Tapco S8 (Pair)

Tapco S8 (Pair)



The T7V is a two-way studio monitor designed for vertical use in a nearfield application.

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An affordable monitor packed with proven Mackie technology.

Not too long after Tapco released its popular S-5 active studio monitor, folks started asking for a bigger, louder 8-inch version with the same acclaimed sound. The Tapco S-8 monitor is the loudest, most accurate 8″ active studio monitor in its class, with a big low-end response.

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 Tapco 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, Tapco 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

The S-8 monitors 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. Magnetic shielding will 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 sessions
  • Low-Frequency 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


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Acoustic Performance

Free Field Frequency Response: 40 Hz 20 kHz (±3 dB)

Lower Cutoff Frequency: -3 dB @ 40 Hz

Upper Cutoff Frequency: -3 dB @ 20 kHz

Sound Pressure Level @ 1 meter, 7.5 dBu into Balanced Input: 100 dB SPL @ 1m

Maximum SPL Per Pair: 113 dB SPL @ 1m


Low Frequency: 8 in/203 mm with steel frame, polypropylene cone woofer

High Frequency: Wave guide loaded 1 in/25 mm silk dome tweeter


Low Frequency Power: 60 watts, 4-ohm load, 100 watts peak

High Frequency Power: 60 watts, 4-ohm load, 100 watts peak

Slew Rate: > 15 V/microsecond

Distortion (THD, SMPTE IMD, DIM 100): < 0.035%

Signal-to-Noise Ratio:

Low Frequency: > 101 dB, 20 Hz to 20 kHz, unweighted, referenced to 60 watts into 4 ohms

High Frequency: > 93 dB, 20 Hz to 20 kHz, unweighted, referenced to 60 watts into 4 ohms

Type: Monolithic IC, Class AB

Electronic Crossover

Crossover Type: 24 dB/octave

Crossover Frequency: 3 kHz

Sensitivity: +4 dBu at 300 Hz for full output

Input Impedance: 20 kOhms, balanced bridging; 10 kOhms unbalanced


Low Frequency EQ: +2 dB/+4 dB @ 100 Hz, peaking

High Frequency EQ: ±2 dB @ 5 kHz, shelving

AC Power Requirements

US: 120 VAC, 60 Hz

Europe: 240 VAC, 50 Hz

Korea (AC Power Select at 240 V): 220 VAC, 60 Hz

Japan (AC Power Select at 120 V): 100 VAC, 50/60 Hz

AC Connector: 2-pin IEC 250 VAC, 16 A male

Fuse: 115 VAC: T 1.6 A H/250 V

230 VAC: T 800 mA H/250 V

Power Consumption: 80 watts with music, loud mix

20 watts quiescent (idle)


Enclosure: 0.625" (16mm) thick MDF with 1" (25mm) MDF front panel

Damping: Adiabatic fiberfill

16.2"H x 11.6"W x 13.8"D (411x295x351mm)

Weight: 35.2 lbs. (16 kg)