When you’re ready to make the switch to pro studio monitors, there are many things you need to consider. For instance, it’s up to you to create a mix that works on a variety of speakers -— one that translates to boomboxes, home and car stereos, even headphones and portable music players. So you need monitors that deliver a neutral starting point, and sound that is clear across the frequency spectrum. You also want monitors with consistent performance, so whether you’re on axis or off, cranking ’em up or turning ’em down low, what you’re hearing is accurate. And you want all this at a reasonable price.
Mackie MR8 Studio Monitors deliver truly professional quality and everything you need for critical monitoring at a price that’s affordable. Wide, even dispersion means a broad sweet spot, minimizing funny dips or peaks in frequency response when you move off axis. You get superior bass extension -— tight and free from distortion -— so your lows pack just the right amount of punch. And to ensure the best sound possible for your setup, the MR Series monitors feature acoustic controls so you can tune them to fit your room. With their Active bi-amplified architecture, wide dispersion, ultra-flat frequency response and outstanding bass performance, you get superior imaging with impeccable clarity, for a truly inspirational, non-fatiguing monitoring experience.
MR Series monitors achieve their transparent sound quality thanks to these key design elements:
Minimum-Diffraction Molded Baffle: When it comes to baffle design, shape matters; it plays a role in how sound waves travel. The MR8 baffle is precisely molded to minimize diffraction, so sound waves radiate smoothly, and are dispersed optimally. The precision waveguide is designed to ensure broad, even dispersion, and a smooth transition between highs and lows. The result is a crystal clear image of your mix, with an ultra-wide, even sweet spot. Whether you’re in mix position or not, on axis or off, you’ll always hear an accurate representation of your mix.
Amplifier Design: Amplifiers are the power behind a monitor’s sound, but they can also color it. Unlike with passive monitors, these amplifiers are precisely matched to the monitor design. Featuring Class A/B architecture, the MR Monitors’ amplifiers are meticulously tuned to deliver ultra-flat frequency response, so the sound remains neutral. To compensate for room characteristics, acoustic controls allow you to adjust High Frequency and Low Frequency settings (+/-2dB). Balanced inputs allow you to get the best signal possible, but the option of unbalanced inputs mean you can connect easily to any source. And MR Monitors deliver enough power to handle the toughest source material, at sound levels beyond standard requirements.
Cabinet: A speaker’s cabinet is more than just an enclosure -— it’s another component that affects the overall quality and character of the sound. The MR8 cabinet features a rear port, carefully tuned to deliver superior bass performance with no audible vent noise. Because air passes through the precisely engineered curved port easily, there is no distortion, and no build-up of pressure within the cabinet that could affect driver movement. The rigidity of the cabinet’s precision-braced MDF construction also prevents vibration, meaning your sound is always free from unwanted resonance.
Transducers: Transducers are responsible for converting your electrical signal into sound, so consistent, unwavering performance is a must if you want sonic clarity. Mackie specifically creates ultra-low distortion steel frame woofers and waveguide-loaded silk dome tweeters to work perfectly in concert with all the components in each MR monitor. You get a precisely tuned monitor that performs with impeccable consistency.
Studio monitor with true Active design
Precision Class A/B amplifiers with Active protection circuits: 100W for LF / 50W for HF
HF and LF acoustic controls for room correction
Balanced XLR, TRS and unbalanced RCA inputs
Ultra-low distortion 8-inch steel frame LF transducer
Waveguide loaded 1-inch high-resolution HF transducer
Minimum-diffraction molded baffle for smooth, wide sweet zone
Magnetically shielded for safe placement near computer/video monitor
Precisely tuned for working interchangeably with other MR units