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    Monoprice 8-inch Powered Studio Multimedia Monitor Speakers (pair)
    Product # 605800
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    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 45 Hz ~ 22 kHz
    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

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    Can you use the XLR and TRS inputs at the same time? I have two different audio sources I would like to connect.
    New User U on Jun 28, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: If you use both consider that the active device playing music is also trying to deliver signal voltage INTO the inactive music source and may suffer in terms of signal voltage (i.e. low volume) and/or signal quality (i.e. bass and treble imbalance). There are auto-sensing switchers available that keep one source on until the alternate source becomes active and then switches over to that source - or just get an inexpensive stereo preamp with the usual Selector, Volume, Bass & Treble controls. Try eBay if you don't want to spend too much money.
    Are these bluetooth?
    A shopper on Jan 17, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: No. They require both a power cable (included) an audio cable (not included). Very nice speakers.
    Do these monitors require power? Can then be used with a custom amp and not plugged into outlet?
    A shopper on Dec 5, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: They have their own amp built in. As with all audio equipment, I would recommend using a power conditioner but that is not required.
    I am looking for speakers through which I can play my electronic drums and keyboard ("live" or "in real-time"). I have tried this previously through a home theater receiver (connected to passive speakers), but the receiver/amp had too much latency to play through it in "real-time" (it really throws off your rhythm). Has anyone tried playing an electronic musical instrument through these speakers in "real-time"? When doing this, is there noticeable latency? Thank you in advance.
    Matthew E on Nov 18, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: Hi, Matthew. I don't know what other components you have in your setup. The latency that you had experienced would not have been caused by an amp or receiver- or the speakers. These are studio monitor speakers and are not suitable for sound reinforcement - which is what you need to play live. Yes, these speakers go loud and sound good, but you should be considering another type of powered speaker system like the Monoprice Stage Right Series. These are much more suitable for live sound. Hope this answers you query. Henry K
    Does this product work with usb? I'm looking for something I can plug my computer into specifically, and I want to be sure if I need a head unit/usb audiobox.
    Josh L on Apr 4, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: These will not work directly with USB. You will need a USB audio interface in order to use you laptop with this or you can use the right audio cables to use the headphone jack on your laptop. I recommend a USB interface, as it can be more useful and give better control of these monitors. Keep in mind that that the only cables that ship with these monitors are power cables, so you will need to purchase either 1/4 inch or XLR to hook them up, depending on what interface you choose.
    how to connect to iPod?
    A shopper on Dec 30, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: You will need an adapter cord that has a stereo 1/8' plug on one end, and splits into 2 cords with either an XLR male plug, or a 1/4" TRS phone plug on this end. You will control the volume with your iPod. These are very nice speakers and i use them to mix songs in my recording studio
    In what country are these monitors manuhactured?
    Daniel C on Sep 25, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: Per the provided documentation and packaging, in China.

    But, I'm very satisfied by the build quality and the obtained sound from these.
    A shopper on Apr 22, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: Yes and no... I am running these with a Sunfire TrueSub. I have the RCA's going from the unit, to the inputs on the sub, then from the sub to the speaker's.
    As long as your sub has low level inputs, you should be good.
    And the sound is incredible alone, and even better with the sub!
    Any recommendations for brackets to mount these to a wall?
    Jeffrey M on Jul 12, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: I thought the same thing as well. You will need to go on to Amazon and look for a wall mount speaker carry to hold the speaker. Because you won't be able to attach a wall mount to it. Unless you custom it? I hope this helps. Think outside of the box!
    Is there SPL Vs Freq graphic somewhere?
    New User U on Sep 8, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your interest in this reference monitor system. We are currently working on additional technical data for all of our studio monitors.
    4.7 / 5.0
    148 Reviews
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    Fantastic for big rooms. Sound great when turned up loud
    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.

    PROS: * fantastic bass

    * clear treble

    * great value

    * great build quality

    CONS: * i wish they had grills

    * popping noise when shut off
    November 30, 2015
    Wow... and I mean "WOW!"
    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..

    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.
    March 16, 2016
    Worth The Money???
    Similar looking to M-Audios! They sound really good by them selves and even better when used with a pair of KRK Rockit 6's!!! I have been around M-Audio BX8's for a few years and these monoprice speakers sound very similar! Thats a good thing!! BUT, unlike the BX8's, monoprice's 8's have a frequency adjustment knob on the back THATS AN ADDED PLUS!!! Helps in tuning the sound in your studio work space!! If you have a real padded room turn the HF Level to +1db!!! They have a good low frequency response and a good high frequency response. They came in perfect condition and right on time! Simply put, I am amazed at the quality with the price! Lets see how long they last! Yes they get loud as hell! But never turn your monitors up real loud for to long if you want them to last keep that gain knob on half ) unless you got it like that! I own a pair of monitor ones over 15 years old!!!

    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 : /
    Surprisingly good for mixing.
    I bought a pair of these monitors as an impulse buy, the sale price was too good to pass up. I guess I figured that even if they weren't usable for mixing, I could use them for some other use - an extra pair of speakers for the TV or a bedroom stereo perhaps. I have worked in professional studios for many years and have my own reasonably equipped studio at my house so I'm familiar with the concept of near and mid-field monitors and have used some of the best available. In my home studio I have NS-10, and Genelec 1031A's - plus a set of Event ASP's that I thought might be comparable to the Monoprice speakers (more than the other's I have at any rate). I had been having some issues with the ASP's and thought I'd replace them at some point anyway. Since I do the majority of my mixing on NS10 and check the mixes on the Genelecs, I thought the monoprice would be good for some more real-world checking of my mixes.

    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...
    July 25, 2016
    These are GREAT speakers.

    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.

    Good appearance.

    CONS: Last half octave of bass is weak. ( 40hz)
    January 29, 2014
    BEST VALUE on earth
    ive been searching for high quality studio monitors for the past four months. like every day I look online, and relook at the same links. thru the search, ive picked up a pair of eris E8s and a pair of Rockit6s. they are great. but these monitors from monoprice are absolutely the best deal. best value. they stand toe to toe with my Presonus' and Rockits. again, with that being said, ive owned mine for about 2-3 weeks and hope they last a few years or more. monoprice shipped them double boxed and were safely delivered. trust. ill say it again, trust. you can trust these guys.

    PROS: solidly built.

    quality FLAT sound

    multiple type of connections

    CONS: none.

    I do however, hope they have a long shelf life (with normal use)

    we'll see in a couple of years.
    April 22, 2015
    Zero quality control
    It kills me to rate these a 1, because they really do sound great. The issue is the extreme popping when turning off the power, even with all sound sources powered down and the volume all the way down. When I asked Monoprice whether this would damage the speakers, they were concerned enough to RMA them. The first pair of monitors only had one with the issue, but the two replacement pairs I've received had the issue in all monitors straight out of the box. Monoprice refuses to open the box and test before shipping, which means that they will very soon surpass my original cost in shipping charges alone. If your monitors pop when powered off, know that Monoprice does not consider it normal behavior and recommends replacement under warranty.

    PROS: Sound amazing, great features

    CONS: No quality control, sending back my third set, all with the same issue
    May 17, 2015
    I just hooked these up in my home recording studio. They are sitting next to my Genelec 8030A's, which I have been mixing on for about 7 years. The MonoPrice speakers are a great addition. They lack a little in the midrange, compared to the Genelecs. But they are really nice sounding. REALLY NICE :) I don't think I would have any problems using them as my only mixing speaker. For under $250 for a pair of monitors these are outstanding. Way to go MonoPrice! I can hardly wait to see what other products they come out with for recording studios!

    PROS: Good looking speakers. Finish is excellent. Solid and heavy.

    CONS: None yet.
    January 11, 2014
    8-inch Powered Studio Monitor
    I took a chance and ordered these to use in my home studio and I have to say I am pleasantly surprised with the sound of these things. For $250/pair they are awesome! Even listening to my favorite CDs sounds amazing, it's like I'm hearing them for the first time again. Unfortunately though, ordering these from Canada is quite a bit more expensive, however, they're still almost $200 cheaper than a pair of M-Audios or KRK Rockets.

    PROS: Price


    CONS: Shipping & Duty fees to Canada
    December 16, 2013
    Flawed right out of the box
    After using them for a while, I couldn't stand the loud popping sound these speakers make when turning them off (even when all sources AND the speakers themselves are turned all the way down). Any pro audio tech will explain how this will cause wear on the speakers. I ended up returning them for a pair of new ones via RMA.

    Right out of the box the new speakers do the exact same thing. Not good.

    Anyway, I love how they sound, and love how they look. Unfortunately, I can't recommend them for serious use due to that one issue.

    PROS: Sound good

    Look good

    CONS: Popping sound when turning the speakers off will likely cause long term damage
    June 11, 2015
    Response from Monoprice

    Thank you for your review and truly sorry to hear about your experience with PID 605800. May I ask what device you are connecting to your speakers? Does the issue persist when testing with a different device or switching out the cable? Also, would you be able to send a video of the popping when powering off the speaker? Thanks in advance!

    Gisselle B.
    Tech Support
    November 18, 2016
    Monoprice Administrator