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 Event Electronics Studio Precision 8 PASSIVE At a Glance  
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M. McNiel writes:
These monitors are two way. Soft dome tweeter and some sort of high tech 8 inch woofer. Check out the website or any on-line music store for this sort of technical info. The front of the speakers are finished with a piano style high gloss black. I thought this would look would be too overpowering, but I must admit it looks pretty cool. The tops and sides are finished like the ubiquitous NS10's: flat black finish over a wood vaneer. The rest of the cabinet appears to be made out of MDF. Even though the speakers are passive, they are quite hefty --lift with the knees... Bottom line: the SP8's seem very well built.

Good Points
For the past twelve years or so I've been mixing on NS10's. While I will continue to use these as a second reference, I wanted to be able to hear what was going on below 100hz (with a reasonable degree of accuracy) and I wanted a much less fatiguing monitor. The SP's have delivered on both. Driven by a Hafler P230, the bass response is much more prominent (to some degree this was is a no brainer -the NS10's have 6" woofers) and accurate well below 50 cycles. I can finally get an clear idea of what the low bass and low mids are up to. Previously, after generating a mix, it was off to the acoustically perfect $16,000.00 Honda Accord control room. I have both heard and read about previous Event monitors (20/20's) being somewhat "tubby" in the low end. This seems to be a thing of the past with the SP's -the low end impresses as tight, and punchy I worried that perhaps this "punchiness" might be a hyped artifact of the monitors and that the low end of my mixes would not translate well to other speakers. So far, this has NOT been the case. With respect to the tweeters: they are much less fatiguing than the NS10's and the mids much less hyped (no 15k bump here.) I would not characterize the highs as "soaring," but they impress as clear and accurate. I've spent a good deal of time in front of Genelecs. The highs from the SP's seem somewhat less "sweet," but again, the words "clear" and "accurate" come to mind. I am able to hear with much greater detail, exactly what sort of room I've crafted with my reverbs. The ad hype suggests the SP's allow for accurate panning and have a wide sweet spot. I would agree entirely with these characterizations. I'm hearing accurate pan placement at 2 and 11 o'clock right through to 6. My previous experience suggested that only "wide" and "narrow" were available to mixologists. And, I can reach for coffee, or any other beverage, and not feel like I've stepped out of the stereo alley that I was previously presented with. The final word: Event has come up with a winner. Finally, accurate bass response well below 50 cycles, smooth none fatiguing highs, and a wide and accurate sound stage --all this cruising out of quality built cabinets for well under $1,000 per pair. What a great time to be making music!!
Bad Points
I can think of no "bad points" per say. The SP's are great reference monitors. Period. However, in the last analysis one can only characterize monitors in relative fashion --there is no absolute. I am often reminded of Mr. Clearmountain's comments about mixing on some sort of Apple computer system speakers. He was lamenting the brand's disappearence. Speaking for myself, I'd take Mr. Clearmountain's "guesswork" over my best sonic judgement any day.
 

 Event Electronics Studio Precision 8 PASSIVE Specifications:

Digital IOs:
none
Analog IOs:
R and L input, accepts straight wire, lug, or banana plugs
Other IOs:
none
Aux sends: none
Maximum Resolution:flat from approx 40hz to 20,000hz

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