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New & Improved D8 Studio Monitors (Pair)
New & Improved D8 Studio Monitors (Pair)
D8 Studio Monitors with DSP (Pair)

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D8 Studio Monitors with DSP (Pair)
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Product Code: D8

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Active Coaxial Studio Monitors

Our new D8 (Direct 8) coaxial studio monitors are the next step in the D Series line. Geared for the recording professional, the D8 delivers the crystal clear mid-range detail first presented by the D5s but with higher SPL and and much bigger bass response. Focused attention was paid to the development details to ensure that they deliver professional sonic performance. These studio monitors feature an expensive coaxially designed transducer with an 8" woofer and a 1" silk tweeter. The frequency response is 44hz to 20khz. The D8s cutting edge digital amplifier provides extremely low distortion with plenty of punch. The internal DSP allows for intricate pin-point accurate adjustments. The D8 was designed specifically to deliver a much bigger sound while maintaining the extreme level of detail that the D5 has been proven to provide.

The D8 studio monitors have pro features; balanced XLR and balanced/unbalanced TRS inputs; a calibrated stepped level sensitivity control; a 3 alternate voice boundary selection switch; an all wood cabinet, including a wood front baffle for optimum performance; a fully extended 2.5" perfectly tuned front port, providing superior and accurate extended low-end response. And because the port is on the front baffle, the D8's can be positioned close to a wall with no fear of the low-end being choked.

The coaxial transducer design of the system incorporates a steep 4th order crossover along with a newly applied DSP aided group delay filter in order to deliver a phase accurate detailed mid-range with unobstructed clarity in that complex 900Hz - 3 kHz range. Guitars, voices, strings, horns, & reverb trails are very clearly and accurately portrayed and any mid-range anomalies in the source material can be easily determined and addressed. Because of our matched transducer output, mid-range mix elements can be positioned in the stereo field without the fear of being misplaced. The D8 represents the next step forward in detailed clarity.

Like the Q Series, the D8 features our Zero-Point Reference™ custom designed coaxial Digitally-Controlled Transducers™ along with internal DSP to provide a matched output curve for every unit. This allows for accurate no-shift imaging. The DSP allowed pin-point accurate adjusting during the voicing process. The voicing was aided by our award-winning Technical Advisory Committee recording engineers that referenced their hit mixes for voicing considerations. The final D8 pre-set voicing curve is optimal for mid-range detail as well as accurate bass placement and low frequency reproduction. With high-quality components, internal DSP, 100w of power, and 106 dB of SPL, the D8s deliver a large trustworthy crystal clear audio image.

A note about the voicing and the boundary selection

Boundary Selections:

For improved mid-range definition we elected to make the boundary switch choices as follows (a different approach than a standard boundary selector) :

Position 3: the normally free standing position has a bell type dip centered at 150Hz (to bring down the mid-range overtones) and a general rise starting at 6500Hz.

Position 2: a flattening out of the 150Hz dip and a flattening out of the 6500Hz rise. Boundary position 2 is flat with no bass roll off.

Position 1: Position 2 with a 2.5 dB roll off from 1k down to 44Hz. (Appropriate for a wall position placement of the speaker).

Equator Audio: Why Coaxial Speakers

Average Customer Review: 5 of 5 Total Reviews: 7 Write a review.

  0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:
D8s are the monitors I always wanted June 12, 2017
Reviewer: Mike Halloran from Sunnyvale, CA United States  
They sounded great when Ted demo'd them at NAMM but till you get them in your studio, you just don't know for certain. Well, I'm a believer.

I own D5s but they weren't really large enough for my preferred mix position in the studio. When the new D8s became available, I had to try them. Hey, if I didn't love 'em, there's that Return offer, right?

The D8 is everything I love about the D5 but more, more, more. Midrange is even clearer. Yes, the bottom end is nicer, of course. I used both with a JBL sub but the upper bass/lower mics are better defined. The differences between the bass and kick drum on Steely Dan records is even easier to hear. My mix position is further back from the D8s which I prefer. My D5s are being moved to surround duty.

They sound very good without a subwoofer but I prefer that extra depth that a good sub gives you and the D8s can be driven harder with a sub crossed over at 80Hz.

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  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
Wow. I'm finally hearing the truth. March 4, 2015
Reviewer: Branden Brinegar from Berea, KY United States  
I've read all the reviews and watched the passionate videos of Ted explaining his product, but wow. These speakers say so much more than the reviews and videos ever could.

I'm finally hearing the truth in my mixes and my final products are now much more consistent through headphones/car stereos/other speakers, etc.

I'm blown away at how immediate I've started to notice more in the mid-range, and as a producer and engineer that records more indie/rock/post-hardcore/metal, the amount of low end is just enough. I'm also surprised at how tight the low end is in these monitors. Finally, a good representation of the lower frequencies in my mixes!

I'm in love! Thank you Equator!

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  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
Clean Open sound focus Image March 4, 2015
Reviewer: eduardo larez from Los Angeles, CA United States  
I Have the D8's, you can notice all the details from the mix, wile tracking and mixing, they are revealing. DSP helps greatly with the 3 modes i use 3 wile mixing music and 2 for post production TV/Multimedia dialogue work. Bass response is clean, mids & highs benefit form the concentric design, you will notice any noise,phase,glitches,clips,mid hunk, brittle harness tones right away, it makes mixing and balancing more efficient with supreme ST image Loud spl and natural tone.  I am pleased to have them.

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Wow…..just wow….. February 4, 2015
Reviewer: Jayme Silverstein from Valley Village, CA United States  
In case you are wondering, these monitors are NOTICABLY more revealing and more fun to listen to then the D5s!  My D5s had just ousted my focal solo 6s as my main monitors and now D8s have bested the D5s!  I am hearing so many things I have never heard before.  Just amazing!

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  3 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
Brutally honest monitors July 25, 2014
Reviewer: bill nunez from norman, OK United States  
I've torn down a lot of different speaker cabinets from all over the price spectrum. There is a LOT of hype, particularly in the studio monitor/hifi speaker markets.  When you get down to it, there is only so much you can improve in transducers.  

The technology Equator is using goes beyond hype. The transducers are nothing special and ctive monitors are extremely common these days.  BUT, bi-amping and DSP eliminate the achilles heel of most monitors, which is the passive crossover network.  In concert sound, we've known for years that passive crossovers make a mess by causing phase anomalies, which translates to unpredictable frequency response.  Sometimes it works, such as in NS10, but the technology to do something better is here, so why not use it?

Bi-amping and coaxial drivers produce more linear frequency response across a bigger listening area, and DSP allows the speaker to be voiced and time-aligned.

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