SRP 800

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Overview

The SRP 800 is a new high power active reference monitor. This SRP is excellent for loud monitoring without any audible loss in detail. The enclosure is pressure die cast aluminum that maximizes rigidity and lends it a unique form. The silk dome tweeter is nested in a custom waveguide to produce on and off axis linearity and a wide, detailed soundstage. The 8 " kevlar woofer produces deep bass and exceptional transient response. A new 175 + 100 watt biamplifier drives the transducers optimally while providing adequate headroom and dynamics. The maximum SPL measures in at an impressive 112dB. DSP based internal processing with high quality ADC and DAC is employed for the crossover and also provides the 0.75dB step calibrated HF and LF room compensation EQs at the rear. On the front is a level control ranging from mute to +6dB with centre detent at 0dB. Tapped inserts at the rear and bottom allow for various mounting options. The SRP 800 accepts XLR balanced inputs and is available in the following durable powder coat finishes: rich black, charcoal grey or snow white.

Highlights

  • Rigid Aluminum die cast enclosure
  • Class H: Biamplifier
  • 8" kevlar woofer
  • 1" HF in custom waveguide
  • Discrete EQ in 0.75 dB steps
  • Internal DSP balance

Downloads

Product Literature: Sonodyne Reference Owners Manual: SRP 500, 600, 800 Product Literature

Specifications

DESCRIPTION 2 way biamplifier speaker
ENCLOSURE Pressure die cast aluminum, vented, through rear-firing aerodynamic port
TRANSDUCER COMPLEMENTS: HF Magnetically shielded 26mm silk dome tweeter with custom waveguide
TRANSDUCER COMPLEMENTS: LF Magnetically shielded 8" kevlar cone woofer in die-cast chassis
AMPLIFIER POWER BEFORE CLIPPING LF: 150 W, HF: 100 W
AMPLIFIER THD AT RATED POWER < 0.04%
MAX SPL @ 1M 112 dB
FREQUENCY RESPONSE 42 Hz ~ 22 kHz (+/- 2 dB)
USABLE FREQUENCY RANGE (-10 dB) 37 Hz ~ 25 kHz
CROSSOVER FREQUENCY 1.8 kHz
CMRR >65 dB
INPUTS Fully balanced through XLR & TRS sockets
INPUT LEVEL FOR 90 dB SPL @ 1M +7 dBU
CONTROLS - FRONT Power Switch and Gain Control
CONTROLS - REAR Low shelving, High shelving, Bass roll-off
PROTECTION Over current, Overheat , RFI, Switch on/ off transients
INDICATOR Power ON /OFF
GAIN CONTROL RANGE -70 dB ~ +10 dB, 0 dB at (detented) centre
HIGH SHELVING EQ 4 kHz ~ 20 kHz, -3 dB ~ +3 dB in 0.75 dB steps
LOW SHELVING EQ 50 Hz ~ 250 Hz, -3 dB ~ +3 dB in 0.75 dB steps
BASS ROLL-OFF 63 Hz, 12 dB/ octave
SIGNAL TO NOISE RATIO (AT UNITY GAIN) > 90 dB, referred to full output
FINISH Powder coated (grey)
COLOURS Grey/ White/ Black
DIMENSIONS (HxWxD) mm 434 x 291 x 280
POWER CONSUMPTION 345 VA Max.
POWER REQUIREMENT 230 VAC, ±10%, 50 Hz, 120 V optional
NET WEIGHT 17 kg
WALL MOUNT BRACKET SRP WB3
MOUNTING OPTIONS 4 x M6 inserts on rear, 4 x M6 inserts on bottom

* All specifications are subject to change due to continuous improvements

Set up your system

The following sketch shows an optimum set-up for a stereo system. The important part here is to place the speakers such that the head of the listener and the two monitors lie at the vertices of an equilateral triangle.

Figure 3: stereo set-up >

The following sketch shows a 5.1 set-up. It is recommended to have a symmetrical listening position with the front left and right speakers facing the listener and the surround speakers located at the back of the listener.

< Figure 4: Surround sound set-up

Distance from walls

While placing speakers, make sure that they are at least 40 cm away from any reflecting surface. This will help minimise bumps in the low-frequency response due to reflections, and also ensure that the rear-mounting port is unobstructed. It is also required to ensure that the heat sinks at the back have adequate ventilation, for uninterrupted operation.

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Natural, detailed, deep, wide and no hype.

I wanted something more detailed and natural sounding than my Adam A7s (which in fairness have served me very well), preferably with better bottom end.

After months of research I narrowed my shortlist down to PSI A17Ms, Event Opals, Adam A77x, and Sonodyne SRP800s.

I wasn’t able to demo all of these.

The PSIs were going to be about 5k (AUD) which was a bit more than I wanted to spend.

Event Opals aren’t being made at the moment.

Adam A77x mount horizontally which doesn’t suit my space ergonomically and I wanted something different from the Adams.

I then stumbled across this Gearslutz thread https://www.gearslutz.com/board/high...essions-7.html

In it the Sonodynes are compared very favorably to higher end monitors from PSI, Quested and others.

Post 186 is a good summary. It says “SRP 800 sound almost perfect to me. Decent, big sound with considerable depth and all the details you need. Nothing hyped, nothing boosted. To me sounding a substantial league better than for example KH 0300 - for half the price ... not mentioning Adams, Genelec, Rocks, JBL and few others that came through here recently. Very serious adepts for high quality nearfields for any decent studio. I did not expect them to be so good”.

So I took a punt and ordered the SRP800s.

I haven’t had a chance to listen to a lot of the other speakers mentioned in the thread. The most 'high-end' speakers I have had a good listen to are Duntech Sovereigns in a great mastering room.

But what I can say is that these Sonodyne SRP800s are exactly what I wanted.

They are very natural and detailed sounding. I cannot hear any added hype or colour. They have wonderful depth and width. They sound like they are presenting the entire frequency spectrum and stereo field with clarity and precision. The bottom end sounds juicey and opulent, but, again, not hyped. They just sound and feel ‘right’ to me. What more could I ask for?

https://www.gearslutz.com/board/reviews/1103626-sonodyne-srp800.html#post12031521

Boggo Myrtle

Posted on: 9/2/2016

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