M-Audio BX8 Carbon 8" Powered Studio Monitor

Active 130-watt, 2-way Studio Reference Monitor with 8" Kevlar Woofer, 1.25" Silk Dome Tweeter, Magnetic Shielding, and Acoustic Space Control (each)
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M-Audio BX8 Carbon 8
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M-Audio BX8 Carbon 8" Powered Studio Monitor
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Compact Monitor with Big Sound

If you hold the projects you record on your desktop to a high standard, then you need accurate monitoring. Listen to M-Audio's BX8 Carbon active monitor and you'll hear what your mixes really sound like - without compromising precious space! The BX8 Carbon pumps 130 watts of power through its 8" Kevlar woofer and 1.25" silk dome tweeter, so you know you're getting clean, clear sound and high performance. An enhanced tweeter waveguide and an Acoustic Space Control give you more accurate playback than ever. Upgrade your home studio with M-Audio's BX8 Carbon active monitor.

M-Audio BX8 Carbon Active Monitor at a Glance:
  • Ultra-strong Kevlar woofer
  • Bi-amplified monitors for more accurate listening
  • Ideal for project studios
Ultra-strong Kevlar woofer

M-Audio's BX8 Carbon monitor features M-Audio's latest generation of woven kevlar woofers. Kevlar is more rigid and lighter than comparable paper cones could ever hope to be. That means tighter bass and more accurate mids for monitoring in your studio. The BX8 Carbon's Acoustic Space Control lets you tailor the low end response for your studio or listening space.

Bi-amplified monitors for more accurate listening

The M-Audio BX8 Carbon monitor sports 130 watts of power supplied by a redesigned M-Audio's amplifier. The new amp uses a Class A/B design for maximum efficiency while providing highly dynamic playback. You get 70 watts to the woofer and 60 watts to the tweeter. An enhanced tweeter waveguide gives the BX8 Carbon better imaging and a superior frequency response curve. This gives you more accurate playback for critical listening and mixing situations.

Ideal for project studios

If you work in a smaller studio space, you don't have much room for big monitors. The M-Audio BX8 Carbon monitor has a small footprint so it's easy to position it where you need it. But don't let its small size fool you - the BX8 Carbon monitor makes sure you have plenty of low-end to mix with. Take it from the Sweetwater crew - M-Audio BX8 Carbon monitor will give you years of great performance.

M-Audio BX8 Carbon Active Monitor Features:
  • Accurate monitoring in a compact size at a great price
  • Kevlar woofers provide tight, punchy bass
  • Class A/B amplifier is efficient yet highly dynamic
  • Bi-amp design delivers 70W to the woofer and 60W to the tweeter
  • Enhanced tweeter waveguide gives you more accurate stereo imaging
  • Tweak the low-end of the BX8 Carbon with the Acoustic Space Control
  • Rear ports for full bass response
  • Magnetically shielded to resist electromagnetic interference
You'll love how your mixes translate with the M-Audio BX8 Carbon active monitors!

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Tech Specs

Powered Yes
Power Configuration Bi-amped
LF Driver Size 8"
LF Driver Type Cone
HF Driver Size 1.25"
HF Driver Type Dome
LF Driver Power Amp 70W
HF Driver Power Amp 60W
Total Power 130W
Frequency Range 38Hz-22kHz
Crossover Frequency 1.8kHz
Input Types 1 x XLR, 1 x TRS
Enclosure Type Ported
Height 14.97"
Width 9.5"
Depth 11.82"
Weight 26.4 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number BX8CARBONXUS

Customer Reviews

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Great Speakers For Budget Home Studio

The speakers surpassed my expectations. They are great speaker for a budget home studio and they have a very flat response. Very natural tone and the low end is more than enough in less you're doing heavy, heavy bass or rap style music. I record hard rock and these are perfect for the price. They are bigger than I expected, buy that's ok.

Exceptionally-Accurate Sound

These are incredibly beautiful-sounding and accurate monitors. I just use them for listening to music and watching movies at home and I was apprehensive about spending the money but I love them. They have plenty of power and are tight, not loose sounding when you turn them up. I added the M-Audio BX 10" subwoofer, even though they have great low-frequency response by themselves. You just can't place them near to a wall because of the rear ports. If you love to hear the full range of frequencies accurately and cleanly reproduced at moderate, or even high volumes, you'll love these speakers.
Music background: Audio Engineer and Musician

The best starter monitor hands down.

After extensive research, I dub these monitors the right choice for a begginer trying to budget. The low end range of 38hz is essential, making anything smaller not really conventional. While the Yamaha hs8's have a higher frequency range (+8khz), paying the extra $100 is somewhat unnecessary for the same low end & extra inaudible frequencies.

My goodness

What an improvement over the BX8 D2. They punch above their weight. They are sold individually, NOT IN PAIRS, unlike prior M-Audio sets from years back. I'm very pleased with the frequency response, but honestly not pleased with my recordings now that I found the flaws in the low-end I was looking for. Low-end is tight and very "controlled". Extension is good, not sibilant. I do not use a sub, and am not tempted to quite yet. The sweet spot is average, although i use them vertically, YMMV. I have not used the acoustic space controls (contour switches for reducing low freq buildup near a wall) on a final project as my studio is tuned well. I tried them out "just because", and they work as advertised however they will remain in the neutral slot. Build quality is good. I'm still adjusting, but the one word summary is "neutral" sound ..nothing missing, nothing added. The SW pic makes them look small, the shipping box makes them look big. They are in the middle lol. There's a little pinhole with a purpleish-blueish light that helps you place them (and stay on when powered up) but i found my ears are the best calibrator to date. I still keep a handful of others on-hand for reference check. I see myself using these for the bulk of my work. Overall, very very good. I would replace if stolen. More expensive than others but worth the upgrade. Mixing: mostly hard rock, alternative, jazz, some hip-hop.
Music background: Hobbyist mix engineer

The best monitors period.

Didn't know my KRK 10S subwoofer would practically become useless after buying these. The cleanness and seemingly-flat-response these monitors give them make them so worth buying. They're right on par with price compared to all the cheapest models too, but I'll be willing to bet money they do better in performance tests than them, and even compete with ones higher up. Buy these dude, you won't regre it.
Music background: Recording engineer
See also: Powered Monitors, M-Audio, M-Audio Active Monitors