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Tapco S-8 Active Studio Monitor Pair
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Not too long after Tapco released its popular S-5 active studio monitor, folks started asking for a bigger, louder 8-inch version with the same accla...Click To Read More About This Product
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Not too long after Tapco released its popular S-5 active studio monitor, folks started asking for a bigger, louder 8-inch version with the same acclaimed sound. The Tapco S-8 monitor is the loudest, most accurate 8" active studio monitor in its class, with a big low-end response.
Exceptional sonic performance
The S-8 Active Studio Monitors are designed to be transparent and produce uncolored low-end sound for monitoring in home and project recording studios, home theater systems, and anywhere else massive sound is required. The S-8's two-way bass reflex design provides an amazingly flat frequency response and benefits from complete system integration from the active crossover, dual 60-watt power amplifiers, precision drivers (8-inch low frequency, 1-inch for the highs) and a custom-tuned, ported cabinet.
Cure for bass envy
The Tapco S-8's sound big because they are big. Perfect for serious dance and hip-hop producers, the S-8's deliver massive amounts of bass. The 8-inch woofer pushes huge volumes of air with its integrated 120-watt amplifier, but the low-end response stays clear, not tubby, due to sophisticated active technology. A huge heatsink on the rear keeps the electronics cool when the music is pumping. And because they look as great as they sound, they can only improve the vibe of your studio.
Adjustable, to work any room
The actual room you mix in can have serious effects on how your mix sounds when played on other systems. Variables like size and shape, furniture, doors and windows, carpeted or wood floors, and where you sit when you listen, all combine to determine what you will hear is really what your mix sounds like. After all, what good is a mix that only sounds good in your studio? With the S-8, Tapco included fine calibration controls to let you adjust the low (0, +2, +4 dB below 100Hz) and high (+/- 2dB above 5kHz) frequency response to suit your taste. More importantly, these controls help to ensure that the great sounds you get with the S-8 also sound great on your home stereo, in the car, and anywhere else your music is played.
Protecting your investment
The S-8 monitors are tuned to maximize efficiency, but they can get hot when used in the real world. If the electronics get too hot, separate thermal switches activate and shut down the high and/or low frequency amplifiers until they cool down. An over-excursion filter, just before the low frequency amplifier protects the woofer from shredding itself when the low-end is driven to the maximum. These extra protections ensure long life and monitors you can count on to have your back at all times. Magnetic shielding will protect your computer display or television from being permanently being tweaked from the powerful magnets found inside the S-8.
- Mackie-designed active desktop monitors with dual high-precision internal amplifiers (60w x 60w)
- 8-inch woofer delivers big, punchy low-end especially suited to modern rock, hip-hop, dance music production
- 1-inch waveguide-loaded silk dome tweeter with exceptional stereo imaging for smooth, non-fatiguing mix sessions
- Low-Frequency Boost and High-Frequency Boost/Cut controls allow for acoustic tailoring to different rooms
- Balanced TRS/XLR and unbalanced RCA inputs
- Magnetically shielded, can be placed next to your CRT monitor
- Outperforms other 8" active monitors in its class
- Free Field Frequency Response: 40 Hz 20 kHz (±3 dB)
- Lower Cutoff Frequency: -3 dB @ 40 Hz
- Upper Cutoff Frequency: -3 dB @ 20 kHz
- Sound Pressure Level @ 1 meter, 7.5 dBu into Balanced Input: 100 dB SPL @ 1m
- Maximum SPL Per Pair: 113 dB SPL @ 1m
- Low Frequency: 8 in/203 mm with steel frame, polypropylene cone woofer
- High Frequency: Wave guide loaded 1 in/25 mm silk dome tweeter
- Low Frequency Power: 60 watts, 4-ohm load, 100 watts peak
- High Frequency Power: 60 watts, 4-ohm load, 100 watts peak
- Slew Rate: > 15 V/microsecond
- Distortion (THD, SMPTE IMD, DIM 100): < 0.035%
- Low Frequency: > 101 dB, 20 Hz to 20 kHz, unweighted, referenced to 60 watts into 4 ohms
- High Frequency: > 93 dB, 20 Hz to 20 kHz, unweighted, referenced to 60 watts into 4 ohms
- Type: Monolithic IC, Class AB
- Crossover Type: 24 dB/octave
- Crossover Frequency: 3 kHz
- Sensitivity: +4 dBu at 300 Hz for full output
- Input Impedance: 20 kOhms, balanced bridging; 10 kOhms unbalanced
- Low Frequency EQ: +2 dB/+4 dB @ 100 Hz, peaking
- High Frequency EQ: ±2 dB @ 5 kHz, shelving
- US: 120 VAC, 60 Hz
- Europe: 240 VAC, 50 Hz
- Korea (AC Power Select at 240 V): 220 VAC, 60 Hz
- Japan (AC Power Select at 120 V): 100 VAC, 50/60 Hz
- AC Connector: 2-pin IEC 250 VAC, 16 A male
- Fuse: 115 VAC: T 1.6 A H/250 V
- 230 VAC: T 800 mA H/250 V
- Power Consumption: 80 watts with music, loud mix
- 20 watts quiescent (idle)
- Enclosure: 0.625" (16mm) thick MDF with 1" (25mm) MDF front panel
- Damping: Adiabatic fiberfill
- 16.2"H x 11.6"W x 13.8"D (411x295x351mm)
- Weight: 35.2 lbs. (16 kg)
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I compared the S-8's to BX8a's, HS80's, VXT's and MR8's at a local store before buying them here. I played a professionally mixed CD through them. The S-8's showed all sounds in all ranges clearly and beautifully, without adding any color to the music. (Which is exactly what you want). I cant say the same for the other monitors i tested. Also, build quality is also excellent. Definitely my favorite and the best monitor in this price range (in my opinion)
So I've been in the market for a new pair of powered monitors for the past few months, but money has been tough. There were a few sets in the $500-$600 price range with 8" woofers that I was considering, and the Tapco S8's were on that short list. So when I was perusing the Musicians Friend site the other day, I noticed that they were on clearance. I decided to go for it, so the next day I hopped on line and...even lower?!?!? Is this possible? 2 days later they arrived at my door (the shipping was free as well) and I am blown away by the quality and accuracy of these. I've used the NS-10's for years and the clarity and punch of the Tapcos puts them to shame. They're incredibly loud and clean. I've listened to the KRK RP8's (which are more than twice the price) and they don't even compare to these. Tapco has discontinued these in favor of the Mackie MR8's, and while I'm sure those are great monitors, they lack the frequency response of the S8's (40 Hz - 20 KHz). If you're in the market for active monitors and are on a budget, jump on these while you can, as they won't be around much longer.
I've visited multiple studios in the past year or two as a relatively new musician. I must say when I was thinking about what I would buy, I could not base it on what I saw... most of them were using multiple thousand dollar products. My budget was far smaller and there was little choice about how much I could spend.Upon a recommendation from a friend, I started looking at the Tapco S series monitors and I felt, from just reading their website and manuals, that these were definitely the closest thing I could get for the price.Boy, I was right. They are absolutely amazing. Linear when you need them to be, bass heavy when you want them to be. Switches on the back to tweek treb and bass volumes allow it to be what I want at any point in time. I listen all sorts of music, so bass control is nice for when I don't feel like being a line freak.With the 8 inch woofer/driver, I must admit the cabinet these come in is gargantuan. I looked at the measurements in their manual on their website and trust me when I say this, numbers don't give you a real clue what size they are. Yes you can say "Oh they are 11.6 inches wide." But nothing compares to reality. However, I sort of expected this with all of its electronic gadgetry inside and heatsink on the back; it's not mega surprising, but it does shock you a bit.The clarity these monitors produce gets very close to some of those thousand+ dollar monitors I listened to in studios. If your budget is tight but you want great speakers, look no further sirs... these are absolutely amazing.