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Yamaha continues to evolve nearfield speaker technology with the Winter NAMM 2003 debut of the MSP10 Studio powered monitor speakers.

Taking over where its predecessors left off, the bi-amped design MSP10 Studio offers internal design innovations, improved materials, and significant refinements to the midrange performance and crossover parameters for uncolored, more accurate sound.

"From the professional recording facility to the home studio, high sample rate digital source material has become the norm," states Wayne Hrabak, marketing manager, Yamaha Professional Audio. "Nearfield monitor technology has, in turn, had to evolve in order to rise to that same quality. With the MSP10 Studio, Yamaha offers the combination of history, research and major improvements that will not only meet but also exceed those standards."

The internal components of the MSP10 Studio are aligned within micron-tolerance, ideally matched and precisely tuned for the best possible performance. The 4-ohm 8" cone woofer is driven by a 120-watt power amplifier, and the 8-ohm 1" titanium dome tweeter has its own 60-watt power amplifier, resulting in balance between low-mid and high frequency ranges, a smooth high frequency response up to and beyond 40 kHz, and an integrated waveguide that achieves uniform dispersion over 120 degrees--ideal for surround monitoring and mixing.

Line-level electronic crossovers feature steep 30 dB/octave roll-off curves in both low and high-pass filters. The result is minimal inter-modulation at the crossover point, and smoother performance in the critical midrange.

Improved materials and manufacturing techniques include a mineral-impregnated polypropylene woofer cone with low-damping rubber surround, and a magnetic shielding circuit that eliminates virtually all electromagnetic fields, allowing the monitors to be positioned near recording gear, computers and video displays. Constructed of high-quality MDF (medium density fiber) material, the MSP10 Studio enclosure features internal bracing, a precise 2-mm edge radius, and a multiple layer lacquer finish to ensure resonance-free operation.

"Today's musicians are more critical listeners," states John Schauer, product manager, Professional Audio. "The sound delivered by most powered speakers is sufficient, but not accurate enough for modern 24-bit/96K gear or for critical monitoring situations. The MSP10 Studio has been designed to be more than compatible with that new standard and provide clean, uncolored sound for today's music production needs."

The rear panel features balanced XLR inputs, an input sensitivity control, response trim switches for both the woofer and tweeter, and an 80Hz low cut switch that is useful when using the MSP10 Studio with the SW10 Subwoofer.

The MSP10 Studio is currently available at an MSRP of $1,800 per pair. An optional bracket (Model BWS251-300) is also available for wall mounting.

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