Yamaha MSP7 Studio Monitor Review
The Yamaha MSP7 are certainly a higher end model on our Top 10 list while remaining within the same price range as the others. They are geared toward the audio professional looking to upgrade from entry level monitors without jumping entirely into the upper echelons of pro studio speakers.
Listeners will experience a very precise sonic reproduction without any flattering bias on behalf of the monitor. The Yamaha MSP7 are fully powered, 2-way bi-amplified speakers, with an 80W amplifier driving a 6.5 inch polypropylene cone bass driver and a further 50W amplifier powering the one-inch, titanium-dome tweeter.
This particular tweeter is capable of working up to 40kHz and is driven by a powerful magnetic circuit which presents an extremely fast response for meticulous reproduction of transients. The tweeter sits in a considerably deep waveguide to maintain a more constant dispersion of high end frequencies. The cabinet has two frontal ports to tune the bass to the listeners preference.
At the rear of the Yamaha MSP7 is an attractive, professionally designed frequency control panel which allows for further fine-tuning of the speakers output to the response of the studio environment and the genre at hand. This includes a continuous input sensitivity control, and LOW and HIGH trim switches that enable you to adjust the bass (-3dB. -1.5dB, +1.5dB at 45Hz), tweak the highs (-1.5dB, +1.5dB at 15Hz), as well as Low Cut Filter at 80Hz or 100Hz. These filters are a great feature to use in small rooms as to check the radio friendliness of mixes to assure your mix sounds great on bass-challenged speakers.
The Yamaha MSP7 feature an LED on the front left corner which let you know the monitors are on, and also flash red should you push them to the point of peaking. You will only be able to connect the MSP7’s via XLR for maximum audio quality so if you’re looking to connect via RCA or TRS then consider checking out the Yamaha MSP5 or MSP3 — the same model with these inputs only smaller in size and less low frequency response.
Home studio owners will certainly have all their needs met with the MSP7. Their power and capacity in the low end with their considerably high frequency response make them a worthy investment for the serious home producer. These monitors will surely suffice for hyper detailed mixing across all genres, crystal clear sound design and audio post-production.
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