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Yamaha MSP5 vs KRK

I'm looking to purchase some Yamaha msp5's based on my budget and a recent article/review from Kurt. They're on backorder now, so while I wait I'm just making sure that this is my best bet.

I'm using them for basic rock-type music (drums, bass, elect, acoustic, keyboard, organ, vox, etc).

I'm looking for something ACCURATE that will translate extremely well. I just sold a pair of Event TR8s because they didn't translate well - too pretty. I don't care if they sound good.

Would a KRK model in the similar price range be better? What about that powered Yorkville monitor?

Thanks for any input. Kurt, I'd especially like to hear from you.

nathan peterson



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shortyprs2 Tue, 06/08/2004 - 10:44

A monitor is only as good as the mix it inspires your ears to produce. I think its a big mistake to try to say, this monitor is better than that monitor. What makes the monitor good is you.

For me, the msp5's are a good match. In fact, after the last discussions on the subject, I started getting paranoid about the lack of low end, so I under-represented the bass on a project. Big mistake. The bass I hear makes me set bass levels right in the mix. Others are looking for a sub to help them. Its very, very subjective.

What I do like about the msp5's is that they aren't "stellar" sounding. You have to work to get the mix to sound right. Once you do, it'll sound good anywhere. That's my .5 cents worth (adjusted for real experience).

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iCit Tue, 06/08/2004 - 12:37


i really appreciate that input. what you're describing is exactly what i want in a monitor. since my ears are newer to mixing though, i'm more worried about getting the best start i can get. i realize i'll be able to mix on any speaker after time, but i also know that some will take more time to acclimate to and some less.

for me personaly, i like the idea of my mixes sound bad longer so that i'm really forced to tweak them and they sound great in other systems. the whole ns10 / auratones idea really makes sense to me.

it really seems like the msp5s are the way to go. i just like triple checking while i still have the chance.

thanks again.

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Hawkeye Mon, 06/13/2005 - 12:47

I figure for the money, you can't go wrong. I just ordered a pair of MSP5's and will pick them up this week.

I've read a lot of the reviews on them and it's mostly good. A friend of mine who uses 8 yr. old Alesis Monitor 1's was saying that his Alesis weren't the best, but he's used to them now and can do a good mix on them.

Once you get to know a speaker after doing a few mixes on them, then their real value will come through.

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jamiey Tue, 06/14/2005 - 12:11

Just finished mixing a full-length album using MSP5s for the first time in a new room. I was impressed at how well it translated, and it's always nice when it sounds better on OTHER systems! I did have some issues with not knowing what the low-end was doing, but it didn't take long at all to figure it out. They can push out more bass then you'd expect actually.