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A studio monitor with performance, accuracy, and value packed into a compact enclosure.

The Tannoy Reveal 501A Active Studio Monitor offers a perfect solution, if you want to equip your studio with industry standard reference monitors without an excessive price tag. Building upon a world-class reputation, Reveal monitors represent the latest evolution of Tannoy's high-resolution passive and active reference monitor technology.

The powered Reveal 501A monitor's perfectly matched integrated amplifier ensures maximum efficiency from the 5" woofer and 1" soft-dome tweeter and removes any need for a separate power amp. Response is optimized for quarter space 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.

The Reveal monitor's low distortion 5" LF/MF driver voicing has been enhanced to deliver natural and accurate ultra-linear response in the low and midrange frequencies, while the wide bandwidth tweeter extends the amplitude response beyond the 20kHz audibility threshold to 30kHz to improve the phase response within the audible band. All the sound's harmonic structure is preserved as is the stereo image's stability, ensuring stunningly accurate mix translation.

The rigid MDF cabinet construction provides stiffness and minimizes coloration, while internal bracing of the sides and rear against the back of the bass driver provides a rigid reactive mass for the moving cone assembly; this ensures fast tight bass response and clear midrange. The curved edged design of the front baffle helps eliminate diffraction, while the front-firing bass port avoids the problem of exaggerated bass response as a result of boundary-coupling “ a pitfall inherent with rear-firing designs when positioned close to a wall. The new elliptical tweeter waveguide has also been optimized to control high frequency directivity and minimize diffraction, ensuring a wide and even sweet spot.

Both balanced XLR and unbalanced TRS jack inputs complete the versatile package, ensuring the Tannoy Reveal 501a is easily integrated into any home or project studio with the minimum of fuss.

The original Tannoy Reveal Active near field monitor has become an iconic fixture in recording studios across the world since its arrival in the mid-nineties, widely recognized as the product that defined the category and has been the active monitor of choice for thousands of amateur and professional recording, creative composition and post production facilities worldwide. Building upon this world-class reputation, the Tannoy Reveal Active series represents the latest evolution of Tannoy's high-resolution active reference monitor technology.

Whether you're building a studio on a budget and don't want to compromise on sonic quality, or you need an active monitor with a small footprint, the Reveal 501a offers the perfect solution. Built to the same superior standard as the rest of the new Reveal range, the Reveal 501a packs performance, accuracy, and value into a compact enclosure. Priced competitively with the entry-level recording setup in mind, the Reveal 501a delivers a wide bandwidth performance that will impress even the most seasoned pro.

Ahead of the Curve
The sculpted curved edges of the new Reveal's front baffle help to eliminate unwanted diffraction caused when sound dispersed from the sides of the cabinet is scattered back into the near field causing interference and phase distortion. By carefully smoothing off these edges, this unwanted diffraction is significantly reduced, delivering critical improvements to frequency response and crystal clear imaging, even when off-axis.

Optimized Tweeter Design
In the pursuit of achieving a wide and even near-field monitoring 'sweet spot', delivering accurate and highly controlled high frequencies is critical. The new Reveals feature a brand new tweeter design comprising of soft dome HF driver coupled to an elliptical waveguide that has been optimized to provide very controlled high frequency directivity and minimize diffraction, providing a wide and consistent listening field.

Forward Thinking
Most studio monitors feature bass ports on the rear of their cabinet. This type of design leads to an inherent problem called bass-coupling whereby low frequencies are amplified when the monitors are located close to room boundaries, leading to colored and inaccurate mix results. The Tannoy Reveal 501A offers front-firing reflex bass ports for ideal positioning even within small or confined studio spaces while still providing defined bass performance.

  • Integrated 60W total power amp unit
  • 5" (130mm) LF/MF driver and 1" (30mm) soft dome tweeter delivering wide frequency response of 64Hz-30kHz
  • Sculpted and rigid front baffle design to minimize diffraction
  • Response has been optimized for quarter space near-field operation, such as on a meter bridge or table on either side of your control surface.
  • Front firing reflex bass port to negate boundary-coupling
  • Bass unit development used to minimize offsets and linearize the suspension components.
  • Wideband tweeter design extending the amplitude response beyond 20kHz audibility to 30kHz to improve the phase response from within the audible band.
  • LED indicator shows power status
  • + 1.5 / 0 / -1.5dB HF trim switch for custom room adjustment
  • Rear mounted volume control for convenient Home Studio and PC/MAC laptop/desktop use.
  • Balanced XLR and unbalanced jack connectors

Equip your studio with an industry standard reference monitor without the excessive price tag.


Reveal 501A Studio Monitor

  • System
    Frequency Response (-3dB) (1): 64Hz-30kHz
    Rated Maximum SPL (2): 108dB
    Distortion: <0.7%
    Dispersion (-6dB): 90 degrees
    Drive Unit LF/ Mid: 130mm (5") multi fibre pulp paper cone
    Drive Unit HF: 25mm (1") soft dome with neodymium magnet system
    Magnetic Shielding: No
    (1 ) ±3dB measured at 1m in an anechoic chamber.
    (2) Peak SPL at mix position for 1 pair driven.
    Electronic Section
    Input Impedance
    XLR balanced & unbalanced
    Jack 10 kOhms
    Input Sensitivity: 0.775V RMS for full output
    Crossover Frequency: 2.3kHz
    Amplifier Output Power: LF 40W RMS, HF 20W RMS
    User Controls
    Power On/Off, Input Sensitivity/dd>
    HF Trim ±1.5dB
    Power Supply
    100-120V, 200-240V/dd>
    Switchable, 50-60Hz
    Power Consumption: 125W Maximum
    100-120V, T800mAL 250V/dd>
    220-240V, T400mAL 250V
    Low Frequency Alignment: Optimized front reflex loaded
    Cabinet Construction: MDF cabinet with injection molded
    front baffle
    Cabinet Finish: Black fine texture
    Cabinet Dimensions: 7.2"W x 11.8"H x 9.3"D, (300 x 184 x 237 mm)
    Cabinet Weight 12 lb. (5.45 kg)
    Shipping Dimensions: 10.5"W x 16.4"H x 12.6"D, (416 x 266 x 321 mm)
    Shipping Weight 13.7 lb. (6.2 kg)

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(26 of 27 customers found this review helpful)


An excellent near-field monitor for the price

By The Wood

from Tennessee

Comments about Tannoy Reveal 501A Studio Monitor:

The Yamaha NS50M had a more neutral overall mid-range, but did not have the same overall high frequency resolution as the Tannoy's. The Yamaha had good mid-bass, but not-so-great LF extension. The Mackie's bang in the bass region, but this results in over-emphasis in lower mid range and almost a chuffiness to male vocals. If I had a free field monitor application, I'd probably choose the Mackie's.

The Tannoy's have more of an audiophile sound, and are ruthless in the upper mid detail area. To me, they are the more musical speakers in my application that I have tried.
These monitors have most of the features that you will need - gain, HF trim, etc. I wish they had greater sound shaping to compensate for where the monitors will be located. I have a small nook where these are located and would have appreciated perhaps a LF or MF conture swithc. The Yamaha NS-50's have greater flexibility in this area.
Build - Excellent build quality. I took home these Tannoy's, Mackie MR5's, Yanmaha NS50M's. They were all good quality builds (no loose screws, ragged wrap seams, driver surround wrinkles or blems, etc.) but the Tannoy's looked and felt like more time was spent on the cabinet. More than just a box.

Sound - These things sound remarkable for the money, in my application. I have been in audio since I was in elementary school, taking apart my then 8-track Emerson to adjust the azimuth before I even knew what it was! I have been on listening panels for voicing of speakers that were at one time number three rated by Stereophile. Sonds like I'm bragging, but I'm really just trying to get reader a notion that I know a think or two about speakers.

What the Tannoy's do right - They have greater spatial characteristics than either the Mackie or the Yamaha. For me, in my application, the front-firing port made a big difference in the sound when compared to other mini-monitors I brought home in this price range. High frequency extension is better than either Yamaha or Mackie, and the 'attack' is very good. When a stick hits the cymbal, there is not a delay or sounds right. Even though they may not have as much rated power as some others in the range, power is only one spec related to volume level. They play plenty loud. They look smashing next to my iMac. The silver woof, silver accents, and rounded cabinet edges look awesome. The rounded cabinet edges, and slight rear offset of tweet serve real purpose beyond just looks for time alignment and diffraction/reflection reduction.

What they could do better at - I could see where after longer periods of time, particularly at higher volumes, these speakers may be fatiguing. There is slight emphasis on the upper mids, that was more noticeble initially, and improved with break-in. I have the HF trim switch at -1.5.
For the money, these things would be hard to beat. Hard to believe you can get this kinda sound for this kinda price. I listened to JBL, Yamaha, Mackie, KRK, M-Audio, and the Tannoy's.

(9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)


Have Been Using Them a While Now

By hoovie87

from Florida

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Comments about Tannoy Reveal 501A Studio Monitor:

I use these for my "home studio." I wanted some good playback speakers and something decent to mix on - on the rare occations I record people at home. Right away I listened to these speakers and was very unimpressed with them. So, I left loud music blasting on them for a day or so while I was gone from my house. There was a dramatic improvement in overall tonality of the speaker as well as more low end response. You must break these in! After that, I started listening to my favorite music on them through my 003 rack. I was actually impressed with them. They sound very crisp and clear and they let you hear way farther into the mix than I though I would be able to. They extend down to about 50Hz (but they have a dip around 70-100Hz that show up in mixes). I was able to mix pretty well on them, but they don't really have solid enough low end to get a good kick and bass sound. It could be my room as well, so keep that in mind when reading this. I had to be careful to learn how they sounded before I could get solid low end in a mix. I went back and forth between headphones, some 2.1 computer speakers, and my home theater system a lot because I know what those sound like. After learning how they sound, it's easier to mix on them. They tend to be a little bit harsh to my ears; fatiguing after listening for extended periods of time. However, the mids on these speakers are really incredible for how cheap they are. I'll deal with a little harshness to get the clarity in the mids and highs. Rokit 5's have an obvious midrange dip that drives me crazy (previous version of them). I honestly like these better than Rokit 5's. I mixed a huge 50+ track production partially on these speakers because I mixed some at home. At work I have some Mack HR8s...I have to admit that compared to the Mackie's, the 501a's don't sound that good. You can mix on the HR8's and have a pretty good sounding mix anywhere indicating they are accurate. The 501a's are a little harsh and aren't tight enough on the low end, so the tendency is to end up with a too punchy, dull mix on these. Now, if you learn how they sound, you can actually get good results. You may want to use a PAZ analyzer along with these to see your mix. I recommend these speakers for: a home studio, a second pair of speakers in addition to some nicer studio monitors, or for someone that is starting out and needs some cheapo speakers that will outperform other speakers in the price range. For the price, I think these are great. Detailed and revealing as they say.
No special features.
Solid construction, run day after day with no problem.
Great speaker for this price range.

(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)


Very Neutral Sound. I'm Surprised.

By hoovie87

from Florida

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Comments about Tannoy Reveal 501A Studio Monitor:

I?m running the Tannoys through an E-MU audio interface at my house and this review is my initial feedback after listening to them for about a week. I use a couple of Mackie 8" monitors all the time that cost $650 each. The Tannoys have more natural midbass response as well as clearer cleaner mids. The Tannoys have a paper woofer and soft dome tweeter ? which I think holds the difference. The Mackies have a poly woofer and a titanium dome tweeter. I also use the JBL LSR system with the 12" subwoofer which is a $2,500 system. I use those at work, too. Everyone agrees that they sound disappointing except that they get loud. The Tannoy reveals sound similar to the 4? KRK?s, but I think the Tannoys have cleaner and deeper low end response with the slightly larger woofer. If you mix bass heavy music with significant content below 50Hz, you may want to look into a sub. If you need a budget set of monitors that will compete; at least consider these. These things are actually quality!

(3 of 25 customers found this review helpful)


awesome....or misleading?

By jarod ganoe

from atlanta

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Comments about Tannoy Reveal 501A Studio Monitor:

Don't get me wrong I do love these monitors, a close friend in pro audio suggested them, after using them for about 6 months casually in my studio I started to realize a few things. One of the selling points on these are the applications for small studios. Since they are designed for "Small" spaces I thought they would be perfect! The sweet spot for the mids and bass even after changing the Hf trim is about 5 feet (since the bass ports are on the front). beware of placement or your mixes will not be acurate. If you have the room these speakers kick and sparkle like none other in the price range. I just wanted to share the inaccuracy of front portin


Best in class.

By JimmyEagle

from NYC, NY

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  • Clear Sound
  • Durable


    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio

    Comments about Tannoy Reveal 501A Studio Monitor:

    I've owned several "budget" studio monitors and this are the clearest, most defined monitors I've used to far. Build quality is impressive as well.

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