I can't imagine you did...

  9. David French

    David French Well-Known Member

    Why the Mac Mini? It'll run on windows.
  10. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    Cuz it's cute and it's cheap. Seriously.

    Plus, there are some "Mac Only" Programs that I would like to try for Midi sequencing and so on. Considering the price and the fact that, if I don't like it for audio, I can take it home and toy around with it and not feel bad, it's a win-win for me.

    I actually dig Mac's too. I prefer PCs, but I still dig Macs.

  11. David French

    David French Well-Known Member

    yeah I want one too... :(

  12. axel

    axel Guest

    David French wrote:

    uhh, i know how this feels, had the same until i got one... know i can make happy and foremost computer issues stress free music with all those lovely mac only apps... specially Logic for midi, the don!

    plus some super old maschines still keeping up with new software and performing decent, obviously not best anymore, but decent so you can easy work, show me a PC which is 6 years old and is still in propper use with recent versions of audio apps... macs do that!

    to the actuall point, sorry for kinda hijacking here...

    don't know the new tannoys yet, haven't heard them!
    but i think 'cause they are digital they better have superb AD/DAs as reference monitors... and obviously they use marketing strong words... in the end of the day they want to sell as much as possible...
    the web promises a lot, but all do that.
    behringer promises a lot too, not that i compare those two companies, but as usuall best is to actually hear them, the ears are still the best judge, isn't it!

  13. LastManSitting

    LastManSitting Active Member

    They also has a balanced input so yuu don't HAVE TO use a digital input. The digital input is SP/DIF. maybe your'right about the AD/DAs but I don't intend to use the digital input anyways :p

    ... and now I see the reason I think for the "anechoic flat" :wink: at the side of the DIP-swithes there is a graphical version of the switches printed with the default settings so you know how they were set up when you got the monitors from the factory. That pic is labled "anechoic flat"!!! Mystery solved. Lots of strange words have been printed on the noisys gizmos we love over the years. Some good ... sone not so good! :D

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