Today we're checking out the new line of Budget Friendly Audio Monitors the Kali Audio Monitors. The Kali LP Series Audio Monitors.
The newer model has been completely redesigned and geared toward budget, accuracy and performance. So, let's find out is it the right fit for you or not.
The Kali LP (Lone Pine) Series has 2 different models in the family, they are:
LP-6 6.5 inch Studio Monitor
LP-8 8 inch Studio Monitor
Both of these Kali Audio LP series audio monitors come in at a great affordable price.
But their performance is absolutely outstanding.
Both of the speakers have great audio quality, great dynamic response and offer a lots of control for adapting them to your control room as well.
The two different models are very similar (most of features and specs) and the only core difference is in the size and power.
This is why we are reviewing both of the monitors together instead of going on them individually (we will mark down the differences wherever occur).
Detailed Look At LP 6 and LP 8 Audio Monitors
The LP 6 has 40 watts of power for driving a 6.5 inch woofer and 40 watts driving a one-inch tweeter as well.
But the same one inch tweeter in the LP 8 needs 40 watts, but it needs 60 watts of power driving the 8 inch woofer.
The LP 6 has a frequency range from 39 Hertz to 25 kilohertz.
Whereas, The LP 8 stretches that downward to 37 Hertz still with the same 25 kilohertz top-end.
Now one important thing:
These monitors are set up very specifically to deliver 85 dB at a specific listening distance.
So talking about LP 6, you can be up to 2.2 meters away and still receive that 85 dB SPL.
But, with the LP 8 you can use them in a bit larger room with a longer listening distance up to 2.8 meters.
Why we are counting on 85 dB SPL ?
Actually, 85 dB is a sort of sweet spot for monitoring levels as far as even response is consider. 85 dB is also safe for human ears to listen for extended periods of time.
But with these 2 LP monitors the 85 dB still allows 20 dB of headroom above that.
You need this extra sound level so you can accurately reproduce transient sources.
Example like kick drums, explosions, gunshots, loud instruments which have a sharp attack and you want to capture all those transient detail.
This is where the extra 20 dB available headroom comes handy.
Why You Choose Kali LP 6 or LP 8 over other audio monitors
There are some important differences to consider when you compare the Kali LP series Audio Monitors to other monitors that might be in a similar price range or even more expensive.
First – Both of the monitor Kali LP 6 and Kali LP 8 are very clean monitors.
The distortion levels are extremely low. Kali Audio claims that the LP Series has lowest distortion of all other audio monitors in D Class Amplification.
This gives us great transparency and great clarity when reproducing the sound.
The front panel port of both of the monitors are very specifically designed to reduce noise that might come from air rushing in and out when you are reproducing low frequencies sound.
The wave guide in the LP 6 and the LP 8 has also been very specifically designed to create phase coherency whether you're hearing direct signal or reflected signal.
This will enhance the width of the stereo field as well as being able to pinpoint locate sources within that stereo field.
Control Panel of the LP 6 and LP 8 Studio Monitor
The back panel of the LP 6 and the LP 8 have an identical control system.
And offers a lots of power option for adapting these monitors to match the requirement of your studio.
They have balanced input option on both quarter inch as well as XLR format jacks.
It also have a -10 dB level RCA input option. This is a great option for consumer level electronics and home stereo system or when you're connecting your computer, phone or your music player.
LP 6 and LP 8 also have an input sensitivity control which goes from - ∞ up to +6 dB.
Typically you'll set this to 0 dB but if you do need to balance a level of multiple speakers then you can use the input sensitivity control option to do so.
The Dip Switches
You will notice at the top-back of the audio monitor there are numbers of different diagrams.
The diagram represents the effects you will get when you engage and disengage the dip switches that are below the diagram.
Across the top the diagrams indicate three different boundary positions for the monitors.
This refers to how close you're placing them to a wall. So when your studio setup matches with the diagram then adjust the dip switches accordingly.
Below the top row the diagrams indicate how you should set the dip switches if you're positioning the monitors on a console bridge, wall mounting, on a desk, or if that desk is against a wall and so on.
So, these are different ways of utilizing the monitors -
against a wall on a stand, away from the wall on a stand, on a desk, on a studio console bridge, hanging them on the wall.
So, it depends upon your studio setup that how’s you placing the Kali Audio Monitors. Despite that you can maintain accurate bass response using those dip switches as represented on the diagram.
It also have four dip switches that provide high frequency trim and low frequency trim.
So you can adjust the highs and lows of the monitors to match whether a particular resonance according to your room.
May be you room need a bit a little bit more “low end” for accurate monitoring or a little bit more a little bit less “high end” setting then these 4 dip switches will allow you to accommodate that.
The final dip switch turns the RCA input ON and OFF.
If you're not using the RCA input you would disengage that when you do want to use the RCA input you turn that switch On.
My Experience With Kali LP 6 and Kali LP 8 Audio Monitors
What really matters with audio monitors is how well they sound and how accurate they are.
The Kali audio monitors whether it’s LP 6 or LP 8 both are extremely clean.
They have wide dynamic range so there's great clarity.
They have really wide stereo field and a lot of accuracy and pinpointing things within that stereo field.
Kali LP Series Monitors offers wide frequency response.
Both of the speakers have solid bottom end that's not overblown not hype. The same thing can be said for the top end.
The top end is also very accurate and you can trust your ears when you're mixing on these monitors and in whatever environment you're working in.
I hope my review of LP Series Audio Monitors has helped you in making a better decision.
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