Mackie MR8mk3 8" Powered Studio Monitor

85W Powered Studio Monitor with 8" Polypropylene Woofer, 1" Silk-dome Tweeter, and Class AB Bi-amplification (each)
Mackie MR8mk3 8
Mackie MR8mk3 8
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Mackie's Latest Assault On the State of the Monitoring Art

Mackie MR8mk3 Powered Studio Monitors will help you make better-sounding music. In the '90s, Mackie rewrote the book on nearfield studio monitoring, and they've been tweaking ever since to give you even more affordable and accurate monitors. The MR8mk3 is Mackie's latest assault on the state of the art, with innovations like an enhanced waveguide for a wider sweet spot, custom-tuned rear porting for smooth, extended bass response, and customizable frequency controls to let you dial in the perfect response for your space. Need great monitors without breaking the bank? Check out Mackie's MR8mk3.

Mackie MR8mk3 Powered Studio Monitors at a Glance:
  • Enhanced waveguide system delivers incredible openness and clarity
  • Perfectly matched drivers and amplifiers for optimized performance
  • Customizable frequency control for your studio space
Enhanced waveguide system delivers incredible openness and clarity

Mackie's MR8mk3 Powered Studio Monitors sport an enhanced waveguide system that minimizes diffraction and reflections, giving you a wider sweet spot. You also get a seamless transition from low to high frequencies, resulting in rock-solid stereo imaging. And Mackie has voiced the MR8mk3 for job one: music. This may seem like a "duh," until you consider that many monitors have "jack-of-all-trades" voicing that must accommodate dialog and sound effects work in post production facilities, as well as the work typically done in modern music studios.

Perfectly matched drivers and amplifiers for optimized performance

Packing 85 watts of Class AB amplification that's ideally matched to the 8" polypropylene woofer and 1" silk-dome tweeter, Mackie MR8mk3 monitors deliver high output with controlled low-frequency performance. They're also optimized for excellent transient response, so they reproduce snare drums and other quick-transient sources with fidelity.

Customizable frequency control for your studio space

Mackie MRmk3 Series monitors give you two levels of bass boost, plus a boost/cut for your highs. With these two controls, you can fine tune your frequency response to your room and speaker placement - handy to have, considering very few of us work in acoustically perfect rooms. And speaking of useful features, you also get flexible input connectivity with balanced XLR and TRS connectors, plus an RCA - letting you integrate your monitors into a variety of studio setups.

Mackie MR8mk3 Powered Studio Monitors Features:
  • Music-centric voicing ideal for modern mixing, monitoring, and multimedia applications
  • Enhanced waveguide system delivers unmatched clarity and openness
  • 85 watts of Class AB amplification
  • 8" polypropylene woofer, 1" silk-dome tweeter
  • Perfectly matched amps and drivers for optimized performance
  • Flexible inputs (balanced XLR and TRS; unbalanced RCA) for easy connection to any audio source
  • Customizable frequency control for your studio space
  • Custom-tuned rear ports for smooth, even bass extension
  • Acoustically optimized with sound-tightening acoustic absorption material
  • Rugged all-wood cabinet
The Mackie MR8mk3: affordable, accurate, highly musical!

Additional Media

MR Series User Manual
Studio Monitor Buying Guide
Cool New Gear from Mackie
Mackie Unleashes New Gear

Tech Specs

Powered Yes
Power Configuration Bi-amped
LF Driver Size 8"
LF Driver Type Cone
HF Driver Size 1"
HF Driver Type Dome
LF Driver Power Amp 55W
HF Driver Power Amp 30W
Total Power 85W
Frequency Range 38Hz-20kHz
Crossover Frequency 3kHz
Maximum Peak SPL 113 dB
Input Types 1 x XLR, 1 x TRS, 1 x RCA
Enclosure Type Ported
Height 15.8"
Width 10.9"
Depth 13.2"
Weight 23.8 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number 2041892-00

Customer Reviews

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play what you like

I have had these for over a year now and they still amaze my ears sometimes scare me, sounds just pop out. I play all kinds of music (no rap sorry ) it all sounds. I run a project phono amp and a carver preamp and many different cartridges and a technics sl1200 tt. I play lots of dancetechno and I drive them hard ib my livingroom. Anyway I love them and highly recomend a pair, they need floor stands, have fun.....mph
Music background: studio mixing and dj

Falling in love with music again.

I've had experience with the Mackie HR series monitors while I was in school and always loved them, sadly the price tag has remained outside my means. I've also worked with the Thump series at festivals. The MR series are the first studio series Mackie's made in my budget and at least to my ears, sounds virtually identical to the HR series. I purchased the MR8's and a MR10s and my wife said, "They're making me fall in love with music again." My studio is only 10X12 and I probably could have gone with a smaller monitor for the space, but playing electric cello is pretty intense on the low end for monitors. I'm running them set at unity across at the speaker and mixer with the cross-over at around 100 hz. I'm still pulling my cello and backing tracks down to at least 2/3 of unity to not blow out my ears. The speakers don't even notice. Not a chirp or a bit of distortion.
Music background: B.M. Music Performance, cellist

Can't beat them for the money

I used to own a studio, open to the public, and had to close it down. I really missed my old studio monitors, but because of lack of space I was unable to hook them back up. I looked at several options, and since I wasn't in business anymore, I couldn't afford the price tag on the Mackie HR series speakers, (I wish I could) I did some research, and came across The Mackie MR series, took a chance and ordered a set of MR8s. Under my conditions, (Small Room, with poor acoustics) I thought that lack of bass response would be the problem. When I hooked them up, I found just the opposite to be true. The bass response was excessive. I'm not blaming that on the speakers, I'm blaming that on the room conditions. What I found was as I increased the distance between the speakers and the wall behind them, they began to level off, and the excessive bass decreased. When I had reached the limitation that the room allowed, for distance from the rear wall, it was close, but still a little bass heavy. I was visiting a friend of mine, that was running a studio, and noticed that he was using the Mackie HR8s, and had them setting on pads, of acoustic foam, isolators, made by Auralex. I ordered a set, and problem solved. The problem was not the speakers, it was the room conditions and the acoustics. Don't get me wrong, if you have the money to take advantage of the Mackie HR series, that's what I would suggest. However if you can't, the MR series is a great choice. If you have a big room, the HR series has a huge advantage. If you have a small room like I do, the MR series will fit the bill. I close monitor at about 85 DB.
Music background: Previous Studio Owner.
See also: Powered Monitors, Mackie, Mackie Active Monitors