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Event 2030 Monitor Speaker Review

event 2030 monitor speaker review

TL;DR:

Event 2030 Review. The 2030's are a pair of active nearfield monitor speakers that feature separate drivers for the frequency spectrum. There is a seven inch low driver, three inch mid driver, and one inch tweeter. Translation is incredible with the 2030's and has an exceptionally powerful sound signature.


Review Preface:

Event Electronics have a renowned record of making great pieces of studio equipment and have a lot to build on after the successes of the 2020’s and Opal studio monitors. Both of these models have certainly held their own ground in the pro audio market. With the 2030's being Event's latest monitor speaker to come to market, their three way transducer design typically bodes well for a much more accurate sonic presentation. With the 2030's retailing at the £799.00 mark, they are suitably aimed to target the mid range pro audio consumers.


Unboxing, Features, and Build Quality:

Arriving in two incredibly large double cell wall boxes, the 2030's are internally suspended with polystyrene. Upon removing the top you will notice that Event have pre-warned their customers where the fragile tweeter is located, and have used a cardboard protector for safe measure. Included within each box is a dedicated two-meter kettle lead, and this is something that we shall explain in greater detail later on. However, with all potential disasters averted, when you finally hook your 2030's out of the box, you will notice that their design is beautifully classic with a one-inch tweeter, a four-inch mid- range driver, and large eight-inch woofer. For this particular design, Event has poised themselves upon a landscape orientation which seems to help with locating the sweet spot. But again, we seriously like the aesthetics of the 2030's. When you power up your units, the 'EVENT' logos are noticeable for all the right reasons. They appear in a dim orange glow that is pleasant, and does not attract your attention from the importance of any of your other pieces of technology.


Moving to the rear of these monitors mounts three dials for fine-tuning the gain, and both high and low shelving features for the monitors to be tuned to the room. Next to this panel, a vast honeycomb heat sync is found situated clots to the power input. Having tested any 'standard' kettle leads with the 2030's might initially show that they are competent, however if you plan to use a much higher grade power cable, with custom IEC socket, will become fruitless as their larger profiles mean that they cannot fit into their intended place... Thanks to a large, slightly ill placed heat sync. Furthermore, the 2030's only accept XLR inputs, however I find it hard to believe many of ‘us’ are currently using anything else other than balanced XLR.


As these particular monitors feature a rear firing bass reflex port, this highlights to us that they must be suitably placed away from any back walls. With a product of this grandeur size, the Event team have taken great lengths to encase their precious design in a dense wood composite housing. As each unit weighs just under 15kg's, the user must make sure that firm stands are already taken care of, or indeed that they can be solidly desk- mounted.


Sound Quality:

The 2030’s contain an astonishing power output, with fidelity maintain at all levels of sound transmission. When pushing these monitors to the maximum, the sonic characteristics change hardly at all, with there being detail across the spectrum as well as a crispness of tonality. High frequencies do not distort neither do they sound harsh. Bass and low-end frequencies lose shape slightly, however only when pushed to the limit. Across normal mixing levels the Event 2030’s excel at most situations thrust upon them. Conveying audio with brilliance and I found mixing a pleasure and above all, they allow you to enter a mix with a fresh and almost completely new angle.

The 2030’s are made up of a three-transducer concept, a woofer, mid cone and tweeter. The crossover points of this monitor are 400hz and 3khz. The addition of a mid range transducer I thought would implicate the fidelity of the monitors, by adding an additional crossover point, but the result only endorses the overall sonic performance of this already exceptional monitor. The separate transducers allow for a depth in sonic performance and a further clarity for you to perceive your mix by. The high and low shelving EQ controls allow control over response to fit the 2030’s to the room’s characteristics.


When critically listening the overall sound is very smooth, which can lead to highs being slightly lost, but the experience is still astonishingly good. The Events do not however have that field of sound emersion that I have experienced with other monitors. These are a reference monitor, a tool for critical mixing and mastering. The stereo image is moderate at best, however they do lack a little spatial definition. Personally I prefer the context of sound the Event’s output, and I am sure others will agree and disagree with this statement. The preference decision is really the only issue with these monitors, sonically, that I can find.


Review Conclusion:

The Event 2030’s are not just a pair of studio monitors, there elegant design and finish gives birth to a character and a look that you would normally receive from and antique or a piece of art. They certainly will be welcomed into many a creative environment and there sound and fidelity is unquestionable. The price mixed with relentless perfection and grace of audio make for a perfect addition to a studio. I certainly will be having a pair in pride of place in my studio. These are an exceptional pair of monitor speakers, however the lack of a definitive spatial environment, and slightly misplaced heat sync, mean that we have to reluctantly award the Event 2030's with a four-and-a-half out of five.


Chris Pavey

Chris Pavey - 1st September 2013

US RRP: $998.00 | UK RRP: £699.00

Editors Rating:

Four and a Half Star Award
Event Electronics 2030
4.5/5 stars
Event 2030 Review. The 2030's are a pair of active nearfield monitor speakers that feature separate drivers for the frequency spectrum. There is a seven inch low driver, three inch mid driver, and one inch tweeter. Translation is incredible with the 2030's and has an exceptionally powerful sound signature.