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A refreshed design of the popular Reveal series monitors.

The Tannoy Reveal 402 is the next step in the line of professional Reveal Series studio monitors. The powered Reveal 402 monitor's perfectly matched integrated amplifier ensures maximum efficiency and removes any need for a separate power amp. Response is optimized for near-field operation, such as on a meter bridge or on a table on either side of your control surface. Tannoy puts an Independent gain control on the rear panel, along with an HF trim control to allow fine tuning. Reveal 402 brings 67 years of tried-and-true legendary Tannoy sound to your personal studio in an ultra-compact form factor with pristine audio quality and a truly remarkable feature set.

Big Monitor Sound, Ultra-Compact Design
Don't be fooled by Reveal 402's compact size. Decades of experience in loudspeaker design and tweaking is the foundation for creating Reveal 402. The result is a massive soundscape generated by the super-efficient 4" woofer and ultra-precise 3„4" tweeter.

Expertly Voiced for Massive Sweet Spot
Custom tweaked by Tannoy's in-house speaker guru, Dr. Paul Mills, the active cross-over filters of Reveal 402 have absolutely impeccable timing. This produces the ultimate sweet spot so that you can move around in your workspace without losing the stereo imaging of your mix - as well as invite people to sit in with you during mixing sessions.

Easy Setup Option with Aux Link - Cable Included
If you're anything like us, you're not only working on mixes but also listening to your favorite music! Reveal gives you the ultimate pathway for both. With the Aux Link, setting up has never been easier. Use the included mini jack cable to plug into your favorite music player and link your monitors for an instant stereo setup - no need for external interfaces.

FEATURES
General
  • Size: Near-field
  • System type: Active
  • Configuration: 2-way
Drivers
  • Low-frequency driver: 4"
  • Mid-frequency driver: Not applicable
  • High-frequency driver: 3.25"
  • Full-range driver: Not applicable
  • Driver type: Info not available
Sound
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  • Frequency response: 56Hz – 48kHz
  • Max peak SPL: 101 dB
  • Amplifier class: Info not available
  • Output power: 50W
Onboard Features
  • Input connectors: XLR, TRS, 1/8"
  • Standby mode: No
  • Acoustic space control: Yes
  • Power indicator: Yes
Other
  • Width: 5.8" 
  • Height: 9.5"
  • Depth: 8.4"
  • Weight: Info not available 
  • Enclosure type: Ported

Reveal the details of your music with legendary Tannoy sound!

SPECIFICATIONS
  • Frequency Response: 56Hz - 48kHz
  • Max SPL: 101dB
  • HxWxD Cabinet Dimensions: 9.45" x 5.79" x 8.35", 240mm x 147mm x 212mm
  • Membrane Sizes
  • Drive Unit Size, LF/Mid Range: 4" (100mm)
  • Drive Unit Size, HF: 3„4" (19mm) Soft Dome
  • Bi-amp Output Power, RMS
  • LF/Mid Range: 25 watts
  • HF: 25 watts
  • THD: < 0.9 %
  • Input Types and Impedances
  • Balanced: XLR, 20kOhm
  • Unbalanced: 1/4" Jack, 10kOhm
  • AUX Link: 1/8" Jack, 10kOhm
  • Output
  • AUX Link:1/8" Jack
  • EQ Options
  • Neutral HF Setting
  • +/-1.5dB HF Boost/CUT
  • Crossover Frequency: 2.8kHz
  • Switchable Power Supply Compatibility: 100-120V or 200-240V (50 - 60Hz)
  • Max Power Consumption: 96 watts
  • Low Frequency Alignment: Optimized Front Port
  • Fuse Data
  • 100 - 120V: T800 mAL / 250V
  • 200 - 240V: T800 mAL / 250V
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TannoyReveal 402
 
4.6

(based on 47 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (36)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

87%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (39)
  • Compact (36)
  • Easy to use (29)
  • Versatile (23)
  • Durable (18)

Cons

  • Poor sound quality (3)

Best Uses

  • Home studio (35)
  • Amateur recording (25)
  • Professional recording (15)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (25), Professional musician (14), Novice (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Excellent, Excellent, Excellent!

I purchased the Tannoy Reveal 402 speakers after demoing the Reveal 502, Yamaha HS5, and M Audio BX5a speakers. Both of the Tannoys outmatched the other two speakers by a wide margin, with...Read complete review

I purchased the Tannoy Reveal 402 speakers after demoing the Reveal 502, Yamaha HS5, and M Audio BX5a speakers. Both of the Tannoys outmatched the other two speakers by a wide margin, with a powerful, natural sound that revealed nuances lost with other speakers. I prefered the overall sound of the 502s - especially their deeper bass response - but they were a bit large for my editing desk so I went with the 402s.

The 402s are a perfect fit for my video editing studio in terms of size and sound and are a huge upgrade from my previous speakers. In terms of bass response the 402s are at least as good, if not better, than the larger BX5a and HS5 monitors and the overall sound clarity is like FM radio vs. CD.

The Tannoy 402 and 502 monitors are very close in price and I would strongly recommend the 502s if you have the space for them - especially for music production because the low bass response is significantly better.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Sound GREAT (when music is playing)

Needed a pair of small workspace monitors, these seemed to fit the bill. They sound amazing when music is playing. But (even with the volume alllll the way down) they have an...Read complete review

Needed a pair of small workspace monitors, these seemed to fit the bill. They sound amazing when music is playing. But (even with the volume alllll the way down) they have an audible hiss. It is not obvious until you're sitting in the quiet, but it is definitely there and is distracting especially when mixing things like spoken word (I found myself feeling like I was going crazy, hearing this subtle high frequency hiss even after laying waste to the lowpass eq). So, probably would do a fine job as a bookshelf set, and if you're only mixing music it might be ok, but I'm returning these.

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent, Excellent, Excellent!

By Guy S.,

from San Diego, CA

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Pros

  • Accurate
  • Clear Sound
  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Stereo Imaging
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Video editing

    Comments about Tannoy Reveal 402:

    I purchased the Tannoy Reveal 402 speakers after demoing the Reveal 502, Yamaha HS5, and M Audio BX5a speakers. Both of the Tannoys outmatched the other two speakers by a wide margin, with a powerful, natural sound that revealed nuances lost with other speakers. I prefered the overall sound of the 502s - especially their deeper bass response - but they were a bit large for my editing desk so I went with the 402s.

    The 402s are a perfect fit for my video editing studio in terms of size and sound and are a huge upgrade from my previous speakers. In terms of bass response the 402s are at least as good, if not better, than the larger BX5a and HS5 monitors and the overall sound clarity is like FM radio vs. CD.

    The Tannoy 402 and 502 monitors are very close in price and I would strongly recommend the 502s if you have the space for them - especially for music production because the low bass response is significantly better.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great small studio monitors

    By toxictabasco

    from MV

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Compact
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Tannoy Reveal 402:

      I've been using a pair of 402 for about 6 months. Recorded and mixed over 30 songs, published 7. These are great near field monitors. No problems with noise, no issues. I use them at low volumes for mixing, as well as higher volumes for sampling. With the right placement and acoustic treatment, it will sound as good as studio monitoring headphones. Very well balanced for pop, classic rock, modern rock, blues, R&B sounds. These are excellent for small mixing rooms. Not overkill with volume. The sound is not enhanced like Multimedia speaker. For optimal sound, use the balanced connectors.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Excellent Studio Quality Monitor

      By Electric Eccentric

      from Socorro, NM

      About Me Professional Musician

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      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Compact
      • Natural Full Freq
      • Sound Like Large Monitor
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Tannoy Reveal 402:

        I am a verified owner. You may just skip any negative reviews in this list, as "plants" by competitors, or just review terrorists. This is one of the best small speakers that I have ever heard - and that includes Adam, Mackie, even my beloved JBL waveform speakers. Full, not thin, with surprising volume and dynamics. Wiring config allows for many types of use with many radically different sources. They are occasionally sold at impressive discount prices. At that time, they become the proverbial "no brainer".

        (2 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Sound GREAT (when music is playing)

        By Anrew Livingston

        from Kansas City, KS

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        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Compact

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording

          Comments about Tannoy Reveal 402:

          Needed a pair of small workspace monitors, these seemed to fit the bill. They sound amazing when music is playing. But (even with the volume alllll the way down) they have an audible hiss. It is not obvious until you're sitting in the quiet, but it is definitely there and is distracting especially when mixing things like spoken word (I found myself feeling like I was going crazy, hearing this subtle high frequency hiss even after laying waste to the lowpass eq). So, probably would do a fine job as a bookshelf set, and if you're only mixing music it might be ok, but I'm returning these.

          (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Didn't work out

          By Batman

          from Colorado Springs, CO

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          Pros

            Cons

            • Poor Sound Quality
            • Unreliable

            Best Uses

              Comments about Tannoy Reveal 402:

              Tried them out as soon as I got them... I was getting "snaps" (which I have never heard before) and distortion... sent them back...

              (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Loud and Accurate

              By Electric Eccentric

              from Socorro, NM

              About Me Professional Musician

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              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Compact
              • Loud
              • Truly Useful Eq Settings
              • Versatile

              Cons

              • none

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Tannoy Reveal 402:

              As I look around the studio, I see JBL professional lines, small Mackie monitors, and a Presonus Eris 8 pair in another room. All are paired with matched subwoofers.

              These little Tannoy were startling - loud and accurate. Prefer them over the Mackie 5". Their sound is actually larger and definitely more accurate than the small Mackie. And the Mackie was always my small monitor choice prior.

              At restock and other sale prices, these small Tannoy speakers are a steal ! On a completely different topic, I can imagine these as small but accurate THEATER speakers - especially when used with a subwoofer.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Excellent sounds from a small setup

              By Cybercord

              from Atlanta , GA, USA

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              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Compact
              • Easy To Use
              • Excellent Quality
              • Guitar And 2nd Audio Inpu
              • Small But Large Sound

              Cons

              • Power In Back

              Best Uses

              • Guitar Connection
              • Home Studio

              Comments about Tannoy Reveal 402:

              I use this as my Computer Desktop speakers with SW. They sound great. I use them to connect my guitar foot pedal to for jamming and practicing licks . Being able to use background and jam tracks is great for playing along and learning licks

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Amazing As Always

              By flandep53

              from Charlottesville, VA

              About Me Professional Musician

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              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Compact
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home Studio
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Tannoy Reveal 402:

                Not sure what the negative reviewers are doing but Tannoy is hands down one of the best near field monitors out there particularly for the money. All of their monitors have always been drop dead flat and these are no exception particularly if space is at a premium.

                (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Nice balanced sound.

                By Jim

                from Law

                About Me Professional Musician

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                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Durable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Home Studio

                  Comments about Tannoy Reveal 402:

                  These Tannoy speakers sound really great, but...... Musician Friend and other stores need to put up a better description on how to set these speakers up and how they connect to an interface or whatever one might connect them to. These Active speakers are meant to be bought in a PAIR. There is no Passive speaker that comes with the Active speaker. So, that means spending the money on 2 Active speakers. Purchasing two Active Tannoy speakers, one then uses one for the Right output and the other for the left output. There is an advantage to this because the 2 Active speakers have a Ton of power. I barely have them set at volume level 4 on the dial on the back side of the speakers and they are plenty loud and Clear. In fact they sound incredibly nice and warm as well as clear and loud. If you have an interface like an Avid Eleven, don't forget to buy a couple of really good Mic Cables to connect the speakers to the Balanced Input that they have on their backsides. They have the guitar jack sized inputs for input connection and they have the regular microphone inputs for input (which are the balanced inputs) . More money if you don't already have a pair of these cables. You probably do if you are reading this hahahaha.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  I would buy this product again

                  By music mills

                  from chicago ill

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound
                  • Compact
                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Home Studio

                    Comments about Tannoy Reveal 402:

                    The tannoy reveal 402 is an excellant studio monitor. highs and mids are clear an bass is well represented for its size.It can be used as main or secondary monitors .Adding a sub woofer would make it a perfect studio set up.buy it, you will not regreat it.

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Great sounding Studio Monitors

                    By Albert

                    from undisclosed

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                    Comments about Tannoy Reveal 402:

                    For the money, they are great sounding studio monitors

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Excellent for ...

                    By da247

                    from Waipahu, HI

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                    Pros

                    • Clear Sound
                    • Compact
                    • Durable
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                    • High hiss

                    Best Uses

                    • Home Studio

                    Comments about Tannoy Reveal 402:

                    Very good product. Didn't like the high hiss when you crank it up. Without wires too. I checked my equipment and I can't say that it isn't my equipment.

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Amazing quality and value

                    By Scotty

                    from Los Angeles

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                    Pros

                    • Clear Sound
                    • Compact
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Amateur Recording
                      • Home Studio
                      • Professional Recording

                      Comments about Tannoy Reveal 402:

                      I use modern recording monitors for home audio playback. I used Yamaha NS10s for years back in the day when they were THE monitor. Replaced them with passive 8'' JBLs when technology moved on. When the JBL LSR305s came out I went to self powered and ditched my amp. (I love them too) Over a year ago I grabbed a pair of Tannoy 402s for the bedroom to replace a small Fostex rig. I'm loving them and just bought another pair as a gift. They fill a normal size room easily without taking up much space. They are very pleasing to look at and easy to set up with their flexible connection options. And I love the way they sound. Consumer 'hi-fi' gear is so much overpriced junk compared to gear like these and the LSRs.

                      (1 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      3.0

                      Ok for the price; What you see is what you get

                      By Big Lar

                      from Fargo, ND

                      About Me Professional Musician

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                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Nice controls on back for sound adjustment

                      Cons

                      • No speaker grill/cover

                      Best Uses

                      • on your desk; in a small room for easy listening

                      Comments about Tannoy Reveal 402:

                      Though the extra wattage over another brand would make more of a volume difference but it didn't. They are ok for what they are; book shelf speakers for a small room where you don't need any volume and require a streamlined set up (no receiver, amplifier etc...) I have a pair of PB42x Micca's connected to a Uturn turn table for a small room and bought one of these to test out and to connect to my phone to amplify songs off of you tube for solo practice sessions (covers). This speaker didn't seem to be much better and is bigger and has more wattage. Meh...

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Exactly what I wanted

                      By Bruce

                      from Philadelphia

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Clear Sound
                      • Compact
                      • Durable
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Performances

                        Comments about Tannoy Reveal 402:

                        I use two of these with my iPhone as a simple home music system. The cable link for stereo couldn't be easier. Of course they're monitors, not really hi-fi speakers, so the sound is crisp and clear but not terribly strong on bass. They actually cost less than most of the nicer portable amplified speakers, but those usually offer Bluetooth, so the choice would come down to your needs.
                        The secret weapon, though, for these monitors, is how easy it is to plug in a mic or guitar interface and have an instant concert.
                        I'm very satisfied.

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Outstanding speakers for the price

                        By Lew Ashby

                        from Atlanta, GA

                        About Me Novice

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Clear Sound
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Economical
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Amateur Recording
                          • Home Studio

                          Comments about Tannoy Reveal 402:

                          I read a review of these speakers in MusicTech and purchased them based on that article. They were touted as the best you can get for a reasonable price. That claim is true. The speakers are powerful and versatile. They allow for a number of different configurations--balanced, unbalanced, stereo chaining... Each also has its own volume and tone control. I have a small home recording studio. This is just a hobby, so I try to keep expenditures reasonable. These are the best you're going to get for the price.

                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Tannoy Still Rules

                          By flandep53

                          from Charlottesville, VA

                          About Me Professional Musician

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                          Pros

                          • Clear Sound
                          • Compact
                          • Drop dead flat response. Small footprint
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Lightweight
                          • Versatile

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Home Studio
                            • Professional Recording

                            Comments about Tannoy Reveal 402:

                            I've used Tannoy monitors in the past and came back to them with this model. For the money there's simply nothing that compares to the transparency of these speakers.

                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Awesome little monitor with a big sound!

                            By JW

                            from Childersburg, AL

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                            Pros

                            • Clear Sound
                            • Compact
                            • Durable
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Lightweight
                            • Versatile

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Amateur Recording
                              • Home Studio
                              • Professional Recording

                              Comments about Tannoy Reveal 402:

                              I will basically use these speakers to travel around the country with. I have a portable studio set up in my camper. "My studio away from studio"!

                              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Very good!

                              By Fede

                              from Chevy Chase, MD

                              About Me Professional Musician

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Clear Sound
                              • Compact
                              • Durable

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Home Studio

                                Comments about Tannoy Reveal 402:

                                I bought this for my home studio, which is not fancy at all but where I have a lot of fun and relax doing what I love. These monitors are reliable and give you an accurate reproduction of what you are recording, levels, bass response, mids, highs. I would recommend this to any musician who likes to sit on his desk with his Mac to mix his newly recorded songs. Very good monitors.

                                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                4.0

                                Awesome speakers!

                                By MJ

                                from Mankato, MN

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                                Pros

                                • Clear Sound
                                • Compact
                                • Durable
                                • Easy To Use
                                • Lightweight
                                • Versatile

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Amateur Recording
                                  • Home Studio

                                  Comments about Tannoy Reveal 402:

                                  These are awesome speakers! They sound fantastic and have really helped us during mix down! We got them when they were on sale as the Stupid Deal of the Day so they were almost half off! They have made such a huge difference for us - when listening back to our recordings! They are not meant to be cranked up but they are plenty loud for our home studio! I would totally recommend them!

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