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Mackie S408 Precision Passive 2-Way Loudspeaker with Tetrad Technology

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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...Click To Read More About This Product

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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.

In a typical 15", 2-way loudspeaker system, the 15" 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.

By using four 8" low-frequency drivers, Mackie was able to drop an extremely large horn into the S408 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 frequencies¹all 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.

The S408 is constructed of solid 18mm Baltic Birch plywood and coated with wear-resistant, textured black PVC vinyl paint. These 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.

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.

Designed for maximum versatility, the S408 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.

  • 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

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Want to hear the vocals?

By WorkingSoundGuy

from Seattle

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This is an awesome speaker. But to be sure, if you are doing any music, you must use subs. When you do use subs, its an unbelievably clear, smooth sound. Acoustic instruments and vocals jump out. The sound is so natural that when you mic guitar amps, there is no harshness added by the PA and the FOH sounds just like the stage. The crossover point between the 8"s and the horn is at 2400 Hz. Well above the primary freq's of most instruments. Top end is very smooth and not harsh. The down side is that these units are heavy at 72 lbs. I wish they had used neodymium magnets. Also, the handles, while everywhere, are often oriented wrong. Still, these cabs took my sound system to the next level. The audiences make comments about how good the PA sounds. I use an A&H 16 chan mixer with QSC 1804 600 Watt x 2 amps.


Excellent Solution...

By PyQ5dQovF

from Kansas City

Setup and introduced these speakers last weekend and put them through the paces. They were coupled to a DBX DriveRack PA and plenty of Crown XTI power. We "pinked" the room and achieved a very smooth, punchy mix. We are very pleased and highly recommend this setup.


owner of sound reinforcement company

By Mike Smith

from Lancaster, OH

Found these when looking to upgrade our monitor system. They are excellent when used as vocal monitors. We power them with Crown XTi4000's and they sound great. Comments from musicians that have had the pleasure to work behind them says it was money well spent and best monitors they have in a long time. Definately fixed our complaints in the monitor system.


Killer for Mackie

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

These rock for sure!! Like others have said team it up with the subs. Full range bliss my friends. I have heard alot of sytems EV, JBL, Yorkville and these are just as clear in the higher freq. The subs kill all other mackie subs IMHO

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