Monitors for Surround

Feb 1, 2013 9:00 AM, By the Mix Editors



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KK Labs DS-8

KK Labs DS-8
The KK Labs DS-8 is a powered monitor that includes DSP/Ethernet control with either analog or 24-bit/48kHz AES/EBU digital audio input connections; audio connections are via XLR. The two-way design features an 8-inch woofer and a 1-inch inverted-dome titanium tweeter powered by integral 350W and 200W amplifiers.

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Klipsch RB-61 II

Klipsch RB-61 II
The compact, passive RB-61 II monitors from Klipsch (15.4x8.5x12.25 inches; HxWxD) come in black ash or cherry woodgrain vinyl and feature a 1-inch titanium horn-loaded tweeter, 6.5-inch high-output woofer. The RB-61 II features Klipsch’s proprietary Tractrix Horn technology promising precision and clarity. The dual binding posts allow for the bi-wiring or bi-amping of the speakers.

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KRK Rokit Powered 10-3

KRK Rokit Powered 10-3
The Rokit Powered 10-3 monitor is a state-of-the-art three-way design enclosed in a compact form factor, with tweeter and midrange in a unique rotatable housing; whether they are vertical, placed on their side or wall mounted, the proper orientation of the acoustic axis can be maintained. The radically curved front surfaces minimizes diffraction and provide a wider, more natural-sounding sweet spot from the front-firing slotted ports. The tweeter design of dome and waveguide geometry coupled to the curved front baffle are optimized for on- and off-axis linearity, and the Rokit Powered 10-3 has both Low and High Frequency level controls.

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M-Audio BX8 D2

M-Audio BX8 D2
The BX8 D2 from M-Audio updates the BX Series design inside and out. Featuring 8-inch LF drivers with Kevlar cones and a 1.25-inch silk-dome tweeter with integrated waveguide (70W LF; 60W HF Class A/B amplification). Response is 38 Hz to 22 kHz, crossover at 2.2 kHz. Input sensitivity is 90 dBA at 1 meter. The 12-inch x 10-inch x 15-inch monitor weighs 26.4 pounds.

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Mackie MR8mk2

Mackie MR8mk2
The MR8mk2 from Mackie incorporates an ultralow-distortion 8-inch voice coil driver with hyperbolic curved cone profile to reduce severe cone resonances and a high-output 1-inch soft-dome tweeter with neodymium magnet to minimize distortion and handle fast transients. Each monitor includes 150 watts from precision Class A/B amplification with active protection circuits (100 W for LF, 50W for HF), while an optimally sized custom waveguide provides seamless transition of HF and LF. Adjustable HF and LF acoustic controls offer sonic tailoring to your mixing space, and flexible inputs include XLR, TRS and RCA connections.

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