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Fostex 8" 3-way Studio Monitor (Pair)  

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  • 60W, 18W and 18W independent power amplifiers
  • Soft dome tweeter
  • 4" mid-range driver
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Three-way monitors with true tri-amp.

The PM8.4.1 features an 8" woofer, 4" midrange and 3/4" tweeter powered by a 60W, 18W and 18W independent amplifier, respectively, for wider frequency range reproduction - a first for a Fostex PM-series monitor. The built-in channel divider provides ideally overlapped frequency crossovers for smoothest connections between the drivers. The midrange and tweeter are positioned symmetrically on the Left and Right to minimize the physical height of the enclosure boxes as well as to minimize the affect of diffraction. The woofer and the midrange are housed in an individual chamber respectively inside the enclosure box to have little interference between the drivers.

Three-step level adjustments are provided for HIGH at +1/0/-1 dB and LOW at +3/0/-3dB. The diaphragm for the woofer and the midrange is highly rigid with moderate internal loss being made of highly elastic Kevlar papered by Fostex's original engineering to reproduce any type of input source. The tweeter diaphragm is UFLC (Urethane Film Laminated Cloth) soft dome type to reproduce any types of high frequencies keeping its own transparency.

Features

  • 60W, 18W and 18W independent power amplifiers
  • Soft dome tweeter
  • 4" mid-range driver
  • 8" low frequency woofer
  • 3-step level adjustments are provided for HIGH at +1/0/-1 dB and LOW at +3/0/-3 dB
  • 2 x inputs: TRS balanced and XLR balanced

Order today for a compact, professional monitoring system.

 

8" 3-way Studio Monitor (Pair) Specifications:

  • Speaker Section
  • LF driver: 8" (20cm) cone speaker
  • Midrange dirver: 4" (10cm) cone speaker
  • HF driver: 3/4" (19mm) soft dome
  • Frequency Response: 50 Hz – 25kHz (+-3dB)
  • Amplifier Section
  • Input A
  • Connector: 6mm dia. TRS phone (balanced)
  • Input Level: -10dBV
  • Impedance: 20K ohm or more
  • Input B
  • Connector: XLR-3-31 (balanced)
  • Input Level: +4dBu
  • Impedance: 20K ohm or more
  • Output Power: LF 60W, MID 18W, HF 18W
  • Controls
  • Low +-3dB at around 60Hz
  • High +-1dB at around 10kHz
  • General
  • Power Consumption: 60W
  • Power Requirement: US 120VAC, 60Hz
  • EUR/UK/AUS 230VAC, 50/60Hz
  • CHN 220VAC, 50Hz
  • Dimensions:10.6" (W) x 17" (H) x 11.4" (D)
  • Net Weight: 13.4kgs
  • Supplied accessories: IEC power cable
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Fostex8" 3-way Studio Monitor (Pair)
 
4.5

(based on 6 reviews)

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Pros

  • Good audio (5)
  • Easy to use (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home studio (4)
    • Amateur recording (3)
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    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Excellent for home studio

    By Aussie Drum Guy

    from Northern California

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    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Durable
    • Easy To Use

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Fostex 8" 3-way Studio Monitor (Pair):

      First impressions, these are solid and well built studio monitors. After a month of listening to a variety of music from my favorite recordings, I find the highs and mids are clean and accurate when set to the 0db setting. The +/- 1db high settings are very fine and a +/-3db may have been more useful for some people to adjust for room conditions. (I use a regular 11'x12' room for mixing). Some pro recordings lack a little in the highs while others are a little forward, some perfect...leading me to believe these Fostex PM841's are well balanced. They sound great on my previous home recordings.
      For my room/ears I find the +3db bass setting gives me a full punchy linear response. Really glad I got the 8" woofer, my DW Collectors kick comes through defined, not just a thump. After listening to my "flavored" Infinity home speaker system with a subwoofer, the Fostex' sound a little flat...but after a few minutes my ears adjust and the linear dynamics and flat response sound full, clean and accurate. Definitely great for long mix sessions, my hearing fatigue has been minimal. Mixes translate well to my home, car and portable sound systems.
      Power/spl is sufficient for a smooth mix, if you get to the point of overload/clipping with these, you're killing your ears anyway.
      Years ago I helped design and build custom speaker systems using Dynaudio drivers. These Fostex speakers certainly have impressed me so far.

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      (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      AwesomeSauce

      By Bogeys85

      from Iowa

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      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Easy To Use
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio

        Comments about Fostex 8" 3-way Studio Monitor (Pair):

        Amazing purchase I recommend this to everyone.

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        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Sound Great!!!

        By sparky

        from morristown n.j.

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        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Compact
        • Easy To Use

        Cons

        • none

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio

        Comments about Fostex 8" 3-way Studio Monitor (Pair):

        I bought them for my home studio and they beat my
        expectations. They sound just as clear as monitors twice the price.

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        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Sounding Speaker

        By toneclub

        from Chattanooga, TN

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Really Sweet Full Range
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Dub Step To Symphony
          • Home Studio
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Fostex 8" 3-way Studio Monitor (Pair):

          There have seen negative comments about these speaker being defective! The problem has been caused by shipping!!! If these or any speaker takes a big drop the magnets will shift and cause damage. These Fostex speakers are Double boxed and well packaged, but some times arrive damaged. This happen to me and two more where quickly shipped out to me. These speakers are really accurate and SWEET sounding. You will discover defects in songs/music you heard before, but never noticed. These speakers sound great on dub step to symphonies! I really like them. I performed frequency sweeps and everything is there, but my hearing ends at 12K. Cant go wrong!

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          Unfortunately my set were flawed

          By MCVasquez

          from Southeast

          Pros

          • Clear Sound

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Fostex 8" 3-way Studio Monitor (Pair):

              I really liked the look of these monitors and when listening casually to CDs, I was very pleased. Then I used them for solo piano monitoring and I realized that my set wasn't going to work. They would distort at low-moderate volumes on piano notes. This was apparent but less so on solo guitar. They wouldn't be usable for monitors in my setting. MF took them back and I got some JBLs instead. Those don't image as well but have no sound artifact problems

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              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Sound excellent! Had issues with mine...

              By hisroyalsucculence

              from Ann Arbor, MI

              About Me Professional Musician

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                    Comments about Fostex 8" 3-way Studio Monitor (Pair):

                    I bought these monitors for a great price when they were on sale and they were my first 3-way (non subwoofer) system. I have previous owned Mackie HR824s, which were great; NS10s which serve their purpose; and most recently Dynaudio BM5 MKIIs, Event Audio Precision 8s, and JBL LSR6328s (yes, I have a gear problem). I was only able to compare the Fostex monitors to my Dynaudios and I have to say that I love the way the Fostex's sound. The 3-way system really gives each frequency a new level of precision and separation that I had not anticipated making the Dynaudio's sound congested and squashed in the low and low mids in particular, and also overall. I had previously really liked the Dynaudio's until making this direct comparison.

                    That said, both pairs (yes, I returned TWO pairs of the Fostex) of the Fostex monitors had some issues with distortion. It sounded like the mid range speaker would distort out of box on both sets. It might have been a crossover issue. I'm not sure. But I would remove the cable from my Dynaudio's where the sound was perfect and plug it in to the Fostex monitors to hear that strange distortion. I couldn't get it to go away so I'm not entirely sure what the cause is. If you can get a pair of these working in your studio I highly recommend it. I sadly could not.

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