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D8 Studio Monitors (Pair)
D8 Studio Monitors (Pair)

D8 Studio Monitors (Pair)
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Equator 2-Way Coaxial Active Studio Monitors with Internal DSP (Sold as a Pair)

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).

Unconditional 60 Day Money Back Guarantee

We are so confident that you will love them that we offer an unconditional 60 day money back guarantee. Every room has different sonic characteristics. The best place to demo the D8's is in your own room. If for any reason within the first 60 days of receiving the D8's you are not completely satisfied with your D8 purchase, just email us at: or call us at 888-772-0087 to receive a return authorization number.

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Average Customer Review: 5 of 5 | Total Reviews: 3 Write a review.

  1 of 1 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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  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
Clarity with some thump May 17, 2014
Reviewer: Lee from Albuquerque, NM United States  
Wanted something for mixing pop, rock, jazz, and classical.  Midrange is the clearest I've heard.  Has a decent thump in the bass - not enough for Hip Hop and EDM, but enough for what I need.  Imaging and clarity are so revealing, I'm  hearing things in commercial tracks I never knew were there.

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  2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
Fantastic February 25, 2014
Reviewer: Mike from LA, CA  
I have previously used D5s so I thought I  knew what to expect.  But these actually have MORE detail in the mids than the D5s and yes, they have the low end thump I was looking for.  The imaging is amazing ... vocals sound like they're right between the two speakers.  Reverb trails are clearer than I've ever heard them.  You've  heard "fix it in the Mix" ... well I have.

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