aktiv 08

High Performance 8" Studio Reference Monitor

Intended as sucessor for the popular nEar08 eXperience, the aktiv 08 studio near field reference monitor has been developed to offer the best 8" monitoring solution for the entry level.

With an extended low frequency response and a top quality kevlar 8" driver, our aktiv 08 delivers unparalleled punch in the low-mid frequency - a major improvement over the paper and polypropylene drivers used in many comparable products.Compared to the previous generation, the aktiv 08 is build with a new tuning by our engineers in Germany, a higher quality silk dome tweeter and it also integrates a completely new design of the crossover circuitry. This gives aktiv 08 the pole position in the area of professional level studio monitoring if you are on a budget and won't accept a compromise on quality and sound.

All this makes aktiv 08 the perfect alternative to our higher end uniK 08+ reference monitor if you are on a budget.


  • 2-way powered speaker / active studio monitor speaker
  • 8" kevlar curved cone (magnetic shielding type) as LF driver
  • 1" silk dome tweeter as HF driver
  • output power 90W (HF 30W, LF 60W), 130W AC consumption power
  • input connections: XLR / TS1/4" combo connector, balanced / unbalanced input
  • input impedance: 23.3 kOhm balanced, 13.3 kOhm unbalanced
  • input sensitivity: 130mV@1Watt, 1V@60Watt
  • frequency response: 40Hz - 20kHz
  • crossover frequency: 2 kHz
  • SPL: 90dB +/- 3dB
  • operating voltage: AC100-240V 50/60Hz, with 115V / 230V AC selection switch
  • blue power LED on the front
  • standby function, can be turned on and off (only models sold in certain countries)
  • dimensions: 358 mm(H) x 255 mm(W) x 322 mm(D)
  • weight: ca. 10.2kg

Reviews and Testimonials

Here are selected reviews of aktiv 08:


November/December 2014 issue of Recording Magazin features a review of aktiv 05, aktiv 08 and aktiv 10s by Moritz Hillmayer: "(...) you won't often get so much sound for your money." / "A honest impulse stable sound with a proper resolution of the spectrum speaks for ESI monitors."



The May 2013 issue of Future Music features a review of aktiv 08 by Jono Buchanan: "(...) the aktiv 08's are more than competitive" / "I found them most honest on mixes (...)" / "Decent bass thump"



The January 2013 issue of KEYS (Germany) features a review of both aktiv 05 and aktiv 08 by Martin Person: "In their price range, the ESI aktiv near field monitors can be considered among the best."



Playmusic (UK) checked a pair of our aktiv 08 in October 2012 - here is a quote: "We can't see how anyone would be disappointed with the aktiv 08s. Besides being reasonably priced, they look great and work very well in their correct context." - check the full review on page 22 here.



DJ Mag (UK) checked both our aktiv 05 and aktiv 08 in their Top 100 DJ issue of 2012 - here is a quote: "Both of the speakers in the aktiv range are priced to be in the entry level price bracket and won't break the bank."



The September 2012 issue of MusicTech Magazine (UK) features a review of aktiv 05 and aktiv 08. Their verdict for both model: "Both of these new monitors perform well above expectations for their price point."


If you are interested in adding a review to this list, do not hesitate and contact us.