8-inch Powered Studio Monitor Speakers (pair)
    Product # 605800
    8-inch Powered Studio Monitor Speakers (pair)
    Product # 605800
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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.



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    Specifications
    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

    35 Reviews

    86.29% of the reviewers recommend this product

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    Wow... and I mean "WOW!"

    • Dave,
    •  Hemet, CA 
    • 3/16/2016 10:26:34 AM

    Pros: Smooth response character, warm lows, silky highs (not brittle) a seamless crossover healthy mids (not over-blown or anemic) Price (unbelievable).

    Cons: The 1kHz to 3kHz range may be be dipped out by just a few db. But, when I'm EQing, I haven't had a problem with the overall mix quality.

    I just can't say enough good about this set of monitors: Clean, responsive, warm, smooth, and flat. Until I plugged these monitors into my system, I preached the mantra, "There's no such thing as a good set of monitors that are also cheap.." I came from the school of, "Expect to spend $1000+ for good monitors." To date, I have been using a set of JBL LSR28P's: I know: they're a little on the old side, but still darn good monitors! When I saw the Monoprice advertisement that came in my email, I thought, "If anything, for less that $250, I can have another reference-choice when listening to mixes and mastered projects. But my JBL's will still be my go-to mix and master monitors." So, I ordered the pair. A couple days later, I was sitting in my control room in a state of drop-jawed awe: Right out-of-the-box, they were/are amazing! Over the course of a few days, I switched back and forth from my beloved JBL's and the new Monoprice monitors... and had to come to the realization that ego would have to take a back-seat to reality: The Monoprice monitors are now my main choice when mixing/mastering... and my JBL's will be second reference. Weird... really weird. Are there better monitors out there? Absolutely. But, they'll probably set you back about two-and-a-half grand EACH (or more... a lot more) instead of $250 for a pair. But, please take into consideration: These are near-field monitors. They have a flat, unbiased response and an accurate operating range of about 6 feet from the ear (equal-lateral triangle positioning) If you're looking for something for your home-theater system, you will probably be disappointed as these are not built for that type of application..

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    The Best Review Is Below.... Ive had them over 1 year.

    • Tommy Trenton Jr. (GMB Productions),
    •  polk city, FL 
    • 2/17/2016 9:29:15 AM

    Pros: Clarity, connections, knobs are all good quality. I compare these to the M-Audio bx8's. These monoprice speakers are like the BX-'8s less experienced brother. The price is amazing for the quality these perform at!

    Cons: A little cosmetic issues around the 8 inch speaker. Other then that I have no cons to list. They should come with monitor isolation pads as an option.

    I bought these 1 year ago (2-17-2015). It is now 2-17-2016... They sound decent by them selves. They sound even better paired with some KRK 6" Rokits... Any ways. I read in other reviews that around the speaker the shrink rap is pushed out from over torquing the speakers into the box. Same thing with mine. At first I cared but really I don't care for the price these cost me.

    Ok, I keep each speakers Gain at 0. Through my interface I can turn these up all the way as long as the bass in what I am playing isant super bassy. These mud/muffle out when there is to much bass. Not a bad thing! I had M-Audio BX8s that I could blast the hell out of no problem but they cost twice as much! But again I can not complain for the price I got these for! All around decent bass just don't turn them up all the way if your expecting clarity in the low end. Again the bass is good and well worth the money...

    The high end is pretty dang good! I can turn these all the way up and trust the high end to stay clear and be loud as heck! Some people say they lack a tad in the mid lvls. I agree. They do lack a bit in the mid lvls. But if you pair them with the KRK Rokit 6's it sounds great. They both make up for each other missing things! I would say pair these monoprice 8's with mono price 5's but I dont know what they 5's sound like, so I cant say that. All studios should have several different size monitors to reference through!

    Ok now moving on to the TRS & XLR connections on the back of these 8s. The connections are nice and tight. Of course I am using the awesome monoprice cables... The knobs on the back are nice and tight as well! They dont feel cheap at all.

    These speakers do not feel hot after using them for a long period of time. Naturally they do get warm but nothing to worry about. Its normal. I have never smelled electricity from over using these speakers or turning them up to loud. I have used these almost every single day I have had them. Literally I have put these through the test of abuse lol as well as easy listening and they perform great. I use them for simply listening to music as well as mastering vocals. I always get compliments on the quality my clients receive. I use these speakers through a Focusrite Saffire Pro 24 DSP. People should not sleep on these speakers they are worth the money. I will say this. Like any studio monitors, if you want to make these sound their best you should not set these directly on any surface. Lift these speakers a good one inch or more off the surface using monitor isolation pads. I made my own. But google monitor isolation pads and you'll see what I'm talking about. Makes a big difference!

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    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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