FX8

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FX8
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The Fader Series FX8 studio reference monitor was born out of trying to solve one big problem: How do you make an 8" 2-way monitor that isn't 15" tall! In a studio environment (and more so in a home studio), when you put something that tall on a mixing console, it tends to obstruct the view in front of you. Then what ends up happening is you put these huge monoliths on their side (to reduce the height) and speaker imaging gets skewed because the high frequency energy is bouncing off the surface they're sitting on. Not to mention, what was the vertical off-axis response is now the horizontal off-axis response, minimizing your sweet spot in the listening position. Another compromise! We solved this by creating a Coaxial 2-way design (or dual concentric), with the tweeter mounted in the center of the woofer. We were always impressed by the Manley Tannoy speakers that used a coax driver - we just wanted to do it less expensively. There are two huge benefits to this. One, you can shrink the cabinet height. As mentioned above, it's not optimum to have huge, clumsy speakers on your console...and most 2-ways are so tall, that the tweeter is firing over your head anyway, then you have to tilt them down... and that notion is kind of scary.

The second benefit of the Coaxial design, is that you now have all frequencies (bass and midrange from the woofer and high frequencies from the tweeter) radiating from the same point in space. This is huge because suddenly your off-axis response is much more consistent (meaning your sweet spot is bigger and more even) and the speaker's response doesn't change whether they are standing up or laying down.

The tweeter waveguide was designed in such a way (using the same geometry as the F5 waveguide) to maximize the low frequency response of the tweeter and better integrate with the woofer. Using a 4th order crossover we were able to make the drivers phase coherent, and create a seamless transition between woofer and tweeter. Getting the phase correct between the drivers is crucial to having great midrange, with depth and transparency.

The FX8's also include all of the great features and benefits of the other Fader Series speakers as well. The amplifier supplies 130 Watts of Class A/B power to each cabinet, and the heat sink and standby circuit allow them to operate conveniently and reliably. The Fader volume control and bass reflex port on the front baffle allow for ease of use and placement. Whether you're mixing music in a professional studio or just your home project studio, the FX8's work perfectly with all types of music.

Specifications

  • Frequency response: 35 Hz – 22 kHz (+/-3dB)
  • Crossover frequency: 2.4 kHz 
  • Low-frequency amplifier power: 80 watts 
  • High-frequency amplifier power: 50 watts 
  • Signal-to-noise: > 100 dB (typical A-weighted) 
  • Polarity: Positive signal at + input produces outward LF cone displacement 
  • Input impedance: 20 k ohms balanced, 10 k ohms unbalanced 
  • Input sensitivity: 85 mV pink noise input produces 95dBA output SPL @ one meter with volume control at maximum (102dB Max SPL) 
  • Power: 115V ~50/60 Hz or 230V~50/60 Hz user switchable. 
  • Protection: RF interference, output current limiting, over temperature, turn on/off transient, subsonic filter, external mains fuse 
  • Cabinet: Vinyl-laminated MDF 
  • Size (single monitor): 340mm (H) x 254mm (W) x 270mm (D) 
  • Weight (pair): 44 lbs / 20 kg
ModelC5C5BTF4F5FX8FPX7
C5 C5 BT
Configuration 2-way 2-way 2-way 2-way 2-way Coax 2-way Coax
System Type Active Studio Monitor Active Studio Monitor Active Studio Monitor Active Studio Monitor Active Studio Monitor Active Studio Monitor
Woofer 5" paper pulp composite cone 5" paper pulp composite cone 4" paper pulp composite cone 5" paper pulp composite cone 8" paper pulp composite cone 7" composite cone
Mid Driver
Tweeter 1" PEI diaphragm 1" PEI diaphragm 1" Soft Dome 1" Soft Dome 1.2" Soft Dome L43.5*W28 AMT
Frequency Response 54Hz - 22KHz (+/- 3db) 54Hz - 22KHz (+/- 3db) 69Hz - 22KHz (+/- 3db) 49Hz - 22KHz (+/- 3db) 35Hz - 22KHz (+/- 3db) 42Hz - 27KHz (+/- 3db)
Max Peak SPL 97 97 98 101db 102db 106
Amplifier Class CLASS AB CLASS AB CLASS AB Bi-Amped CLASS AB Bi-Amped CLASS AB Bi-Amped CLASS AB
Power Output 40W (2x20W) 40W (2x20W) 30W (2x15W) 70W 130W 130W
High Frequency 30W 50W 50W
Mid-Frequency
Low Frequency 40W 80W 90W
Input Impedence 20KΩ Balanced / 10KΩ unbalanced 20KΩ Balanced / 10KΩ unbalanced 20KΩ Balanced / 10KΩ unbalanced 20KΩ Balanced / 10KΩ unbalanced 20KΩ Balanced / 10KΩ unbalanced 20KΩ Balanced / 10KΩ unbalanced
HF Level Adjust Y
LF Level Adjust
System Volume -23dB to +6dB -23dB to +6dB -23dB to +6dB -23dB to +6dB -30dB to +6dB -30dB to +6dB
Indicators Power / Standby Power / Standby Power / Standby Power / Standby Power / Standby Power / Standby
Standby Function No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Inputs Balanced TRS, Unbalanced RCA Balanced TRS, Unbalanced RCA, optical toslink, bluetooth 4.0 aptX Balanced TRS, Unbalanced RCA Balanced TRS, Balanced XLR, Unbalanced RCA Balanced TRS, Balanced XLR, Unbalanced RCA Balanced TRS, Balanced XLR, Unbalanced RCA
Enclosure Construction MDF MDF MDF MDF MDF MDF
Finish Black Vinyl Wrap Black Vinyl Wrap Black Vinyl Wrap Black Vinyl Wrap Black Vinyl Wrap Black Vinyl Wrap
Port Configuration Rear Firing Port Rear Firing Port Rear Firing Port Front Firing Slot Port Front Firing Slot Port Front Firing Slot Port
Depth 7.6" / 193 mm 7.6" / 193 mm 6.78" / 172 mm 7.68" / 195 mm 10.6" / 270 mm 10.5" / 264 mm
Width 6.85" / 174 mm 6.85" / 174 mm 5.9" / 150 mm 6.92" / 176 mm 10" / 254 mm 8.5" / 216 mm
Height (D X W X H) 10.1" / 256 mm 10.1" / 256 mm 8.74" / 222 mm 10.23" / 260 mm 13.4" / 340 mm 12.1" / 310 mm
Weight 19.4 Lbs. (8.8 Kg.) pair 19.4 Lbs. (8.8 Kg.) pair 15 Lbs. (6.8 Kg.) pair 22 Lbs. (10Kg.)pair 44 Lbs. (20Kg.)pair 16.5 Lbs. (7.5 Kg.)pc
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