Genelec Intros 8010 Compact Monitors

genelec-8010-monitors2014 NAMM Show: Genelec have announced the newest member of the 8000 series monitors, the Genelec 8010.

Genelec 8010 is a compact monitor, designed for small studios, OB vans, and mobile work.


  • Excellent response and SPL (96dB) despite size of cabinet (195 x 121 x 116mm)
  • 8000-series standard room calibration controls
  • Aluminium chassis, protected drivers
  • Bi-Amplified w/efficient Class D power amplifiers
  • Intelligent Signal Sensing circuitry fitted, which can be bypassed if desired
  • Compatible with a wide variety of Genelec mounting accessories
  • Universal input voltage for traveling audio professionals
  • Balanced XLR input
  • Compatible with 7050 Subwoofer

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Alto Professional Black Series Speakers: ‘Immense’ Power, iOS Remote Control

Alto_Pro_Black15_loudspeakerAlto Professional is shipping its new Black Series, a complete line of “top-level” loudspeakers and subwoofers, powerful speakers with wireless capability, and immense built-in power.

Black loudspeakers are available in 10-inch, 12-inch, and 15-inch models (pictured, right), and feature a 1.75-inch high-frequency driver and Class D power.

Designed and tuned in the USA, each Black loudspeaker comes optimized with a 90° x 60° coverage field and a high-frequency waveguide. Black loudspeakers come equipped with wireless technology for remote control via the Live Drive speaker app for iPhone and iPad, which will be available (free) from the App Store next month. Continue reading

M-Audio Debuts the M3-8: Three-Way Fun In a Two-Way Space

M-Audio_M3-8Today M-Audio announced the availability of their new 3-way M3-8 studio reference monitor.

Featuring an innovative inline design and superior imaging, the compact M3-8 delivers an “immersive” audio experience with dedicated low-, mid-, and high-frequency drivers, each with its own dedicated amplifier.

M-Audio Product Manager, JC Sutherland, explains,  “One of the biggest upsides to having a three-way design is accuracy in the lower mid-range frequencies — M3-8 has a dedicated driver for that often-muddy range, which can be too high for a woofer and too low for a tweeter to handle. M3-8’s three-way coaxial design successfully addresses that challenge.”
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Akai Unveils New Studio Reference Monitors

Akai_RPM500Akai Professional has introduced two new studio reference monitors, the RPM500 and RPM800.

Both monitors offer distributed Class A/B amplification, with ultra-efficient power while ensuring minimal distortion. RPM500 provides 90 watts total, with 50 watts dedicated to its 5-1/4 inch woofer and 40 watts to its silk-dome tweeter; RPM800 offers 120 watts total, with 80 and 40 going to the woofer and tweeter, respectively.

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New Yamaha HS Series Monitors Introduced at Musikmesse

Yama-HS-series03Yamaha introduced the second-generation HS Series studio monitor and subwoofer series at Musikmesse 2013 in Frankfurt, Germany. The extended, revamped lineup features a new 6.5” monitor.

Improving on the original HS line, launched in 2006, the new HS series feature new transducers that achieve smooth response over a wide bandwidth and ensure the accuracy of signal reproduction throughout the audio spectrum. By upgrading to a 1″ tweeter (from the previous3/4″ models) the new monitor series provides an extended frequency range and delivers high-resolution sound. Yamaha engineers have optimized the HS powered monitor and subwoofer monitor system for a variety of music production environments. Continue reading

Behringer Intros NEKKST Monitors, Designed by KRK Founder

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At the 2013 NAMM Show, Behringer introduced the NEKKST K5 and K8 near-field monitors, developed by monitor designer and founder of KRK, Keith R. Klawitter.

The new NEKKST monitors feature a means of switching between studio tunings, as well as DSP correction, multiple analog and digital inputs, along with iOS and Bluetooth.

Both models come with 1″ silk dome tweeters and glass fiber cone woofers; 8″ and 5″ respectively. Continue reading

IK Multimedia Intros iLoud Portable Monitors


2013 NAMM Show: IK Multimedia has announced iLoud, stereo speakers designed for portability.

The iLoud line consists of two models, iLoud and iLoud MINI, both of which they say provide ‘sonic accuracy that’s on par with professional studio monitors’. The iLoud model offers 40W RMS of power, and its little brother, iLoud MINI,12W RMS. Continue reading