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Kali Audio LP-8 Studio Monitor Review



In this video I review the Kali Audio LP-8 studio monitor from Kali Audio. You can finds the specs of the LP-8, application of the studio monitor, and find out why it was one of if not the best studio monitor in it’s class.

Now when I used to watch reviews of people who were very opinionated about products I couldn’t understand why they were so opinionated but I get it now. When I was in search of my next pair of studio monitors the only question I really had was are these for me or not?

So on today I am going go over the specs of these monitors and I am going to be opinionated to help that person out that is wondering if these studio monitors are for them.

The LP-8 is an 8 inch studio monitor from Kali Audio from California and is priced at $249 and they also have a 6 inch version for $149.

The Term LP stands for “Project Lone Pine.” Kali names all of our product lines after towns in California.

Studio monitor has a 1 inch tweeter and a 8 inch woofer. It also has bass port on the front that is wide, and the design of the bass port is designed to give a smooth bass sound that is tight. This good if you want to put the monitors right up against the wall.

The frequency response of the monitor is 37 Hz – 25 kHz and the frequency range is 45 Hz – 21 kHz.

On the back of the monitor first you see a diagram of different placements of the studio monitor. These diagrams refer to these dip switches. According to which spot you want to place the monitor, they have suggested dip presets that give you the best frequency response in that situation.

When I first got the monitors it took me a little bit to find out which worked best for me. I do have this studio desk so at first I had the dip switches on diagram 4 which has the studio monitor on top of a console but I had to make some adjustments since I had it right against the wall as well.

The monitors have a RCA input, a Quarter-inch TRS input, XLR Input, Volume knob, AC cable port and power switch on the back.

Now before I give my opinions I think that context is really important, so you know where I have come from studio monitor-wise and the reasons why I wanted/need this type of monitor.

I have worked with many different types of studio monitors in past and this was great buy for music production but as well as for mixing.

I first had the first generation KRK Rokit 8’s, I had the Mackie MR8 Mark II’s, the JBL LSR305’s, the Avantone Mixcube. Out of all of the monitors I have just named these monitors are way better than all of them maybe except for the mixcube in the mid-range.

Low-end is amazing, and if you ever watch any other reviews other than this one, you will see that this is understood across the board. The bass port on the front of the monitors is designed very well and no matter how loud you turn up these monitors the low end always sounds good, it’s never too overbearing, and I don’t think you’ll find yourself in a situation where you need a subwoofer. This is where the KRK Rokit 8’s did poorly, I felt like no matter what you did the bass was always in your face.

The best part of the monitors for me is the stereo image, the STEREO IMAGE. When you master on these monitors or do anything where you are really playing with the manipulation of the stereo image you hear everyyyything. When I’m watching a movie on Netflix and something is way in the background or behind me, I find myself turning around thinking that noise I just heard was in the studio with me. I have had some of my friends come over and work on songs and they all practically mention the fact they can hear the positions that specific instruments are in the mix regarding the stereo field.

I do a lot of music production in the urban world, a lot of hip hop, trap, r&b and the 8 inch woofer plays a major part of that. I mix more than I produce nowadays and these monitors are very good even for mixing. Now at the price range that they are you would be pretty surprised of how good these monitors sound in the low range and in the high range. Now they are good in the mid-range as well but like any most monitors at this price range with 2 drivers the mid-range is the area where it get’s a bit complicated. For the mid-range I have paired it with the Avantone Mixcube so I can hear more clearly there.

There aren’t too many downsides I can talk about it with these monitors other than the power button being on the back but every other studio monitor I’ve had so far it’s been on the back. I will say that I have had to get used to these monitors to begin with. I was so used to the low-end on the Rokit 8’s and the Mackie MR8’s that when I moved to these I notice I was pushing the low-end way too much for my liking with my previous monitors.

If you are shopping for 8 inch studio monitors in the $250 price range by these. These serve great for your main monitoring speakers or if you want to use them for your second monitoring speakers they do a great job in presenting the audio in a smooth flat way that is clear and concise, they help make music production and editing much better and easier.

These are a great pair audio speakers for anyone who wants upgrade from any entry level monitors or for anyone who has only used a 5 inch monitor but wants to upgrade to a 8 inch monitor.

I think these monitors sound awesome and amazing and I swear by them and they are the best pair of monitors that I’ve had to daily drive. Now if you are in a small room these monitors may be little much but they do provide the low-end that you may need if you deal with a lot of bass, sub-bass or 808’s.

I love these monitors especially for the price that they are and the quality that they provide.

If you have these monitors jump in the comments below and give your honest opinion about them. If you are in the market for 8-inch monitors and you don’t want to spend too much, try these out.

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