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Mackie MR8 2-Way Active Studio Monitor (1x8 in.)

Flexibility, durability and a faithful adherence to basic sound engineering prove that "inexpensive" does not mean the same thing as "cheap." (35) Read 4 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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Mackie MR8 2-Way Active Studio Monitor

When you're ready to make the switch to pro studio monitors, there are many things you need to consider. For instance, it's up to you to create a mix that works on a variety of speakers-one that translates to boomboxes, home and car stereos, even headphones and portable music players. So you need monitors that deliver a neutral starting point, and sound that is clear across the frequency spectrum. You also want monitors with consistent performance, so whether you're on axis or off, cranking 'em up or turning 'em down low, what you're hearing is accurate and you want all this at a reasonable price.

Mackie MR8 Studio Monitors deliver truly professional quality and everything you need for critical monitoring - at a price that's unbelievably affordable. Wide, even dispersion means a broad sweet spot, minimizing funny dips or peaks in frequency response when you move off axis. You get superior bass extension-tight and free from distortion-so your lows pack just the right amount of punch. And to ensure the best sound possible for your setup, the MR Series monitors feature acoustic controls so you can tune them to fit your room. With their Active bi-amplified architecture, wide dispersion, ultra-flat frequency response and outstanding bass performance, you get superior imaging with impeccable clarity, for a truly inspirational, non-fatiguing monitoring experience.

Features

- Studio monitor with true Active design
- Precision Class A/B amplifiers with Active protection circuits: 100W for LF / 50W for HF
- HF and LF acoustic controls for room correction
- Balanced XLR, TRS and unbalanced RCA inputs
- Ultra-low distortion 8-inch steel frame LF transducer
- Waveguide loaded 1-inch high-resolution HF transducer
- Minimum-diffraction molded baffle for smooth, wide sweet zone
- Magnetically shielded for safe placement near computer/video monitor
- Precisely tuned for working interchangeably with other MR units
- Includes Tracktion 3 Music Production Software for Mac/PC
- MR Series monitors achieve their transparent sound quality thanks to these key design elements:

Minimum-Diffraction Molded Baffle

When it comes to baffle design, shape matters; it plays a role in how sound waves travel. Mackie's baffle is precisely molded to minimize diffraction, so sound waves radiate smoothly, and are dispersed optimally. Our precision waveguide is designed to ensure broad, even dispersion, and a smooth transition between highs and lows. The result is a crystal clear image of your mix, with an ultra-wide, even sweet spot. Whether you're in mix position or not, on axis or off, you'll always hear an accurate representation of your mix.

Amplifier Design

Amplifiers are the power behind a monitor's sound, but they can also color it. Unlike with passive monitors, Mackie amplifiers are precisely matched to the monitor design. Featuring proven Class A/B architecture, the MR Monitors' amplifiers are meticulously tuned to deliver ultra-flat frequency response, so the sound remains neutral. To compensate for room characteristics, acoustic controls allow you to adjust High Frequency and Low Frequency settings (+/-2dB). Balanced inputs allow you to get the best signal possible, but the option of unbalanced inputs mean you can connect easily to any source. And MR Monitors deliver enough power to handle the toughest source material, at sound levels beyond sane people's requirements.

Cabinet

A speaker's cabinet is more than just an enclosure-it's another component that affects the overall quality and character of the sound. The MR8's cabinet features a rear port, carefully tuned to deliver superior bass performance with no audible vent noise. Because air passes through the precisely engineered curved port easily, there is no distortion, and no build-up of pressure within the cabinet that could affect driver movement. The rigidity of the cabinet's precision-braced MDF construction also prevents vibration, meaning your sound is always free from unwanted resonance.

Transducers

Transducers are responsible for converting your electrical signal into sound, so consistent, unwavering performance is a must if you want sonic clarity. Mackie specifically create an ultra-low distortion steel frame woofers and waveguide-loaded silk dome tweeters to work perfectly in concert with all the components in each MR monitor. You get a precisely tuned monitor that performs with impeccable consistency.

Applications

MR Series Monitors are ideal for a variety of applications. Use the MRs to empower your mixes in the studio, or to add pro sound to your multimedia, gaming or home theater system. You can even use them for a great-sounding home DJ rig. The MR5 and MR8 Monitors share the same design, so they function great together, too, making them optimal for multiple monitor setups - just add a Big Knob - as well as surround systems. For any applications where high quality sound and classic good looks are required, MR monitors are the perfect fit.

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"step up to the BIG MACkie"
Sound: crisp highs with tight bass. not quite comparable to the crispness of genelec's for example but for the price tag, i wouldn't complain... infact, just use the HF gain. Feature: standard really. it would be nice front panel accessible power switches... Ease of Use: if you can't set this up without referring to the manual, you're a noob and probably don't have monitors yet. Quality: well made, no defects really to note. upon breaking the seal and taking them out of the plastic foam wrap, i saw there was minor scuff on the rubber exterior of the woofers. on both of them. i'll take a wild guess and say this has to do with the manufacturing process and does not affect the sound what so ever. packaging was brilliant. Value: great price for great sound. comparable to monitors twice their price. Manufacturer Support: can't really comment. never needed yet. The Wow Factor: hey, i bought em right? Overall: i would really like easy to access power switches... in the front really.
Style of Music: drum n bass, jungle, dubstep, hiphop
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Sound: the sound of these are amazing you can hear everything from the lows to high. sound quality is amazing and they are transparent and simply amazing...for these montiros to hit hard and great quality you need great cable (got the mogami cables) and that is everything for these speakerrs to perform at optimum precising. Feature: got some setting on the back but didn't use em.. Ease of Use: plug n make sure they are plugged.... Quality: heavy and feel well built like studio monitors should. Value: great for the price range.. The Wow Factor: black and slik desing...flashy Overall: will be satisfied with these monitors long time to come...use em for the studio and will use them when i go commercial..
Style of Music: hip hop rap reggeaton r&b and sould
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