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Tannoy Reveal 601p Reviews

4.5 stars based on 7 customer reviews
  • from Vermont, USA December 31, 2013Music Background:
    Songwriter, musician, home recordist

    Nice addition to my studio

    I researched a number of different monitors (by reading not listening)before deciding on a pair of the 601p's. I already had a monitor amp in the studio so didn't look at active monitors. The 601p's have a nice, solid but "neutral" sound, at least to my ears. I've done a fair amount of mixing with these so far and am very pleased. I have mastering done elsewhere so I can't comment on how they would be for that.

    Obviously these are not $5,000 speakers, but for the price and for their purpose of basic mixing and monitoring in my home studio they really are good. I've played and recorded in a number of studios over the years so I have some reference to judge these by and I would recommend them to anyone looking for a pair of inexpensive, well built and good sounding nearfields.

    I didn't rate these a "5" since the criteria for that is "WOW blown away" and I'm not sure what it would take for me to be "blown away" by anything at this point, monitors or otherwise, but they really are good speakers and I'd recommend them!

  • from East Bay Area,California July 22, 2013Music Background:
    Composer-Songwriter

    Tannoy Reveal 601p

    I was looking to replace a very reliable and accurate set of Yamaha P.A. speakers that were too big and bulky for my Project studio .
    I consulted a fellow musician who owns a set of Tannoys and he assured me that I would be very happy with a set of them .
    They solved a space issue for me as well as sounding absolutely Great!!
    Every frequency band comes through crisp & clean and the bass frequencies are pure and clean .Classical ,Metal ,Pop ,Funk ....Every Genre sounds fantastic through these speakers.
    My own music is very synth heavy and I need the drum tracks clean and these monitors deliver .
    The only reason I don't give them a five is they aren't nearly as efficient as the old Yamaha's .
    GREAT MONITORS !!

  • from June 11, 2013Music Background:
    Guitarrist, studio guitarrist, music teacher.

    Clear and punchy

    Transparent, clear, balanced, cheap price, quality item. Works incredible with the excellent dta-100a. VERY HAPPY with Them.

    Seems possible to achieve excellent mixing with them.

  • from April 18, 2013Music Background:
    Recording Engineer, Mobile DJ.

    Great Performance for Price

    Renowned Tannoy Quality in passive design. Can't go wrong with a pair of these, for their price, you will be satisfied with their sound and glad you saved some $$ for other gear you want. Depending on your room the front firing bass port may take some getting used to for translation of your mixes on any other audio systems.

  • from Toms River, NJ January 28, 2013Music Background:
    Pro musician

    A good value for the money

    While not high-end speakers, the Reveal 601p sound clean and transparent to my ear. They will serve my home studio mixing needs quite well. I think they are a good value for the money. A good way to evaluate them is to play a favorite well-produced CD and listen to the output. They passed my test.

  • from Tampa, Florida September 28, 2012Music Background:
    Hobbyist

    You Can't Go Wrong With These !!!!

    Sure, there are many, many more expensive and better sounding Monitors/Speakers out there. However for the asking price You Simply Can't Go Wrong With These!!!! Monitors. Just get yourself a good amplifier such as the crown D-75 or a more modest Alesis RA150 and you'll be enjoying Top Notch sound at very modest prices without bringing down or ruining your bank account and that my friends is pure music enjoyment to my ears. I have had my pair since last year, and must say Thank you Yuval for the Great Recommendations and Service!!!!

    Give these Tannoy's a try and give Sweetwater a try You Simply Won't Go Wrong :) :) :) :) :)

  • from Sarasota, FL December 30, 2011Music Background:
    Electronic and computer music composer, tracking/mixing/mastering engineer, audio researcher.

    Strong competitor for your coin

    Background:
    I bought a set of 4 of these for a home quadrophonic production/composition studio. I needed a proper monitor setup as I'd lost access to the university based studios that I'd been using, and my home studio was comprised of nothing more than a decent quality stereo setup and a mediocre quality surround setup. I briefly considered Adams and Genelecs as that was what I was using in the studios I'd had access to, but given my budget and my need for a set of 4, those were not going to be an option. Instead, I ended up checking out the Mackie HR624s & MR5s, KRK Rokit 5s & 6s (okay...), Tannoy Reveals (501a & 601a), and a bunch of the other usual suspects (Behringer, M-Audio, Samson, etc... mostly crap), all of which are active monitors. Based on price and performance, it came down to the MR5s, Rokit 6s, or the Reveals... until I found out Tannoy offered the 601P, a passive version of the Reveals at an very reasonable price. This allowed me to use my existing amps and save several hundred dollars rather buying a set of active monitors.

    Performance:
    Having been spoiled by Adams and Genelecs, I was sure I'd be more disappointed with the 601Ps. In fact, they've proven to be very honest and (forgive the pun) revealing, without being harsh or fatiguing. The mid-range (300-5kHz) is full, present, and almost tangible, while the high end (5k+Hz) is clear and concise without being harsh. And while they claim a range down to 63Hz, as expected with a 6.5" driver lower end (40-100Hz) presence isn't as strong, though upper bass (150-300Hz) range is well controlled and responsive. Any lacking in the low end is easily fixed with the inclusion of a sub and I've found these Reveals match extremely well with my JBL PSW1000 with the crossover set around 100Hz.

    Experience:
    I currently primarily compose electronic and computer music, but have plenty (years!) of experience tracking, mixing, and mastering pop, rock, gospel, classical, etc. To familiarize myself with the Reveals, I spent several days listening to recordings I knew well... my own and tracks from major label recordings. I was taken aback a bit by what I heard... the Reveals aren't entirely unforgiving, but sure they don't hide much. I was able to hear punches, pick noises, snare and bass drum rings, and vocal sibilances that I'd not heard (or at least noticed so obviously) on many other monitors (NS10Ms, JBL 4408s, KROKs, Events, Mackies, etc.) and speakers. Also, I found that they showed more bow noise, performer breathing, key clack, etc. in several classical instrument recordings. They also do a good job at portraying the differences between recordings made using different mics.

    For my own purposes and setup they've been excellent, providing very good linearity and response. Their size works well for my quad setup, and with the front porting, they can be placed near walls with fewer issues. And in terms of budget, I can't think of anything else that would perform as well for even twice the price. Seriously... a comparable Genelec, Adams, or even Mackie setup would be $1000-$3500, so at $500 for the set of 4, I'm very very very happy with the purchase.

    Conclusion:
    I can recommend the Reveal 601Ps in terms of performance quality and budget pricing. So if you've got a quality amp or two, or find a good deal on an nice Hafler or Adcom or whatever, then the 601Ps are a very competitive choice, and a heck of a speaker for the coin.

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