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Hi guys,

I'm quite undecided as to which pair of active monitors to upgrade to... both being cheaper monitors, but I can get a pair of MSP5A's for $800 Australian, or a pair of Tannoy Reveal Actives for $900... as for the sound, its quite close competition between them- although the Tannoys are a steal considering their retail price down in Australia.

Which would you choose, on personal preference? My brain tells me the Tannoys, but my ears aren't biased either way, surprisingly..


ghellquist Tue, 06/21/2005 - 06:36

I took the MSP5-s a few years ago. Without the a, the difference is that my pair does not have a mounting hole at the bottom. I have been very happy with them.

To me the factors were:
-- sounds bad with bad mixes (the whole idea if you ask me, a bad mix should sound like what it is).
-- rugged construction with protection in front of elements


TeddyG Tue, 06/21/2005 - 10:29

I have a studio owning friend who LOVES her Tannoys! I certainly can't argue with her - she actually makes MONEY doing this crap!

Me? I will likely go with the Yamaha's in question. I have Yamahas now - The very cheapest of a few years ago, but just superb - unbelieveable really for the price and I'm going "up" with Yamaha, just for that reason. Of course many(Most?) of the "real" studios I go to still have the Yamaha SP10's(?), the white cones(?) and I "translate" to those well(Or at least I'm used to hearing me on those?) and hope the new versions will be "similar"(At least the good parts of "similar".).


anonymous Wed, 06/22/2005 - 05:54

Norville wrote:

Axel, we are as sharp as ever over there in Bratislava. Hopefully more so than the average aussie Cool. Game on, i suspect. I will report back when i make a 'decision'.

easy tiger, i was referring to the price you listed there, 1450 dollar (aussie) is a bit steep for a pair of reveals, even actives, thou!!!

don't really want to argue, was just wondering, that's all, before it gets personal again :D

anonymous Wed, 06/22/2005 - 21:13

Axel, sorry, my comment was a bit cryptic. Definitely not arguing or trying to be personal. :)
Yes, i agree aud$1450 is a lot for the Tannoys, although most suppliers are quoting the full retail of ~aud$2200!
I was watching a pair on eBay this morning, but the price got out of hand, so i think i'll go with the Yamahas.

anonymous Thu, 06/23/2005 - 04:03

Peace, yeah i just thought that the price is a bit heavy. reveals are dead cheap in the UK, so i thought it can't be that much more in australia... the actives go at digital village (very good supplier!) for just under 300quid a pair!! brand new! (but i think it's an offer too, 'cause the new D series reveals comming out around now!)

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