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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

Easy in, easy out, good sound. What's not to like? Order soon!

SPECIFICATIONS
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
 
3.6

(based on 37 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

68%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (33)
  • Lightweight (31)
  • Easy to use (27)
  • Good audio (18)
  • Versatile (15)

Cons

  • Poor sound quality (9)
  • Limited functions (4)

Best Uses

  • Performances (15)
  • Outdoor events / games (14)
  • Home studio (8)
  • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (7)
  • Amateur recording (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (20), Experienced (16)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Smaller but Better than expected.

I bought this to use with my Beat Buddy and Trio+ when I practice, as I thought the reproduction of the drums/bass signals would be truer rather than using one of my acoustic...Read complete review

I bought this to use with my Beat Buddy and Trio+ when I practice, as I thought the reproduction of the drums/bass signals would be truer rather than using one of my acoustic amps. It did just that. Then unexpectedly, I was asked to play a couple pieces at an adult's birthday party. I brought the Beat Buddy and this powered speaker along with my AER amp for the guitar. I NEVER do this, as I equate rythm machines and the like to beachbars and cheesy things like that. Well, it worked out great....the ESP 08 was great for a crowd of about 70...standing ovations. Which was embarrassing. For the third piece I played Leyenda/Asturias, solo Ramirez guitar only and I felt better. This is a good all around unit; if you need more power, buy bigger - I assume they are all of this very servicable quality.

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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

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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 CH

from NE

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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

      See all my reviews

      Verified Buyer

      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

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        Verified Buyer

        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

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            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

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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 PNW

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                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 SutureSelf

                  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.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  Misleading description and user manual

                  By Don Paolo

                  from Rock Island, Illinois

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                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Durable
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                  • Limited Functions

                  Best Uses

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

                    The biggest surprise here is that the unit won't handle a 1/4 inch guitar cable and an XLR mic cable simultaneously. Although the diagram in the manual, which must be for a better unit, shows two XLR inputs, there's only one.

                    There are other inaccuracies in the MF description (no side handle, etc.)

                    The best thing I can say is that it was inexpensive. But it was, after all, the Stupid Deal of the Day. It was a deal, but I was stupid for not calling with questions before I purchased it.

                     
                    3.0

                    Useful for small gigs

                    By John W

                    from Syracuse, NY

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                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                    • Bulky/Heavy
                    • Poor Sound Quality

                    Best Uses

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

                      I needed a small, self-powered monitor in the summer of 2017, so I decided to buy a used ES-08P from Musicians Friend. Right out of the box, all three wires for the (internal) IEC 320 C13 A/C had to be reattached. After reading one of the reviews here, I've been able to eliminate most of the 60Hz hum by slightly repositioning the transformer. (Since I bought it used, warranty issues weren't a concern.) This (top heavy) unit was designed for pole mounting, so I have to lay it on its side on top of an equipment bin and prop it into position with a couple of wedges.

                       
                      3.0

                      buzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

                      By robbie z

                      from cumberland, md

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                      • Poor Sound Quality

                      Best Uses

                      • Mobile DJ

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

                      I was excited and picked one of these up as a monitor for when I DJ.... it was delivered, I unboxed it, put it up on my table and was welcomed with the dreaded 60 cycle hum that everyone else mentions in their reviews. it's there, grounded... not grounded... plugged into a source unit, mixer, dj controller, not plugged into anything. guessing gemini didn't like shielding? I dunno. once you get the volume up loud enough, you can't hear it, but I know it's there.

                       
                      1.0

                      Noisy

                      By Bert

                      from N.J.

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                      Pros

                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                      • Poor Sound Quality

                      Best Uses

                      • Events

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

                      Noisy has some kind of humming sound coming from it.

                       
                      4.0

                      Surprised

                      By BaD MonKeY Tee

                      from ORLANDO

                      About Me Professional Musician

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                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                      • A bit of hum

                      Best Uses

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

                        Bought these on sale at MF / not ever sure why . They sound pretty tight and a bit louder than I expected . Theres a slight hum in them but not to bad / Over all good speaker

                         
                        4.0

                        Surprisingly clear once you tweak it a bit

                        By Alamaan

                        from Bellingham, WA

                        About Me Experienced

                        Pros

                        • Compact
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Lightweight
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                        • Limited Functions

                        Best Uses

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

                          I use this speaker mainly as a monitor and to play music from my phone in the off-times. So far I've been pretty impressed by the quality. Truth be told, you get what you pay for, so I definitely had to mess around with the EQ to get it to sound not so muffled. As a monitor I typically keep the EQ at default (5/5) but when I plug my phone I have to turn the high all the way up. A little annoyance since my bass amp seems to compete with this in clarity (of course thats a 200 difference in prices). Other than that, I haven't tested how loud I can get it but so far it seems to sound pretty clear to a point, definitely starts to muffle out at the top end but you shouldn't be using this to get that loud anyway. As a monitor is rather top heavy so if you lay it on it's side the speakers point up at around a 30 degree angle, so far I don't need more than that.

                           
                          5.0

                          Smaller but Better than expected.

                          By James E Barr

                          from Saint Helena Island, SC

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                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Events
                            • Home Studio
                            • Performances

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

                            I bought this to use with my Beat Buddy and Trio+ when I practice, as I thought the reproduction of the drums/bass signals would be truer rather than using one of my acoustic amps. It did just that. Then unexpectedly, I was asked to play a couple pieces at an adult's birthday party. I brought the Beat Buddy and this powered speaker along with my AER amp for the guitar. I NEVER do this, as I equate rythm machines and the like to beachbars and cheesy things like that. Well, it worked out great....the ESP 08 was great for a crowd of about 70...standing ovations. Which was embarrassing. For the third piece I played Leyenda/Asturias, solo Ramirez guitar only and I felt better. This is a good all around unit; if you need more power, buy bigger - I assume they are all of this very servicable quality.

                             
                            1.0

                            I would not recommend

                            By Jetfamily

                            from Vancouver BC Canada

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                            Pros

                            • Clear Sound
                            • Compact
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

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

                                The hum spoil other Wise usable little speao

                                 
                                5.0

                                Great speaker, Wish I had another.

                                By slim

                                from Alabama

                                About Me Experienced

                                Verified Reviewer

                                Pros

                                • Clear Sound
                                • Compact
                                • Easy To Use
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Amateur Recording
                                  • Events
                                  • Home Studio
                                  • Mobile DJ
                                  • Performances

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

                                  Great little speaker. Perfect for home audio, small venue performances, or as a monitor. Perfect for running a single guitar and mic through, thanks to the 2 separate channels.
                                  I only bought one, as a Stupid Deal of the day, but wish I had bought 2, and will get another one sometime, maybe a larger one next time.
                                  So far I've only played music from my phone, but will do more soon, and maybe add to this review. If your looking for something like this, don't hesitate to get one. But if your looking for more volume you might want to consider the larger speakers. But this brand is great, has excellent quality, construction, options, and value.

                                   
                                  4.0

                                  Great for home studio

                                  By Rico

                                  from LA

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                                  Pros

                                  • Compact
                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Home Studio

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

                                    I bought this for my home studio. It's not the cleanest sounding speaker, but it gets the job done at a great price.

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