Frequency response that is +-1.5dB from 45 to 18,000 Hz. The DV8 processing includes 4 presets. Preset 1 allows them to be used in stand-alone mode as full-range speakers for smaller events and offers LF response to 45Hz. Preset 2 can be used for speech and music with or without a subwoofer. Presets 3 and 4 are intended for use with subs. Each higher preset provides slightly less LF output from the DV8 but increases the maximum SPL the DV8 can achieve, so the more subwoofer output you have available, the higher the preset number you use.
Self-powered by a 1500W amplifier, the DV8 can run on mains voltage from 90 to 250V, and is compatible with all power supplies worldwide. The extensive amplification makes it capable of extremely high output, with a full and rich presence. Providing remarkable output for a speaker of its size, the DV8 can replace much larger, heavier cabinets.
Ideal for the mobile professional who moves gear on a regular basis, the handles incorporated in the sides, top and bottom of the cabinet extend past the amplifier to protect it in transit. With handles designed for ergonomic and balanced transport, it is very easy to handle. The cabinet is compact, only 22” high x 18” deep, weighs just 42 pounds and is made entirely of Baltic Birch in the USA.
Ultra-wide horizontal coverage of 120 degrees helps to provide consistent, intelligible coverage to audience areas that are to the far left and right, outside the coverage of ordinary portable loudspeakers. This extremely wide coverage is made possible through the use of a line-array waveguide, which, along with the vertical alignment of the drivers, helps to constrain vertical coverage to a nominal 15 degrees. The tight vertical pattern provides more consistent coverage over greater distances and minimizes ceiling and floor reflections, enhancing intelligibility.
The DV8 uses a narrow midrange driver to maintain the widest possible horizontal dispersion through the midrange. Rather than using one 12" or one 15" woofer, two 8" drivers are used because they offer a combination of wide horizontal dispersion and good low-frequency response while using minimal cabinet volume. The 8-inch drivers have octagonal cast aluminum baskets so they can be mounted directly adjacent to each other, minimizing cabinet frontal area.
The high frequency wave guide is mounted forward of the loudspeaker baffle and above the grill to minimize edge diffraction and deliver consistent and extended horizontal dispersion. It's also mounted at the very extreme top edge of the cabinet, which allows a second box to be inverted on the first for seamless summing of the high-frequencies, delivering line-array performance when two boxes are coupled. When a second box is added, the adjustments in the linkage allow for 4-degrees down through 4-degrees up on the second box.
Cabinet construction incorporates a 4-degree down-angle when deployed on a pole stand or resting on a flat surface, so the cabinet is automatically at the appropriate downward angle to cover a large room while maintaining outstanding near field sound quality. The down-angle ensures even coverage over the additional distance afforded by the tight vertical coverage pattern and the line-array wave guide.
Seamless Coupling and Line-Array performance from pairs. Unlike almost every other speaker in this market, two DV8s can be coupled together, delivering 4 times the output with no loss of sound quality. Conventional speakers don't couple coherently when combined together, so the sound quality suffers when more output is desired. Constant-curvature/fixed-angle arrays can only increase vertical coverage with additional boxes, a feature that isn't desirable in most level spaces. Although technically not a line-array, the DV8 offers multiple benefits that make them perform like a line array, and better than a constant-curvature array:
1: Tighter control of the vertical high-frequency dispersion. This is achieved using true isophasic wave guides and designing the cabinets so when two are arrayed, the wave-guides are closely coupled and sum coherently to over 13kHz.
2: Adjustability of the vertical dispersion. This is achieved by incorporating a 4-degree angle into the cabinet construction and supplying an adjustable interconnecting mechanism that allows from 0-degrees to 8 degrees of inter-cabinet splay angle.
3: Greater control over the mid and low-frequency vertical dispersion. This is achieved by aligning the mid-low drivers vertically to extend the overall length of the line, with the resulting length offering reasonable pattern control down to 150Hz.
4: Wider high-frequency dispersion. This is achieved by mounting the high-frequency wave-guide exit forward of the loudspeaker baffle and above the grill to minimize edge diffraction and deliver consistent and extended horizontal dispersion.
5: Wider mid-frequency dispersion. This is achieved by using multiple, vertically aligned 8" drivers so the frequencies at which the midrange starts to beam from the woofers are in the transition range to the tweeter, making the horizontal dispersion more consistent throughout the frequency spectrum.
6: Symmetrical output to left and right. Constant curvature arrays are asymmetrical, meaning their output isn't consistent on both sides of the cabinet. The DV8 delivers identical response to the left and right whether alone or in pairs.
Perfect for expansion. The seamless coupling feature of the DV8s makes them much more versatile than any other choice on the market because they offer the extremely wide 120-degree horizontal coverage whether using one or two per side AND the choice of tighter, the same, or expanded vertical coverage when using two per side. When you expand to own more than one pair of DV8s, you can use them in multiple rooms, on separate gigs, or seamlessly coupled to serve much larger rooms.
Notes from the Designer:
“After attending several very nice weddings and some small shows in halls and restaurants, I noticed that every event needed speakers that offered wider coverage and better sound quality, and all could seriously use more attractive speakers. (It breaks my heart to see a potentially perfect wedding picture with a ratty old plastic speaker ruining it!) Since I’m always thinking of these types of things, I thought about what I would use if I had to do these gigs and I couldn’t think of anything that I’ve ever seen that would really meet the needs of these events.
What they really need, I thought, was an ultra-wide dispersion, good-looking loudspeaker that could cover a large area for speech and music at a high level, compact so as not to take up a lot of space and powerful enough to replace a stack of big, ugly sight-line blocking old boxes. What I came up with is the DV8. And it turned out beautifully! I’m very proud of the result because it delivers on the BASSBOSS promise of being able to do more with less, and it does more than just more output. It does more in qualitative ways. More attractive, more coverage, more clarity, more versatility and more pleasant to listen to. I have these in my living room.”
• Compact, High Fidelity, High Output
• Ultra-Wide Horizontal Coverage
• Broad Frequency Range
• Long Throw
• Line-Array Performance from Pairs
• 1500 Watt EIAJ Class D Powersoft Amp
• Integrated Digital Processing
The DV8 is an elegant and extremely versatile loudspeaker. It delivers a remarkable combination of flat frequency response, high output, broad coverage and long throw from a very compact, lightweight and visually attractive loudspeaker.
The DV8 provides excellent speech intelligibility, extremely wide dispersion, even sound projection over distance and ultra high-fidelity music reproduction. The cabinets are small, light, attractive, unobtrusive and they can get really loud. If these things are important to you, the DV8 is the single best loudspeaker to have atop your tripods. $2772.00 each. Free freight to commercial addresses.
|Cut Sheet||DV8 Cut Sheet PDF Download|
|DV8 Owner's Manual||Download Manual|
|Loudspeaker Description||Wide dispersion compact full-range speaker|
|Frequency Response (+-3 dB)||45 - 19,000 Hz|
|Maximum Sustained Output||117dB SPL, 1m, 2pi, half-space|
|Short-term Peak Output||123 dB|
|Nominal Dispersion (°H x °V)||120 x 15|
|Amplifier||1500 Watt two channel Powersoft Class D|
|DSP||Integrated comprehensive DSP for High-pass, Low-pass, time alignment, EQ and limiting|
|Electrical Connectors, Amplifier||Neutrik PowerCON in and through|
|Electrical Connector, Mains||NEMA5-15 (Edison) or PowerCON loop-through jumper (for use above subwoofer) on request|
|Voltage Operating Range||90-250V. Auto-sensing, auto switching universal supply|
|Current Draw, Nominal||3A @ 1/8 power|
|Controls||Level control from +12dB to -12dB, preset selector button|
|Display||LEDs for Power/ready, Signal, Clip and Protect. LED indicating selected preset|
|Signal Input Connector||XLR-F|
|Signal Output Connector||XLR-M pass-through only||
|Enclosure Type||2-way full-range. Direct radiating Vented LF section, horn-loaded HF section|
2 x 8 inch diameter (200 mm) neodymium motor woofers with 2 inch (51mm) diameter copper winding voice coil.
|Transducer, HF||1 x 1.7 inch (44mm) diaphragm neodymium motor compression driver on 1 inch throat isophasic wave guide|
15 mm Baltic Birch plywood. Equipped with 6 handles. Includes 4 internally braced fly points and a 35mm pole socket mount
|Suspension Points||8 x 3/8 inch - 16 TPI internally braced threaded mounting points|
22.5 inches (57cm) high x 18 inches (45.75cm) deep x 10.75 inches (27.3cm) wide front and 8.5 inches (21.5cm) wide rear
|Net Weight||42 lbs (19 kg)|
|Shipping Weight||48 lbs (21.7kg)|
|Exterior Finish||Weatherproof bonded high-pressure polyurethane|
|Grill||Perforated, powder coated steel||
|Stacking Bracket||Adjustable bracket set, mounts second cabinet inverted for near-perfect summed response, provides splay-angle adjustment from 0 to 8 degrees|
|Shoulder Eye Bolts||For use when flying single cabinets|
|Side-pull Anchors||For use when flying 2 cabinets connected by Stacking Bracket|
|Cover||Heavy-duty padded nylon transport cover|
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Sound Defense is a fully-transferable, enhanced warranty program that adds coverage of all driver components, including subwoofer voice coils, for two years. With Sound Defense if a driver fails within the program term, it will be repaired or replaced without charge.
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