Ears-On Review of the Technical Pro MRS-6
The Technical Pro MRS-6s may be ultra budget friendly, but everyone that laid eyes on the pair I set up in the office were impressed with their looks. The 6" woofers are housed in large, wood-like cabinets. These are not your mom's bookshelf speakers that disappear into the background. These are big, in-your-face, "look-at-me" powered speakers with a glossy baffle, chrome-rimmed tweeters, and bright yellow speaker cones.
While billed as "Studio Monitor Speakers," the MRS-6's are really what I consider to be multimedia desktop speakers. They could be used for mixing music and soundtracks for video projects, but they are not flat reference monitors (to learn more about flat reference monitors, check out this B&H Insights blog post). The Technical Pro MRS-6's are better suited for casually listening to music at your workstation, or for your home-entertainment system.
In a rather unscientific test, I set the MRS-6's up in the B&H blog team's "War Room" (a tiny office large enough to hold five seated adults and a single computer). The MRS-6's only come with a standard stereo RCA cable, so I had to bring my own RCA to stereo mini-plug Y-cable in order to plug in my iPod. Their footprint is pretty large (they're 15" tall, 9.5" wide and 8.5" deep), but what you give up in space you gain in the fullness of the sound.
I chose a melodic folky song from my iPod (the Fleet Foxes' "White Winter Hymnal") and hit PLAY. Our editor, Howard Gotfryd, was immediately impressed with the flatness of the sound quality, while blogger Marc Spiwak felt it was somewhat boomy sounding due to the fact that the speakers weren't placed in a proper listening environment. I then informed them that the MRS-6's were very reasonably priced. With this little tidbit of information they were both pretty surprised. We all felt that for the price, this is one heck of a nice sounding powered-speaker system.
The Technical Pro MRS-6 comes with a built-in, 40-watt amplifier, which resides in one of the speakers. An included 10' bare-wire speaker cable connects the second speaker to the primary one with the amplifier. The primary speaker with the built-in amp has RCA audio inputs and knobs for volume and tone control. A cool-looking blue LED light glows from the side of the primary speaker. The included stereo RCA cable is 44" long.
If you need powered speakers to mix music and sound design for video, but you don't have anywhere near the budget needed to get good-quality reference monitors, then I think that this system is a great compromise to hold you over until you can afford a better one. If you're just looking for a big pair of speakers to play some music on, then the 40-watt amplifier and large cabinets contained here would do a good job of that.
Technical Pro also makes a version of this system with 8" speakers and a 60-watt amp (the MRS-8), 5" speakers and a 30-watt amp (the MRS-5), and 4" speakers with a 25-watt amp (the MRS-4). They didn't forget to build a powered subwoofer either. The MRS-10SUB features an 8" woofer with a 100-watt amplifier for bigger sound.
If you have any questions about any of these systems, or anything to do with professional monitoring, we encourage you to post it in the comments section.