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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.
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
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)
CONS: Shipping & Duty fees to Canada
PROS: Sound amazing, great features
CONS: No quality control, sending back my third set, all with the same issue
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 : /
PROS: solidly built.
quality FLAT sound
multiple type of connections
I do however, hope they have a long shelf life (with normal use)
we'll see in a couple of years.
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.
One thing I should mention beyond the actual product quality, is that shipping was incredibly fast - one day! And everything arrived well-packaged and undamaged. I didn't notice any physical imperfections of the speakers. All good there!
I did a quick A/B with my Events and was very pleased. The Events had more low end than the monoprice speakers, but just by a little. I'm talking way low, like 50 hertz. The midrange was always hyped on the Events and the Monoprice speakers were flatter. Similar hyped high end for both speakers, which I could attenuate a bit on the Monoprice. Plenty of volume and the sound held up pretty well when cranked. So, for now, I'm replacing the Events with the Monoprice and we'll see how they hold up. I will say that they're still breaking in, but already starting to sound better - a little more relaxed in the high end. I'm very impressed not only in the 'bang for your buck' factor, but just in general. Good sounding monitors. Usable for what I need them for: an extra set of fairly flat speakers to check my mixes on. So far the mixes are translating well, so I'm happy. Are they NS-10's? No, they have much more color and high and low range extension. Obviously they're not as hifi as the Genelecs, but they did hold their own against the Events (which cost a heck of a lot more $$$). I've used the smaller M-audio speakers (5") but not the larger 8" versions that people are comparing the Monoprice to, so I can't comment on that, but they are way flatter and more usable than the 5" M-audio versions which I can't really work on.
Regarding the 'popping sound' that people have commented on, I too have that issue, but it's not a big enough pop in my opinion to cause any damage to the speakers - in fact my Events had a much bigger issue with the popping that the Monoprice. It would be a nice improvement if they were muted for two seconds before powering on, but I'm not concerned about it. So, yeah, I'm impressed at this point. I've had them for a few weeks, used them about every other day. It will be interesting to see how they fare over the next few months.
PROS: Insanely inexpensive
Decent finish/build (on mine anyway)
Good input options
Very usable speakers for near-field to mid-field mixing speakers - wouldn't rely completely on them, rather have additional options.
CONS: For the price? None.
Obviously there is room for sonic improvement but in speakers this inexpensive - and these are the cheapest speakers I've ever purchased...
PROS: Good sound and build quality. Best bang for the buck.
CONS: None so far.
PROS: Good looking speakers. Finish is excellent. Solid and heavy.
CONS: None yet.