Akai Announces RPM500 and RPM800 Monitors

Akai, the legendary studio production station company, has announced the release of two new Studio reference monitors called the RPM500 (with a 5-inch woofer) and the RPM800 (with an 8-inch woofer). These new powered monitors boast great balance, sound, and build quality at a competitive price point. Each of these RPM monitors also have High Frequency Trim, Mid-Range Boost, and Low Frequency cutoff controls along with XLR, TRS, and RCA inputs on the back. Check out the full press release and pricing in the announcement below for more information.

We'll also try to get these into the lab for a full out HD-Video review, so stay tuned for more information to come...

AKAI PROFESSIONAL INTRODUCES RPM500 AND RPM800 STUDIO REFERENCE MONITORS
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Engineered for modern music, RPM500 and RPM800 balance authoritative sound with critical detail and clarity by employing a broad frequency range up to 30kHz and unique low-end control. 

Cumberland, R.I. (September 13, 2013) – Available in stores in October, Akai Professional’s newest studio reference monitors, RPM500 and RPM800, offer meticulous reproduction of even the most complex modern music with the perfect balance of finely tuned technologies. Both offer distributed Class A/B amplification, providing ultra-efficient power while ensuring minimal distortion. RPM500 provides 90 Watts total, with 50 Watts dedicated to its 5 ¼-inch woofer and 40 Watts to its silk-dome tweeter; RPM800 offers 120-Watts total, with 80 and 40 going to the woofer and tweeter, respectively.

“People need to hear these. Talking about how good they sound is one thing, but to hear them—and feel them—then people get it,” said Dan Gill, Product Manager, Akai Professional (@Akai_Pro). “These speakers offer absolute precision when producing and mixing music. It’s authoritative and clear, which is exactly what producers need to mix with confidence.”

While RPM500 and RPM800 are bold in both appearance and sound, it’s what goes largely unseen that contributes to the well-balanced tone and presence of the speakers. Each cabinet is painstakingly reinforced to minimize flex, combating unwanted coloration while preventing anomalies and sound artifacts from polluting the mix. Radio frequency protection and magnetic shielding are integrated into the cabinets to preserve signal purity along with robust 14-gauge wiring to the transducers. The flared rear-firing bass port delivers low-frequency depth and definition, while a dedicated Proximity Control allows for precise low-end tailoring.

“One of the major factors that contributes to the clarity of these speakers is their Kevlar cones, which are super-agile—meaning the low-end has a tight and responsive sound rather than the floppiness experienced with other speakers,” said Gill. “RPM500 and RPM800 can handle extremely busy modern mixes with ease, allowing you to mix tons of layers with clarity and precision.”

RPM500 and RPM800 include a monitor isolation pad to dramatically decrease structure-borne resonances and noise. Additionally, both feature HF Trim, Mid-Range Boost, LF Cutoff controls, plus XLR, balanced ¼-inch TRS, and RCA inputs.

RPM500 and RPM800 speakers will be sold individually and will be available in October with street prices of $199 and $299 USD, respectively. For more information, visit akaipro.com/rpm800 or akaipro.com/rpm500


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Written by on 09/26/13

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