These compact monitors from new company Kali Audio strike an enticing balance between performance and affordability.
US‑based company Kali Audio may be a new name in monitoring, but after trying out a new pair of their LP‑6s, it seems they’ve pulled out all the stops in endeavouring to deliver the highest level of performance at little more than an entry level price. Part of the Project Lone Pine series — which also includes the eight‑inch‑woofer model, the LP‑8 — the LP‑6 is designed to be used in the nearfield and is rated with a continuous output of 85dB at a distance of 2.2 meters, with additional headroom to accommodate brief 112dB peaks. That doesn’t make it the loudest monitor of its size, but it’s certainly more than loud enough for practical monitoring. Both the six‑inch LP‑6 and the LP‑8 are equipped with a limiter circuit to protect the driver, and when the limiter kicks in, distortion becomes audible — a non‑subtle hint that you should turn things down.
Outwardly the LP‑6 looks like...
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