I own a pair of the Yamaha MSR400s, the MSR800 sub, and I just bought the MSR100 for monitoring at a local club. There is an outside patio area which is 25 feet away from the stage and there was no sound in that area, so I needed a solution that could be removed at the end of each night. The MSR100 was the right choice. It's lightweight , versatile for other purposes, and easy to set up. This is a very compact unit that could also be used at a coffee shop. It has four inputs and an EQ.
Bought these for stage monitors for the rock band, and they're OK for that, with a 15-band EQ in front of them. Lately we've been using them for vocals and sometimes acoustic guitar in the jazz band (no drums, not a lot of volume). The only way to get (barely) passable sound quality is to cut the low almost all the way and boost the high a bit. They are light and loud, but they sound crummy. Good for monitors, bad for mains, even for a coffee house gig.
I have owned an MSR100 for several years, and I found it to be a great piece of equipment. Big enough to fill a large room with music. Because of my new venture in being a DJ I needed a second one and it has worked out great. I can play off my laptop to a small mixer for both speakers and a couple of mic's and I don't have to strain the sound levels on any of the components. My only lament is it does not have a built-in pocket for placing on a stage stand. There is an add on which would make it awkward to store. I intend to get the add on's soon and create a short stand for storing and use without tall stands.
Yamaha at it's Best
I now have a twin pair of the MSR100's connected to my Yamaha Tyros 4 Arranger Workstation Keyboard in my recording studio.
Amasing powered speakers and oustanding sound results.
Sweetwater is the best for on time dedication and a great sales rep Adam Briggs. Thanks Adam.
Perfect keyboard monitors
I bought these because I have used them for years in the pit of our musical theatre company. They are perfect as monitors and you can even use them as mains in a small to medium room. Very clean sound and has that legendary Yamaha reliability.
No surprises on this purchase.
Sales Rep. described this great active speaker to a tee.
Yamaha MSR 100
This is a GREAT speaker and produces beautiful sound. Followup was very good.
Excellent light weight clear sound using a pair of these monitors in stereo.
Good for low to moderate volume monitoring.
Big sound for a small, lightweight monitor
I use this mostly as a personal monitor for local gigs.
It is so much lighter than any other monitor I have owned. I can easily grab it with one hand and carry something else in the other. it also fits very easily in my vehicle and as long as the PA has a monitor line-out, I don't have to worry about monitor amps, or speaker impedance matching - and I have local EQ control if I need it.
It gets loud enough that I have not had any problems hearing it. When testing it out I just connected an iPOD and was stunned at the low-frequency output this little guy was capable of - a lot better than I was expecting for an 8" speaker.
I've also used it as a PA system (for a small gathering) where we needed to just connect one mic so we could be heard above a crowd- worked perfectly.