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Gemini ES-08P Active 8" Class-AB Loudspeaker 

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Low profile, lightweight powered speakers.

Powered speakers are a great strategy for many sound reinforcement challenges, and Gemini's ES line provides an economical and professional solution for DJs, bands, and other live presenters.

The ES08P features a 300W Class AB amplifier that offers an excellent mix of power and linear sound reproduction. The 2-way speaker has an 8" LF woofer and a powerful 1.2" voice coil that accurately pushs low frequencies. The tweeter is a pure titanium compression driver with a wide dispersion horn for airy and detailed highs even at large distances or angles from the speaker.

The ABS nylon fiber cabinet makes the ES series of speakers strong and durable in the face of continual use and abuse. Each cabinet also has top and side mounted handles for multiple carrying positions and options for hanging or stand mounting, so getting to the event and setting up is simple every time.

On the back panel of the ES-15P are XLR, Line, and RCA inputs with separate gain and EQ controls as well as a Mix Output. Connecting your gear and crafting the ideal sound within your environment is easy to do with precision.

The ES series was designed to be a great and versatile speaker that will last for years under continual travel and use. With all the features of speakers costing much more the ES series comes in at a definite value with all of the detail and loudness you need in your sound.

FEATURES
  • 300W power amp
  • Lightweight and rugged ABS cabinet
  • Strong bass response
  • Affordable pricing

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SPECIFICATIONS

ES-08P Active 8" Class-AB Loudspeaker

  • 2-way high power active PA speaker
    300W peak, 75W RMS Class AB built-in amplifier
    Impedance 4 Ohms
    8" LF woofer with 1.2" voice coil
    Pure Titanium 1" HF compression driver
    Linear frequency response between 40Hz-19kHz
    Wide dispersion horn with forward firing bass reflex ports
    ABS impact resistant nylon fiber cabinet
    Top and side handles for easy carrying
    Two Input channels with separate gain controls
    Mic and line XLR, 1/4", and RCA inputs
    High and Low equalization controls
    Mix Output
    Clip LED Alert
    Flyable & Stand mountable
    Unit Dimensions 11.7" x 9.7" x 17.1" (298 mm x 245 mm x 435 mm)
    Weight: 15.43 lb. (7 kg)
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GeminiES-08P Active 8" Class-AB Loudspeaker
 
3.7

(based on 30 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

73%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (28)
  • Lightweight (25)
  • Easy to use (22)
  • Good audio (15)
  • Durable (12)

Cons

  • Poor sound quality (6)
  • Limited functions (3)

Best Uses

  • Performances (14)
  • Outdoor events / games (12)
  • Home studio (7)
  • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (6)
  • Amateur recording (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (18), Experienced (11)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Compact power beyond expectation!

I've been trying my best to downsize all means of amplification. The way of the powered speakers/monitors is a great start. I started using powered monitors to play live as my main onstage...Read complete review

I've been trying my best to downsize all means of amplification. The way of the powered speakers/monitors is a great start. I started using powered monitors to play live as my main onstage guitar amp which double as my own monitor right between my mic stand and pedalboard. This has proven time and again to be the ultimate set up for me as i've been able to eliminate my backline freeing up a ton of space behind me. I first adopted this approach over 20 years ago with EV12A custom monitors up front but realized they were no less heavier/compact than an average guitar half stack (1-4x12 cab or 2-2x12 cabs with 1 or 2 50 watt heads) or stereo combo amp. These 8 inch monitors pack a wallop, are extremely easy to transport, can be paired for L & R independently, and sound awesome raw and mic'd up! I have to say these monitors were a steal for the price @ SDOTD!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Ground Hum

I wanted to use these speakers in conjunction with my stereo subwoofer, for small gigs. I tested one right out of the box. I turned it on with no inputs and with the...Read complete review

I wanted to use these speakers in conjunction with my stereo subwoofer, for small gigs. I tested one right out of the box. I turned it on with no inputs and with the volume control set to zero. When the unit powered up, I heard a ground hum similar to a hair clipper. I tested the input with a microphone, and the speaker seemed to amplify and play the sound source OK. However, the ground hum would cause my audiences to complain. I could not be sure whether the speaker I received was defective or was manufactured to a an unacceptably low standard, so I did not open the second box. I contacted Musician's Friend and they were wonderful about coordinating my return merchandise authorization. Great retailer; crummy speaker.

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(3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

NOT 300 OR 75 Watts

By Marf

from Hesperia, California

About Me Professional Musician

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Pros

  • Nothing POSITIVE

Cons

  • Not Worth it at any Price
  • Poor Sound Quality

Best Uses

  • Plug in to Walkman

Comments about Gemini ES-08P Active 8" Class-AB Loudspeaker:

At full blast these were almost as loud as my 20 year old 4 inch Yamaha 20 watt speakers. I don't know who they even make the claim for the 300/75 watts, I guess it is all Power Used and Loss as honestly, a drummer in my garage drowns my pair out even at full volume... These are not clear, clean, or remarkable in any way. Also note, they do NOT Stand up straight as in the photo as they are top heavy and angled in such a way that they cannot sit on carpet so they have to be lain on the sides... What a Joke.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Does the job.

By chc

from NE

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Compact
  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Events
    • Mobile DJ
    • Performances

    Comments about Gemini ES-08P Active 8" Class-AB Loudspeaker:

    The first unit had AC Hum with nothing plugged into it. Returned, second unit works properly with only a slight AC hum, acceptable. Unit is being used for a children's singing group; 1 solo mic and prerecorded music playback, for smaller rooms/gigs. Loud enough and decent sound.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Hum and only one mic-level input

    By Uncle Ronnie

    from West Of Chicago

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Pros

    • Compact
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Limited Functions

    Best Uses

      Comments about Gemini ES-08P Active 8" Class-AB Loudspeaker:

      These speakers exhibit an unacceptably loud hum. Although each speaker has two inputs, only one is for mic or for line. The other is all line level.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Unimpressed

      By WillGarr

      from Boulder, CO

      About Me Professional Musician

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      Pros

      • Compact
      • Durable
      • Easy To Use

      Cons

      • Poor Sound Quality

      Best Uses

        Comments about Gemini ES-08P Active 8" Class-AB Loudspeaker:

        With nothing connected there is an audible 60hz hum. If you over drive even slightly there is a loud rattle as if the cone is striking the case. Not as loud as I expected and not as useful.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Ground Hum

        By Uncle Ronnie

        from West Of Chicago

        About Me Professional Musician

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        Pros

        • Compact
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Poor Sound Quality
        • Unreliable

        Best Uses

          Comments about Gemini ES-08P Active 8" Class-AB Loudspeaker:

          I wanted to use these speakers in conjunction with my stereo subwoofer, for small gigs. I tested one right out of the box. I turned it on with no inputs and with the volume control set to zero. When the unit powered up, I heard a ground hum similar to a hair clipper. I tested the input with a microphone, and the speaker seemed to amplify and play the sound source OK. However, the ground hum would cause my audiences to complain. I could not be sure whether the speaker I received was defective or was manufactured to a an unacceptably low standard, so I did not open the second box. I contacted Musician's Friend and they were wonderful about coordinating my return merchandise authorization. Great retailer; crummy speaker.

          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Not For A Band

          By pjcorn

          from Minneapolis

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          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Compact
          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Garage
            • Playing Mp3's
            • Porch

            Comments about Gemini ES-08P Active 8" Class-AB Loudspeaker:

            I bought this little powered speaker for listening to music in my garage and on my patio.
            *Buy an 1/8" stereo male to RCA L and R male Y connector for 5.99 here on Musician's Friend (SKU 333055 000000095). That allows you to hook up your computer, or cell phone, or ipad, or ipod or virtually any mp3 player to the unit.

            It works fine for having some music on in the background. It's not for DJ-ing or live music in my opinion.

            It's very light-weight and easy to carry from room to room. It appears to be built solidly.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Sounds fine but has a 60hz hum

            By Pid

            from Maryland

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • 60 Hz Hum

            Best Uses

              Comments about Gemini ES-08P Active 8" Class-AB Loudspeaker:

              Overall the unit is well made and sounds great for it's size. The only issue is a 60Hz hum due to EMI from the power transformer. If you take it to a repair shop they can loosen the transformer bolt and slide the transformer anyway from the preamp section. Rotating the transformer also helps. Those two steps significantly reduced the hum. Note this may void any warranty.

              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Respectable sound

              By Blackwater Bill

              from Racine, WI

              About Me Professional Musician

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              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Compact
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Performances

                Comments about Gemini ES-08P Active 8" Class-AB Loudspeaker:

                These were purchased for a use in a regular venue that has a house PA. We needed a few powered speaker to use as a monitors. These sound better than good. I am impressed that they were so affordable. (SD) These will get lots of use in our trio and band. Great for a small monitor, small or stand alone PA. Worth a look, Thanks MF!

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                2.0

                Not really working

                By Django

                from WA

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact

                Cons

                • Poor Sound Quality

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Gemini ES-08P Active 8" Class-AB Loudspeaker:

                  I ordered a pair at the "Stupid Deal" pricing. SHOULD be the perfect thing for monitors, starting with the gig last weekend. One of the two works fine, albeit with a bit of hum.
                  However, the second has so much noise, whether using either of the inputs, from the mixer, that it is unusable. It is somewhat better if I plug a MIC into it directly, but that does me no good.

                  I will have to call in to MF to see what I can do about fixing it or returning it.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Compact and handy as a back-up system

                  By SurureSelf

                  from Western MA

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                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Lightweight
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                  • Power75 Watts Not 300

                  Best Uses

                  • Performances

                  Comments about Gemini ES-08P Active 8" Class-AB Loudspeaker:

                  I bought this to use as a powered foldback speaker in a practice studio. It delivers enough power for a small venue at 75 watts RMS - but while the manufacturer advertises this as 300 watts, that's somewhat misleading as it measures peak-to-peak output. (Gemini does this with its rack-mounted power amps, too...beware!) It's also handy as a lightweight rig for playing at a small venue or for public address work, although you would probably want two. Sound quality is good, with decent bass response for an 8" woofer. For the price, this is small and light enough to have as a spare, or as an alternative to a bigger rig for indoor house parties/small rooms.

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