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Tannoy Reveal 501A Channel Studio Monitor

by Tannoy

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  • Integrated 60W total power amp unit
  • Delivering wide frequency response of 64Hz - 30kHz
  • Rear mounted volume control for convenient Home Studio and PC/MAC laptop/desktop use
  • Balanced XLR and unbalanced jack connectors
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.2 x 11.8 inches ; 12 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • Shipping Advisory: This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
  • ASIN: B004B9YL1U
  • Item model number: Reveal 501A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,288 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: August 2, 2010

Product Description

Whether you're building a studio on a budget and don’twant to compromise on sonic quality, or you need an active monitor with a smallfootprint, the Reveal 501a offers the perfect solution. Built to the samesuperior standard as the rest of the new Reveal range, the Reveal 501a packsperformance, accuracy and value into a compact enclosure. Priced competitivelywith the entry-level recording setup in mind, the all new Reveal501a delivers awide bandwidth performance that will impress even the most seasoned pro.

Customer Reviews

Crystal clear sound and deep bass.
DredNaught
I've actually been able to hear qualities and depth in my mixes which I never realized were there.
Kino Kahona
It turned out to be a great choice, they look great and they sound great.
old man jon

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Cleezyana Jones on July 9, 2011
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I have been mixing, engineering, writing, and recording for over 10+ years. I recently purchased these monitors after the monitors I had for 8 years finally tapped out. I have only used a cheap pair of original M-Audio Bx5's. But I must say the response on these is flat and it has a wide frequency range. I set in the middle of these monitors and I can hear the whole palette of sound painted around me. I was recently listening to some major label artist mixtapes and cd's and have noticed horrible levels/mixing that I have never before noticed on my headphones or old monitors. They don't have an overly heavy bass response. Most monitors in this range are either bass heavy or have no bass. I found that the bass response is real close to true. The monitor is designed somewhat rounded around the front so that it's not square. A lot of companies have went to this design and say it makes for a cleaner sounding monitor. Not alot to it, you plug it in you set the volume levels on the back of the monitor.

Bottom line if you want transparent, truthful, monitors that give you a mix real close to done in a timely manner. GET THESE. They are worth much more then I paid for them. I would have paid 2 or 3 times what I paid for these!! Don't waste your money on all the other project studio model monitors out there. Tannoy has done it with these !!

P.S you can check my mixes on them at [...]
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Chris G. Berardi on May 29, 2011
My young son is now listening to music and took my Klipsch 2.1 THX system for his desktop. I thought the Klipsch was pretty good for a PC/Mac speaker system, but I did hate the mass of tangled wires and slightly muddy music presentation. After doing a lot of research, I was interested in the Audioengine system for my iMac. I was just about to purchase these online for around $350 when I thought I would try and listen to something in the same size and power. I swung by my local Guitar Center and listened to a surprisingly good selection of active (self powered) speakers.

I was really impressed with many of them (all connected to a Mac) until the Tannoy were switched in. Let me say that they are truly superb small speakers. I closed my eyes and the speakers disappeared. Each instrument seemed to hang, suspended in the air around my head. The detail, clarity and imaging leapt around me. I was stunned!

I listened to music I would never normally listen to as I switched among 6 or 7 brands and sizes of speakers - each time, the Tannoy amazed me, and there was a bonus too; they seemed much more efficient and louder at the same volume level as the other speakers.

Time to make a decision: It seemed to be a leap of faith to pick the Audioengine after listening to these - I walked out of the store carrying a pair of the Tannoy 501a and rushed home to see if my in store experience could be recreated at home.

15minutes after arriving home, I had everything hooked up using a 6 foot 3.5mm to XLR cable also purchased at Guitar Center. These are "near field" speakers, designed for you to be sitting close to. I angled them toward me as noted in the instructions, fired up iTunes and marveled at what I heard.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By old man jon on January 16, 2011
The Tannoy 501A is simply a great mixing monitor speaker.
I wanted a small footprint monitor speaker, I purchased the 501a based solely on my research and Tannoy's reputation as a speaker manufacturer.
I was hesitant about buying a 5 inch Woofer speaker for mixing R&B and hip-hop music. It turned out to be a great choice, they look great and they sound great.
If you're worrying about the bass response, don't worry, it's good.
The Tannoy 501A is easy to set up and easy to use.
After using it for a short time I was able to correct my mixes quickly and easily.
Even for hip hop music the 501A have plenty of bass.
one of the first tracks i played was mobb deep the learning burn.
This is a great hip-hop track which shows what hip-hop is supposed to sound like,
Deep heavy tight bass and clear not shrill high end.
The 501 A's made it sound terrific with plenty of thump.
The stereo image of the 501A is wonderful, and the speakers themselves are not too big. The speakers feel very solid and well made.
The speakers do not come with the grill, so you have to be careful not to touch the speakers. The high-end on the speaker is very nice not shrill at all. You can do hours and hours of mixing without getting tired. The speakers have plenty of punch and you can really feel the compressors in your mix.
You can adjust the volume and the high-end to suit your taste, on the rear of the unit. I kept the volume at two o'clock and it was very loud, I adjusted the volume from my mixing board. Tannoy has a winner on its hands, definitely a speaker that could compete with the best of any 5 inch mixing monitor speaker.
The 501 A's revealed so much I had to redo some of my mixes to correct major mistakes that I just couldn't hear before.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Kino Kahona on March 2, 2012
I was pretty sold on getting the KRK Rokit 6s, which are solid monitors and are widely known among the recording industry, especially among home studio engineers. I was THIS close to buying them when I found out about TANNOY, a UK based company that has been producing professional studio monitors and other recording products for over 80 years. I was curious about these monitors since I have never heard of their brand name. I started reading more about them and watching comparisons and reviews (on youtube) about these and the KRK's and in short the TANNOY's have won me over in terms of their superior sound and depth. When compared to the KRK Rokit 6, the TANNOY's have a slightly richer clarity and don't overdo on the bass which the KRK's tend to do (important when you're trying to mix). I've been using these monitors for about a month now both in mixing, listening to music, and playing computer games, and I've been nothing short but impressed. I've actually been able to hear qualities and depth in my mixes which I never realized were there.

My only gripe about these wonderful TANNOYs is that they only have a balanced XLR input and an unbalanced TS input, compared to the KRKs which have both balanced XLR and TRS inputs. Minor, yes, but it does leave you only one cable option if you want a balanced hookup (google "balanced" and "unbalanced connections" if you want to learn more about that). But for the value I got for the price and sound quality, I never looked back on my purchase.
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