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Tannoy Reveal 601P Review

How is it possible that no one, and I do mean NO ONE has reviewed the new passive studio monitors from Tannoy? Honestly, I'm shocked.

If you have no interest in studio monitors (or don't know what I'm talking about), the rest of what I'm about to say is irrelevant, but since I can't be the only one who couldn't find any info on these things, I might as well be the one to post it now that I have them.

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Back in March, I read that Tannoy had updated their 'Reveal' line of monitors. I'd heard Reveals a long time ago and loved them, but at $500ish a pair, they were out of my price range at the time. I bought a pair of Alesis Monitor Ones instead. Alesis Monitor Ones are only $200 a pair, and that price has made them a standard for home studio passive monitors. They're fine if they're placed properly, which is about eight inches away from a wall, angled ever so slightly, with room to breathe on either side. The trick is to learn them. That's true of any monitors, really. Learn where they excel and learn what they lack. Monitor Ones lack low end and there's a bit of a dip in the middle... 200hz ish? I don't know. I've been listening to them for so long that I'm used to them. In fact, they sound "right" to me even though I know they're not. No monitor is perfect, of course.

A few months ago, if asked, I'd have recommended Monitor Ones. They're cheap, efficient and they get the job done.

So... back in March, I'd read about an update to Tannoy Reveals. I waited for reviews. I wanted to read the opinions of people and publishers I respected. A month passed. And then another and another. No one seems to have heard these things! How could Tannoy launch a major product update to the Reveal line without sending out any demos to be reviewed?

Crazy.

I finally took the plunge when I caught a sale online. Between the discount and cash back from the credit card I used, the price fell all the way to $206 a pair, shipped. I know, I know... It's stupid to buy monitors you've never even heard, but I'm glad I did.

- - - ACTIVE / PASSIVE - - -

The new Reveal comes in three models: 501A with a 5 inch driver, 601A and 601P with 6.5 inch drivers. The "A" implies they're active monitors, meaning they have amplifiers built into the monitors themselves. The 'P' is passive, meaning they'll require an outboard amp. These days, active monitors are what everyone's buying, but I think that's foolish for two reasons:

#1: You can easily buy a better amp than what you're getting in an active monitor. Don't fall for the hype about "perfectly matched" amps and cones. You can do better.

#2: With passive monitors, you're limiting the number of things that can go wrong with each piece of gear. If your amp fails, you buy a new amp. If the amp in an active monitor fails, you have to replace the combination of the monitor and its built in amp. Let's say the amp in your left monitor fails five years after you buy them. Do you really want to pair a monitor from 2010 with a monitor from 2015? I can think of several reasons why I don't. Sure, you can probably get it repaired, but tell me THAT's not a giant pain in the ass.

Obviously, I prefer passive monitors. I bought the new Tannoy Reveal 601P. Two of them, actually (I hate adding a plural 's' to a model number as it leads to confusion).

My Tannoys arrived a few days ago. Here's my review in short: They're not perfect (no monitor is), but at their price point, I can't imagine finding anything better. In fact, their biggest drawback is that they might cost you a fortune. How? Once you've heard them in your space and gotten used to them, you'll realize the only way to get the sound you REALLY want is to spend a hell of a lot more.

- - - THOUGHTS - - -

My $o.o2:

Boom: The bass is deeper and fuller than I would expect. It's deeper and fuller than the specs would suggest. Then again, I'm comparing the Reveal 601P to the Alesis Monitor One. In theory, Monitor Ones go all the way down to 45 hz, but bass starts rolling off around 120 hz, and their low end overall isn't there. In theory, the 601P only goes down to 60hz, but there's substantially more bass overall in the 601P than the Monitor One even though the specs would suggest otherwise.

Warmth: Clearly, there were a lot of lower mids missing in my Monitor Ones.

Details: Even when listening to music I know very well, I'm hearing things I've never heard before and I'm noticing more of the things I knew where there. Fingers on guitar strings. They're more obvious. The plunk of a piano key. It's more obvious. Details are more enjoyable, but mistakes in music are a little more annoying.

Width: The imaging on these things is really nice. The soundstage just sounds wider than I'm used to. Wider than I expected. There's even more depth. There's more in the mix than I'm used to hearing.

Appearance: In my opinion, studio monitors should have an understated look. The new Reveals are loud. Their appearance demands attention. I'd prefer if the silver accents were more muted, but it looks like bold silver accents are the new look of Tannoy monitors and speakers in general. Also, they look boxy despite their contoured face since they're wide and deep but not especially long. Again, this is mostly irrelevant.

Breaking 'Em In: I'm not sure I buy into the idea of needing to break in studio monitors, but I know I was underwhelmed when I first heard these, whereas now I am very happy with them. I suspect the real issue is breaking my ears out of the habit of knowing what they've heard as they've been used to hearing it. Initially, these 601Ps sounded boxy. All I heard were the monitors themselves. Once I got them positioned properly, they sound great. Speaking of which...

Positioning: The sweet spot is narrow! God! Damn! Make sure you've positioned them exactly right. The sweet spot is narrow, and you'll know when you're in it. Initially, this pissed me off, but now that I got it right, I'm in heaven at my workspace. And let's be honest here. The days of giant boards are gone. Does the word 'board' even mean mixer to most people these days? Probably not. I'm not mixing at a board. I'm mixing on a monitor. Mixing has become even more stationary, which makes positioning monitors easier. I'll also point out that I shouldn't have these lying down. Eventually, I'll but proper stands for them and position them vertically (not to mention a few inches lower). Still, they sound great where I have them: a few inches away from the wall, angled toward my ears and nearly equal distance from my as from each other. Now that they're positioned well, the sweet spot surrounds me. Ah, bliss.

Porting: It's hard to see in my pics here, but, on one side of that 6.5 inch woofer is a tweeter, and on the other side there's a bass port. Since the new Reveals are front ported rather than rear ported, they're incredibly flexible for positioning. I'm using a pair of CD holders from Storables as stands. On my desk, this works marvelously.

Tannoy Reveal 601P

OK, 2 or 3 inches lower and a foot further away would be absolutely perfect, but they sound phenomenal where they are. And they sound awful too, which brings me to my final point.

Ouch: There's a lot of bad production out there and hopefully you didn't do much of it, because the new Reveals will, pardon the pun, reveal it. It's also worth noting that there may be some fatigue from listening to these too long, especially if you're used to monitors that don't excel at the high end. They're not exaggerated or shrill (if you've mixed on Yamaha NS10s, you know what I mean), but the highs are very much 'there'. And the bottom end can be tiring as well... but, again, I suspect that's because it's there. My Monitor Ones had distortion at the bottom that made some songs sound punchy, especially hip-hop or overproduced pop. But were the lows really there? Not so much.

- - - VERDICT - - -

At $250 retail for a pair of passive monitors, I don't think you can do better. Period. And, since they're only $50 more than a pair of Alesis Monitor Ones, those will be $50 of the best dollars you'll ever spend. I caught a sale at Musicians Friend when I bought mine, but I'd have gladly paid full price.

More info:
Tannoy.com
The following are PDFs from Tannoy:
601P brochure
601P datasheet
601P user manual.

::::: | Wednesday, Jul 28 2010 at 10:03 PM
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Comments:


a potential purchaser of 601Ps said:

Sorry for using the "s" after "601P"!

In any case, thanks so much for the review. I, as well, have been considering these but, as well, have found few if any reviews (aside from the 16 minute video of some dude bopping his head while he listened to a pair. Man that was lame!).

So, thanks much for the review. I'm certain to get a pair.

Just another note: your point about active v passive is well taken and completely concurs with a good friend of mine who is extremely experienced in this sort of thing.

Kudos.

::::: | August 7, 2010 5:11 PM


Jangler said:

Thanks for the review. This is the only one I've found for these monitors except for the 501A video review the previous commenter mentioned. That review was dumb. Half the time, the guy was listening to music, as if we could hear the monitors through his mic!

::::: | August 17, 2010 9:54 AM


gwillikers said:

I ordered a pair of 601p monitors from Sweetwater (although I live in Canada) also for $250.00, and just received them. I haven't had time to really put them through their paces, but I'm really happy with how they're performing so far. Considering the cost, these new Tannoy monitors are, quite simply, a steal. I smile every time I fire them up.

Thanks for the great review, it really helped me make my final decision to go with these 601p's over other candidates. Zero regrets, and among the best purchases I've made in years.

::::: | August 20, 2010 4:16 AM


rs said:

Nice review .... You said the bass is there . Is it tight or bouncy???
Also do these speakers have the ability to be wall mounted???

::::: | November 11, 2010 9:26 PM


Rob said:

I'd say it's more tight than bouncy, but I'm comparing them to my previous monitors whose bass seemed to be all over the place (not to mention being far from accurate).

Can they be wall mounted? Honestly, I don't know. As you can see in the above pics, mine certainly aren't.

::::: | November 21, 2010 6:09 PM


Greg Cerrato said:

I just purchased a pair online and while I wait for them to ship out (actually theyre back ordered so I have a little while to research) Ive been checking out what kind of power amplifier I should purchase. These run at 50-100 Watts a piece, correct? Could you point me in the right direction as to which amp I should get for these bad boys. Since theyre such a steal Id be willing to the less-than-economical route for the amp, to really get the best out of them, without going too extravagant on pricing. Thank you!

::::: | December 13, 2010 7:46 PM


Rob said:

Honestly, I would recommend a T-amp. Seriously. Something like this:

http://www.parts-express.com/pe/showdetl.cfm?Partnumber=300-383

They're referred to as 'digital' amps, but they're not at all digital in the sense you'd suspect. I'm using a class D amp with my new Reveals and I'm really pleased with it. I picked it up on ebay NEW for under $30 shipped from China. Crazy.

These are lower power amps but they're also clean as hell and they sound amazing. Here's where you can find a ton of information on these things. There's an entire online community of people who buy them to mod them.

http://www.diyaudio.com/forums/class-d/

You could also go with something like an amp from Trends Audio and you'll be really happy with it, but I also think you'd be overpaying for what you get (Trends amps were around $150, but they've gotten more expensive as they became popular. They use the slightly lower quality TA2024 amp, rather than the TA2020 that I bought).

The whole Class D "T-amp" thing is like a rabbit hole. You can really get lost down there as you search for info, but these things are cheap and they sound amazing. I replaced a 100 watt per channel Alesis RA100 rack mounted amp with a tiny T-amp and it sounds soooooo muuuuuuuch better. You can almost see the tiny amp in the pics above. It sits on top of my Mbox (the blue thing just below my monitor on the right). I've been using a T-amp in my studio for the last 20 months and I love it. I doubt many others are going to go this route because they've been fooled into believing that if it doesn't weigh at least 20 pounds and put out a hundred watts that it doesn't sound good. Boy have they been fooled.

::::: | December 13, 2010 8:20 PM


Greg Cerrato said:

I love you so much--first, best and only review for these sweet speakers in the world--and then you teach me about a whole new dimension of amplifiers...thank you x10000

::::: | December 13, 2010 9:03 PM


Rob said:

HA! Thanks! I have no idea what the people at Tannoy are thinking. They released a brand new version of Reveals but they haven't been sending them out to get reviewed. It's as if they don't want press for these things. Crazy.

I really should post about my amp sometime.

I used to have a huge beast of a desk that consisted of two rack towers with a desktop in between. I had my monitors (speakers) on top of the racks. I designed the desk myself in the mid 90s and hired someone to build it. Ten years later, I had one piece of rack mounted gear left: my damn amp. Everything's in the computer these days. It's all about the plugins (at least, for what I do). Last year, I finally replaced that desk with the desk you see above. I sold the amp on craigslist and replaced it with a Lepai TA2020 T-amp. They're made in China and the only place I've ever seen them is on ebay. I think I paid $15 for mine, but it didn't come with a power supply. I had to find that online too.

Here's the thing: everybody is buying powered monitors these days, and I suspect most powered monitors are using T-amps and overcharging like crazy for them.

The catch for buying something as cheap as the Lepai amp that I have is the construction is horrid. Mine performs like a champ, but I don't expect it to last more than a few years.

Like I said, learning about these T-amps is a rabbit hole of info. The DIY Audio forum I linked to above is an excellent resource.

::::: | December 13, 2010 9:23 PM


roland said:

thanks for the write-up - heard it at a friend's and now i've got to have a pair too!

i have an odd question if you don't mind, if i were to get that amp you rec'd, but wanted to use it in the UK, would it be okay with just an adapter? will a transformer of some kind be needed? i don't want to fry the reveals..!

thanks..

::::: | January 4, 2011 1:33 AM


Rob said:

Sorry, Roland, but you're well outside my area of expertise. I had a hard enough time finding a proper power supply for my amp. Then again... maybe that's your answer. Buy the amp without a power supply (just as I did) and then find a power supply that works for where you live. You're going to need to contact someone who knows about matching power supplies. I found a company here in the states that makes them, so that's where I found mine.

Best of luck!

::::: | January 4, 2011 2:26 PM


Frasier said:

I too was puzzled by the lack of pro reviews on this series (Sound On Sound does have one but it's $1.49 for non-subscribers). Overall yours is a decent review, I just thought I'd offer a few extra tips: I understand and agree with the benefits of passive monitors, but to be fair actives do have their advantages--most are bi-amped, which means they have a (theoretically better) active crossover, they usually have bass and/or treble adjustments to tailor them to your room/taste, and most people wouldn't complain about the quality of the amps. As for that Lepai amp, they're now available for $20 from Parts Express, power supply included. Be aware though, the first two I got were DOA and had to be exchanged, but the second two both sound very clean. If you want more headroom (the Lepai lists 20W/ch), PE also has some nice step up choices (like the one you linked above, at 50W/ch), or there's always the well-reviewed Behringer A500 (125W/ch) found elsewhere for $200. And definitely turn them upright as soon as you can--they'll sound even better and the sweet spot shouldn't be quite as small.

::::: | January 11, 2011 11:00 AM


Rob said:

Hi Frasier. Thanks for the comment. A few quick thoughts:

You're right, of course, that they should be turned upright. Eventually, I'm going to find some sort of very short monitor stands and I'll switch them upright. I have yet to find suitable 9 inch tall stands... but boy am I ever open to suggestions!

Yes, there are advantages of active monitors and I certainly understand why so many prefer them. I prefer passives for a setup like mine. I may edit my review to point out this is simply my preference.

The power supply the Lepai amp usually gets paired with is slightly underpowered. I found that, by buying a power supply elsewhere, I can get a little more oomph from the amp. Overall, I'm thrilled with it. I can DEFINITELY see how these amps may arrive DOA. Mine is built like a piece of junk, but it sounds oh so sweet. Eventually I intend to upgrade.

The problem with amps like the Behringer is that it's a rack mount. I'm sure I'm not the only one who no longer has racks. You can see my entire setup in the pic above. I have a simple desk. Setup-wise, I've never been happier.

That's what led me to the Lepai amp in the first place. It was small enough to sit on a desk. I bought it as a temporary fix when I sold my rack mount amp. I figured I'd use it for a month or two, until I found a proper amp. But when I plugged it in, I was so happy that I never bothered to upgrade. I get that these amps are hit or miss. They're dirt cheap, after all, but mine's a hit. I've been thinking about buying a second one just as a backup since they're soooo cheap and I've been so pleased.

Cheers!

::::: | January 11, 2011 11:18 AM


DS said:

Thank you very much for this review.

I bought a pair of these monitors three days ago because I wanted to reuse my old tube amp (2*20W, pp) without spending too much money on a suitable pair of speakers. These Tannoys are really excellent value for the money and they "sing" in combination with my tube amp.

There are two negative points though:
- The deep bass is (just a little bit) too loud.
- The trebble could be a (little) bit more extended.

I hope that breaking them in will solve these minor problems.


Regards,
DS

::::: | February 3, 2011 1:58 AM


Frasier said:

Rob, did you have the original Monitor One or the MkII? I ask because everyone seems to love the MkII from what I've read. I also thought I read or heard (don't remember where, maybe that video review) that the treble on the Tannoys is a little bit exaggerated--do you find that to be the case?

DS, the deep bass being too loud could very well be your placement or room. Try moving them away from the wall, and install bass traps in the room if possible.

::::: | February 3, 2011 9:04 PM


Rob said:

I had the original Monitor One. I bought mine in 1995 and easily got 15 years out of them. I'd love to hear the difference between the Monitor One and the MKII because I am completely unfamiliar.

Part of the reason Monitor Ones get such high praise is the price. Passives for $200? Powered for $300? You can't beat that price. It's hard to compare their actives and passives though, since the passives are rear ported and the actives are dual front ported. They're very different animals. If Alesis made a front ported Monitor One MKII, I'd have probably bought that a long time ago. God, I hate rear ported monitors. They're fine in the right space, such as a studio designed for them, but for a home studio? No thanks.

I don't find the treble on my Tannoys to be exaggerated at all, by the way. But that's just my opinion.

::::: | February 3, 2011 9:16 PM


Milton said:

Rob, what do you think about using them as home theater speakers?
Tks!

::::: | February 6, 2011 7:44 PM


Rob said:

People tend to want unrealistically thundering bass from home theater systems. These are not that. Studio monitors are designed to sound flat. As flat as possible. I'm guessing you'd be happier with speakers designed for home theater. Just a guess.

::::: | February 6, 2011 7:48 PM


Frasier said:

It was Owen in that video review who described the high end (of the 501A) as potentially fatiguing. I got Sound On Sound's review of the 601A, which isn't particularly revealing overall, but describes a "smooth high end" that's decidedly non-fatiguing--I'd wager you're on the right side of this one. In any case, I found a pair of Monitor One MkII passives used for $89 ($115 after shipping), so they're on the way and should at least hold me over until I decide to spend a more serious chunk of change. I don't think the rear porting will be a problem in my studio.

::::: | February 7, 2011 1:29 PM


Frasier said:

Also to Milton, thundering bass in a home theater is usually provided by a subwoofer, so pair a decent one with these and I'd think they would do fine.

::::: | February 7, 2011 2:08 PM


AVJake said:

Thanks for the review.
So far, I've had three different models of Tannoys in my video editing suites, and I can't wait to receive a pair of the 601P.
Try yours upside down - the tweeter might be at the perfect angle for your setup - just don't use them on their sides!
Also, I can recommend vintage Harmon Kardon amps with their ultra-wideband circuitry; should be an excellent match for these. I picked mine up for a song on Feebay.

::::: | February 9, 2011 8:36 PM


online mastering said:

I have a friend who has spoke highly of the Reveal 601P, I must have a listen to them at some stage. They may be a new budget option. cheers

::::: | June 6, 2011 10:21 AM


andre said:

Hi!

Can you tell me someone if amp DENON PMA-510AE would be enough powerfull for these perfect monitors? Or what would you reccommend me? thx!

::::: | June 10, 2011 8:17 AM


Charles said:

Damn!, I ordered a pair of the 601-Actives... They should get here on friday. I can't wait to try them out... I know it's a bad Idea to turn these guys on the side but it looks so cool! :)

::::: | June 20, 2011 5:43 PM


Rob said:

Yeah, they do look good on their sides. The issue is that they're more of a challenge to position as the sweet spot becomes more precise. That being said... it works for me, at least for now, because of the style of production I do. I don't have a mixer or any outboard gear. Basically, I'm quite stationary while working.

::::: | June 20, 2011 5:52 PM


Charles said:

Ok so I got my speakers yesterday and I must say they are very punchy and tight sounding... makes me want to re-mixdown all of my tracks... I'm using a analogue mixer(ZED14) with balanced XLR's... I do have a nice sound card but I'm using hardware and software at the same time... These speakers are already exceeding my expectations. It's funny how when you have a speaker that produces low noise, you want to turn it up louder... 601 a's are good too... you definitely got your moneys worth from the Actives.

::::: | June 25, 2011 8:05 PM


Serge said:

Great thanx for review from Belarus! )
Today I'll buy them! )

::::: | August 3, 2011 4:37 AM


Scott said:

Hello I got my 601p yesterday. Driving with behringer a500 and macki 1202 mixer. If you have a good amp get the passive monitors. Wow.
Thanks for the 601p review it influenced my choice for passive monitors, and saved some money. I now have a damn nice setup.

::::: | September 15, 2011 10:56 AM


Ijon said:

Hi, a few days ago I bought a pair of 601a. Last week I've been listening to different monitors , Behringer, M-audio, KRK, Alesis but the tannoy did surprise me. I think there is a big difference between the reveal 601a and anything I've heard in this price range. (sorry for my english, it's a little rusty)

::::: | September 21, 2011 5:22 PM


Andreas said:

Hi Rob,

Thanks for the review. I almost bought the 501a but your review made me bought these for € 176,- a pair from a store in Germany :-)

I hope to receive them in 1 or 2 day and will hook em up on my Harman Kardon PM660(build 1981-1984) and the PM665(build 1985-1989?). The PM665 is a little warmer but the PM660 is more natural.

I will let u know how they sound on these HKs. I'm also thinking about buying the Amp you mentioned if the HKs are not a match.

Thanks again for your review.

Andreas
The Netherlands

::::: | October 3, 2011 11:51 AM


Anonymous said:

Funny. I ordered a pair the other day after about 40 hours of online research and i only came across this site now. For me it was more a process of elimination until quite late in the game i drifted towards the passive path. I must say, this thread has cheered me up, so much praise for the T's. I should receive them in a couple of days. I went for an Alesis RA150. Lets see.

::::: | April 7, 2012 7:48 PM


Rob said:

A few quick points:

#1: These Tannoy 601P rock with a T-amp. That can be a really affordable way to go. I've been using my Lepai TA2020 amp with them for nearly 2 years and it's been great. For me. Your mileage may vary, of course. I wouldn't hesitate to pair these up with a T-amp.

#2: Here's the issue with putting these on their sides as I have. The sweet spot becomes very narrow. That being said, think about production in this digital age. In the old days, you'd do a chair dance, moving between your mixer, your massive multitrack tape machine, and whatever other gear you were working with. Maybe a few cart decks, a CD player or two, a turntable... who knows. That era is gone. If, like me, your workstation consists of a computer monitor, a keyboard and a mouse (or better yet, Apple's magic trackpad), look at your keyboard. Draw a line straight up to eye level from there and bring it toward your chair about ten inches. That's where your head is, right? And there's your sweet spot. It's pretty easy to nail it with these monitors. No worries there.

::::: | April 30, 2012 1:23 AM


GNC Harteveld said:

I bought a pair of 601p after reading this and other reviews. Paid 204 euro's, ridiculously little money compared to the quality.
I just can't believe how good these speakers are, and i've had pretty good speakers before. My last speaker was a pair of Roger Monitor 5.0, a large 4 way labyrinth system but it wasn't as revealing as this small Tannoy speaker. There really isn't any reason to buy second hand speakers anymore, the difference in quality in modern speakers compared to speakers from let's say 15 years ago is enormous even though you couldn't tell from looking at them, they look the same as speakers from 30 year ago.
Especially voices are very clear. With almost all speaker i've had and listened to i had problems understanding what exactly was said, did he say 'red' of 'that'?
Very nice speakers indeed, just buy a pair already.

::::: | May 20, 2012 12:47 PM


spyros said:

so between Alesis One Monitor MK2 passive and Tannoy Reveal 601p passive wich is the best buy? have 2 cdj400-djm400-ra300,was thinkig to buy alesis but hardly you can find them at market.Even the company has been stop produced them any more.can you please answer cause i'm ready to buy a pair of speakers!!!!

::::: | October 1, 2012 10:16 AM


Lucas said:

Finally a review of this speaker, couldnt find anything about it.

The active vs passive story has a tail though.
Active filtering is much and much more acurate and troublefree, less phase issues and more precise crossover.
Active filters are almost always 24db/oct 4th order.
But yes indeed sometimes the amp is not the best there is.
The best would be active filtered and then bi amping with your own amps of choice, brystons or something :)

::::: | January 3, 2013 3:33 PM


Rob said:

Lucas: You're right about the benefit of active filtering, but I wonder if it's enough to justify the tradeoff for the limitations of the built-in amps. Granted, I haven't had a chance to test my passive Reveals against the actives. I'd actually love to do that - more out of curiosity than anything else.


spyros: "between Alesis One Monitor MK2 passive and Tannoy Reveal 601p passive wich is the best buy?" I can't say since I haven't had a chance to try Monitor One MK2s. My previous monitors were the original Monitor Ones. These Reveals easily outperform them for only a bit more money. Also, since these have front ported bass, they're nowhere near as difficult to position as rear ported monitors.

::::: | March 29, 2013 2:21 PM


PJ said:

If you have these speakers on their sides the "sweet spot" will be very small indeed. They are not intended to be oriented that way— it maximizes the timing difference between the woofer and tweeter. Comb filtering at the crossover point is the result unless you are positioned perfectly between the two drivers.

::::: | June 17, 2013 2:53 PM


Rob said:

Believe me, I know. But if you look where they are positioned, you'll also notice they're right where I sit, aimed exactly how far away I sit from my screen (where my head is, in other words). Do I recommend this for others? Probably not, especially if you're using any outboard gear. But for me, it works quite well.

::::: | June 17, 2013 3:00 PM


Apollo said:

Wow. Thank you so much. I too have only just found this review post-purchase after many hours of research and having made my decision a while back.

Mine should land in-country by Wed 27th but the whole home studio affair is something I'm now getting into. I went with the Dayton DTA-100a amp. Looking at the speaker inputs and the Dayton's outputs, what would you recommend for connecting the two?

::::: | June 24, 2013 10:30 PM


Sasha said:

Great review. I would like to point out though, that your rationale concerning amplification is somewhat odd. What is superior in active speakers is the active, elaborate crossover network. In comparison to passive crossovers, they don't heat up as much and thus they affect performance and amount of distortion way less. Active crossovers can also counter phase shift and employ steeper filters than passive counterparts. In addition, active speakers often have limiters to prevent overexcursion, a feature nonexistent in passive speakers. For people without a proper external room equalizer, actives also feature room compensation. In many ways they are easier and more diverse than trying to couple passives with many poor excuses for amplifiers like surround receivers that have many difficult factors like damping factor and power matching/not accidentally blowing the speaker.

Thanks for the review though, definitely considering a pair!

::::: | November 18, 2013 4:36 AM


Rob said:

In theory, you're right. Now ask yourself which matters more in real life: the theory which should hold true, or what you hear with your own ears? A/B a pair of actives versus passives with a good amp. Make sure you have someone to assist you with setting up the A/B experiment so you won't know which pair is which. Choose the one that sounds better.

A pair of 601 passives will cost $250. A pair of 601 actives will cost $500. My first hand experience tells me that if I match dollar for dollar, I'll get more for my money with a pair of passives and an amp. And if anything goes wrong down the road, the savings pile up.

::::: | November 18, 2013 10:16 AM


Joey said:

Re: Amp choice for passive Tannoys

I have heard the original Tannoy (Red) Reveal 6(P) being amped by a Haffler (125 per side) and they sounded amazing, so much that I have been shopping for the old reds. I was considering the new 601P version and glad that I came across your review. Still walking the line, but I would probably be better off with the new ones. They seem to be improved in the distortion area.

Thank you very much.

::::: | February 18, 2014 6:54 AM




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