TANNOY REVEAL 802: Sleek and Loud

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The Tannoy Reveal 802 is a fairly new, entry-level set of studio monitors whose design, features and most importantly, sound quality are causing some heads to turn. I genuinely had a good feeling while unboxing the Reveals.

What is it?
Bi-amped with the crossover set at 1.5kHz, these monitors cover a massive frequency range from 42Hz to 42kHz. The connections are simple and have a really nice Aux-In feature that allows you to connect a computer/iPod/music player directly without the need for an external sound interface. What makes this even better is that once daisy chained, you can assign monitors left and right. At 100 watts (75 + 25), these monitors are loud. The manual says they can deliver 114dB SPL and somehow I don’t doubt that, even though I’m not really inclined to try it.

Who is it for?
Electronic music producers, definitely.

Style
I really like the look of these monitors. They are music-heavier and bigger than I’d imagined, but that hasn’t altered their sleekness in any way. I’m glad their power light is at the back, as it’s a bit too bright and would have hurt the eye if it was up front.

Usability
I worked on a mixdown on these monitors and wasn’t disappointed. I found the overall sound clean, but encountered a little muddiness in the low range. Truth be told, I’ll attribute that to the studio I was using, as it was on the smaller side without perfect acoustic treatment. I believe that in a moderately large space with basic acoustic treatment, this muddiness would not exist. That being said, I really didn’t feel the need for additional bass extension as I could hear and feel the low end quite well.

Upside
Solid sound, even better price, and sleek looks.

Downside
Not perfect in a very small room.

Final Call
Even though I was initially slightly put off by the muddiness, I would reccommend these monitors. In fact the more I use them, the more I like them. The price makes the set well worth it.

What’s in the Box Tech Specs
• 2 x monitors
• 2 x AC power cords
• Link Cable
• User Manual
• Woofer: 8 inch
• Tweeter: 1 inch
• Output Power: 100W
• Frequency Range: 42Hz – 42kHz
Approximate Price: INR 45,000 (pair)

 

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