It had to happen. Austin, Texas-based powered loudspeaker manufacturer Bassboss announced it is bridging the gap between live and studio speaker performance with its new SV8 Powered MicroMain monitors.
Featuring high sound quality and bass performance for its size, Bassboss said its new SV8 is equally at home as a studio monitor or a main speaker in live venues such as clubs and other small music listening areas.
“Most small loudspeakers don’t perform well at high levels nor at low frequencies, so I thought it would be useful to create a box that could do both,” said David Lee, president of Bassboss. The resulting speaker, he said, leverages advanced speaker and cabinet design to achieve big, rich and finely detailed sound from an elegantly diminutive enclosure.
With 117dB of sustained output in satellite mode and maximum output of 120dB, the SV8 Powered Micromain is capable of output levels that compare to some 12-inch powered boxes, but the SV8 offers superior quality and detail.
“In designing the SV8, I wanted to deliver a lot of warm, rich output from a very small space,” said Lee. “Our eight-inch woofer has a rubber surround which provides excellent edge damping, low distortion and smooth midrange response.”
To enhance low-frequency performance, the SV8 cabinet features a large port above the woofer grill. “The large port helps maintain low frequency performance to higher levels than other boxes this size by minimizing air velocity and port turbulence. The result is a very compact box that delivers studio-quality sound and is unobtrusive even in the smallest venues.”
The SV8 includes a comprehensive digital signal processor built into its 700 watt Powersoft amp, providing four presets designed to maximize utility. The presets allow the speaker to be used either as a full-range system, a satellite for a small subwoofer or as a main speaker with a larger subwoofer.
With its extremely flat frequency response and neutral character, the SV8 delivers high-fidelity sound reproduction that makes it an ideal solution for critical listening in the studio. “The SV8 offers the resolution necessary to hear the finest details in the mix,” said Lee. It also boasts a higher output than many comparably sized studio monitors.
“The additional power allows the producers to listen at club and performance levels and ensure the mix works in most contexts without switching to different boxes. Similarly, the producer may find it useful to demonstrate a mix to their client at these levels.”
The Bassboss SV8 is shipping now and is priced at $1495.00.
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