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Overview

  • Class D amplifier delivers 250W via a 10" cone woofer and 1" titanium-dome compression driver
  • Oversized 2.5" woofer voice coil with ferrofluid cooling for superior sonic performance and durability
  • Asymmetrical cabinet design plus acoustic insulation eliminates internal standing waves for pure, precise output
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A portable, compact solution for superior sound and convenience.

The MSR250 Yamaha speaker delivers the ideal blend of power, performance, features, and portability for an exceptionally wide range of applications. A redesigned class D amplifier delivers 250W of clean, dynamic power to a high-performance 10" cone woofer and 1" titanium-dome compression driver that match up perfectly for smooth, uncolored response from 55Hz to 20kHz. The woofer has an oversized 2.5" aluminum voice coil—a size you'd normally see on a 15" woofer—that contributes to outstanding sound and durability. With all this power and performance, the big surprise is how light and manageable this advanced powered speaker is.

Versatile Dual-channel Input Configuration

For extra input flexibility the MSR250 features dual input channels, each with it's own low and high equalizer controls and level control. The signals from the 2 inputs are mixed and delivered via the MSR250 speakers as well as the rear-panel line out connector, allowing convenient linking to other speakers or audio devices for easy system expansion (the MSR250 is a perfect expansion speaker for Yamaha's STAGEPAS 250M compact sound system). Input 1 has balanced XLR and phone jack connectors that accept microphone or line input, and input 2/3 is actually a mixing input in its own right with phone jack and 2 pin jack connectors.

Built for Heavy Duty Use

Although it's lightweight and easy to handle, the MSR250 speaker is exceptionally durable and will take the most demanding tours in stride. It's also designed to be used in a variety of situations, including normal upright and wedge-style floor monitor operation. There's also a built-in polemount receptacle for convenient standmounting.

Powered speakers offer many advantages over their passive counterparts, whether used on the road or in permanent installations. You don't need separate amplifiers or the extra cables and connections required, so setup is fast and easy while reliability is significantly improved. The ability to plug directly into the speaker inputs can eliminate an entire rack of amplifiers in a modest-size system. But the benefits go beyond mere convenience. Optimum matching of amplifiers and speakers involves much more than simple impedance figures, and can be a formidable engineering task given the vast number of choices available. The Yamaha MSR-series power amplifiers have been ideally mated to their respective speakers in every way possible, delivering reproduction quality that only the most stringent matching can achieve. There are also a significant number of Yamaha refinements that put these extraordinary powered speakers in a class of their own, including an original cabinet design that eliminates internal standing waves and ferrofluid- cooled voice coils for superior stability and linearity.

The MSR250 powered speakers can be used alone or in combination with the MSR800W powered subwoofer (sold separately) to create sound reinforcement systems from modest to massive that will sound superb while delivering the power and coverage you need for success in just about any venue or at any event. They look great too, and can be used as-is in many permanent installations without requiring any cosmetic cover-up. They're more than rugged enough for demanding tour applications as well.

Asymmetrical Cabinet Design

Sound bouncing around inside a speaker cabinet can have a significant effect on the sound that comes out. The biggest problem is standing waves that commonly occur between parallel surfaces. Standing waves can interfere with and color the speaker's output, thus degrading sound quality. The standard solution is acoustic insulation material inside the cabinet, which does help, but it doesn't address the underlying problem of cabinet geometry. Yamaha has gone the extra mile in designing the MSR250 cabinets, employing a unique configuration that eliminates parallel interior surfaces and therefore the root cause of standing waves. Acoustic insulation is also applied to effectively deaden the space inside the enclosure. Elimination of unwanted sound inside the cabinet means that optimum sound can be delivered to where it counts the most: your audience.

Ferrofluid Cooling

Any technology that involves power also involves heat, and this can result in compromised performance if heat generation is not effectively controlled. The current driving a speaker generates heat in the voice coil that, in extreme cases, can cause the speaker to burn out. But even if the speaker doesn't actually burn out, that heat still results in inefficiency and non-linearity that degrade overall performance. As the power and heat increase, the resistance of the voice coil increases as well, causing power compression, a loss in acoustic output that reduces the system's dynamic range. This problem is overcome in the MSR250 by placing an advanced ferrofluid in the voice coil gap, where it serves to conduct heat away from the voice coil with much greater efficiency than air. The results are smooth, natural frequency response and dynamics as well as stable performance even under heavy use.

Features

  • Class D amplifier delivers 250W via a 10" cone woofer and 1" titanium-dome compression driver
  • Oversized 2.5" woofer voice coil with ferrofluid cooling for superior sonic performance and durability
  • Asymmetrical cabinet design plus acoustic insulation eliminates internal standing waves for pure, precise output
  • Dual inputs with independent EQ and level controls
  • Link out jack allows connection of multiple units for greater power and coverage

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MSR250 Active Powered Speaker Specifications:

  • Type: 2-way powered speaker
  • Frequency response: -10dB: 50Hz to 20kHz
  • Nominal coverage: H: 90°, V: 40°
  • Components: LF: 10" cone, HF: 1" voice coil compression driver
  • Output power: 200W
  • Maximum output level (1m; on axis): 116dB SPL
  • Processors: Equalizer (LOW: +/13dB at 60Hz, HIGH: +/-6dB at 10kHz)
  • Line input and output connectors: INPUT 1: XLR-3-31 type/Phone jack(Balanced), INPUT 2/3: Phone jack/RCA pin(Unbalanced), LINK OUT: Phone jack
  • Power requirements: 100V, 110V, 120V, 220V, 230V or 240V; 50/60Hz
  • Power consumption: 40W
  • Dimensions (WxHxD): 342 x 544.5 x 298mm (13" x 21-1/2" x 11-3/4")
  • Weight: 14.1kg (31-1/8 lb.)
  • Flying and mounting hardware: 2x M8-25
  • Pole socket: 35mm (1-3/8") to 36mm
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YamahaMSR250 Active Powered Speaker
 
5.0

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Pros

  • Durable (4)
  • Easy to use (4)
  • Good audio (4)
  • Versatile (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances (3)
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    5.0

    Amazing!

    By Worshipguy77

    from SC

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    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Loud

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Events
      • Mobile DJ

      Comments about Yamaha MSR250 Active Powered Speaker:

      These speakers are loud and very clear! I use them to DJ parties and they are plenty loud for club houses and other small to medium sized venues. There is pretty good bass response for a 12", but I always use subs. When paired with subs, I take as much low end out to keep the overall wattage down and the clarity of the highs and mids are awesome! Overall, these speakers are great! They are also very durable!! The number and variety of inputs helps make this speaker very easy to set up with different systems, and depending on what you are using it for you may not even need a mixer. Overall great piece of equipment and well worth the price.

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      5.0

      WOW! These things can't be beat

      By 1iJack

      from Venice, FL

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Performances

        Comments about Yamaha MSR250 Active Powered Speaker:

        The clarity and strength of these powered speakers really has to be heard to be appreciated. I use a lot of Yamaha audio gear and it's all this way: rock solid, durable, and clear as a bell. These are rated at only 200 Watts, but you'd guess they were twice that from the strength of the sound. In a normal noisy bar-type venue, I use one of them turned to volume of 1 (yes that's 1, not 11) and it's about all the volume the place can handle. Amazing!

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        5.0

        Great soundand value

        By Finn Finnery

        from Springfield Massachusetts

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Best For Acoustics Vocals
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Small to Medium Gigs

          Comments about Yamaha MSR250 Active Powered Speaker:

          Sounds great paired with the Yamaha mixer board. If you need deep driving bass, add a subwoofer if this is your FOH rig

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          (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          GREAT STAGE MONITOR

          By Rick K

          from Tucson Arizona

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          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Performances

            Comments about Yamaha MSR250 Active Powered Speaker:

            Paid the extra money to get this powered speaker for stage monitor use. Was worth every penney! It is so loud, I could barely turn the level up at all. Great sound, great build quality. There were other powered options out there, but I'm glad I went with the Yamaha. You will not regret paying the extra money for this loudspeaker.

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            5.0

            Great Sound, Convenient Size and Power

            By Mike

            from Southern Maine

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            Comments about Yamaha MSR250 Active Powered Speaker:

            These speakers won't fit everyone's needs but they are really great at several things. A solo performer could play a gig with just one of these if you don't need effects. You could add one as an extension if you're a solo performer with an amp (which I plan to do at smaller venues) and you could use a pair for a band if it's a not hard rock or dance music requiring big low end.
            I use a pair of these with a small Mackie board for my solo performances and plan to use them for my band also and possibly a DJ gig now and then. I wish Yamaha would put the on led in the front of the cabinet rather than the back but that's the only change I would make.
            The Yamaha MSR250 features include ample power, convenient built in mixer and convenient small size- all in a cost effective speaker cabinet that sounds really nice. The pole mount is good as is the cabinet shape that lets it sit on it's side if you want to use it as a monitor.
            I love how these sound in comparison to the many speakers I've heard other solos and duos perform with. I replaced my JBL Eons (which were quite nice and which served me well for over 10 years) with these Yamahas and these sound smoother with more headroom before feedback. They seem to have a very nice even response through the frequency range. I had less trouble dealing with the feedback on my acoustic guitar and Shure 55 vocal mic at close range than with the JBLs. I used 2 of these Yamaha MSR250 last night live for the first time and couldn't be happier with their performance.
            I have to give these a 10 because at this price I don't think you could do better. I respect QSC ( I have and love my 1450 power amp) but their similar speakers cost much more. The QSC have more power and have a reputation for road touring toughness but for performers like most of us, the Yamaha MSR models make the most sense. Guys like me, we play local, take care of our equipment and don't have big budgets or roadies. I tried a Harbinger powered speaker hoping that I could get by for much less money but the Harbinger APS12 sounded completly muddy and bad. The JBL Eon510 is prohibitively expensive and doesn't get as high reviews from users as Yamaha does.

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