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Kali Audio LP Series 2nd Wave

Kali Audio LP Series 2nd Wave  ·  Source: Kali Audio

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Kali Audio has announced the LP-6 and LP-8 “2nd Wave” studio monitors. The Lone Pine Series speakers get a similar makeover as the IN-8 2nd Wave. This includes a new amp module with significantly less noise, lighter membranes and updated EQ settings.

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Kali Audio LP-6 and LP-8 2nd Wave

After introducing the IN-8 2nd Wave last spring, Kali Audio has now turned its attention to the affordable LP series and announced the 2nd wave of LP-6 and LP-8 studio monitors. According to the Californian manufacturer, they spent three years improving upon the original design.

While the active 2-way monitors retain their overall appearance and many core features like the waveguide technology, bass reflex system and oversized woofer magnets, they’ve been improved internally in many ways. The most important upgrade is the new Class-D amp module, which generates a whopping 12 dB less self noise than the previous model, according to Kali Audio. That’s a significant number and the effect should be quite noticeable (or better yet, unnoticeable) in real life. At the same time, Kali Audio has increased the input sensitivity by 3 dB.

The manufacturer has also readjusted the tweeters for an even smoother high frequency reproduction, and updated the boundary EQs to provide more practical settings. There’s also a new preset for positioning the speakers on desktop stands.

Like the IN-8, the 2nd wave LP series gets upgraded membranes, which use less material and are therefore lighter. Kali Audio says that this improves the speakers’ response time and transient reproduction. Last but not least, the cabinet structure has been redesigned for improved reliability.

Those are some really nice upgrades, which will make the Kali Audio LP series an even more attractive option in its price range. The significantly lower noise level alone is a big improvement over the previous generation.

Kali Audio LP-8 2nd Wave

LP-8 2nd Wave

Specs LP-8 2nd Wave

  • Active 8” nearfield monitor
  • Waveguide technology
  • Bass reflex system
  • Boundary EQ for adapting the speakers to different environments
  • Improved Class-D amp module with 12 dB less self noise
  • Power: 100 W (60 W / 40 W bi-amped)
  • Improved 8” woofer with reduced mass
  • 1” soft dome tweeter
  • Frequency range: 37 Hz – 25 kHz
  • Crossover frequency: 1.5 kHz
  • Sound pressure level: 85 dB continuous SPL
  • Inputs: XLR, 1/4” TRS, RCA
  • Input sensitivity (XLR, 1/4”): +4 dBu
  • Input sensitivity (RCA): -10 dBV
  • Dimensions: 419 x 254 x 286 mm
  • Weight: 9 kg
Kali Audio LP-6 2nd Wave

LP-6 2nd Wave

Specs LP-6 2nd Wave

  • Active 6.5” nearfield monitor
  • Waveguide technology
  • Bass reflex system
  • Boundary EQ for adapting the speakers to different environments
  • Class-D amp module
  • Power: 100 W (60 W / 40 W bi-amped)
  • 6.5” woofer with reduced mass
  • 1” soft dome tweeter
  • Frequency range: 39 Hz – 25 kHz
  • Crossover frequency: 1.3 kHz
  • Sound pressure level: 85 dB continuous SPL
  • Inputs: XLR, 1/4” TRS, RCA
  • Input sensitivity (XLR, 1/4”): +4 dBu
  • Input sensitivity (RCA): -10 dBV
  • Dimensions: 359 x 222 x 260 mm
  • Weight: 7.01 kg

Price and availability

The Kali Audio Lone Pine Series 2nd Wave will be available from mid October 2021. The LP-8 2nd Wave is available at Thomann.de* for €279 apiece. The LP-6 (which is also available in white) is €229 apiece at Thomann.de*.

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