Mackie CR8-XBT Creative Reference Series 8" Multimedia Monitors with Bluetooth (Pair)

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Mackie CR8-XBT Creative Reference Series 8" Multimedia Monitors with Bluetooth (Pair)
Key Features
  • 8" Polypropylene-Coated Woofer
  • 0.75" Silk-Dome Tweeter
  • 160W Amplifier
  • All-Wood Cabinet
The Mackie CR8-XBT is a pair of Creative Reference Series 8" multimedia monitors offering an affordable solution for powerful audio playback in home studios, production rooms, and gaming setups. With 160W of amplification driving 8" woofers and 0.75" tweeters, the CR8-XBT monitors deliver even more volume and bass than the smaller CR5-XBT.
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Mackie CR8-XBT Overview

The Mackie CR8-XBT is a pair of Creative Reference Series 8" multimedia monitors offering an affordable solution for powerful audio playback in home studios, production rooms, and gaming setups. With 160W of amplification driving 8" woofers and 0.75" tweeters, the CR8-XBT monitors deliver even more volume and bass than the smaller CR5-XBT.

The pair consists of one passive speaker and one powered speaker that connect with an included speaker cable. Each monitor incorporates a custom-tuned rear port to smoothly extend the low end and a specially designed waveguide for clarity and proper dispersion of high frequencies.

With plenty of I/O provided, the CR8-XBT can accept either a wired connection from your audio interface or computer soundcard or a wireless stream via Bluetooth from your mobile device. Either way, your music can be pumped out to the drivers or your favorite headphones.

The CR8-XBT features a download for ProTools | First and The Musician's Collection plug-in package including 23 high-quality plug-ins with BBD Delay, Eleven Lite, the 304E EQ, and the 304C Compressor.

General Features

  • For recording, mixing, sound design, gaming, and casual listening
  • All-wood cabinet with a brushed-metal front panel
  • Built-in Bluetooth receiver enables wireless music streaming from your smartphone, tablet, or Bluetooth-enabled computer
  • 3.5mm, RCA, and 1/4" inputs accommodate balanced or unbalanced stereo line-level signal from your audio interface, mixer, soundcard, or mobile device
  • Front-panel 3.5mm headphone port auto-defeats speaker output
  • 160W of amplification drive the 8" polypropylene-coated woofers and 0.75" ferrofluid-cooled, silk-dome tweeters
  • Speaker placement switch lets you choose which side to use for the on/off/volume control
  • Includes a 3.5mm to stereo RCA cable for connecting your computer to the speakers, a standard 3.5mm cable to plug in your smartphone, and a speaker cable to connect the left and right monitors
  • Included monitor isolation pads minimize boomy bass buildup and provide up/down tilt control for more focused listening

Avid Pro Tools | First and Other Included Software

Avid Pro Tools has been an industry standard in studios and homes for decades. Pro Tools | First (available for macOS and Windows operating systems) is easy enough for beginners, yet sophisticated enough for experienced musicians. Get many of the same tools used by your favorite artists and recording studios, collaborate online with anyone, anywhere, and create at the speed of your imagination.

In addition to the powerful plug-ins within Pro Tools | First, this mixer comes with the exclusive Mackie Musician Collection featuring 23 fantastic plug-ins:

  • Avid 304E EQ: Add musical warmth with a treble and bass equalizer with sweepable mid control
  • Avid 304C Compressor: Tweak the clarity, balance, and rhythmic feel of music with this optical-modeled compressor
  • BBD Delay: Create delay, chorus, and vibrato effects based on a classic guitar pedal
  • Black Op Distortion: Add rich distortion based on a classic distortion pedal
  • Black Shiny Wah: Achieve the famous classic tones of a respected wah wah pedal
  • Black Spring Reverb: Get the twang and space of a vintage amplifier
  • C1 Chorus: Emulates a classic chorus pedal
  • DC Distortion: Dial up a range of overdriven tones with this Avid custom distortion effect
  • Eleven Lite: Get the sound of popular guitar amps and speaker cabinets
  • Flanger: Create esoteric sounds with this homage to vintage and modern flangers
  • Graphic EQ: Sculpt frequencies with ease
  • Gray Compressor: Add warmth to tracks based on a vintage Ross compressor
  • Green JRC Overdrive: Get the coveted sounds of a classic IC overdrive pedal
  • In-Tune: Keep your instruments in tune with this digital tuner
  • Orange Phaser: Create interesting effects with this phase shifter based on a classic design
  • Roto Speaker: Recreate the sounds of a Leslie rotary speaker cabinet
  • Sci-Fi: Add analog synth-type ring and frequency modulation
  • Studio Reverb: Create natural-sounding reverb and ambient effects
  • Tape Echo: Add vintage analog delay and chorus effects
  • Tri-Knob Fuzz: Get the Hendrix tone with this fuzz box based on one of the first fuzz pedals
  • Vari-Fi: Create the effect of audio changing tape speed
  • Vibe Phaser: Add phase-shift and rotary speaker effects
  • White Boost: Boost gain without coloring tone
UPC: 663961059595

Mackie CR8-XBT Specs

Studio Monitor
Monitor TypeActive 2-Way
EnclosureBass-Reflex
Power Rating160 W Peak
DriversLF Driver: 1 x 8" / 20.32 cm Polypropylene Cone
HF Driver: 1 x 0.75" / 1.91 cm Silk Dome
Amplification1 x Full-Range Amplifier: Class-D160 W Peak
Performance
Frequency Range40 Hz to 20 kHz (at -10 dB)
47 Hz to 20 kHz (at -3 dB)
Maximum Sound Pressure Level (SPL)108 dB
Phase AdjustmentNone
Signal Processing
EQNone
FiltersNone
Parametric EQNone
Crossover
Crossover Frequency2 kHz
Connectivity
Audio I/O2 x 1/4" TRS Balanced/Unbalanced Female Analog Input
1 x 2RCA Unbalanced Female Analog Input
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Unbalanced Female Analog Input
2 x Push Terminal Unbalanced Female Analog Output
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Unbalanced Female Analog Output
Power
AC Input Power100 to 240 VAC, 50/60 Hz
Power Consumption150 W
Environmental
Operating Temperature32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
General
Enclosure MaterialMDF
Mounting PointsNone
Dimensions (W x H x D)9.9 x 14.8 x 13.6" / 25.1 x 37.6 x 34.5 cm
Weight35.2 lb / 16.0 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight43.1 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)25.4 x 19 x 16.8"
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Can a dj-style mixer be connected directly to these monitors? Do they need an amplifier or DSP in between? I was thinking about using these for my small home sound system. I have a turntable and a CD player connected to a mixer, which currently feeds into an enormous old Pioneer Digital Signal Processor unit (that gets pretty hot), and I have big old passive event-sized speakers connected to the DSP. I would like to replace the giant speakers with something smaller that will sound good for the space, and I'd *like* to eliminate the DSP unit if possible. But I can't tell from the product info here or on the manufacturer's website if I'm thinking about this correctly or not.
Asked by: Matthew
These speakers can be connected directly to the outputs of a dj mixer via the two TRS 1/4'' jacks, or the rca inputs on the back. These can also be connected to a DSP units outputs in the same way. Please note, these speakers are already powered by a built in amp, and can not take a connection from a speaker amplifier.
Answered by: Daniel
Date published: 2020-07-13
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