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Mackie XR824

Active Monitors
Published May 2017
By Bob Thomas

Mackie XR824

Mackie’s HR824 set a benchmark for project studio monitoring when it was first released two decades ago — and now the concept has been made even more accessible.

Twenty years have passed since Mackie first introduced the HR824. This 250 Watt, bi-amped active studio monitor featured a one-inch aluminium-domed tweeter, an 8.75-inch woofer, a set of switchable filters that assisted the user in optimising the speaker for both room acoustics and positioning, and a concealed, rear-mounted 6x12-inch passive radiator — an unusual feature that helped the speaker deliver a bass performance that went well beyond that of its contemporary competitors.

The HR824 found considerable success everywhere from home studios to professional facilities. In 2007, a decade after the introduction of the original, the HR824 Mk2 appeared, combining a somewhat more attractive price with several external and internal upgrades, the most...

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Published May 2017