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Rating and Reviews: Yamaha MSP5S Monitor

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"If they weren't so harsh, maybe I'd love them..." submitted December 12, 2007

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Musical Background: Musician and home recorder
Music Style: Indie Rock
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Sound: These little ones are kinda powerful for their size, have great dynamics and an awesome stereo image. But they are pretty coloured for reference monitors, very harsh sounding, a little fatiguing, no real bass (there's a bump at the 80hz that makes the kick drums really distinct and punchy, but i can't hear my bass guitars at all. No mid-bass. Believe me. NO MID-BASS!). I had to put an equalizer in my bus out to make them flatter. Made a curve with it that opposites the frequency response of the boxes, as measured by Yamaha (there's a difference of 5 db between the low-mid and the hi-mid sections. Very much to me). It worked very well. But I would never trust on them without this. Besides the poor response, the sound is very clean and punchy. Not so bad at all. But watch for the low frequencies carefully if you mix with them. Adding a sub is a good idea, but probably won't help you with the low-mids. Feature: They have separate amps for tweeter and woofer, what makes them very powerful and eliminating some possible phase problems. There are separated volume knobs for each box too, that makes it easier to match the levels of both. There are 3 options of equalisation for the highs and 4 options for the lows, but it doesn't help too much in correcting the harshness. I thought the "-1" position in the highs (-1.5 db) sounds more balanced than the "flat" one. But not sufficient at all to make it accurate. Ease of Use: No secrets. Plug in the power, plug in the signal output, adjust levels, change the equalisation if you want and it's done. Quality: They are very robust (and heavy!), have good protections for the tweeters and woofers, titanium dome tweeters (cool). Very reliable. Value: For their price, they're fine, besides not perfect. Manufacturer Support: Never used. Overall: I'm only satisfied with them coz I made it to correct the tonal balance with equalisation without losing too much of the other qualities (punch, clarity... they're awesome in all of it). Wouldn't recommend them, balance is a must in a good monitor and no way you can trust what you do in the lows with this.
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