Kali IN-8 2nd Wave

My main monitoring comprises a set of Kali IN-8 2nd Wave monitors. These have replaced my Yamaha Hs5 monitors although I still use the Yamaha HS8S subwoofer. The Kali IN-8 is a three-way speaker with a woofer and a co-axial mid-range and tweeter. A review of its predecessor, the Kali IN-8, can be found at sondonsound.

With regards to actual materials, the woofer and mid range driver are now lighter than before, offering an increased level of transient response. The coaxial architecture of the midrange and tweeter result in hyper-realistic imaging which allows to hear subtle details in your mix with pinpoint precision. The design of the system comes together to allow the IN-Series monitors to act as acoustic point sources.


The IN-8 is designed to have a continuous output of 85 dB at 4 meters with 20 dB of dynamic headroom. This makes the IN-8 ideal for near-to-mid-field applications. The 20 dB of headroom ensures that momentary peaks in sound pressure level, including instruments like kick drum and effects like gunshots or explosions, can be reproduced accurately and with minimal distortion.

Low Noise Port Tube
On most port tubes, air leaves at different speeds from different points of the opening, creating noisy turbulence. This turbulence can be heard as “chuffing,” or an audible air sound coming from the monitor. This sound will add to the noise floor and obscure the details of the low end. The front-firing port tube on Kali’s speakers was designed to ensure that all of the air leaves the port
tube at the same velocity. This helps add to the low end response of the speaker, while keeping the bass clean, tight, and devoid of extra noise.

The IN-8 is equipped with Digitial signal processing (DSP). The DSP on the IN-Series controls the loudspeaker’s tuning, the limiter function, the crossover, the boundary EQs, and user definable HF and LF trim. This results in a smoother high frequency tuning, and while above 400Hz, THD (total harmonic distortion) is less than 0.3%. Kali Audio have added an additional dip switch to the IN-8s that allows them to be placed horizontally, not just vertically.




Monitor setup Skippy Studio

I use the Avantones together with my main Kali IN-8 2nd Wave speakers and the Yamaha HS8S  subwoofer. The HS8S subwoofer is connected  to a separate output bus of the Behringer X32 instead of connecting the IN-8 to the output of the subwoofer (i.e., in serial).  My setup allows me to easily switch the subwoofer on and off when needed, and by using the X32 EQ I can easily control the high and low cut-off frequencies of the subwoofer. Most of the mixing I perform without the subwoofer. The Avantone and the IN-8 are connected to the separate output busses of the Mackie Big Knob. This allows me to easily switch between both monitoring systems. In addition, I have connected two stereo output busses of the X32 to the input of Big Knob. On one bus I have the main computer and Cubase stereo out signal, while on the second bus I have a master mix bus from Cubase. In this way, while mixing, I can easily switch the the raw mix, and a prelimanary mastered version.




Total Power 140 W
LF Driver 8-Inch Paper
Mid-Range Driver 4-Inch Optimized Profile Paper
HF Driver 1-Inch Textile Dome
Freq. Response (-10 dB) 37 Hz – 25 kHz
Freq. Range (±3 dB) 45 Hz – 21 kHz
LF to Mid-Range Crossover 280 Hz
Mid-Range to HF Crossover 2800 Hz
Recommended Listening Distance 0.5 – 4 Meters
Max SPL 117 dB

Other measurements: [here]


Reviews on YouTube