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Kali Audio LP-6 review

The Kali Audio LP-6 is a product that may make you reconsider your expectations when buying budget studio monitors. They’re extremely inexpensive, and in terms of sound quality, I was surprised by the results. Let’s take a closer look.

About the author

I’m a producer and audio engineer with a decade’s worth of experience with a wide range of gear and recording techniques. I’ve worked with a huge variety of monitoring systems, including Genelec, Neumann, Kali Audio, Focal, and Yamaha, among others.

testing Kali Audio LP-6 studio monitors
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Final verdict on the Kali LP-6 4.6

For what it’s worth, the Kali Audio LP-6 performs phenomenally. Despite some distortion and issues with frequency response, this is nearly a perfect studio monitor. It’s very unlikely you’ll be able to find another set of monitors that will perform better in its price range.

What I like

  • Reliable and accurate.
  • Intuitive graphs for easy setup.
  • Affordable.

What I don’t like

  • Somewhat lacking bass response.
  • Slight distortion.

Note: Newer model

The LP-6 studio monitors have been discontinued by Kali. The new 2nd Wave speakers come with some slight enhancements. Read the full Kali Audio LP-8 V2 review to find out more about the 2nd Wave of Project Lone Pine.

Power and frequency response 4.5

Designed for near-field use, the monitor has a continuous output of 85 dB, with ample headroom for the occasional 112 dB peaks. While the bass may be a bit shy at times and the speaker can be somewhat harsh, a little bit of parametric EQing can go a long way in improving the performance of these monitors.

At the -10 dB points, the frequency response from the Kali LP-6 settles at 39 Hz – 25 kHz. At the more standard -3 dB points, the frequency response is 47 Hz – 21 kHz, while the crossover frequency is right at 1.5 kHz.

As a side note, I really appreciate Kali Audio’s effort as a company to clarify what figures they’re providing in relation to how the monitor performs. Unfortunately, manufacturers will too often slap on a single number, with no further context for us, the consumers, to relate it to.

The point is that it’s a huge red flag whenever these bigger companies state that a monitor’s frequency response is just “45 Hz – 20 kHz”. The lack of additional context leaves the info next to useless – and furthermore, is a subtle way to take advantage of the less-informed buyers.

Kali Audio has gone above and beyond by providing a link to a free viewer software to inspect the monitor’s performance and a copy of the full test data. Good job, Kali.

I/O and controls 4.8

On the rear panel, above the IEC socket and On/Off switch, the LP-6 comes with balanced TRS and XLR inputs, as well as unbalanced RCA. There is a volume knob, which allows you to set the monitors anywhere from +6 db, to muted.

Kali Audio LP-6 inputs and controls
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There’s also a DIP switch that allows you to adjust the EQ of the monitors to adjust them to whatever environment you’re in. There are also graphs printed on the rear to help you pinpoint the best DIP switch settings in relationship to your positioning of them.

Build quality 4.0

The design of the LP-6 is tastefully subtle. The speakers are surprisingly light, and they feel solid all-around despite being encased in plastic.

The monitors are front-ported, allowing them to be placed closer to walls. The ports have also been specially designed to reduce any port noise, which is normally a bigger issue when coming from the front of the speaker.

Compared to other studio monitors

While the Kalis are phenomenal budget studio monitors, here are some other options that I set against the LP-6, that might be worth your consideration.

Kali LP-6 vs LP-8

The results in comparing the LP-6 to the LP-8 are just as you would expect. The LP-8 is bigger, bolder, and fuller sounding. Not a surprise in the slightest. You really can’t go wrong with either pair.

Read the full Kali Audio LP-8 V2 review

Kali LP-6 vs KRK Rokit 5 G4

Without bogging you down with too many details, the KRKs are overhyped budget monitors. Whereas the Kalis can be considered more high mid-class monitors, at least in terms of sound. KRKs are great if you make bass-heavy music, or are looking for really energetic drum sounds, but they are far from accurate.

Read the full KRK Rokit 5 G4 review

Kali LP-6 vs Yamaha HS5

If you’re looking for a monitor pair with a flat response and fuller low end, the LP-6 is the better option. The Yamahas are far brighter and have a lot of midrange that will get in the way if you’re looking for any semblance of neutrality.

Obviously, with the smaller woofer, you can expect the bass to be lacking as well. However, the Yamahas do have a place of consideration if you’re looking for more serious reference monitors.

Read the full Yamaha HS5 review

Who are the Kali Audio LP-6 studio monitors best suited for?

The Kali LP-6 monitor speakers are perfect for anyone looking for an affordable and accurate monitoring solution for their studio.

Note: The first generation of Kali Audio’s Project Lone Pine is discontinued and is out of stock in most places, so be sure to check out the successors here.