Powered For Uncompromised Quality
Naturally the power amplifiers themselves are of the finest quality and, unlike component power amplifiers that must be designed for acceptable matching with the widest possible range of speakers, are designed and manufactured specifically to drive the system's woofer and tweeter in their specific enclosure. No matter where the MSP7 Studio monitors are used, and with what sources or other audio gear, you know that you're always receiving the benefits of a perfectly matched power amplifier and speaker system. You'll hear the difference. You'll also benefit from the convenience of not having to deal with external amplifiers and cabling.
Advanced Bi-Amp Design
There are a number of advantages to multi-amp speaker setups, but the added cost and extra equipment required can make them impractical in many situations. With the MSP7 Studio everything you need is built-in - all you have to do is supply the line-level input. The 6.5 inch cone woofer is driven by an 80-watt power amplifier, while the 1 inch dome tweeter has its own 50-watt power amplifier. In the MSP7 Studio this particular power and driver combination results in the perfect balance between the low-mid and high frequency ranges. The frequency ranges are divided via a carefully designed electronic crossover before the power amplifier inputs, featuring steep 30-dB/octave roll-off curves in both the low- and high-pass filters. The steep roll-off minimizes inter-modulation between the frequency bands at the crossover point, achieving significantly smoother, cleaner crossover performance in the critical midrange. And the fact that the crossover is a linelevel electronic design completely eliminates the loss, distortion, and sometimes severe inter-modulation that are almost unavoidable in conventional passive crossover networks driven by a single power amplifier.
Details That Define Superior Performance
The MSP7 Studio woofer and tweeter units feature some important design innovations that contribute directly to improved sound quality. The 6.5 inch woofer, for example, features a specially treated polypropylene cone with lowdamping rubber surrounds for exceptionally smooth response. Low-reflection highrigidity die-cast magnesium baskets both maximize mechanical precision while minimizing unwanted coloration of the speaker's output. The 1 inch tweeters feature titanium domes that offer the perfect combination of light weight and rigidity for precise reproduction right up to 40 kHz. The tweeters have a powerful magnetic circuit that results in extremely fast response for crisp, natural transients, and are integrated with a waveguide that achieves uniform high frequency dispersion of 120 degrees. But precision manufacturing makes a huge contribution to performance as well as basic materials and design. The slightest eccentricity in the alignment of the tweeter domes and waveguides, for example, can seriously affect performance. So can the alignment of the coils and magnetic circuits. These are details that require a considerable investment of energy and resources to do properly, and they are exactly the details that make the MSP7 Studio the superior Studio monitor that it is.
Yamaha MSP7 Studio Monitor Features:
- Refined Monitoring Precision - Yamaha's "Studio" series monitors have been designed with serious monitoring in mind. Emphasis is on reference-quality reproduction precision that lets you hear sonic details, rather than flattering sound. They carry on in the tradition of the venerable NS10M Studio monitor speaker, which was the definitive near-field speaker monitor in an overwhelming majority of professional Studios throughout the world for many years from the 80s onward. But technology has evolved dramatically right throughout the audio chain, and speakers must follow suit. The new top-of-the-line MSP7 Studio Powered Monitor Speaker is capable of delivering consistent quality and performance that you can rely on in modern production environments that handle any combination of digital and analog sources as well as stereo and surround formats.
- Magnetic Shielding That Won't Distort Your Sound - In today's production environment, which often includes computer and video displays as well as a range of magnetic media, magnetic shielding is essential. Conventional magnetic shielding schemes have the unfortunate side effect of distorting the magnetic flux of the speaker's critical magnetic circuit. The end result is distorted sound. This obstacle was effectively overcome in the MSP7 Studio with a new "advanced magnetic structure" that achieves effective shielding while maintaining the integrity of the speaker's magnetic circuit for significantly lower distortion as well as an improved definition.
- One-Piece Molded Enclosure With Rounded Baffle - Wood can be good, but synthetic materials have advanced to the point where they offer some overwhelming advantages. In addition to the fact that enclosures materials can be created with ideal density and resonance characteristics, they can be molded to almost any shape with precise tolerances. Where wood cabinets have glued joints that interrupt the continuity of the enclosure, the thickwalled MSP7 Studio cabinet is molded in one piece, resulting in smooth acoustic transfer throughout the entire enclosure for superior reproduction precision. One-piece molding also makes it possible to produce the large-radius rounded baffle corners that help to maintain a natural wavefront and minimize diffraction for a smoother, more uniform polar response, as shown in the accompanying plots. Internal tweeter mounting also boosts high-frequency performance by eliminating spurious resonance from the tweeter frame.
- Connectors And Controls - The MSP7 Studio features a balanced XLR-type connector for input.This providesdirect compatibility with professionalgear and allows the use of balancedlines for maximum audio quality evenwhere long cable runs are required. Rear-panel controls include a continuous inputsensitivity control, and trim switchesthat enable you to adjust the bass andtreble in four and three positions, respectively(+1.5 dB/0 dB/-1.5 dB/-3 dB at50 Hz and +1.5 dB/0 dB/-1.5 dB at 10 kHz), so that the system's response to be quicklymatched to the room. There's also alow cut (FLAT, 80 Hz, 100 Hz) switch thatis useful when the MSP7 Studio is usedwith the SW10 Studio subwoofer. The AC power cord is removable for easy transportationand setup.
- Stereo Setting - For both stereo and surround mixing your position in relation to the main front speakers - the sweet spot" as it's often called - should be one apex of an equilateral triangle. In other words your distance from either speaker should be the same as the distance between the two speakers. The speakers should also be "toed in" to the corresponding 60° angle so that the drivers are aimed directly at the listening position. The height of the speakers should be such that the tweeters are roughly aligned with your ears (this is because high frequencies are the most directional).
- Adding a Subwoofer - Even if you don't plan to set up a surround system, adding a subwoofer can be a real advantage for stereo mixing. If you can't hear the extreme low end there's not much you can do to make it sound great. The extended bass response provided by a good subwoofer can indeed help you to improve the overall quality of your mixes. The location of your subwoofer is not as critical as the main speakers, because frequencies below around 200 Hz - the region your subwoofer will be working in - aren't directional. To say it another way, the ear can't locate the source of such low frequencies, so in theory the subwoofer can be placed anywhere in the room. In reality it's a good idea to place the subwoofer on the floor somewhere between the main front speakers at the same distance from the listening position as the main speakers, but it doesn't have to be dead center.
- Surround Set Up - According to the ITU (International Telecommunications Union) specifications for 5.1 surround setup, the main front speakers are positioned in the 60° equilateral triangle relationship to the listening position described earlier, and the rear speakers should be located at the same distance from the listening position, but at an angle of between 100° and 120°, as shown in the diagram above. The center speaker should be placed precisely midway between the main front speakers, at the same distance from the listening position as the other speakers (which means that ideally it will be a bit behind the main left and right speakers).
Yamaha MSP7 Studio Monitor Specifications:
- Type Biamp 2-way Powered Speaker
- Crossover Frequency 2.5 kHz
- LF: 30dB/oct, HF: 30dB/oct
- Overall Frequency Response 45 Hz - 40 kHz (-10 dB)
- Maximum Output Level 106 dB, 1 m on Axis
- Dimensions (W x H x D) 218 x 330 x 235 mm
- Weight 12.2 kg
- Magnetic Shielding Yes
- Speaker Section
- LF 6.5" cone
- HF 1.0" Titanium dome
- Type Bass-Reflex
- Material PP
- Amplifier Section
- Output Power *
- LF 80 W; THD = 0.05 %, RL = 4 O
- HF 50 W; THD = 0.05 %, RL = 6 O
- S/N, IHF-A filter > 99 dB, LEVEL = Max
- Input Sensitivity
- XLR-3-31 +4 dBu, LEVEL = Center -6 dBu, LEVEL = Max
- Phone -
- Input Connectors, Impedance XLR-3-31 (balanced), 10 kO
- Output Connectors -
- Level control 31 Positions Detent type VR; (Min = -8 Attenuation)
- Low Cut switch FLAT/80 Hz (12 dB/oct)/100 Hz (12 dB/oct)
- High Trim +1.5/0/-1.5 dB at 15 kHz
- Low Trim +1.5/0/-1.5/-3 dB at 45 Hz
- Power Switch on/off
- Phase Switch -
- LPF control -
- Indicators LED
- Green: Power On
- Red: Clipping
- Power Consumption 100 W
* These specifications apply to rated power supplies of 100, 120, 230 and 240 V.