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In-depth Feature:  M-Audio Studiophile BX8 + SP-8S
Nick B writes:
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    When you consider the price, you get a lot for your money. Considering the cost of individual components (amps and speakers), the BX-8s are good value. Though will need a little getting used to for serious mix work due to their brightness. With the sub-bass unit plumbed in the sound gets more impressive and pushes a good amount of air – though on first listen it wasn’t a huge transformation – which says a lot for the bass response of the SP-8S – it’s already pretty good.

    Given my few grumbles, I’d say it’s a pretty good value system. And if you’re not in the market for a new pair of near fields – consider the sub bass unit, it’s really pretty good.

    BX-8 (pair) £429 / $599 list
    SP-8S – sub unit £399 / $499.95 list

    BX8 Specs:

  • Type: Two-way near-field studio reference monitors
  • Low-frequency drivers: 8-inch magnetically shielded mineral-filled polypropylene cones, high-temperature tolerant voice coils and damped rubber surrounds
  • High-frequency drivers: 1-inch swivel-mounted natural silk domes incorporating magnetic shielding, ferrofluid and internal damping technologies
  • LF Amplifier Power: 65W (EIA RS-490 dynamic power)
  • HF Amplifier Power: 65W (EIA RS-490 dynamic power)
  • Crossovers: 4th-order Linkwitz Riley for smooth frequency response
  • Crossover Frequency: 1.25kHz
  • Low-frequency rolloff: 6th-order filter optimizes maximum driver excursion
  • Input Connectors: XLR balanced, TRS balanced/ unbalanced
  • Input Sensitivity: 85 mV pink noise input produces 90dBA output SPL at one meter with volume control at maximum
  • Input Impedance: 20k ohms balanced, 10K ohms unbalanced
  • Protection: RF interference, output current limiting, over temperature, transient on/off, subsonic filter, external main fuse
  • S/N Ratio: > 100dB below full output, “A” weighted
  • Frequency Response: 37Hz - 20kHz
  • Power indicator: Power on/off indicator on front panel
  • Power Requirements: 115V/~60Hz or 230V/~50Hz (selectable); power via detachable 3-conductor line cord
  • Dimension: 14.97 in. (h) x 9.85 in. (w) x 11.82 in. (d)
  • Weight: 20.32 lbs./unit (without packing)

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