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Yamaha MSP5

Active Monitorfrom the Yamaha MSP series

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My faithful and tireless speakers

By Lhc, 10/09/2014
I needed something better than my hi-fi system to make electronic music with my PC! I was looking at classified ads but a musician friend of mine recommended me the MSP5, which were on sale. An important point for me back then, and still today, is that the vents are on the front, because I can place them close to a wall (I don't have another choice!).

Use: Home studio, after more than 10 years, they still work perfectly

No amp because they are bi(amplified), my setup consists only of two MSP5s connected to the outputs of an analog mixer.

SOUND

I have not many points of comparison.

Frequency response curve: They lack deep lows (which is normal given the size of the speakers) and they have some sort of dip and a boost in the mids, which makes the overall sound more aggressive than with other speakers. I am so used to them that I have a hard time assessing sounds!
In any case, they have a very good dynamic response and at loud volumes the vents blow so much air with the kicks that you can use them as hair dryers! Beyond a certain volume you can hear air-swishing sounds from the vents, which is annoying (but only at very loud volumes, to rehearse with your deaf buddies, not a level you'd use for mixing).

I think they are best for rock, pop and similar, rather than electronic music or techno (especially due to the lack of deep lows).

OVERALL OPINION

After more than 12 years of use I still can't part with them (even if I bought some Genelecs, I'd still find a use for the MSP5s). I haven't tested any other models at my place but I have been able to use other ones in other home-studios: The big Yamaha 80W with subwoofer wouldn't suit me because the vents are on the rear and the difficulty to find the right place for the subwoofer. However, it's true that the lows go much deeper which makes it more comfortable to mix electronic music.

I have also used some Genelecs, which are certainly better... but the price is not the same!

I'm happy with my MSP5, which I know very well now. I also work with (good) cans since the kids' rooms are close to the studio. When a mix sounds fine both with my cans and the MSP5s then I can say it's okay.

They are solid, reliable, dynamic and a bit aggressive, you need to tame them (like all monitors), but once you do, it's a real treat to use them.
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at this price, it is MSP5 that convinced me

By luciomoret, 15/06/2014
clarity, balance the spectrum.
The output of a Roland VS880EX.

SOUNDS

A slight weakness in the bass.
Dynamics is surprising category
The stereo image is a little tighter.
The clarity and precision are very satisfactory on the whole spectrum.

OVERALL OPINION

I use it for 6 years.
I tried other models in this price range and I did not hesitate after testing MSP5.
What I like: clarity.
What bothers me their weakness in the bass.
Q / P ratio is excellent.
With the same budget, I repeat without hesitation.
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Exceptional

By Mixbus, 09/04/2014
I've had the Yamaha HS50M, good speakers, but these one are CLEARLY better from any point of view: Impeccable finish, crystal-clear sound. They are small but weighty! They are perfect for a home studio, the best ones I've ever had. Right from the installation, I adopted them when I had some trouble with the HS50M.

SOUND

Sound is clear as crystal, it's a real treat. They distinguish themselves from the HS50M, which are pretty aggressive. These are very pleasant, I have finally found a set of speakers that satisfies me from all points of view. I ran a quick test this evening with the TotalMix of my RME UCX and it's fabulous, you can clearly hear the slightest change. I finally have the right speakers to mix, they have nothing to do with what I had up to now. Kudos for Yamaha for these speakers that transcend eras and trends.

OVERALL OPINION

I compared them to the 50M and they are obviously better, but the 50M are good speakers. On the other hand, they completely OUTCLASS the Prodipe P6, which are inaudible and much less precise in comparison. I did a test with an MSP5 on the left and a Prodipe P6 on the right and there's simply no comparison ;) They are much smaller, but they have a superb sound and finish. It's a different ballgame altogether. Prodigious small speakers, I can hear things I couldn't hear before.
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Top moumoute

By Nonosatch, 28/03/2014
Very good speakers with amp, they have a remarkable clarity to the home studio I never change my style

SOUNDS

Its very clear, high accuracy

OVERALL OPINION

Very good value for money
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Yamaha MSP5 tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer:Yamaha
  • Model:MSP5
  • Series:MSP
  • Category:Active Monitors
  • Added in our database on: 04/01/2002

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