Yamaha MSP7 Studio 6.5" Powered Studio Monitor

80W LF/50W HF, Bi-amped 6.5" Powered Monitor with Magnetic Shielding (each)
Yamaha MSP7 Studio 6.5
Yamaha MSP7 Studio 6.5
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Yamaha MSP7 Studio - The next Studio-standard Monitor

Yamaha MSP7 Studio - From the 80s onward, the definitive near-field monitor in most professional studios throughout the world were the Yamaha NS10Ms. According to lore, a mix done a the NS10Ms would sound pretty much the same on any system it was played on - very important in the record making biz. Now, Yamaha carries on that tradition with the MSP7 "Studio" monitors. The Yamaha MSP7 Studio has been designed with serious monitoring in mind. Emphasis is on reference-quality reproduction precision that lets you hear sonic details, rather than flattering sound. The top-of-the-line MSP7 Studio Powered Monitor is capable of delivering consistent quality and performance that you can rely on in modern production environments. The MSP7 Studio can handle any combination of digital and analog sources as well as stereo and surround formats. Yamaha MSP7 - the new NS10M and then some!

Yamaha MSP7 Studio at a Glance:
  • 80W/50W 6.5" bi-amped high quality studio monitor
  • Low distortion magnetic shielding
  • One-piece molded cabinet for smooth acoustic transfer
  • Woofer and tweeter feature innovations for improved sound quality
  • Balanced lines for maximum audio quality and rear panel trim controls
  • Elegant Appearance
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. 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.

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 highpass 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 line level 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.

Magnetic Shielding

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 thick-walled 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.

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 low damping rubber surrounds for exceptionally smooth response. Low-reflection high rigidity 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 40kHz 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.

Connectors and Controls

The MSP7 Studio features a balanced XLR-type connector for input. This provides direct compatibility with professional gear and allows the use of balanced lines for maximum audio quality even where long cable runs are required. Rear-panel controls include a continuous input sensitivity control, and trim switches that enable you to adjust the bass and treble in four and three positions, respectively (+1.5dB/0dB/-1.5dB/-3dB at 50Hz and +1.5dB/0dB/-1.5dB at 10 /kHz), so that the system's response to be quickly matched to the room. There's also a low cut (FLAT, 80Hz, 100Hz) switch that is useful when the MSP7 Studio is used with the SW10 Studio subwoofer. The AC power cord is removable for easy transportation and setup.

Elegant Appearance

The MSP7 Studio features a refined appearance that is a perfect match for its outstanding monitor performance. It is in fact "functional beauty" that results from an uncompromising approach to reproduction quality. The elegant rounded baffle has been primarily designed for superior dispersion characteristics, and is visually balanced by a high-efficiency rounded heat sink on the rear panel. The integral waveguide horn also contributes to outstanding sound while adding to the speaker's visual appeal. Some speakers are designed to look good. The MSP7 Studio has been designed throughout for superior sound, and looks great as a result.

Yamaha MSP7 Studio Features:
  • 6.5-inch woofer, 1-inch dome tweeter
  • 80-watt low-frequency power amp, 50-watt high-frequency power amp
  • frequency response up to 40kHZ
  • Balanced XLR-type input connector
  • Rear-panel continuous input sensitivity control,
  • trim switches enable you to adjust the bass and treble in three and four positions (+1.5dB/0dB/-1.5dB at 10 /kHz) - (+1.5dB/0dB/-1.5dB/-3dB at 50Hz) to match system's response to the room.
  • Low cut (FLAT, 80Hz, 100Hz) switch for use with subwoofer
  • Removable AC power cord for easy transportation and setup
  • Electronic crossover before the power amplifier inputs, featuring steep 30-dB/octave roll-off curves in both the low- and highpass filters
  • magnetic shielding without distorting the magnetic flux of the speaker's critical magnetic circuit resulting in lower distortion and improved definition

The Yamaha MSP7 Studio has been designed throughout for superior sound and looks great too!

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Tech Specs

Powered Yes
Power Configuration Bi-amped
LF Driver Size 6.5"
LF Driver Type Cone
HF Driver Size 1"
HF Driver Type Dome
LF Driver Power Amp 80W
HF Driver Power Amp 50W
Total Power 130W
Frequency Range 45Hz-40kHz
Input Types 1 x XLR
Enclosure Type Ported
Height 13"
Width 8.58"
Depth 9.25"
Weight 26.9 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number MSP7 STUDIO

Customer Reviews

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These are the yamaha monitors you need!

These translate very well and give me a true reflection of what i could expect to hear in other mediums. The front ported bass helps keep the low end clean and the 7" speaker helps the low end to shine unlike smaller and similarly sized monitors. I have worked on a range of projects since getting these and have not beel let down yet.
Music background: Engineer/Producer


A month ago I purchased this babies from my good friend Ryan, always a pleasure mate! I have them sitting side by side with a lot more expensive monitors that I love and trust, the impressive barefoot MM27 that I have been using since 2009. Two years ago I moved to a smaller room and therefore I needed a smaller monitor, I was looking for something with more focus in the mid range. I've tryed different brands in depths, KRK, quested, jbl, focal, genelecs old and new, ProAc studio100 and I still have them sitting around at my place and although I can say they are all are good monitors and offered great things I still wasn't convinced, maybe is a matter of taste more than anything else. I have been mixing since 1993 and I grew up using NS-10s, after a while I slowly switched to Genelec and run them for a long time. When the Barefoots arrived I'm 2009 I found myself pretty confident with them and still use them a lot even now in a smaller room. The thing was that I always struggle to get a good taste of what I need to do with the top end and mid range with the MM27, as if things sounded already good from the start of the mix. All in all I was looking for something not only smaller but more honest. Honestly, after manny years, trying different speakers and felling greatful with the barefoots I still missed the NS10s and what they bring to table so I gave a shot to the MSP7s. I wasnt dissapointed, they offer a refine approach to the NS10s, were you get brutally clear directions and now at the same time less fatigue while using them, extended bass and nicer hi end compared to the NS10s without the compromise of doubting if they are correct. The image and depth are great too and they look well build, but most importantly they translate perfect, like their older brother NS10S use to do, like more expensive monitors and the improvements they offer. I'm blown away for sure and feel pretty happy mixing only with them, I can always check on the MM27 but honestly every passing day I do it less and less and enjoy with ammussent how a smaller, cheaper but we'll thought speaker gives me enough information to enjoy and release mixes without doubts. They are a Joy, an old school modern day joy for sure, but you will not fail with the MSP7s, they are helpers to keep. At the Salling point Ryan here a sweetwater commented that this MSP7s were the last designed speaker by the guy who designed the NS10s, and I can see clearly while hearing the MSP7s that they came from the same father. Now, I don't doubt any one can procure a great mix with any given set of speakers, I am a good proof of that, so try, chaise and find the ones that make you feel good, make your life easier and help you to get the most out of your mixing skills and taste. Be free and enjoy the music. Cheers.

Game changers

These things have completely upped my mixing game. Get your mix sounding balanced on these and it'll sound great on any system. The clarity and response on these really lets me know what's going on in my mix. Takes a little time to learn what your bottom end is doing on these, but I don't even feel like I have to car check my mixes anymore. I trust these monitors completely. Might grab another pair for backup.

Loving these monitors. Stop looking, buy these.

These speakers have been a revelation. In the past year I went through a who's who of monitors in the $1500/pr world. I had Yamaha NS-10M Studio, Dynaudio BM5a (originals), Focal CMS 40, Focal CMS 50, Adam A8X, Presonus Sceptre S8 and now the MSP7 Studio. After getting rid of my Yamaha NS-10s it was a revolving door of speakers to replace them. The first ones I kept was the Dynaudio BM5a and then the 2nd pair was being cycled out regularly. When I lucked into a pair of Presonus Sceptre S8 at half list price, I jumped at it and WOW, they're worth it. They image so differently than almost any other speaker. It's truly amazing. But all the other speakers I was trying to compliment them with were too similar, but also not quite as good. So it was always a second fiddle situation. That is until, these showed up. In full disclosure, Ryan Murray, my Sweetwater rep recommended the MSP7 to me early on in my journey, but I had to see for myself and audition all the others. I'm stubborn like that. What these speakers do well is, they lift transients out of the mix in a way you haven't heard before. You can hear reverb tails with alarming accuracy now that have been masked or disappeared into less refined speakers. Finally I found a speaker that can play on the level of the Sceptre S8, hold their own, but provide their own unique perspective. And that's where the MSP7s shine. They're pushy in the highs, but that only reminds me why I loved my NS10s. The Focal CMS never gave me the high end I was hoping for. The Dynaudios did their best, but the highs weren't as stable and sturdy as with the MSP7s. While these monitors share a heritage with the NS10s, the MSP7 was designed by Akira Nakamura, the same man who designed the NS10s. This was his last speaker design before retiring and I think he hit his apex. The MSP7s are FAR more analytical and precise. These are the pinnacle of Yamaha near-fields for me. The titanium tweeter can go up to 40khz as if we need them to. But knowing you're not capping out at 20khz means the ultra high frequencies are still well within range of these bad boys and it shows. You're not hearing the tweeter trying to reach, you're hearing it in its comfort zone. It will take a bit of adjustment to learn how things sound on here and it's amazing how some songs you really enjoy will sound boxy depending on how the mids were originally mixed & which reverb was used compared to well engineered tracks that just open up and sound amazing. These have that NS10 characteristic of exposing midrange issues that allows you to fix them. The resolution of these monitors are really something to marvel at. I can't recommend them enough. They can easily be your only monitors, but having the Sceptre S8s helps me A/B and really dial in the perfect sound.

Quality at last

Love these babies. Solid as a rock and very nice design. I've tried many monitors and these are by far the best. Every sound from my keyboard sounds great with little or no tweaking. I'm especially pleased with my acoustic grand piano sounds. I read thousands of reviews and did tons of research before making my choice and many people blame hiss and static on their monitors. Get quality cables and clean power for your gear with a power conditioner, then compare monitors. Very pleased with these and may soon buy another pair.
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