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M-Audio BX8 D2 Active 130W 8" 2-Way Studio Monitor Speaker (Pair)

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Product Highlights
  • 8" Kevlar Woofer
  • 1.25" Silk Dome Tweeter
  • Integrated Waveguide
  • Class-A/B Bi-Amplified Design
  • Rear-Ported Design
  • XLR and 1/4" Inputs
  • Magnetically Shielded

The BX8 D2 Active 130W 8" 2-Way Studio Monitor Speaker (Pair) from M-Audio provides excellent sound quality in a compact and affordable design. Each cabinet houses an 8" Kevlar woofer and a 1.25" waveguide-loaded tweeter to provide a full, detailed frequency response. An optimized bass port on the rear of each cabinet extends low frequency response for terrific bass punch and clarity.

The drivers are powered by a pair of Class-A/B internal amplifiers with a combined power of 130W for a strong performance. The rear panel of each cabinet offers XLR and 1/4" input connectors for terrific versatility. An easy-to-use volume control knob is also provided. Each cabinet is magnetically shielded for safe use near video monitors and other electronic equipment without interference.

Compact design is ideal for home, project, and mobile studios
The large 8" Kevlar woofer and 1.25" waveguide-loaded tweeter provide a wide frequency response and detailed audio reproduction
The tweeter is isolated from the rest of the enclosure to minimize distortion. The integrated waveguide provides a wide sound stage and excellent imaging characteristics
The optimized rear bass port extends low frequency response while minimizing compression and turbulence
The Class-A/B bi-amplified design provides 130W of total power for a strong performance with low distortion and high headroom
XLR and 1/4" input connectors allow you to connect to a variety of sound systems and devices
Convenient volume control on the rear panel
Magnetically shielded for safe use near video monitors and other electronic equipment
Each speaker has an isolation pad that decouples it from your table or desk to reduce vibrations and reflections
Type Active, 2-Way, Bass-Reflex
Low Frequency Driver 8" (203mm) Kevlar Woofer 1
Please Note:

Positive signal at + input produces outward LF cone displacement

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High Frequency Driver 1.25" (32mm) Silk Dome Tweeter
LF Amplifier 70W
HF Amplifier 60W
Crossover 2.2kHz
Frequency Range 38Hz - 22kHz
Maximum Sound Pressure Level (SPL) 90dBA
Signal to Noise Ratio > 100dBA
Connectors 1 x Power Input
1 x XLR Input
1 x 1/4" TRS Input
Input Impedance 20 kOhms, Balanced
10 kOhms, Unbalanced
Controls and Indicators 1 x Volume Control Knob
1 x Voltage Selector Switch
1 x Power Switch
Cabinet Vinyl-Laminated MDF
Protection RF Interference, Output Current Limiting, Over Temperature, Turn On/Off Transient, Subsonic Filter, External Mains Fuse
Shielding Yes, Magnetic
Power 115-230VAC, 50/60Hz
Dimensions (HxWxD) 15 x 10 x 12" (381 x 254 x 305mm) (Each Speaker)
Weight 26.4 lbs (12kg) (Each Speaker)
M-Audio BX8 D2 Active 130W 8" 2-Way Studio Monitor Speaker (Pair)
  • 2 x Power Cords
  • 2 x Isolation Pads
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    M-AudioBX8 D2 Active 130W 8" 2-Way Studio Monitor Speaker (Pair)
     
    3.9

    (based on 14 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

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    77%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good audio (7)
    • Versatile (4)
    • Durable (3)
    • Great sound quality (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home studio (7)
      • Amateur recording (5)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Experienced (5), Novice (3)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      GREAT bang for the buck !!!

      I am someone who does solo recording of my music through my computer, utilizing only a MobilPre preamp and a GuitarPort as my sole pieces of "outboard" gear. Though I...Read complete review

      I am someone who does solo recording of my music through my computer, utilizing only a MobilPre preamp and a GuitarPort as my sole pieces of "outboard" gear. Though I have been a guitarist/singer/songwriter for close to 36 years now, this is actually my first pair of studio reference monitors. I have, by both choice and necessity, mixed through quality headphones for years without any using any "reference monitors", and done quite well considering. I just always utilized all my other playback options (car, home stereo,friends stereo's, Ipod, etc..)to proof my material. With a recent renovation to my little "micro-studio", I decided to finally incorporate monitors into the "mix" (sorry, couldn't resist). I gambled that the BX8-D2's would be more than ample enough for my needs...and that's a bet that I WON !!! WOW !!! All I can say is that they are all I could have wanted/needed and more !!! These things put out incredible, clear, uncolored sound, with all the sub frequencies of a subwoofer, making the bottom end VERY present in the room.They are WELL worth their price, and I would encourage anyone who might be on the fence regarding the step-up in size(to 8" speakers) costing them a few extra dollars they might not have (like me), that those few extra "dollars to inches" mean the world of difference if you need true/deep bottom end. Otherwise you will just end up with what I like to call a "REALLY good bookshelf speaker"One drawback to this speaker, which I purchased despite the highlighting of it in many reviews (positive and negative), is the slight buzz you hear while there is no playback. It was stated that it was invisible during any type of playback, so I took the chance. I will say that though it is there slightly in mine, they are right that it is undetectable during playback.So,given the MOUNTAIN of sound these speakers offer, at the incredibly reasonable price per pair, when compared to those big name "big money" monitors we'd all love to have (but can't near afford), I'd say these are well worth the investment !!!

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Unbearable buzz

      I bought these to use as bedroom computer speakers. When they are pumping out music, the quality is phenomenal. Great sound, great clarity, great bass.

      They have one...Read complete review

      I bought these to use as bedroom computer speakers. When they are pumping out music, the quality is phenomenal. Great sound, great clarity, great bass.

      They have one fatal flaw: a very noticeable buzzing when there is no signal being provided. As soon as they turn on, and even if no input is hooked up, there is a distinct buzzing that has been absolutely driving me crazy. The volume know on each monitor does nothing to correct this, so it's not an amplification of signal white noise. It's loud enough that I can hear it over low-volume playback, or at pauses in the song. I tried getting used to it, but just can't deal with it, and I'm not going to turn both monitors off every time the music stops. This is a widely reported problem elsewhere, and other users report that warranty service cannot correct the error.

      These are going back for a different model.

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      3.0

      Nice product with attitude.

      By Lee

      from Bayonne, NJ

      Verified Buyer

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        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about M-Audio BX8 D2 Active 130W 8" 2-Way Studio Monitor Speaker (Pair):

            Great sound, nice looking too. The other pair is quieter than the other. If you turn the volume to say 50, the other pair should be 75 to match. And the blue power led light is on and off. Too heavy to return for exchanged.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal

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            5.0

            Nice monitors crisp clean sound

            By Gold Collar

            from Chicago, IL

            About Me Value Oriented

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Great Sound Quality
            • Solid Flat Accurate Sound

            Cons

            • Bass Port Rear Of Speaker

            Best Uses

            • Recording studio

            Comments about M-Audio BX8 D2 Active 130W 8" 2-Way Studio Monitor Speaker (Pair):

            I use these in a small recording studio setup for near field monitoring. Great solid sound, loud with minimal loss. Cons - bass outlet at rear of speaker if you have a smaller space positioning may be a problem, however I knew this before purchasing so still a 5 stars for me.

            • Primary use:
            • Business
            • Computer Platform:
            • PC

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            5.0

            Value sounds wonderful!

            By kissfrenchy

            from Minneapolis

            About Me Quality Oriented

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Great Sound Quality

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about M-Audio BX8 D2 Active 130W 8" 2-Way Studio Monitor Speaker (Pair):

                I bought a second pair of these monitors for a B-Room at my studio. Excellent dollar to sound quality ratio. I actually very much like these boxes as I don't need a sub, and like the famous NS10's these have a sound all their own. You get a lot for what you pay for, and these are fantastic!

                • Primary use:
                • Personal
                • Computer Platform:
                • Mac

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                4.0

                Get Rid Of The Stickers !

                By Troach

                from Salt Lake City, UT

                About Me Quality Oriented

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Great Sound Quality

                Cons

                • Unremovable Stickers

                Best Uses

                • Edit Room

                Comments about M-Audio BX8 D2 Active 130W 8" 2-Way Studio Monitor Speaker (Pair):

                The speakers are an excellent value, and for the price hard to beat. The major downside is that MAudio insists in putting those red stickers on the front of their speakers "NEW Next-gen monitor..." They CANNOT be removed cleanly and leave a sticky crud or damage whether using solvent (which melts the paint) or heat gun which when hot enough to peel sticker, affects the paint. I have had three sets now with the same crummy stickers. Leave it alone MAudio, don't trash up your nice product.

                • Primary use:
                • Business
                • Computer Platform:
                • PC

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                GREAT bang for the buck !!!

                By The Rhythm King

                from Hayward, Ca

                About Me Professional Musician

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Durable
                • Easy To Use
                • Versatile

                Cons

                • No Speaker Grille Covers

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Events
                • Home Studio
                • Mobile DJ
                • Performances
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about M-Audio BX8 D2 Active 130W 8" 2-Way Studio Monitor Speaker (Pair):

                I am someone who does solo recording of my music through my computer, utilizing only a MobilPre preamp and a GuitarPort as my sole pieces of "outboard" gear. Though I have been a guitarist/singer/songwriter for close to 36 years now, this is actually my first pair of studio reference monitors. I have, by both choice and necessity, mixed through quality headphones for years without any using any "reference monitors", and done quite well considering. I just always utilized all my other playback options (car, home stereo,friends stereo's, Ipod, etc..)to proof my material. With a recent renovation to my little "micro-studio", I decided to finally incorporate monitors into the "mix" (sorry, couldn't resist). I gambled that the BX8-D2's would be more than ample enough for my needs...and that's a bet that I WON !!! WOW !!! All I can say is that they are all I could have wanted/needed and more !!! These things put out incredible, clear, uncolored sound, with all the sub frequencies of a subwoofer, making the bottom end VERY present in the room.They are WELL worth their price, and I would encourage anyone who might be on the fence regarding the step-up in size(to 8" speakers) costing them a few extra dollars they might not have (like me), that those few extra "dollars to inches" mean the world of difference if you need true/deep bottom end. Otherwise you will just end up with what I like to call a "REALLY good bookshelf speaker"One drawback to this speaker, which I purchased despite the highlighting of it in many reviews (positive and negative), is the slight buzz you hear while there is no playback. It was stated that it was invisible during any type of playback, so I took the chance. I will say that though it is there slightly in mine, they are right that it is undetectable during playback.So,given the MOUNTAIN of sound these speakers offer, at the incredibly reasonable price per pair, when compared to those big name "big money" monitors we'd all love to have (but can't near afford), I'd say these are well worth the investment !!!

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                1.0

                Disappointing

                By retrospectproductions

                from Seattle, WA

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                  • Unreliable

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about M-Audio BX8 D2 Active 130W 8" 2-Way Studio Monitor Speaker (Pair):

                    The speakers sound good*

                    * - There was a constant ground hum in both speakers - without any input, just power. I tried different power sources, but I came to find out that this is a persistent issue with these speakers, so I sent them back, coughed up a bit more money and got the Yamaha HS80M's.

                    My advice, don't waste your time on the BX8's...spend a little more and get the Yamaha's.

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                    5.0

                    no complaints

                    By clp

                    from georgia

                    About Me Novice

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Clear Sound
                    • Compact

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Home Studio

                      Comments about M-Audio BX8 D2 Active 130W 8" 2-Way Studio Monitor Speaker (Pair):

                      great sound and great price.

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                      2.0

                      Unbearable buzz

                      By Sam Boyko

                      from Brooklyn, NY

                      About Me Novice

                      Pros

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about M-Audio BX8 D2 Active 130W 8" 2-Way Studio Monitor Speaker (Pair):

                            I bought these to use as bedroom computer speakers. When they are pumping out music, the quality is phenomenal. Great sound, great clarity, great bass.

                            They have one fatal flaw: a very noticeable buzzing when there is no signal being provided. As soon as they turn on, and even if no input is hooked up, there is a distinct buzzing that has been absolutely driving me crazy. The volume know on each monitor does nothing to correct this, so it's not an amplification of signal white noise. It's loud enough that I can hear it over low-volume playback, or at pauses in the song. I tried getting used to it, but just can't deal with it, and I'm not going to turn both monitors off every time the music stops. This is a widely reported problem elsewhere, and other users report that warranty service cannot correct the error.

                            These are going back for a different model.

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                            4.0

                            Great monitors

                            By bda312

                            from New Jersey

                            About Me Experienced

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Clear Sound
                            • Versatile

                            Cons

                            • Buzz

                            Best Uses

                            • Amateur Recording
                            • Home Studio
                            • Video editing

                            Comments about M-Audio BX8 D2 Active 130W 8" 2-Way Studio Monitor Speaker (Pair):

                            4 1/2 stars. Great price for monitors that go for 450+ anywhere else. They sound good and give nice clear response. I have them hooked up to my MBP with a Blackjack Onyx as a pre amp. Use it for video editing, voice over work, and guitar...Some of my lower quality MP3's (As expected) dont sounds so hot on them. The only semi problem I have with these is a buzz they give off, which might be a grounding issue. I am going to order a Furman surge protector and see if that fixes the problem.Over all a solid buy at $ . I would recommend these for anyone looking for entry level monitors on a budget.

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                            4.0

                            Fantastic monitors for the price.

                            By OBCblackhawk

                            from Richfield, OH

                            About Me Novice

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Clear Sound
                            • Durable
                            • Versatile

                            Cons

                            • Limited Functions
                            • No Eq

                            Best Uses

                            • Amateur Recording
                            • Home Studio
                            • Seated Listening

                            Comments about M-Audio BX8 D2 Active 130W 8" 2-Way Studio Monitor Speaker (Pair):

                            I am not using these for monitoring, but was recommened these by a friend of mine that does plenty of editing.

                            Anyhow, these have great high end extention and a fairly flat response range with a slight midrange boost maybe. They also have a strong low end and generally just sound great accross the whole range. However, geting into the sub freq they attenuate very quickly below 38hz or so. Which is to be expected from the 8" driver, so I will likely be supplementing in an active sub and crossover eventually. I may even get the M-audio woofer as it is more or less designed to be used with these.

                            One other rather annoying issue I have with these is the fact that they do have a noticeable hiss however it becomes completely unoticable in use.

                            Aside from all of that the construction seems very sturdy, although I found it slightly worrisome that there isnt an external heatsink for the amplifiers and the enclosure does become rather warm in use.

                            All in all, for what I paid for these I cannot complain as they sound great and don't require external amplification.

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                            5.0

                            Absolutely perfect speakers

                            By Jim

                            from Los Angeles, CA

                            About Me Professional Musician

                            Pros

                            • Clear Sound
                            • Durable

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about M-Audio BX8 D2 Active 130W 8" 2-Way Studio Monitor Speaker (Pair):

                                I was almost the first one who bought a set of these speakers from B&H last year. Absolutely clear sound with a bit of extra (but very solid) low end. My pair was a great match and never had a problem for a year. I use these more often than my favorite Yamaha HS80. Now at B&H's lower price of $ (I paid $ last year and it was still cheaper than other competitor's), heck I would buy one more set.

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                                4.0

                                Good but defective out of the box

                                By frnz

                                from Boston, MA

                                About Me Experienced

                                Pros

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Home Studio

                                    Comments about M-Audio BX8 D2 Active 130W 8" 2-Way Studio Monitor Speaker (Pair):

                                    Just got these and set them up today along with a Focusrite 2i2. I was super pumped to hear them, but when i connected and sat down to listen, it was horrible. I listened to each monitor individually and found that one was a LOT quieter and needed the volume to be almost maxed out to equal the other speaker at half volume. I jiggled the plug and found it would be the proper level if positioned just right. I double checked with another cable and: same problem, which means the xlr jack on the monitor is defective. I assume I could get around the problem by just using a 1/4" TRS plug but I don't have one so I have taped the XLR cord to pull it into the right position.
                                    Another reviewer had the same problem and I'd like to know if it's also the jack.

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                                    5.0

                                    Incredible Monitors

                                    By MW Recording

                                    from Cleveland, OH

                                    About Me Experienced

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Clear Sound
                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Versatile

                                    Cons

                                    • Bulky/Heavy

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Amateur Recording
                                    • Home Studio
                                    • Professional Recording

                                    Comments about M-Audio BX8 D2 Active 130W 8" 2-Way Studio Monitor Speaker (Pair):

                                    When I was looking for new monitors, I began looking at the KRK Rokit 8's. They were recommended by a friend. I couldn't believe how much better the BX8's were! These are extremely flat and perfect for mixing! Great bass response too. They are definitely on par with $1,500 JBL monitors that I have mixed on. Best thing you can get in this price range!

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                                    3.0

                                    sound great,...but

                                    By Rieff

                                    from Lubbock, tx

                                    About Me Experienced

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Clear Sound

                                    Cons

                                    • Breaks Easily
                                    • Unreliable

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Amateur Recording
                                    • Home Studio

                                    Comments about M-Audio BX8 D2 Active 130W 8" 2-Way Studio Monitor Speaker (Pair):

                                    They sound great, but the pair i received is not matched, one is nearly 10dB quieter than the other. I've leveled them out with the volume knob on the back. But I shouldn't have to do that. I would send them back, but I'm to broke to afford the shipping on those heavy buggers.

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