07.23.2009 09:18 AM
Originally featured on BroadcastEngineering.com
Akai Professional launches RPM8 studio monitors

Akai Professional has launched its RPM8 reference production studio monitors specifically intended for use with the company’s MPC music production workstations and production controllers.The RPM8 monitors made their debut at the recent Summer NAMM Show.

RPM8 studio monitors are two-way, active, biamplified, nearfield loudspeakers intended for producers, recording engineers, remix artists and other studio applications. They each feature an 8in woven Kevlar low-frequency driver with 80W RMS of continuous amplification for bass response all the way down to 39Hz. The monitors’ high-frequency system consists of a 1in silk-dome tweeter with 40W RMS of continuous amplification mounted on a custom, functionally optimized waveguide for control of directivity and reduction of unwanted early reflections.

RPM8 studio monitors contain active, fourth-order crossovers for separation and optimal power management. Their MDF cabinet is designed for low resonance, with dual ports on the front baffle for bass extension in any setting, including soffit-mounted installations. The speaker can deliver up to 113dB SPL and a frequency response from 39Hz to 20kHz and features a bicolor LED clip indicator to help spot overload conditions. The XLR-balanced 1/4in TRS inputs provide connectivity to a wide variety of source equipment.

RPM8 studio monitors are sold individually and will be available in the fourth quarter of 2009.

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