Tannoy Reveal Active or Yamaha MSP5a?

Discussion in 'Monitoring' started by composition4, Jun 21, 2005.

  1. composition4

    composition4 Guest

    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..
  2. ghellquist

    ghellquist Member

    May 25, 2004
    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

  3. TeddyG

    TeddyG Well-Known Member

    Jan 20, 2005
    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".).

  4. frob

    frob Well-Known Member

    Apr 23, 2004
    teggy did you mean ns10s???

    i third the yamahas i got them a few years ago, great litle monitors, though i cannot speak bad about the tannoys either. ive heard bolth i recomend the yamahas though. -or- ive used bolth and in my studio i have yamahas.
  5. Norville

    Norville Guest

    C4, i guess the Tannoys must be 2nd hand at that price? I'm in Melbourne, and debating a similar choice at the moment. MusicLab and Musician's Warehouse have the Yamahas for ~$800, but the best price i've seen the Reveals for is ~$1450 (MW again). Good luck with your choice.
  6. axel

    axel Guest

    Norville, you might have spotted the active reveals?
  7. Norville

    Norville Guest

    Axel, we are as sharp as ever over there in Bratislava. Hopefully more so than the average aussie 8). Game on, i suspect. I will report back when i make a 'decision'.
  8. Jeemy

    Jeemy Well-Known Member

    Sep 19, 2003
    I have both the passive Reveals and the MSP5s and the passives can't hold a candle to the Yammies. Very different as well, so ok for comparison, and the active Reveals may be a wholly different beast, but worth comment.
  9. axel

    axel Guest

    Norville wrote:

    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
  10. Norville

    Norville Guest

    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.
  11. composition4

    composition4 Guest

    Yeah probably the same pair I was watching haha.. I put on a max bid of 900ish but it went for 917. Would agree that getting above 900 is out of hand for second hand no warrantied reveals
  12. Norville

    Norville Guest

    C4, yes, you are spot on! I suspected that was the reason for your post - hence my cryptic comments. Did not want to give the game away - all's fair in love and eBay :lol:
    Looks like we'll both have some new yamahas soon. Probably a better choice anyway.
  13. composition4

    composition4 Guest

    Yeah I noticed the crypticism (if that's a word?)

    I'm not sure if I want something a step above the MSP5s or maybe MSP5s and a sub? Just want a bit more bottom and I'm not that confident with the MSP5s bottom end...
  14. axel

    axel Guest

    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!)

    :D A
  15. axel

    axel Guest

    ooops, that's for a piece, still leaves the price around 600quid UK for a pair NEW.

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