Last time, we covered the affordable powered mixers that Yamaha had to show at the Audioversity conference.

Today, we’re going through the speaker options. Yamaha has four series of speakers in the affordable category: the MSR, BR, Club, and DSR series. Each series offers a choice of 10”, 12” or 15” cone configurations, in varying wattages with different features. So let’s get to it:

MSR Series:

The MSR is a mixer, poweramp and speaker all-in one offered in a 100, 250, 400 (225 LF/75 HF) watt version and an 800 watt sub. The MSR100 features an 8” speaker, the MSR250, a 10”, MSR400, a 15” and the MSR800W, a 15”. So, needless to say, these speakers are designed to be small, light, and portable, but still powerful. Each in the series offers Yamaha’s crystal clear sound with built-in EQ and a simple easy to use interface.

The MSR100, for example, has 1 XLR input and 2 1/4” TRS ins, a 1/4” link out for connecting to another in the series, two-band shelving EQ. It weights just 24.2 lbs. The MSR250 bumps up the package with asymmetrical cabinet design, a 1” HF compression driver, onboard level control, and a clipping indicator. The MSR400 takes it even further by adding a bi-amplified 2 way system, optimum matching of amplifier and speakers, a 1.75” compression driver and phase accurate crossover.  Two XLR ins, one balanced line input, and the ability to add as many additional MSR400’s as you need as monitors or mains, and you’ve got a seriously powerful scalable system. MSR400s can be stacked, pole-mounted, or flown. The MSR series ranges from $300 MSRP to $800, so it’s a perfect choice for small solos or duos, acoustic venues, or houses of worship.

Yamaha MSR400 Loudspeaker

The BR Series

The BR series is your bread and butter affordable club series passive (not powered) monitors and speakers that don’t break the bank. They offer up 10”, 12”, and 15” monitor versions ranging from $250 to $370 and the choice of a 12” or 15” speakers in the $340 to $380 range. The BR12M, as an example has a 600W peak power handling, 97 dB sensitivity, a 1” titanium compression driver and weighs in at roughly 34 pounds. Designed for medium scale venues, the BR series is a great option for bands, rehearsal studios, schools, and small clubs.

Yamaha BR Series Loudspeaker
Club V Series

Next in line is the Club series which boasts all wood cabinets – which is becoming more and more rare out there, but as most sound guys worth their salt will tell you, as you run further up the power meter, nothing but wood will do…errr…get your mind out of the gutter.

There’s lots to choose from in the Club series in terms of configurations, so the important thing to know is you’ve got all top-class parts and enclosures, built-in tweeter protection, and A-type models for flying. Built for rough and tumble louder and bassier environments (i.e., gigging DJs, louder bands, and higher output clubs) the Club series offers up some really solid construction that are hand assembled with sturdy handles and pole sockets. The drivers are custom made by Eminence Speaker Corporation for durability and long life. Upgrades in the V series include improved bass performance, better power handling, stronger grilles and dual Speakon and 1/4” connectors. Speakers in the Club series range from $329 to $600.

Yamaha Club Series Loudspeaker
Lastly, and a series that Mark Rush from Yamaha admitted, didn’t entirely belong in the “lower money” category is the DSR series – Yamaha’s powered speaker line. However, when you consider that powered speakers save you a ton of money on an amplifier, they are still are great choice for people looking for value.

Yamaha calls the DSR series its “next generation active loudspeakers.” You can really start to think about these as speakers for the digital age, as they incorporate a 2-way speaker with 1300W Class D amps and wider dispersion horns with some of the things we are used to seeing only in digital mixers, like 24 bit AD/DA converters and 48 bit DSP (digital signal processing). The AD/DA converters take analog signal from dual channels, convert it to digital and then sum them inside the processor, which results in improved S/N ratio. Yamaha’s D-CONTOUR DSP monitors output level and adjusts the control of each frequency band for ideal balance.

The DSR series is really a speaker designed to integrate our analog lives with all the digital mixing we do now, resulting in increased clarity and depth that might otherwise be lost. These do sound amazing when you’re parked in front of them. Most importantly to some, they are SMOKING LOUD – with a max SPL of 134 dB to be exact. The DSR series cost range is $800 to $1500, dependent on configuration.

Audioversity’s classes were rockin’ and it was great to get to see and hear Yamaha’s new pro audio stuff. Yes – even a little guy can afford Yamaha pro audio stuff now. And between the combo speaker/mixer boxes and the powered mixers and speakers, there are plenty of options for you to stretch those gig dollars or integrate new stuff with your older PA. So, get to configuring. It’s never been easier to own a kick-ass rockin’ PA that is light and portable and won’t kill your bank account.

Find out more about Yamaha’s affordable PA solutions at Yamaha’s Pro Audio site.

Originally posted 2011-09-19 04:30:26.