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Fostex 8" 3-way Studio Monitor (Pair)   

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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 frequenc...Read More

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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.

SPECIFICATIONS

8" 3-way Studio Monitor (Pair)

  • 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)
 
4.8

(based on 12 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (11)
  • Easy to use (8)
  • Versatile (5)
  • Durable (4)
  • Compact (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (10)
  • Amateur recording (7)
  • Professional recording (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (6), Professional musician (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Excellent for home studio

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...Read complete review

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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Unfortunately my set were flawed

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...Read complete review

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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5.0

Fostex 8

By 

from SLC, Utah

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Compact
  • Easy To Use

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio
    • Professional Recording

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

    These monitors provide a clear and accurate representation of the audio that I have been mixing. They have also revealed problem areas in my mix that I just wasn't hearing with a two way speaker. They stand up to the Adam A8X monitors that I have used prior to getting these and at the price I got them for, coupling these with a good sub is still under the thousand buck mark which is awesome.

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    5.0

    Awesome Practice Speakers

    By 

    from Lincoln, NE

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Compact
    • Easy To Use
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Guitar practice
      • Home Studio

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

      I bought these speakers to use for practicing guitar in my home studio. Since I have never owned a pair of studio monitors before, I really didn't know what to expect as far as sound quality and loudness. These Fostex 8" 3-way Studio Monitors by far exceeded my expectations. When I first fired them up I had to turn my equalizer down to flat on my mixing console because these speakers have such a great sound. As far as loudness goes, there is plenty for my personal taste. I have had some lengthy practices and I don't get fatigued from the sound of these speakers either. I even bought these as a restock item, so I got them for a killer price too! Thanks MF.

      Comment on this review

       
      5.0

      A Solid Set

      By 

      from Brooklyn, New York

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Durable
      • Easy To Use

      Cons

      • Bulky/Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Professional Recording

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

      These monitors are excellent at this price. Construction is beautiful, build quality is superb. Just listening to music on these is enjoyable but mixing with them there is so much clarity, especially in the midrange. I use these together with ATH-M50x and Audix PH5-SW to mix and verify the quality through an old tv speaker.

      Comment on this review

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Studio Goodness

      By 

      from Maine, USA

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Durable
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • Bulky/Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Professional Recording

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

      Great price, high quality, super clean. A definate upgrade from popular 2-way studio monitors. Improving my mixes and mastering. Gotta love it!

      Comment on this review

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Monitors

      By 

      from Caneadea New York

      About Me Professional Musician

      Ask me a question

      Pros

      • Excellent Price
      • Natural Sound

      Cons

      • none

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Home Theater
      • Professional Recording

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

      Best price on the internet. Can get very loud with no distortion.

      Comment on this review

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      LOVE these

      By 

      from Midwest

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Easy To Use
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio

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

        I spent years using reference headphones to mix recordings because I felt I couldnt afford a quality pair of monitors. My mixes suffered. I set out to get a great pair of monitors after saving for a long time and chose a pair of these. All I can say is AMAZING. From movies to music for general use to recording and mixing multiple genres these monitors are accurate and clean. Hands down the best sound I've experienced from any speakers in my life. I use them with a Focusrite Saffire Pro24 for recording/playback and Sonar Producer X3 for my DAW. Blown away. Im considering getting another pair for rear monitoring. Highly recommended

        Comment on this review

        (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Excellent for home studio

        By 

        from Northern California

        About Me Experienced

        Ask me a question

        Verified Buyer

        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.

          Comment on this review

          (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          AwesomeSauce

          By 

          from Iowa

          About Me Experienced

          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.

            Comment on this review

            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Sound Great!!!

            By 

            from morristown n.j.

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            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.

            Comment on this review

            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great Sounding Speaker

            By 

            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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