Back in 2008 Mackie, a well known professional audio product manufacturer, came to market with the MR5 and MR8 studio monitors. Previous to the MR series, Mackie's only other monitors on the market were the much more expensive HR series - a series well out of reach to most home studio operators. The MR series was the first time Mackie had put their renowned monitor technology into a much less expensive package - something more suitable for those who want high quality monitoring on a more humble budget. When I had the opportunity to test out a pair of MR8's, I was left very pleased with their performance.
Now, a couple years after the initial introduction of the MR series, Mackie has revised it and come out with the MRmk2 series. The MK2 ushers in more than just some small changes over the MR series. The MK2 ushers in Mackie's re-voiced power amplifiers, an entirely new transducer designer and changes to the waveguide, baffle and overall cabinet design. This is quite a list of changes to make on what was already a great and affordable monitor design - let's take a closer look at these changes and put the MR8mk2's up against the original MR8's to see if the changes are worth it!