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M-Audio Studiophile BX8a 130-Watt Bi-Amplified Studio Reference Monitors  

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    Powerful accurate performance on a budget.

    Featuring refinements on the highly acclaimed BX8 monitors, the M-Audio BX8a Studiophile Studio Reference Monitors are the ideal solution for high-end monitoring in your home studio. The BX8a features an 8" low frequency driver with curved Kevlar cone with damped rubber surrounds and high-temperature voice coils that deliver amazingly full, clear bass. The tweeters are 1" natural silk domes that minimize ear fatigue while delivering crisp, accurate highs. Integral cabinet and electronic engineering work together to further enhance bass response and overall efficiency. 130W bi-amped power and expertly tuned crossovers.

    Features

    • 2-way powered studio reference monitors
    • Stylish design
    • 130W of power
    • 8" LF drivers with curved Kevlar cones, damped rubber surrounds, and high-temperature voice coils
    • 1" natural silk HF drivers
    • Magnetically shielded
    • XLR balanced and 1/4" balanced/unbalanced inputs
    • Power indicator

    Order today and enjoy complete confidence in your mix monitoring.

     
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    4.5

    (based on 26 reviews)

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    Great for DJs

    I bought these to get more serious about my psy trance mixing and they have been a great investment so far. I've had them for about 2 months now and I can already hear...Read complete review

    I bought these to get more serious about my psy trance mixing and they have been a great investment so far. I've had them for about 2 months now and I can already hear my mixing improving quickly. Now I can hear the smallest mistakes I make and when a mix is even slighly off key. If you sound good on these your set will be dynamite on a full size PA which covers up many minor mistakes DJs make due to having less fidelity.These are the least harsh of all the monitors I have auditioned in the price range. They are certianly not flat across the board and that is a good thing in my opinion. I hate the intense highs of similarly priced KRKs which are only suited to recording and not listening. And although I would never listen to rock music on these BX8s they are amazing for recreational listening with any type of electronic. They excell at trance but fall a bit short on warmth with house music. I don't have the sub so I cant comment on what potential they have for jungle. Some more adjustments would be nice such as a HF adjustment knob or a LF boost switch. Also I feel the sub is grossly overpriced and did not buy it. Nor do I feel it is needed with the BX8's but it would be a welcome addtional if the price was right. If you can grab these while on sale then I highly recomend them to any DJ that wants to step up and hear what he is really mixing.

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    Short term speakers... not long term

    These speakers were great for a year and a half to two years. Then all of the sudden one of the speakers starts to crackle. Shortly thereafter the other one starts to crackle. ...Read complete review

    These speakers were great for a year and a half to two years. Then all of the sudden one of the speakers starts to crackle. Shortly thereafter the other one starts to crackle. Now they're both useless and the warranty has expired. I will be contacting M-Audio to find out if they will repair the speakers or if they have parts so I can do so on my own.
    I would not buy these again.

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    2.0

    Short term speakers... not long term

    By jersee

    from VA

    Pros

      Cons

      • Crackle
      • Short

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio
      • Short Term

      These speakers were great for a year and a half to two years. Then all of the sudden one of the speakers starts to crackle. Shortly thereafter the other one starts to crackle. Now they're both useless and the warranty has expired. I will be contacting M-Audio to find out if they will repair the speakers or if they have parts so I can do so on my own.
      I would not buy these again.

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      5.0

      great

      By Freak i.v.

      from L.A.

      I score film among many other things. many of my friends that are professionals love these things as well as I. It all depends on your ear and what you like. I have to say I have had many monitors and I could hardly stand them for the reasons my head hurt after a short time. With these I can work all day with small breaks in between. These speakers dont lie i mix and master in them and when i go to my car or any other system what i did in the studio is what i get on the car stereo. you dont have to spend tons of money. You just have to know what your doing.

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      5.0

      A whole new sound experience!

      By Luis-lPol0

      from Puerto Rico

      I just got these today for my Korg Triton Studio to replace my old 150W keyboard amp, and I have never hear my Triton sound so rich. I have them connected to a Behringer mixer and they are incredibly great for the price. I read other reviews talking about how they don't have controls to adjust the volume/treble/bass but usually you have these connected to a mixer. No problem at all with the bass output it sounds very good without additional sub-woofer. They rock my room, and excellent output for those low freq notes.I hooked up my Ibanez acoustic-electric guitar and the sound was very clean and good.

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      5.0

      Excellent value

      By John-zc.oB

      from Arizona

      This is our first set of real studio monitors. These are an exceptional value presented at this price, especially with free shipping. We do rock mostly, and needed something to amplify a drum machine and keys in our bedroom studio (as well as some recording down the line as we build the studio piece by piece). These do the job very well. They are MUCH more than loud enough to handle this job. While listening to music, I have cranked them up very loud and they remained exceptionally clear, no distortion whatsoever. However, and maybe this is just my ears being accustomed to my cheap car stereo speakers that don't reproduce sub-100Hz frequencies well, but they seem to boost the low lows (less than 100Hz) and cut the upper lows and low mids a touch. The kick drum in pre-recorded music jumps out of the mix, whereas the bass guitar might be a little bit overshadowed. This also depends on the recording. The physical size of these monitors was larger than I was expecting and the free stands that came with them are perfect and surprisingly heavy duty. If you're looking for something to fit on a desk next to a computer monitor, these are too big.

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      5.0

      Great product

      By dedmonwakin

      from Florida

      I bought these last week, and I must say that these studio speakers are great for casual listening and mixing instrumentals only with moderate bass. I strictly use these for final mixing on my part then send them to a second party for professional mastering. They do a great job for what it's worth, and to be honest, the only way to really get the best results is to try your finalized music out through your car/home/and headphones after mixing music through these bad boys. I found that many other linear speakers I've purchased still require a little bit of tweaking through other devices anyways, (unless there high end professional studio monitors, but this is an occasional exception) Regardless, well worth the money, and gets the job done.

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      4.0

      Great for DJs

      By Otento-16KIA

      from pittsburgh

      I bought these to get more serious about my psy trance mixing and they have been a great investment so far. I've had them for about 2 months now and I can already hear my mixing improving quickly. Now I can hear the smallest mistakes I make and when a mix is even slighly off key. If you sound good on these your set will be dynamite on a full size PA which covers up many minor mistakes DJs make due to having less fidelity.These are the least harsh of all the monitors I have auditioned in the price range. They are certianly not flat across the board and that is a good thing in my opinion. I hate the intense highs of similarly priced KRKs which are only suited to recording and not listening. And although I would never listen to rock music on these BX8s they are amazing for recreational listening with any type of electronic. They excell at trance but fall a bit short on warmth with house music. I don't have the sub so I cant comment on what potential they have for jungle. Some more adjustments would be nice such as a HF adjustment knob or a LF boost switch. Also I feel the sub is grossly overpriced and did not buy it. Nor do I feel it is needed with the BX8's but it would be a welcome addtional if the price was right. If you can grab these while on sale then I highly recomend them to any DJ that wants to step up and hear what he is really mixing.

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      5.0

      BX8a 130-Watt Bi-Amplified Studio Reference Monito

      By Wayne-IUSNt

      from Connecticut

      This pair of monitors is an outstanding buy for the price. All of my mixes have been accurately translated when played back on consumer systems. The key is to have the studio room environment tailored to minimize reflections and allow the BX8a's to perform as designed. Highly recommended!

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      5.0

      Impressed!

      By Non.Original

      from Pittsburgh

      Lets keep it real. These are my first pair of studio monitors and I am more than pleased. I think I might have been happy enough with the BX5a's but wanted to make sure I was getting more than enough when I bought these. These babies have very good bass, mid and high response. If your ballin on a budget, buy these. You won't regret it.

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      5.0

      WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      By Recordingfreak

      from Houston

      These monitors are the best i have ever heard these are top of the line i cant believe the quality. A MUST HAVE IN THE STUDIO

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      5.0

      I Make lots of cash with these

      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

      My wife bought these for Christmas one year cause she wanted to get something big for my home studio, and after a couple of what do you need in there questions she decided to buy these. They were awesome when I plugged them in and they are even better now cause they make me money in my studio.

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