Akai Professional, the name synonymous with music production, announces their RPM8 reference production studio monitors specifically intended for use with the company's MPC music production workstations and production controllers. The RPM8 monitors will make their debut at Akai Professional's booth, number 400, at the Summer NAMM Show held at the Nashville Convention Center, July 17 — 19. RPM8 studio monitors are two-way, active, bi-amplified, nearfield loudspeakers intended for producers, recording engineers, remix artists, DJs and other musicians. The two-way monitors each feature an eight-inch woven-kevlar low-frequency driver with 80W RMS of continuous amplification for robust, full bass all the way down to 39 Hz. The monitors' high-frequency system consists of a one-inch silk-dome tweeter with 40W RMS of continuous amplification, mounted on a custom, functionally optimized waveguide for excellent control of directivity and reduction of unwanted early reflections. RPM8 studio monitors contain active, fourth-order crossovers for outstanding separation and optimal power management. Their cabinet is constructed of industry-standard MDF for low resonance, and is dually ported on the front baffle for bass extension in any setting including soffit-mounted installations. The bi-amplification, ported cabinet design and overall acoustical efficiency combine to produce a speaker that can deliver up to powerful 113 dB SPL and with accurate frequency response from 39 Hz to 20 kHz. Producers will appreciate the RPM8s' bicolor LED clip indicator, which assists them in avoiding damage to their system. Engineers can connect their professional studio systems to the RPM8s' combination XLR-balanced 1/4" TRS inputs for compatibility with a wide variety of source equipment. "There is so much low-end content in music being made today," said Adam Cohen, Director of Business Development, Akai Professional, "we felt that a studio monitor specifically designed for extended low frequency playback would appeal to the people who already use our MPCs and production controllers." RPM8 studio monitors are sold individually and will be available from professional audio and musical instrument retailers Q4, 2009.