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Mackie S408 Precision Passive 2-Way Loudspeaker Pair   

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The Mackie S408 Precision Passive 2-Way Loudspeaker is the ideal choice for any establishment where high quality live sound is crucial. Great for hou...Read More

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The Mackie S408 Precision Passive 2-Way Loudspeaker is the ideal choice for any establishment where high quality live sound is crucial. Great for houses of worship, DJs, club sound reinforcement, and keyboard/drum monitoring. And if that weren't enough, the Mackie S408's trapezoidal shape makes it perfect for vocal monitor wedge applications.

HOW TETRAD WORKS
In a typical 15", 2-way loudspeaker system, the 15" audio speaker offers relatively slow transient response, and the small high-frequency horn tends to beam a narrow, blaring sound at the listener—end result, muddy sound. By replacing the 15" speaker with four 8" drivers (that's what tetra means, four), Mackie increased the driver surface area to 201 sq. inches from 177 sq. inches, creating more punch and a tight, more focused low-end. It's hard to believe, but four 8" transducers offer better transient response and move a bigger column of air than a single fifteen.

VOCAL CLARITY AND PATTERN CONTROL
By using four 8" low-frequency drivers, Mackie was able to drop an extremely large horn into the S408 speaker and still keep the cabinet size small. Besides presenting a more friendly load impedance, a bigger horn yields lower distortion, better pattern control and allows the horn to operate more efficiently at lower frequencies‹all the way down to the heart of the critical vocal and midrange zones. Since this larger horn is more stable through the crossover point, the transition to the LF drivers is virtually seamless, in terms of frequency response and directivity. All this adds up to greater consistency throughout the entire coverage pattern, resulting in vastly improved intelligibility across your entire audience.

SOLID CONSTRUCTION
The Mackie S408 is constructed of solid 18mm Baltic Birch plywood and coated with wear-resistant, textured black PVC vinyl paint. These speaker cabinets are built to stand up to rugged use while maintaining their stunning appearance. Top and side-mounted, balanced-optimized carrying handles make them easy to transport.

POWER HANDLING
Due to its extremely efficient design, the S408 can be driven by even the smallest of power amplifiers. But to showcase its full potential, strap-on your beefiest amp (maybe one of our M-Series High-Efficiency Power Amps) and climb to a new level of sound quality and professional capability. The S408 is, quite possibly, the closest thing to "concert-quality" sound on the market in its class.

VERSATILITY
Designed for maximum versatility, the S408 speaker can be stacked, or pole-mounted, on the S410s Subwoofer. It can also be flown via 12 integrated rigging points, either vertically or horizontally. They function extremely well when arrayed in pairs, providing outstanding coverage to an incredible 150 degrees. And the S408's trapezoidal shape makes it perfect for use as a floor monitor.

FEATURES
  • 4 x 8" LF drivers in unique Tetrad alignment offer wide low-frequency dispersion and enhanced transient response
  • 1" exit HF driver on an oversized 75 x 40° horn provides superb coverage and high-frequency definition; 2 vertically arrayed enclosures provide 150° coverage
  • Pole mountable on commercially available speaker stands
  • Symmetrical Trapezoidal design allows for monitor wedge applications
  • Stackable atop S410s Precision Passive Subwoofer
  • Flyable both horizontally and vertically via 12 integrated 3/8" threaded inserts
  • Portable with 4 balance-optimized top and side-mounted handles
  • Dual parallel, locking NL4 connections for Input and Thru on rear panel
  • Thermal Overload HF driver protection
  • Sensitivity: 99dB SPL (1W/1m)
  • 600W RMS power handling at 8 Ohms
  • Frequency Response: 60Hz-22kHz
SPECIFICATIONS

S408 Precision Passive 2-Way Loudspeaker Pair

  • Frequency Range (—10 dB): 60 Hz — 22 kHz
  • Frequency Response (—3 dB): 80 Hz — 18 kHz
  • Sound Dispersion: 75°x40°
  • Maximum SPL Long-term @ 1m: 127 dB
  • Sensitivity (1W/1m): 99 dB SPL
  • Crossover Frequency: 2700Hz
  • Input Protection: Dynamic protection for compression driver
  • Basic Design: Trapezoidal
  • Material: 18 mm multi-layered plywood, resin end caps
  • Finish: Wear-resistant textured black PVC vinyl
  • Handles: One on each side, one top, one bottom
  • Grille: Perforated metal with weather-resistant coating
  • Dimensions (H x W x D): 31" x 20.1" x 17.9"
  • Weight: 72 lbs.
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2.0

Very Disappointed

By Bwanazappa

from Atlanta

I was really intriqued by the design of these. Looked very good on paper. They look great and are very sturdy. I was hoping that using them with my JBL speakers would give me added warmth and short throw for primarily vocals. When compared side by side with my JBL M Series 15's, the sound is nowhere near as clear or punchy. There is a harshness to the highs and muddiness to the mid's. I have an Allen & Heath board with built in parametric equalisers. 1st gig I used the Mackies on, with one cabinet running off each side of a new crown amp that puts out 700 watts at 8 ohms, one of the horns blew. I was using my JBL's with the same set up on the same gig. I have dragged my JBL's around in every kind of format for over 2 years without a problem. Now I am having to deal with the Mackie warrantee system. For dependablity and quality, I will stick with JBL's from here on.

 
5.0

Smart design, great dispersion

By Zippo the Heavier

from markle

This unique design is one of the best ever conceived. Place these on stands just above head level on each side of the stage, facing inward, so that they almost face front-center. (where the lead vocalist would usually stand.)You won't need monitors or any other speakers.People who sit up close (because they love loud music will thrill to the stereo image.) Those in your audience who do not wish to be inundated with high SPL will be out of the line of fire, or far enough away that they don't gripe so much.Meanwhile, everyone on stage can hear very clearly but without getting blasted by beaming-highs or ear-ringing volume. Feedback is not a problem either with this set-up. This efficient little rig is easy to carry, easy to set-up / tear-down, and though it looks unimposing, delivers amazing clarity and volume.It works best for medium to small stages, 20 to 40 feet wide, 10 to twenty feet deep.I can get two of these in my Volkwagen Beetle's back seat. There is still room for my little rack with PSA1.1, effects, tapco mini mixer and QSC amp, stands etc... A folding hand-cart goes in the trunk.Awesome! This portable little system works wonders even in terrible acoustic-spaces thanks to the intelligent EAW design, ...the only kind of intelligent design that really exists.

 
5.0

Great Sound!

By musikman

from Seaford, DE

I bought these speakers for my middle school auditorium along with a mackie 808s powered mixer. Definitely the best sound I could have ever imagined. The speakers are a little heavy and large for my application but the sound is worth it!

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