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8-inch Powered Studio Monitor Speakers (pair)
Every studio, be it a professional recording studio or just a home studio, needs a good set of monitor speakers, with a flat frequency response so you can hear exactly what the recording will sound like. If this describes your own needs, then you should get a pair of these 8-inch Powered Studio Monitor Speakers from Monoprice!
These speakers are professional quality studio monitors for a flat frequency response for studio recording, mixing, and mastering duties. Each speaker is separately powered, is bi-amped with two dedicated amplifiers, and uses both balanced XLR and balanced/unbalanced TRS/TS audio input paths.
The tweeter is a 1.25" silk dome design with magnetic shielding, which is designed for a flat frequency response and accurate musical reproduction. The woofer is a 8" DuPont™ Kevlar® fiber cone with magnetic shielding, rubber surround, and a high-temperature voice coil, for long hours of high volume work.
Each monitor enclosure includes two separate power amplifiers totaling 120 watts (RMS). A 40 watt amplifier is used to drive the tweeter, while a 80 watt amp drives the woofer. This use of dual amplifiers ensures that each driver has the power it needs without compromising the output of the other driver, ensuring that the audio output remains crisp, clean, loud, and distortion free at all times.
|Speaker Type||2-way Near-Field Studio Reference Monitor Speakers|
|LF Amplifier||80 watts (RMS)|
|HF Amplifier||40 watts (RMS)|
1 XLR connector for balanced connections and 1 TRS connector
for balanced and unbalanced TRS and TS connections
|Input Impedance||10k ohms unbalanced, 20k ohms balanced|
|Sensitivity||90dBA output SPL at 1 meter with 85mV pink noise input|
|Woofers||8" Kevlar® cone with high-temperature voice coil and magnetic shielding|
|Tweeters||1.25" silk dome with magnetic shielding|
|Frequency Response||45 Hz ~ 22 kHz|
|S/N Ratio||> 100dB (typical, A-weighted)|
|Power Requirements||100 ~ 120 VAC, 60Hz or 200 ~ 240 VAC, 50Hz|
|Power Cable||IEC 60320 C13 to NEMA 5-15|
|Dimensions (HxWxD)||15.0" x 10.1" x 11.0" (38.1 x 25.4 x 27.9 cm) each|
|Weight||26.4 lbs. (12.0 kg) each|
Included in the Package:
- 2x 8-inch powered studio monitor speakers
- 2x AC power cord (IEC 60320 C13 to NEMA 5-15)
- 1x User's manual
- User's Manual (Aug 28, 2013)
DuPont™ and Kevlar® are trademarks or registered trademarks of E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company.
super wide dispersion on the JBL's basically means nothing if you can't hear the details that you could only hear when you use a high quality headphone.... MONOPRICE WINS!!?
PROS: Everything. High and Low details.
I'm using them with an SM-Pro monitor switcher ... and I need to have each monitor turned WAY down in order to get them to a listenable volume. I'm scared to see how loud these things can get!
PROS: Sound fantastic. They have a nicely defined bottom end even at higher volumes. Very smooth sound- not bright or brash. Connectors offer good flexibility. Very quiet sound floor.
CONS: pop when they are turned off. They get very hot at high volumes but didn't shut off on me after 4 hours of driving them at full volume..
If you're in a smaller (15x15) room I'd wait for the 5in model so you don't have to crank it up so much.
If you're not familiar with studio wiring (TS/TRS/XLR), don't worry, it's actually very simple. The easiest way to wire these into your iphone/ipod is like this:
* (1) 601040 1/8" TRS male to two 1/4" TS male cable - 3 feet
* (2) 5497 10ft Premier Series 1/4-inch (TS) Male to Male 16AWG Audio Cable (Gold Plated)
* (2) 7231 6.35mm (1/4 Inch) Mono Jack to 6.35mm (1/4 Inch) Mono Jack Adaptor - Gold Plated
The 601040 is a Y adapter that splits the stereo channels (from your ipod/computer/phone) into separate mono channelsone per speaker. Just play a test file to make sure you have left and right plugged in correctly. The other parts are just extension cables and couplers allowing you to place the speakers wherever you like.
PROS: * fantastic bass
* clear treble
* great value
* great build quality
CONS: * i wish they had grills
* popping noise when shut off
PROS: - Sound very similar to M-Audios BX8's! Thats a good thing!
- They cost half as much as the BX8's
- Has a HF Level adjustment Knob unlike the BX8's!!
- They look pretty nice and they feel very durable!!!
- Everything I have bought from mono price is amazingly affordable and awesome quality so I didn't hesitate to buy these speakers when I noticed they had them available!
CONS: Dont really have any cons to share : /
As far as using them for production, I think they sound great so far. My previous monitors are Alesis M1Active with 5" woofers. Very nice and I'm just mentioning them as comparison. I think these monitors sound better, definitely better on the low end and again, the high end is so crisp and bright. That really may just be because they are louder....I'm no professional, like I said.
For a hobby studio in the home at $302 out the door? No brainer!
If they fail me in the next 6 months or a year, I'll be back to revise, but right now, my opinion is high !
PROS: Appearance: Black and understated, Just like I like.
Loud! Just like I like.
Level Selector for High frequencies: +1dB, neutral, -1dB, -2dB
CONS: none noted yet
Packaged well - double boxed.
They look good, with a cool blue "On" LED on the front.
And they sound very good.
The highs are clean and crisp with no harshness.
Voices - male and female are very well presented, with just a hint of low-mid warmth (+- 250hz)
And the bass in these babies is very impressive.
The bass is not boomy or overpowering of the mids or highs, but is strong all the way down below 100 hz.
But, as all speakers do, it has its limits.
On my favorite bass test song (Michael McDonald's "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen") where we are presented with a low D below open E on the bass, that 36hz note is weak.
But, hey, you can't have everything.
All in all, there are great speakers at a great price.
I am using them in my personal home studio.
PROS: Great price.
Very good performance.
CONS: Last half octave of bass is weak. ( 40hz)
Came across these bad boys when I was buying some ethernet cables for my RedNet system. I figured I would take the gamble for the price. So far they seem to be working better than expected. The low end is definitely present but not over powering. The mids are clear and not over focused. The highs where a bit harsh at first but that seemed to remedy itself when I broke them in for about an hour or so. Also it can be my room that might need some more treatment.
For the price they make great monitors for tracking and mixing and playback. I have yet to master with these bad boys but I suspect that they will do good.
PROS: Great price for the size and quality. You would not expect the quality for the price.
CONS: LED light burns by eyes!!!!! Not really a con just thought I would leave this here.
No. These are intended to be used with a line source and not an external amplifier. I believe they have another version similar to these that aren't powered.
Maybe something like 14366 is what you are looking for.