Top 10 Best Studio Monitors Passives
for July 2022

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Mackie Big Knob Passive Studio Monitor Controller with 1/4

Mackie Big Knob Passive Studio Monitor Controller with 1/4" Male Phone to 1/4" Male Phone TRS Cable -5

by Kellards
What We like

Pristine Audio Quality

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Product Features

  • Classic Big Knob Volume Control
  • Two by Two Monitor Controller
  • Mono, Mute, and Dim Functions
  • 2x Sources and 2x Monitor Pairs

Two by two monitor controller 2x sources and 2x monitor pairs Mono, mute, and dim functions Classic big knob volume control

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9.6
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Mackie Big Knob Series, Passive 2x2 Studio Monitor Controller (BIG KNOB PASSIVE)

Mackie Big Knob Series

Passive 2x2 Studio Monitor Controller (BIG KNOB PASSIVE)

by Loud Technologies, Inc.
What We like

Sturdy built-like-a-tank design

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Product Features

  • Excruciatingly simple 2x2 monitor controller
  • Classic Big knob volume control
  • Choose between two sources and two monitor pairs
  • Pristine audio quality

Classic big knob volume control Choose between two sources and two monitor pairs Pristine audio quality Excruciatingly simple 2x2 monitor controller

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Mackie Big Knob Passive 2x2 Studio Monitor Controller Bundle with 4 Hosa 1/4-Inch TRS Cables (5 Items)

Mackie Big Knob Passive 2x2 Studio Monitor Controller Bundle with 4 Hosa 1/4-Inch TRS Cables (5 Items)

by Mackie
What We like

Ideal Usage: The Mackie Big Knob has proven itself for more than a decade as the go-to monitor controlling solution for home and professional studios

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Product Features

  • Bundle Includes: Mackie Big Knob Passive 2x2 Studio Monitor Controller, and 4 x Hosa HSS-005 Pro Balanced Interconnect REAN 1/4-Inch to 1/4-Inch TRS Cables (5-Feet)
  • Easy to Use: If you are looking for excruciatingly simple volume control/monitor switching, the Big Knob Passive delivers at an amazing price. No matter what size studio, Big Knob is always at the top of the recording studio equipment shopping list
  • High-quality: Studios of any size can benefit from the professional source/monitor selection and precise level control of the Big Knob Series. Plus, with the addition of high-resolution Onyx USB recording and playback, studios get a powerful, hybrid solution that is truly greater than the sum of its parts
  • Onyx Recording: The Mackie Big Knob is the go-to monitor controller for studios the world over. But, with the added high-resolution goodness of an Onyx recording and playback solution, Big Knob truly becomes the nerve center for your studio

Bundle includes: Mackie big knob passive 2x2 studio monitor controller, and 4 x hosa hss-005 pro balanced interconnect rean 1/4-inch to 1/4-inch trs cables (5-feet) Easy to use: if you are looking for excruciatingly simple volume control/monitor switching, the big knob passive delivers at an amazing price. no matter what size studio, big knob is always at the top of the recording studio equipment shopping list High-quality: studios of any size can benefit from the professional source/monitor selection and precise level control of the big knob series. plus, with the addition of high-resolution onyx usb recording and playback, studios get a powerful, hybrid solution that is truly greater than the sum of its parts Onyx recording: the Mackie big knob is the go-to monitor controller for studios the world over. but, with the added high-resolution goodness of an onyx recording and playback solution, big knob truly becomes the nerve center for your studio

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Avantone Pro CLA10 Passive Studio Monitor - Pair

Avantone Pro CLA10 Passive Studio Monitor

Pair

by Avantone Pro
What We like

8-ohm

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Product Features

  • 2-way Passive Studio Monit with 7" Woofer 1-3/8" Soft-dome Tweeter - Pair

2-way passive studio monit with 7" woofer 1-3/8" soft-dome tweeter - pair

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8.9
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Radial Engineering MC3 Passive Studio Monitor Control

Radial Engineering MC3 Passive Studio Monitor Control

by Radial Engineering
What We like

This eliminates coloration and distortion for more accurate monitoring

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Product Features

  • Passive studio monitor switcher with headphone amp
  • Mono sum for AM radio compatibility and phase check
  • Control two sets of monitors and sub woofer
  • Individual 'set & forget' controls to fine-tune levels

Passive studio monitor switcher with headphone amp Mono sum for am radio compatibility and phase check Control two sets of monitors and sub woofer Individual 'set & forget' controls to fine-tune levels

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ESI MoCo Passive Studio Monitor Controller

ESI Audiotechnik ESI MoCo Passive Studio Monitor Controller

by ESI Audiotechnik
What We like

L/R switch to swap left & right audio channels independent A and B buttons to enable and disable the outputs

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Product Features

  • selected high quality potentiometer for passive volume control A/B input selection switch
  • 1x stereo unbalanced 1/8" mini jack input (input B) 2x mono balanced XLR output (output A)
  • 2x mono balanced / unbalanced 1/4" TRS output (output B) 1x stereo unbalanced 1/8" mini jack output (output B)
  • 2x mono balanced 1/4" TRS input (input A) 2x mono unbalanced RCA input (input B)

Selected high quality potentiometer for passive volume control a/b input selection switch 2x mono balanced 1/4" trs input (input a) 2x mono unbalanced rca input (input b) 2x mono balanced / unbalanced 1/4" trs output (output b) 1x stereo unbalanced 1/8" mini jack output (output b) 1x stereo unbalanced 1/8" mini jack input (input b) 2x mono balanced xlr output (output a)

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7.8
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JBL Professional Studio Monitor, Black, 5-Inch (305PMKII)

JBL Professional Studio Monitor

Black, 5-Inch (305PMKII)

by JBL Professional
What We like

Sleek, modern design provides a dramatic flair to any studio

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Product Features

  • Broad sweet spot: neutral frequency response across a wide area allows you to fine-tune your mix even while listening off-axis
  • Updated HF and LF transducers: new design improvements result in optimized damping for superior transient response and impressive deep bass with lower harmonic distortion
  • MkII series features next-generation JBL transducers, new Boundary EQ, and a sleek new design
  • Purchase includes: 305P MKII studio monitor (x1), Power Cord (x1), quick set-up guide (x1), peel-off rubber pads (x4)
  • New boundary EQ: restores neutral low frequency response when speakers are placed on the work surface and adjacent to walls

Purchase includes: 305p mkii studio monitor (x1), power cord (x1), quick set-up guide (x1), peel-off rubber pads (x4) Broad sweet spot: neutral frequency response across a wide area allows you to fine-tune your mix even while listening off-axis Updated hf and lf transducers: new design improvements result in optimized damping for superior transient response and impressive deep bass with lower harmonic distortion Mkii series features next-generation jbl transducers, new boundary eq, and a sleek new design New boundary eq: restores neutral low frequency response when speakers are placed on the work surface and adjacent to walls

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YAMAHA HS8 Studio Monitor, Black, 8

YAMAHA HS8 Studio Monitor

Black, 8"

by Yamaha PAC
What We like

XLR and TRS phone jack inputs. Crossover: 2kHz

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Product Features

  • Room control and high trim response controls
  • 75W LF plus 45W HF bi amp system 120W total; Level control (+4dB/center click), EQ: High trim switch (+/ 2dB at HF) / Room control switch (0/2/4 dB under 500Hz)
  • 8 inch cone woofer and 1 inch dome tweeter; Produce low distortion sound with a well-defined bottom end at any output level
  • 38Hz to 30kHz frequency response; Power consumption: 60 watts

75w lf plus 45w hf bi amp system 120w total; level control (+4db/center click), eq: high trim switch (+/ 2db at hf) / room control switch (0/2/4 db under 500hz) 38hz to 30khz frequency response; power consumption: 60 watts 8 inch cone woofer and 1 inch dome tweeter; produce low distortion sound with a well-defined bottom end at any output level Room control and high trim response controls

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Mackie Studio Monitor, Professional Performance Superior Mix Translation with Logarithmic Waveguide design - Black 5-inch (MR524)

Mackie Studio Monitor, Professional Performance Superior Mix Translation with Logarithmic Waveguide design

Black 5-inch (MR524)

by Loud Technologies, Inc.
What We like

Designed for superior mix translations and accuracy for professional results in any studio. Ultra-wide dispersion for Enhanced stereo imaging and listening sweet spot

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Product Features

  • 65 Watts of bi-amplified Class A/B amplification
  • 5 polypropylene woofer delivers responsive, dynamic low frequency response
  • Equipped with Mackies proven logarithmic waveguide design
  • 1 silk dome tweeter provides fast transient response for detailed high end and vocal clarity

1 silk dome tweeter provides fast transient response for detailed high end and vocal clarity Equipped with mackies proven logarithmic waveguide design 65 watts of bi-amplified class a/b amplification 5 polypropylene woofer delivers responsive, dynamic low frequency response

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Mackie Big Knob Passive Studio Monitor Controller with 1 Year Free Extended Warranty

Mackie Big Knob Passive Studio Monitor Controller with 1 Year Free Extended Warranty

by Mackie
What We like

Passive audio path with no power supply needed

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Product Features

  • Choose Big Knob volume control
  • Choose between 2 sources adn 2 monitor pairs
  • Excruciatingly simple 2x2 monitor controller
  • Pristine audio quality

Choose between 2 sources adn 2 monitor pairs Excruciatingly simple 2x2 monitor controller Pristine audio quality Choose big knob volume control

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