Kali Audio LP-8 V2 Studio Monitor
The Kali Audio LP-8 V2 Studio Monitor is the most advanced speakers in its class. Everything about it was designed with one goal in mind: to help you get exactly the mix you're looking for. No matter your genre, format, or audience!
The Kali Audio's LP Series studio monitors are designed to allow you to hear every detail that's happening in your mix. This starts with an exceptionally accurate frequency response. Whatever is present on your mix is what you'll hear in these monitors. Nothing is boosted or suppressed to cover flaws or try to sound more pleasing. With the LP-8 V2, you can mix with more confidence, and you can also be assured that your mix will translate as best as possible to whatever systems your audience is using. The V2 goes even further, utilizing a more robust DSP for an even flatter frequency response on the top end. With improvements in the noise floor, output level, frequency response, and distortion, the V2 are the best monitors you can buy for under $500/pair.
The LPs have always been praised for their accuracy, and we’re pleased to share that the V2 versions realize slight but noticeable improvements in that regard, particularly on the top end. Full resolution measurement data is available below. The data chart may be imported into REW for viewing.
Kali Audio defines a listening distance as the maximum distance at which the speakers can play continuously at 85 dB while maintaining 20 dB dynamic headroom. This means that anywhere within that listening distance, you can listen for long periods of time at reference volume, and momentary peaks such as bass drops or explosion effects will come through clearly and with minimal distortion. The LP-6 has enough output for most 1-2 person setups, and the LP-8 can handle larger setups easily. Full output specifications, along with maximum listening distances, can be found in our user’s manual. Bass on the LP-Series monitors is delivered by larger magnets and larger voice coils than any comparable speakers on the market. This gives you more accurate bass response that extends lower, so you can dial in exactly the low end sound you need. Bass response is not boosted or overhyped, but you can be sure that you’re hearing the bass that you have on the track. Protective limiters prevent harmful voltage from ever reaching the drivers, so there is no risk of blowing these speakers. These have been updated for the 2nd Wave, allowing for 3 dB higher output.
Ease Of use
A speaker’s given position in a space can drastically change it’s frequency response. A speaker placed against a wall or on a desk will sound very different than a speaker placed on a stand, even in a well-treated space. Hard surfaces like walls, desk tops, and recording consoles can change the low end frequency response of the monitor, and degrade the overall clarity of the sound. Happily, most of the common positions are fairly predictable and easily corrected. Kali’s team did our Boundary EQ tuning at The Village Studios in Los Angeles, and came up with boundary compensation EQ settings to help you get the optimum sound for where you need to put your speakers. For the 2nd Wave, the boundary EQs have been updated for using the speakers on a desk with monitor stands. Combined with the LF and HF trims, this will ensure that the speakers sound their best no matter what room you’re mixing in, or where the speakers are placed.
3-D Imaging Waveguide
The waveguide on the Lone Pine Series studio monitors ensures that the directivity of the loudspeaker is smooth throughout its frequency response. What’s more: it’s calibrated so that the sound power of the loudspeaker helps you to perceive sound accurately. In practical terms, what this means is that you’re hearing spatial details in the recording that allow your brain to place elements of the recording in the space around you. This gives the speakers a more natural, lifelike feel that exposes more of the detail of the material that you’re working on. This level of detail makes it easier to make critical decisions, as well as making these monitors pleasurable to mix on and listen to in general.
Low Noise Port Tube
We wanted to put a port on the front of the LP-Series studio monitors so that they could be used in small spaces where they’d be placed against walls. At the same time, we didn’t want noise from the front port to distract from the accuracy of the speaker, so we developed a special front port that doesn’t make noise. On most port tubes, air leaves at different speeds from different points of the opening, creating noisy turbulence. This turbulence can be heard as “chuffing,” or an audible air sound coming from the monitor. This sound will add to the noise floor and obscure the details of the low end. The port tube was designed to ensure that all of the air leaves the port tube at the same velocity. This helps add to the low end response of the speaker, while keeping the bass clean, tight, and devoid of extra noise.
Kali Audio LP-8 V2 Studio Monitor Features
- 8-inch powered studio monitor with 1-inch soft-dome tweeter
- Bi-amped design with integrated Class D power amp
- Ruler-flat frequency response
- Exhibits negligible levels of distortion, a full 6dB lower than its nearest competitor
- Boasts 20dB of headroom while playing continuously at 85dB
- Large magnets and voice coils produce super-accurate low-end response and impressive low-frequency extension
- Cutting-edge waveguide design creates a massive soundstage with spot-on imaging
- Low-noise port tube yields clean, punchy bass with zero chuffing
- Boundary EQ enables you to tailor the speaker to any environment
- LF/HF trims for fine-tuning the speaker’s response
- Balanced XLR and TRS inputs, and an unbalanced RCA input
Kali Audio LP-8 V2 Studio Monitor Features Specifications
- Powered: Yes
- Power Configuration: Bi-amped
- LF Driver Size: 8" Woofer
- LF Driver Type: Paper Cone
- HF Driver Size: 1" Tweeter
- HF Driver Type: Soft Dome
- LF Driver Power Amp: 60W
- HF Driver Power Amp: 40W
- Total Power: 100W Class D
- Frequency Range: 43Hz-21kHz (±3 dB)
- Frequency Response: 37Hz-25kHz (-10 dB)
- Crossover Frequency: 1.5kHz
- Maximum Peak SPL: 114 dB
- Input Types: 1 x XLR, 1 x 1/4" TRS, 1 x RCA
- Features: DIP Switch Room EQ Settings and HF/LF Trim
- Enclosure Type: Front Ported
- Enclosure Material: Vinyl-wrapped MDF
- Height: 16.5"
- Width: 10"
- Depth: 11.25"
- Weight: 19.8 lbs.
Kali Audio LP-8 V2 Studio Monitor Features Includes
- 1x LP-8 V2 Studio Monitor
- Power Cable
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