Price per speaker
More of a Good Thing.
Our S?5 Active Studio Monitors have been such a hit, producers in the hip-hop
and DJ communities asked us for a bigger, louder version. We like things louder
here at TAPCO too, so we designed the loudest, most accurate 8″ active studio
monitor in its class, and called it the S?8. With a huge low-end response, your
mixes will be louder, punchier, and have a low-end you can be proud of.
Exceptional sonic performance
The S?8 Active Studio Monitors are designed to be transparent and produce
uncolored low-end sound for monitoring in home and project recording studios,
home theater systems, and anywhere else massive sound is required. The S?8’s two-
way bass reflex design provides an amazingly flat frequency response and benefits
from complete system integration from the Active crossover, dual 60-watt power amplifiers,
precision drivers (8-inch low frequency, 1-inch for the highs) and a custom-tuned, ported cabinet.
Cure for bass envy
The S?8’s sound big because they ARE big. Perfect for serious dance and hip-hop producers,
the S?8’s deliver massive amounts of bass. The 8-inch woofer pushes huge volumes of air with
its integrated 120-watt amplifier, but the low-end response stays clear, not tubby, due to
sophisticated Active technology. A huge heatsink on the rear keeps the electronics cool when
the music is pumping. And because they look as great as they sound, they can only improve the
vibe of your studio.
Adjustable, to work any room
The actual room you mix in can have serious effects on how your mix sounds when played on
other systems. Variables like size and shape, furniture, doors and windows, carpeted or wood floors,
and where you sit when you listen, all combine to determine what you will hear is really what your mix
sounds like. After all, what good is a mix that only sounds good in your studio? With the S?8, we
included fine calibration controls to let you adjust the low (0, +2, +4 dB below 100Hz) and high (+/- 2dB
above 5kHz) frequency response to suit your taste. More importantly, these controls help to ensure that
the great sounds you get with the S?8 also sound great on your home stereo, in the car, and anywhere
else your music is played.
Protecting your investment
We know people want to blast their monitors for long periods in less than laboratory conditions, so we
added some extra circuitry just to keep your S?8s performing their best. The S?8s are tuned to maximize
efficiency, but they can get hot when used in the real world. If the electronics get too hot, separate thermal
switches activate and shut down the high and/or low frequency amplifiers until they cool down. An Over-
excursion filter, just before the low frequency amplifier protects the woofer from shredding itself when the
low-end is driven to the maximum. These extra protections ensure long life and monitors you can count on
to have your back at all times. Finally, we’ve adding magnetic shielding to protect your computer display or
television from being permanently being tweaked from the powerful magnets found inside the S?8.
? Mackie-designed active desktop monitors with dual high-precision internal amplifiers (60w x 60w)
? 8-inch woofer delivers big, punchy low-end especially suited to modern rock, hip-hop, dance music production
? 1-inch waveguide-loaded silk dome tweeter with exceptional stereo imaging for smooth, non-fatiguing mix
? Low-Freqency Boost and High-Frequency Boost/Cut controls allow for acoustic tailoring to different rooms
? Balanced TRS/XLR and unbalanced RCA inputs
? Magnetically shielded, can be placed next to your CRT monitor
? Outperforms other 8″ active monitors in its class