8-inch Powered Studio Monitor Speakers (pair)
    Product # 605800
    8-inch Powered Studio Monitor Speakers (pair)
    Product # 605800
    Out of Stock ETA: 2/12/2016


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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" Kevlar 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.

    Support Files:

    Speaker Type 2-way Near-Field Studio Reference Monitor Speakers
    LF Amplifier 80 watts (RMS)
    HF Amplifier 40 watts (RMS)
    Input Connections 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 45Hz to 22KHz
    Crossover Frequency 2200Hz
    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

    33 Reviews

    86.06% of the reviewers recommend this product


    Best monitors on a budget.

    • I.S. Lewis,
    •  ,  
    • 1/6/2016 8:57:55 AM

    Pros: Good sound and build quality. Best bang for the buck.

    Cons: None so far.

    I'm a hobbyist musician and am always looking for good bargains when it comes gear purchases. I'm not well versed in production but have been looking for a pair of monitors to mix with. My initial impression of these monitors is pretty good. I've listened to higher priced sets in store, but I feel these will fit my needs for less than what I would have paid for a single comparable speaker. There is a slight hiss while on, but it's not audible even at the lowest listening levels. They do pop a little at shutdown, but it doesn't bother me. My room is untreated and more than likely not optimal. The bass response is tight an focused. The upper mids sound slightly muddy, but not terribly so. I set the hi frequency drivers at -1db while listening to some reference material. They sound really crisp and detailed, but not harsh. In fact I'm hearing things in the reference material I've never noticed before. Purchased while on sale and with a free shipping promo. At 203.87, I don't think there is a better deal out there.

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    Fantastic for big rooms. Sound great when turned up loud

    • Anonymous,
    •  Los Angeles, CA 
    • 11/30/2015 7:16:28 PM

    Pros: * fantastic bass
    * clear treble
    * great value
    * great build quality

    Cons: * i wish they had grills
    * popping noise when shut off

    I combined these with a ChromeCast Audio to build a simple, affordable, lossless hifi for the living room (see my wiring tips below). I can't imagine putting together a system of this caliber for less than $1000 if not more. The sound quality is very goodChromecast audio supports lossless and high-bitrate streaming. The only downside is that they are bigto be expected for 8in speakerswhich means they sound best when cranked up.

    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.

    Wiring Tips

    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.

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    I bought the 8" Powered Studio Monitors

    • David Retter,
    •  Gaylord, MI 
    • 11/19/2015 2:38:36 PM

    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

    I've only had these boys set up for 3 days and I'm not a professional producer. That being said, they sound great, they are incredibly loud with complete clarity. I'm feeding them from my DAW via the Native Instruments Komplete Audio 6. I am presently using them without a sub. For listening to my regular musixc collection, I like a touch more thump. I can get that with equalization, no problem there. That's not a complaint, just an observation. These monitors are very bright. Presently, I have no acoustic treatment in my room, so I have the high frequency tweeker set to -2dB and they are still very bright. Equalization also takes good care of that for general purpose listening.

    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 !

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    Awesome near field monitors

    • JeffVR4,
    •  Ronkonkoma, NY 
    • 9/23/2015 8:30:04 AM

    Pros: Excellent sound reproduction for the price.
    Amps are nice and clean.
    Strong Bass.

    Cons: Popping sound when the power is turned off.
    Slight lack of midrange.

    When I first listened to them (which was on the floor), I felt as though the mid-range was not that strong, and the bass was too strong, but after comparing them to my current monitors side by side at ear level, I actually like the Monoprice monitors better. My old monitors are TOA 3 way non amped ref monitors. Doing an A-B test side by side proved the sound replication was more realistic from the Monoprice monitors. Listened to everything from Rock, to Jazz, to Classical, to just vocals.
    If you crank up the amps too high, you will hear some hiss, but not at the 1/2 way point which works out just fine.
    I still feel the midrange is slightly lacking, but that can be expected from a 2 way monitor.
    As far as the popping sound when turning off the monitor, that is a function of the amplifier inside the speakers. Not crazy about the design of that as the woofers do move quite a bit, but it's not the end of the world. It's just a poor design of the amp. Turning the volume knobs to zero before powering down the speakers doesn't change anything, it still pops.
    Overall, I'm very happy with these monitors, and especially for the price. If you wait, they sometimes will put these on a sale. I picked them up on sale with a 10% site wide discount and free shipping.

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    Great speakers for the price!

    • Michael Termale,
    •  Smithfield, RI 
    • 9/15/2015 2:18:55 PM

    Pros: Great quality, can't get any other speaker on the market with the sonic integrity for this price. High-fidelity, plenty of volume, good low-end.

    Cons: The box is plastic instead of wood, so it may lack in resonance a little bit. I found the speaker to be missing just the tiniest bit of mid-range frequency. The highs and lows really stand out. Haven't got a chance to do a full mix on these yet to see how they translate.

    Great quality speakers. I work with high end JBL speakers producing music and television content for network television so I'm used to the highest quality audio speakers available. At home I had Event TR6 (6 inch woofers) that were supposedly tuned reference monitors. Well they sounded like crap. I replaced them with these 8" from Monoprice and there was a night and day difference in the low end, and a much cleaner, high-definition high end as well. These speakers are extremely clear with great frequency response for music and voice. The high-attenuation is a welcome feature. These speakers are very bright so I turned it down by -1db. That helped take the edge off. Quality build, doesn't feel cheap and the cones are nice.

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