The Kali Audio IN-8 studio monitor builds on the solid architecture of the brand's renowned LP8. Employing the same tweeter and woofer, the IN-8 incorporates an additional mid-range driver which works as a waveguide and encases the tweeter. This means that the tweeter and woofer are under much less duress, leading to clearer audio with minimal distortion.
Their coaxial configuration means that the IN-8 is an acoustic point-source. It removes off-axis lobing and ensures a detailed, crisp stereo soundstage. It’s the perfect monitor for mixing; you’ll be able to pinpoint elements of your productions, increasing the quality and accuracy of whatever you create! Not only that, but any mixes made using this monitor will translate over brilliantly to other systems.
Here’s What Kali Audio say about the IN-8 Studio Monitor:
We know. We keep harping on about the “hyper-realistic” imaging of the IN-8. What does that mean?
When you listen to a stereo set of speakers, you’re hearing information about where instruments and players were placed when the material was recorded. Even with purely digital material, producers can manipulate physical locations of elements in the mix, and you will hear these on a stereo recording.
Not only does this allow producers to create interesting spatial effects, but it means that you can work faster and with more confidence. An accurate soundstage lets you “see” each element of the mix in front of you, so you can hear exactly what happens when you make changes.
2-way systems with good waveguides, like Kali’s LP-6 and LP-8, do a good job at conveying this spatial information. However, because the tweeter and woofer on those speakers (and most studio monitors!) are separate, this information gets lost in the space immediately above and below the speaker. This means that at the listening position, you’re not hearing the full stereo picture.
The IN-8 solves this problem. The tweeter and midrange share an acoustic center, and the woofer is crossed over at 330 Hz, so the distance between the woofer and midrange is well under a quarter wavelength at the crossover point. This means that the IN-8 is acoustically a point source. As such, it has the same excellent directivity that the LP-6 and LP-8 have at their sides in a full 360 degrees around the speaker. You’re hearing all of the spatial information at the listening position, so the soundstage that you hear will have every detail that’s present in the mix.
The IN-8’s total harmonic distortion is less than 1.4%, which is exceptional. This is the result of unburdening both the woofer and the tweeter, so that both are doing less work. The woofer is crossed over at 330 Hz, a full 2.5 octaves lower than on the LP-8.
The tweeter is crossed over at 3000 Hz, nearly an octave higher than on the LP-8. Taking up the space in between in the hero of the IN-8 system: the 4-Inch, profile-optimized midrange driver. This driver has a lot of work to do. In addition to reproducing midrange frequencies, it also acts as the waveguide for the tweeter. This means that the shape needed to be precisely engineered to provide an ideal dispersion characteristic for the tweeter.
It also means that the midrange needs to stay still. In many other co-axial or concentric systems, high excursion from the larger driver causes intermodulation distortion, and degrades the accuracy of the system. The midrange on the IN-8 is limited to less than 1-millimetre peak excursion, making it acoustically stationary while still providing midrange to keep up with the powerful woofer and tweeter.
Ease of Use
A speaker’s given position in a space can drastically change its frequency response. A speaker placed against a wall or on a desk will sound very different than a speaker placed on a stand, even in a well-treated space. Hard surfaces like walls, desk tops, and recording consoles can change the low-end frequency response of the monitor, and degrade the overall clarity of the sound.
Happily, most of the common positions are fairly predictable and easily corrected.
Kali’s team did our Boundary EQ tuning at The Village Studios in Los Angeles, and came up with boundary compensation EQ settings to help you get the optimum sound for where you need to put your speakers.
Combined with the LF and HF trims, this will ensure that the speakers sound their best no matter what room you’re mixing in, or where the speakers are placed.
The LP-6 and LP-8 both feature balanced XLR and TRS inputs, and an unbalanced RCA input.
The RCA input can be set to -10 dBu sensitivity when you’re using consumer devices like a laptop or smartphone’s headphone jack.
- Low noise port tube: utilises airflow simulations for bass free of port noise.
- 8-inch woofer: clean, powerful bass.
- Co-axial midrange and tweeter: three-way configuration with excellent imaging.
- Max SPL: 114 dB
- Listening Distance: 2.8 Metres
- LF to Mid-Range Crossover: 330 Hz
- Mid-Range to HF Crossover: 3000 Hz
- Frequency Range (±3 dB): 45 Hz – 21 kHz
- Frequency Response (-10 dB): 37 Hz – 25 kHz
- HF Driver: 1-Inch Textile Dome
- LF Driver: 8-Inch Poly-Coated Paper
- Mid-Range Driver: 4-Inch Optimised Profile Poly-Coated Paper
- Total Power: 140 W
- HF Power: 40 W
- Mid-Range Power: 40 W
- LF Power: 60 W
- Power Configuration: Tri-Amped
- Amp Class: D
- Powered: Yes