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8-inch Powered Studio Monitor Speakers (pair)
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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

31 Reviews

85.16% of the reviewers recommend this product


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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Great Studio Speaker for making beats

  • Steez,
  •  San Diego, CA 
  • 9/2/2015 8:01:42 AM

Pros: Price, Build Quality,Sound

Cons: Power off popping Noise

Great price for a pair of studio speakers. Have these hooked up to my Mpc Renaissance and they blow anything i had out the water. If your into making hip hop, trap style beats these can push those 808s. It definitely opens up the mix and you hear things you cant on smaller speakers .Alot of my friends have the smaller Rokits 5 due to the price and these to me sound way better and you can turn these up and annoy the neighbors but even at 1/4 inch level they sound good. Like other people have mentioned the only draw back i have for these is that they pop when you turn them off. I hope that doesn't effect the life. Besides that i think any hip hop producer should consider these speakers for the house/garage studio. Professional sound and look at half the price.

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  • Nick,
  •  mesa, AZ 
  • 8/26/2015 4:26:45 PM

Pros: I bought these for my college dorm because I could not fit my larger 12in 3 way speakers
They are loud and there is so much bass
I have them set on top of foam pads and connected with a recording interface/dac

Cons: None

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