Kali Audio's Lone Pine Series studio monitors make professional sound accessible to the budget-conscious producer

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Are you a music producer or audio engineer on the hunt for high-quality studio monitors that won’t break the bank? Look no further than Kali Audio’s Project Lone Pine studio monitors. 

Hands down, the best monitors you can buy for under $500 a pair, they strike the perfect balance between quality, reliability and affordability. The LP-6 V2 come in at $199 each, while the full-featured LP-8 V2 are only $249 apiece, making professional, studio-grade sound accessible to the budget-conscious music-maker. 

The 2nd Wave of Kali Audio’s LP-6 and LP-8 monitors build on the stellar reputations of their predecessors to deliver upgrades across the board, improving frequency response, output level, noise floor and distortion while maintaining the excellent performance, impressive accuracy and unparalleled sound that the original Lone Pine monitors were recognized for. All of this for a price that puts the Lone Pine Series within reach of almost any budget. 

Kali Audio’s Lone Pine Series studio monitors are designed from the ground up to ensure you’re able to hear each and every nuance in your mixes. Accuracy like this begins with a reliably neutral frequency response that represents the frequency content of your mix with the utmost transparency. This level of clarity enables producers to mix confidently and effectively, while ensuring that mixes will translate satisfactorily across a variety of systems.

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The LP Series are equipped with a number of unique design details that come together to deliver exceptional performance. A front-firing, low-noise port tube has been precisely engineered using airflow simulations to enable the monitors to emit powerful, weighty bass frequencies without unwanted port noise that muddies the low-end. Carefully calibrated onboard DSP helps to fine-tune the frequency response while ensuring the monitors maintain an impressively low noise-floor. 

The monitors feature a 3-D Imaging Waveguide that helps to make sure the directivity of the loudspeaker remains smooth and even throughout its frequency response. What this means in practice is that the listener is able to hear spatial details within a mix that enables the brain to place elements of the recording in the space around them. This produces a more natural and true-to-life feel that makes more detail perceptible in the recorded material. 

Kali Audio’s LP-6 and LP-8 monitors boast optimized 6.5-inch and 8-inch lightweight paper woofers, alongside a 1-inch textile soft-dome tweeter. In addition, a dual-layer, large diameter voice coil helps the monitors achieve high dynamic range while ensuring low distortion. 

Both models are equipped with 40W of power for the tweeter, and the LP-6 delivers 40W through the woofer, while the LP-8 packs 60W of punch for its larger woofer. The LP-6 has enough output for the majority of 1-2 person setups, and the LP-8 can easily handle larger setups with confidence.

The LP Series boast a variety of input options, including TRS, XLR and RCA, making it easy for producers to plug-and-play. The XLR and TRS inputs are balanced, while the RCA is unbalanced and can be set to -10 dBu sensitivity when using consumer devices such as the laptop or smartphone.

Find out more about the LP-6 and LP-8 studio monitors at Kali Audio’s website.