Skip to main content Skip to footer
Presidents Day Coupon 15% off on a qualifying item

Mackie MR8 Reference Monitor (2010)

Item #: 
  • Write a Review

The Mackie MR8 Reference Studio Monitor delivers truly professional audio quality and everything you need for critical monitoring”at a price that's unbelievably affordable. Wide, even dispersion means... Click To Read More About This Product

We're sorry—we no longer carry this item.

Find a similar product below or contact us for a recommendation of a great alternative.

Call: 866-498-7882 Email or Chat

Recommended Products

The Mackie MR8 Reference Studio Monitor delivers truly professional audio quality and everything you need for critical monitoring”at a price that's unbelievably affordable. Wide, even dispersion means a broad sweet spot, minimizing funny dips or peaks in frequency response when you move off axis. MR8 monitors deliver superior bass extension”tight and free from distortion”so your lows pack just the right amount of punch. To ensure the best sound possible for your setup, Mackie MR Series monitors feature acoustic controls so you can tune them to fit your room. With their active biamplified architecture, wide dispersion, ultra-flat frequency response, and outstanding bass performance, you get superior imaging with impeccable clarity, for a truly inspirational, non-fatiguing monitoring experience.

Mackie MR Series monitors achieve their transparent sound quality thanks to these key design elements:

Mackie Minimum-Diffraction Molded Baffle:
When it comes to baffle design, shape matters; it plays a role in how sound waves travel. Mackie's baffle is precisely molded to minimize diffraction, so sound waves radiate smoothly, and are dispersed optimally. Mackie's precision waveguide is designed to ensure broad, even dispersion, and a smooth transition between highs and lows. The result is a crystal-clear image of your mix, with an ultra-wide, even sweet spot. Whether you're in mix position or not, on axis or off, you'll always hear an accurate representation of your mix.

Amplifier Design:
Amplifiers are the power behind a monitor's sound, but they can also color it. Unlike with passive monitors, Mackie's amplifiers are precisely matched to the monitor design. Featuring Mackie's proven Class A/B architecture, the MR Monitors' amplifiers are meticulously tuned to deliver ultraflat frequency response, so the sound remains neutral. To compensate for room characteristics, acoustic controls allow you to adjust High Frequency and Low Frequency settings (±2dB). Balanced inputs allow you to get the best signal possible, but the option of unbalanced inputs mean you can connect easily to any source. And MR Monitors deliver enough power to handle the toughest source material, at sound levels beyond sane people's requirements.

A speaker's cabinet is more than just an enclosure”it's another component that affects the overall quality and character of the sound. Mackie's cabinet features a rear port, carefully tuned to deliver superior bass performance with no audible vent noise. Because air passes through the precisely engineered curved port easily, there is no distortion, and no buildup of pressure within the cabinet that could affect driver movement. The rigidity of the cabinet's precision-braced MDF construction also prevents vibration, meaning your sound is always free from unwanted resonance.

Transducers are responsible for converting your electrical signal into sound. So consistent, unwavering performance is a must if you want sonic clarity. Mackie specifically creates ultralow distortion steel frame woofers and waveguide-loaded silk dome tweeters to work perfectly in concert with all the components in each MR monitor. You get a precisely tuned monitor that performs with impeccable consistency.

MR Series Monitors are ideal for a variety of applications. Use the MRs to empower your mixes in the studio, or to add pro sound to your multimedia, gaming or home theatre system. You can even use them for a great-sounding home DJ rig. The MR5 and MR8 Monitors share the same design, so they function great together, too, making them optimal for multiple monitor setups”just add a Big Knob”as well as surround systems. For any applications where high-quality sound and classic good looks are required, MR monitors are the perfect fit.

Mackie's Reputation Speaks for Itself
With every product Mackie releases into the wild”from monitors to loudspeakers to mixers”they up the ante on performance, reliability, and affordability. Mackie's innovation and commitment to great sound is why so many of their products are top sellers, and why Mackie's gear has legions of enthusiastic devotees.

Tracktion 3 Music Production Software
The MR8 also comes with Tracktion 3 Music Production Software which doesn™t make you bounce around endless menus and windows to make music. Based on a simple, single-screen interface, the award-winning Tracktion 3 is a fast, powerful, and complete solution for turning your ideas into finished songs. It comes a plethora of power and plug-ins to keep your music flowing”not locked in menus or limitations.


  • Studio monitor with true Active design
  • Precision Class A/B amplifiers with Active protection circuits: 100W for LF/50W for HF
  • HF and LF acoustic controls for room correction
  • Balanced XLR, TRS, and unbalanced RCA inputs
  • Ultralow distortion 8" steel frame LF transducer
  • Waveguide loaded 1" high-resolution HF transducer
  • Minimum-diffraction molded baffle for smooth, wide sweet zone
  • Magnetically shielded for safe placement near computer/video monitor
  • Precisely tuned for working interchangeably with other MR units
  • Comes with Tracktion 3 music production software
Acoustic Performance
  • Free Field Frequency Response: 40Hz-20kHz (±3dB)
  • Lower Cutoff Frequency: -3dB @ 60Hz
  • Upper Cutoff Frequency: -3dB @ 22kHz
  • Sound Pressure Level @ 1 meter, +4dBu into Balanced Input: 100dB SPL @ 1m
  • Maximum SPL Per Pair: 116dB SPL @ 1m
  • Low Frequency: 8"/203mm steel frame cone woofer with rubber surround
  • High Frequency: Wave guide loaded 1"/25mm silk dome tweeter
  • Low Frequency Power: 100 watts, 4 ohm load, 200 watts peak
  • High Frequency Power: 50 watts, 4 ohm load, 100 watts peak
  • Slew Rate: >15 V/s
  • Distortion (THD, SMPTE IMD, DIM 100): < 0.035%
    Signal-to-Noise Ratio: (Low Frequency): > 101dB, 20Hz to 20kHz, unweighted, referenced to 100 watts into 4 ohms (High Frequency): > 93dB, 20Hz to 20kHz, unweighted, referenced to 50 watts into 4 ohms
  • Type: Monolithic IC, Class AB with DMOS power stage
Electronic Crossover
  • Crossover Type: 24dB/octave
  • Crossover Frequency: 3kHz
  • Sensitivity: +4dBu at 300Hz for full output
  • Input Impedance: 20 k?, balanced bridging; 10 k? unbalanced
  • Low Frequency EQ: +2dB/+4dB @ 100Hz, shelving
  • High Frequency EQ: ±2dB @ 5kHz, shelving
AC Power Requirements
  • US: 120 VAC, 60Hz
  • The MR5 does not support multiple voltage configura-
  • tions. Make sure the voltage rating for your particular model (as indicated on the rear panel near the IEC socket) corresponds with your local AC mains voltage.
  • AC Connector: 3-pin IEC 250 VAC, 16 A male
  • Fuse: 115 VAC: T 3.15AL/250V, 230 VAC: T 1.6AL/250V
  • Power Consumption: 100 watts with music, loud mix, 20 watts quiescent (idle)
Physical Dimensions and Weight
  • Enclosure: 0.625 in/16mm thick MDF with 0.750 in/19 mm MDF front panel
  • Damping: Adiabatic foam
  • Dimensions (HxDxW): 15.75"/400mm, (16.00"/406mm when including top of waveguide) x 10.85"/276mm x 13.60"/346mm
  • Weight: 27.6 lb./12.5 kg
Tracktion 3 System Requirements
  • Windows XP
  • Pentium / Athlon 1GHz or higher
  • 512MB RAM or higher
  • OSX 10.4.8 or higher
  • G4, G5, Intel 1GHz or higher
  • 512MB RAM or higher
Customer Reviews

Review Snapshot

by PowerReviews

(based on 13 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars



  • 4 Stars



  • 3 Stars



  • 2 Stars



  • 1 Stars



Reviewed by 13 customers

Displaying reviews 1-13

Back to Top

(20 of 20 customers found this review helpful)



By Dave Stanfill

from Manchester, NH

These reference monitors will deliver you the best mixes ever in your home/small stuido. IF you have a good 1/3 octave EQ like the Alesis DEQ230D and your studio tuned and dampened correctly your mixes will sound like a million dollars! The monitors are extremely accurate and deliver whether the volume level is low or high. I do my mixes at a lower volume and these monitors really perform. I have to recommended these monitors to all my recording engineer friends

(12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)


An awesome Buy

By Peter

from Davie, Florida

The Monitors are ready to go out of the box. I've been a musician for over 25 years and these monitors are outstanding for the price. They are without question a great buy. I use them for home recording and when I go on location as reference monitors for mixing and recording live.The only thing I would change is the power button to the side or top of the monitors.

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)


Chrispy and loud!

By Eddie

from Greenville, SC

Super clean and crispy sound. These monitors are great for mixdowns and mastering. Mackie is well know for their quality products, and this is no exception.

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)


Best budget monitors you can buy

By Keith

from st clair shores, michigan

Let me just start, these are not $1000 jbls. But unless you have the money for jbls, these are the best things you can buy. I've A/B'd these with tons of other monitors and these have the truest sound you will get. They get just as loud as you need them to, and than can push up a bit more. Both quiet and loud the mix is perfectly clear. For under a grand I wouldn't trust my mixes on anything else.

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)


Grweat sound at a Good price

By Darrell

from Denver, CO

This monitor is great in most every way ... It offers clean crisp and powerful sound. You hear the sound whether it's the hihats, bass, guitar or keyboard with clear understanding and representation. The price is easy on the wallet.... The size is perfect for my console and not too bad to look at either .... all i would ask is that it not look so boring.... add some color

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


One of the best upgrades I've made

By Jeremy Schuff

from Sacramento, CA

I am in love with these monitors! Seriously (maybe also because I was doing all my mixing on headphones), but these things are amazing! Pure, crystal clean mix of highs, lows and everything in between that you need to hear. Even compared to another tiny set of computer monitors that I have, I hear defined notes, hits and vocal nuances that I never heard before -- things you definitely need to hear when mixing, especially if you need to fix them. I would definitely recommend these. Mackie puts out a quality product!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Affordable Must-Have

By Leo

from Huntingdon Valley, Pennslyvania

Out the box, hooked up to my m-box mini and no extra adjustments needed in the back - first mix and perfect. I've been mixing with the Mackie HR824's for about 9 yrs and loved them but I always had to cut the bass in the back so that when my mix is done it would have the right amount of bass and highs and also so I could level the vocals correctly. But with the MR8's - it's out the box ready with the settings all on normal sounding great and just the right amount of low's, Hi's and Mids for my mix. Wow!!! Mackie did it with this one I love it. Oh yeah you can boost the low's & the hi's in the back if you needed more but it's perfect for me and I definitely would recommend this product to even beginners it's great and affordable - A Must Have Product. Wooooo!!!! Tight Lows, Crisp Hi's, Smooth Bass and a delicious sound over all. Trust me it's worth it and you're gonna love it like I do. I have no dislikes about it except maybe that the power button is in the back but that's not enough in comparison with the sound quality and great look that over shadows that."

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Awesome Quality

By Kade

from Baton Rouge, LA

I have used some higher priced monitors in the past and were really surprised bt the overall response of these. They are incredible!!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)



By Jvelle

from Cincinnati

I use this in my home studio and the bass is wonderful. I never really had a problem with this except it's mounting capablities. If you need a great sound for a low price, this is what your looking for.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Great Sounding Monitor

By Erick Pozos

from Hillsboro, OR

I bought one of this for my mixes and i fell in love with it. has a nice warm bass with good highs and mids. I can't stop listening to these. Mackie did a very good job on the design. One thing i would change about these speakers is the rear power switch. Other than that, this speaker is perfect. And now i can't wait to get the second one.


Siz Matters

By Amy Mitchell

from Los Angeles, CA

This offers clear clean sound as a good reference point for mixing. But I like that this also fits comfortably in my small studio space. An excellent reference monitor for the price.


Great Studio Monitor

By DjJohn

from Grosse Pointe, Michigan

I've always loved Mackie. They always stand behind there name. The studio monitor works great!!


Perfect for my home studio

By Steve B

from Crossville, TN

On arrival, I recieved a DOA on one monitor and exchanged it at the local guitar center 65 miles away, besides that... these monitors are great. These monitors have a flat EQ that truly represents your music the way it is meant to be heard. There is no coloring of the audio except for how you can tune the monitors to your room with the Bass and Treble switches. These monitors get loud. I have never turned the volume up more than 50% and that is more volume than I will ever need. In conclusion, you can't go wrong with these monitors, your mixes will come out great everytime whether you are a hobbyist or professional.

Displaying reviews 1-13

Back to Top

You are changing the Ship-To country.

Our product catalog varies by country due to manufacturer restrictions. If you change the Ship-To country, some or all of the items in your cart may not ship to the new destination.