In short, what we have is a monitor that's capable of levels of up to 111dB at 1m (long term 80Hz‑20kHz) or 114dB peak, and a frequency response, between ‑3dB points, of 35Hz to 22kHz. We're told that the performance of this tweeter in terms of distortion is significantly better than existing high‑end hi‑fi designs, and while some metal tweeters, particularly undamped titanium, can sound harsh and splashy, this one seems very well behaved. The EX8 is built with a cone‑travel capability of a huge 36mm within its linear range, and has an impressive power-handling capability of 240W pink noise and 720W peak. Whereas tapping a conventional speaker cabinet often produces a noticeable 'thunk', tapping these has about the same sonic result as tapping a car cylinder head! Extremely clean, tight audio performance, with good bass extension and a fast, yet smooth, response to transients. I'm impressed: I can't remember when I last enjoyed working with new monitors as much as I did with these, and there was nothing about the sound that felt wrong or out of place. Do they live up to the hype? v.1.5.0 - Node 3, Baritone Horns, Euphoniums, and Alto Horns. The Best... - Ten Of The Best MIDI Keyboards, The Best... - Ten Of The Best: Analogue-Style Synth Plugins. Somewhere to begin thinking about what they might need, and a few of the options that might work well for them. On paper, the Opal follows the familiar active, two‑way, ported box format, with an eight‑inch woofer and a one‑inch tweeter, but there's a lot going on in there that isn't obvious at first glance. Add to this that few of us have the luxury of testing out every single studio monitor, let alone just a few, and the decision becomes very daunting indeed. Tuesday: 8:30am – 10:00pm (EST) Each speaker weighs 21.2kg, with overall measurements of 295 x 450 x 273mm, so they're very substantial. The reinvented Event brand has got off to an impressive start with this extremely high-class monitor that may challenge our expectations of what we can expect from two‑way designs. It is mandatory to procure user consent prior to running these cookies on your website. Under normal operating conditions, the top LED shows green for signal present and yellow when you're cooking things a bit too hard, although this is said to be an advisory warning, rather than the usual hard clip indicator, so I assume that it comes on when the soft clipper starts to operate. The Level control has a ‑6 to +6dB gain range in 3dB steps, and Space offers bass tailoring for full-, half- or quarter-space positioning. How often have you heard monitors praised only for a friend to find them to be terrible! Event build on their tried and tested design principles to offer two new sets of affordable active speakers. For the typical home studio owner, only the cost. Inevitably, a high‑end speaker costs high‑end money, but even so, the Opals cost less than the monitors with which they stand comparison, and they should appeal to the more serious private studio owner as well as to professional studios — and possibly even to mastering engineers. You also have the option to opt-out of these cookies. Event 20/20 BAS. One of the most important decisions you’ll ever make in your production journey is the choice of studio monitors. These operate at 200Hz and 5kHz, and can be adjusted to suit taste or the room characteristics. Mains comes in on a two‑pin IEC connector (there's no ground, presumably to avoid ground loops), and there's also a power switch and mains voltage switch alongside. Event also offer an optional calibration microphone and computer software package to aid speaker setup in the control room, but this wasn't supplied for review. Like the best hi‑fi speakers, the Opals deliver their best when they've been allowed to warm up for half an hour or more, after which time the sound takes on a slightly smoother and better integrated character — although that's not to say that they sound in any way bad when first switched on. The contents of this article are subject to worldwide copyright protection and reproduction in whole or part, whether mechanical or electronic, is expressly forbidden without the prior written consent of the Publishers. The transition between the woofer and the baffle is also smooth. A full list of beneficiaries can be found here. 20/20: The Giant Killer Using manufacturing processes and materials unheard of at the time, the 20/20 combined a magnetically shielded 25mm natural silk dome with an 8" mineral-impregnated polypropylene cone. All contents copyright © SOS Publications Group and/or its licensors, 1985-2020. The controls for the user-adjustable filters used to match performance to room position are on the front panel, where they can be seen and adjusted with minimum effort, but they're covered by a rubber panel when not in use. If the third red LED lights, there's a fault requiring service. If the name of this loudspeaker sounds familiar, that's because US-based company Event had great success with an active monitor of the same name back in the mid '90s. Third-harmonic distortion is quoted (measured at 90dB SPL, 1m) as: 500‑7kHz, 0.08 percent; 200‑20kHz, 0.2 percent; and <200Hz, 1.5 percent. In this respect, there are parallels with high‑end speakers from the likes of ATC and PMC. At the opposite side of the front panel from the logo are four status LEDs, a secondary function of which is to monitor the power‑on sequence, which includes some self diagnostics that last around 10 seconds. Web site designed & maintained by PB Associates & SOS. This uses a carbon-fibre‑reinforced, paper‑pulp cone, driven by a 66mm copper‑clad aluminium voice‑coil, wound onto a robust polyamide/glass‑fibre former and powered by a neodymium magnetic assembly. This wouldn't look that special on a power amp, but for speakers, where distortion figures of 10 percent are not uncommon, it's very impressive. It has been in development for several years, and It seems that the designers were instructed to aim for the best possible performance and worry about the price later. Opal's 1.6kHz crossover is a very steep, eighth-order (48dB/octave) type and, along with the user adjustable filters, is based on phase-coherent filter circuitry that maintains a flat phase response over the crossover region. Price: $349.99. Friday: 8:30am – 10:00pm (EST) A Combi socket allows balanced jack or XLR inputs to be used, and there's a small D-connector, labelled Module Dock, that provides access to the signal path for planned additional expansion modules, one of which is likely to be a digital interface. Any cookies that may not be particularly necessary for the website to function and is used specifically to collect user personal data via analytics, ads, other embedded contents are termed as non-necessary cookies. All the cooling is done by convection, so there are no noisy fans. Necessary cookies are absolutely essential for the website to function properly. Reinventing the Event brand in this way is a brave move, as the accepted marketing wisdom is to come out with a high‑end product first and establish a reputation, before building more affordable spin‑offs to cash‑in on the accumulated kudos. It’s subjective. Instead, the mid‑range is laid out clearly, revealing things that other speakers might miss, so when you feed in a mix that has problems, they show up very obviously. It comes from a new design team, is manufactured in Australia rather than the Far East, and is aimed squarely at the audio professional and the top end of the project studio market. This list of studio monitors is not meant to be exhaustive. However, the build quality and 'designed for accuracy' performance of the Opal puts it up there with the PMCs and ATCs of this world, and the original metal-case ATC SCM20A probably comes closest in both concept and price. Out of these cookies, the cookies that are categorized as necessary are stored on your browser as they are essential for the working of basic functionalities of the website. The views expressed are those of the contributors and not necessarily those of the publishers. KH 120 A - 5.25'' Active Studio Monitor. By Paul White. A fine‑mesh grille protects the front of the tweeter, and behind this is a phase plug. Win! Event call this technology X‑Coil, and they claim that it provides greater control over the cone, resulting in better transient handling and lower distortion. There are models in this list for all interested parties, but remember that spending more money isn’t always a certainty that you’ll find a better pair of monitors for your own purposes. But opting out of some of these cookies may have an effect on your browsing experience. Rubber base pads are included for use between the speaker base and the stand. Pro Tools buffer size and round trip latency. The Opal's 28‑litre cabinet is pressure cast from aluminium, finished in a black powder coating, and the inherently rigid shape is curved in two dimensions to discourage resonances, as well as internal reflections that might cause standing waves. Photo: Mike Cameron The Event two-way active TR8 monitor has evolved from the popular Event 20/20BAS model and utilises the same specification of cabinet, driver and fourth-order electronic crossover. If you have this much to spend on two‑way monitors, you have a huge choice, with many models costing rather less than the Opal. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. On the face of it, Event might seem to be doing exactly the reverse, but by making their first new model since the company's change of ownership a very high‑end speaker that can live up to its not inconsiderable marketing claims, they seem to be on the right path to establish a provenance that will see the brand viewed in an entirely different light in future years. This website uses cookies to improve your experience while you navigate through the website. Attack Magazine is funded by advertising revenue. Event's new owners make some extravagant claims for these new high‑end monitors, whose design is said to put quality first. Finally, Dim sets the brightness of the Event illuminated logo! (0 Reviews) IK Multimedia. Event have been building studio monitors for 15 years, but since they were acquired by the owner of Australian mic manufacturers Rode, there have been big changes, and the new, high‑end Opal monitor signals a completely new direction. Similar dual‑coil systems have been tried in the past, with varying degrees of success, so the general idea isn't new, but the driver needs to have a large physical excursion range to make this work correctly. If you are able to visit a store, be careful not to fall into a trap of the higher the price the better the speakers.