Samson Resolv SE8 Powered Studio Monitor

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90 out of 100. Incorporating 40+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$200
Samson Resolv SE8 Powered Studio Monitor (Pair)

Meta Analysis Overview

Our rating of 90/100 is based on analysis of 40+ sources comprised of online reviews and discussions. Under the Pros and Cons headings below you'll find a condensed analysis of what those owners and users have been saying. Feel free to ask questions or add your thoughts in the comments section.

Following up after their successful Resolv A-series Monitors, Samson launched their next-gen SE series in 2014 to great praise from the audio engineering community for its value for money.

Features:

  • Driver: 8" Woofer, 1.25" Tweeter
  • Amplifier: 75W LF, 25W HF
  • Inputs: 1 x XLR, 1 x 1/4" TRS
  • Frequency response: 40Hz-27kHz
  • Crossover Frequency: 3.19kHz
  • Enclosure: Ported
  • Controls: HF Trim, Volume
  • Dimensions: 16.25" x 12" x 11.2"
  • Weight: 25 lbs

Pros

Low frequency projection is nice and punchy according to multiple user reviews. It has been a long hallmark of the company to have fast resolution in their drivers (hence the name Resolv). This means that transients like kick drums wont smear. Others applaud it's value for money especially since it's a monitor with an 8" woofer.

Cons

Negative reviews for the Resolv SE8 usually note that the bass may be too much for smaller studios. Other complaints question the build quality, with one report of the front rattling with high bass frequency content.

Overall

If you're looking for an affordable 8" woofer equipped studio monitor, the Resolv will satisfy even the pickiest of bassheads. Avoid it if your space is small since too much low frequency output will clutter up your perception when speakers are placed in a small room.

Although these used to be on our recommended list, there are now more highly rated options available in our guide to The Best Studio Monitors.