Great music deserves faithful reproduction. To fully experience your music and immerse yourself in its beauty, you need an accurate reproduction system. A system that can recreate a recording without additions or omissions.
Achieving this is a challenge with traditional Hi-Fi systems. Most audio systems are simply not accurate to begin with, while the ones that are generally fail to take the room into account.
The 8c is accurate. It is measurably among the most accurate loudspeakers that exist. And the 8c transforms your listening room from a harmful influence into a useful extension, through a stack of technologies called RoomMatching.
20 Hz - 20 kHz flat, no sub-woofer needed.
No external streaming devices needed.
No external correction devices needed.
DSP used for fine-tuning only.
Optimal performance close to the wall.
Regular firmware updates.
Accurate music reproduction requires more than a thoroughly optimized speaker. It requires a speaker that works together with the acoustics of the listening room.
The 8c represents our commitment to accuracy and clarity. With its constant directivity and flat full-range frequency response from 20 Hz to 20 kHz, music can now be experienced exactly as it was intended. Nothing is added, nothing left out.
Experience truly accurate music reproduction. Hear truth in audio like never before.
Tune the system to the room, not the room to the system. 8c’s adapt to the room they are in and can be placed (very) close to room boundaries without losing performance.
To achieve this, 8c’s combine a proprietary waveguide tweeter with an acoustic cardioid midrange, boundary-coupled bass drivers and active room matching. The result: superb acoustical reproduction in any room.
Besides drivers, the 8c’s small footprint presence holds high-end DACs, amps, subwoofers and a DSP. The system also comes with room matching and streaming capabilities out-of-the-box.
All components match each other perfectly and together deliver a “big sound” from 20 Hz upwards, while keeping the signal-to-noise ratio very high.
The 8c is more than just a loudspeaker. It is a unique acoustic
concept, because its revolutionary design provides constant directivity from 100 Hz upwards. As a result, the 8c is above and beyond any other system in terms of neutrality
From the smooth baffle to the solid oak cabinet, the 8c’s construction is designed to look as clean as it sounds.
The 8c’s outer cabinet is crafted from 20 mm thick solid oak panels. Every oak panel is unique and therefore each 8c has its own unique appearance. During the manufacturing process, we match cabinet pairs, to ensure 8c’s of a pair have a similar look. However, no two 8c’s look exactly the same. We like our customers to be aware of this before buying.
Internally, the 8c is made out of birch plywood. It is used to create the separate compartments for the drivers and to brace the cabinet, in order to increase the stiffness and strength of the cabinet. This results in an acoustically inert cabinet, which ensures that all you hear is the sound of the loudspeaker drivers.
Solid wood is a living material that continuously changes over time. Under the influence of changes in temperature and humidity, the wood will expand and contract. Hairline cracks are normal with solid wood, and thus to be expected. However, the 8c’s cabinet construction is carefully studied and fine-tuned, in order to avoid breakage as the wood ages.
8c’s are automatically discovered on your LAN by Ascend, the 8c's companion app. Ascend will give you full control of settings like gain, distance to front and side walls, updates and many parametric filters. Internet connectivity is not required.
The control interface is also available as a website that is hosted on the 8c's themselves. This means that the 8c's can be controlled on any network, from any computer/OS with a somewhat modern browser.
Besides balanced analogue or AES3 input, you are able to stream digital music directly to your 8c’s. Set up left and right positions using your mobile device and the rest is done automatically.
Within your LAN, 8c’s can be grouped into multiple zones. Perfectly synchronized music can then be played effortlessly in those zones.
Firmware updates are pushed out by Dutch & Dutch up to four times per year. Each update adds new features to your 8c's overnight and keep your 8c’s up-to-date with industry standards and trends.
By default 8c's do not install new updates. Instead they give you the power to manually control the firmware version your 8c's are running. Should you choose to update to a new firmware version, the 8c will automatically download and install any version you select.
8c / Studio DifferencesAcoustically, the 8c and the 8c Studio are identical. There are however a few differences you should take into account when making your choice.
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Do you have any questions about the 8c? We are here for you. Contact us by email, chat or through the contact form.
Whether you want to upgrade or downsize, have a difficult room or simply want the best possible audio quality in your listening environment. The best way to find out whether the 8c is for you, is to plan an audition.