Vocals come across as sounding natural and open and the sense of stereo perspective is also good with a wide sweet spot, which is particularly welcome if there is more than one person trying to listen to the mix at the same time. There’s perhaps less front-to-back perspective than with the best speakers but the bottom line is that both models are surprisingly affordable yet capable of delivering a balanced sound that you can work with for long periods and where their necessary design compromises won’t stand in the way of you producing a good mix.
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“(…) I highly recommend them, I really like the sound of these and I think Tannoy has done a fantastic job…”
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(…) I was richly impressed with the sound I got from these little speakers. The crossover is, as Tannoy claims, impeccably tuned—I didn’t notice any weird bumps or dips in frequency response in the crossover region, which is a critical one for things like sibilance in vocals and the elusive “presence” in guitars.
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These are by far the best monitoring speakers I’ve ever used, and they’ve upgraded my home workstation immensely.
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Smart, compact, practical and great sounding, the Tannoy Reveal 402s are a fantastic small home studio / desk speaker, with the best elements of both computer speakers and pro monitors rolled in, and at a realistic price, too.
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If you're looking for active desktop speakers in the Tannoy's price range, I would highly recommend adding the Reveal 402s to your shortest of lists. At their price they strike me as a veritable steal.
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It is remarkable how much sound Tannoy have managed to get out of these small speakers, which will no doubt make them popular to people working in their bedrooms or offices. (...) There is a lot of competition in the studio monitor category, however Tannoy have managed to produce these speakers with a price/performance ratio that is sure not to disappoint.
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The Reveal 402s are a compact pair of near-field
monitors, and as such a thing in its own right, I rate
them as competent. That in itself justifies the fairly
modest price tag. But here’s the kicker – the stereo
image out of the Reveals is insanely great. I don’t
know what the hell Tannoy has done to achieve this,
but it works extremely well. I reckon these things are
a hot contender for bargain of the year.
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