Equator Audio D8 Review. The D8 digital active monitor speakers are an affordable approach to monitoring audio in the recording studio control room and are adorned with an LED sweet spot guide system.
As we begin a new year, here at The Pro Audio Web Blog we have been itching to bring you another Equator Audio monitor speaker review. Having previously rated the coaxial D5s with a full five star rating, the release of the flagship D8’s was something that filled us with excitement. In fact shortly after receiving this model, we were totally convinced that they were worthy of being held to the same pedigree, but just in a larger form factor and harbouring a massive eight inch driver.
Solid, sturdy and functional are most definitely three words that define the D8s. They still feature a similar design to the D5’s, and clearly stand a hell of a time in semi-
With an MDF housing, and plastic precision tuned fanned front firing bass reflex port, the D8s appear to be both sonically and structurally sound with a nice dark-
Now turning our attention to the rear, the D8’s have everything that you would expect from a pair of professional active studio monitors. This includes; a balanced XLR input, balanced TRS jack input, and unbalanced ¼” jack input. In order to help musicians further, Equator Audio has included a small set of adjustable boundary controls that are actually very effective. These controls allow optimisation of frequency response in conjunction with placement of the monitor in the studio, and if you are placing these monitors close up against the wall, the front firing bass reflex port helps to eliminate issues, as does adjusting the boundary setting to ‘1’.
The crisp clear and defined detail that we received via the D5’s has very much been transcribed across to the D8’s with accuracy. The mids seem to shine out, with a smoothness rather than sharp harshness, even at higher volumes. However, the high frequencies do become slightly brittle when pushed, but still perform admirably at comfortable mix volumes.
So what has the larger driver brought us? A punch that's what! The D8’s have a larger mid-
Our conclusion is simple… These are some of the strongest sounding most sonically beautiful monitors in their low-