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Yamaha's Professional Audio division introduced the portable two-way MSR100 Powered Monitor Loudspeaker System at Winter NAMM 2003. Delivering 100 watts of built-in power, the MSR100 features a compact, lightweight design that has been engineered to function as a personal "hot spot" stage monitor; as a utility speaker for electronic drums, keyboards, guitars and vocals; or as a component of a small-scale P.A. The unit carries an MSRP of $399 and is currently available.

The high frequency section of the MSR100 contains a single 1" titanium compression driver coupled with a 90 x 60 constant directivity horn. The 8" woofer produces efficient mid- and low-frequency reproduction. In addition to uniform coverage and intelligible audio reproduction, the MSR100 provides wide (55Hz -- 18kHz) frequency response.

"The MSR100 is the perfect low-profile tool for the gigging musician, for corporate or media presentations, or wherever intelligible speech and music reproduction are required," states Wayne Hrabak, marketing manager, Professional Audio. "Customers will welcome both its small size and high output."

An integrated three-input mixer accepts a variety of inputs, including a balanced XLR and two 1/4" phone jacks, each with its own separate gain control. A two-band EQ (Low, High) provides 3dB of cut or boost at the low end and 6dB of cut or boost in the treble. A Master Volume controls the overall output of the cabinet, and a parallel "link" output jack allows multiple speakers to be daisy-chained.

The MSR100 cabinets are constructed of high-impact, durable molded polypropylene and weigh just over 22 pounds. Optional accessories include wall, ceiling and baton bracket mounts.

"The MSR100 should really have a broad appeal," states John Schauer, product manager, Professional Audio, "It is equally useful as a powerful tool for musicians who need a P.A. or monitor cabinet for smaller gigs or their personal studio."

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