Eve Audio SC207 2-Way 7″ Active Monitor, What is it?
Eve are new comers on the monitor market, founded in 2011. The similarities to ADAM Audio, other than the cheeky name, run a bit deeper than that with ex-Adam Audio CEO, Roland Stenz leaving to become Eve’s principal designer.
Despite the folded ribbon tweeter and some cosmetic similarities, Eve insist that their design approach is different. The SC207’s, on test, are the second largest in the SC series with 6.5 inch cones. Other models include four inch, five inch and 8 inch cones (the largest in the series).
The 100W amplifier feeding the woofer allows for a maximum SPL of 106dB at one metre, so there’s plenty of volume on tap. The bass response is specified down to an impressive 44kHz (-3dB) which is made possible by a honeycomb material with a woven glass-fibre skin to combine stiffness with low mass. The crossover is set at 3kHz, and the ribbon tweeters are specified up to a staggering 21kHz.
There are two separate amps that feed the tweeter and woofer respectively and both offer built-in protection limiters, so you don’t have to worry about accidental high decibel ear bleeds or costly blowups. The bass port is cleverly built on the rear side of the monitor to minimize port compression and happily you don’t get wind blowing in your face every time you listen to a kick.
There’s nothing worse than having to climb over your table to reach the back of your monitors to change settings, so it’s nice that the volume knob is located in front. The knob is multifunctional, hosting various handy shelving filter options, including a ‘desk filter’ which cuts and boosts targeted frequencies if you’re using the monitors on your desk. The knob uses DSP (Digital Signal Processing) instead of analogue processing, and although I’m normally scared off by digital processing it offers more functionality and flexibility than an analogue knob would have. Once you’re happy with the settings, you can lock them using the ‘DIP’ switch located on the back of the monitor.
I did an AB comparison with my EMES Blacks, and the first thing I noticed was how defined and powerful the bass was in comparison. A lot of 6/7 inch monitors would need to be coupled with a sub but these puppies were smacking me right in the chest, yet remained tight with minimal muddiness.
How Do They Sound?
The ribbon tweeters make for an impressive overall sound – they deliver remarkably crisp detail in the highs, but are still very pleasant to listen to and didn’t fatigue my ears. It seemed that everything was sounding too good, no matter what genre I played; I was scared that mixes wouldn’t translate well on other systems. Boy was I wrong.
After mixing a new track on the SC207s my mix sounded great in my car and my hi-fi, so no problems there. I also tried listening to some of my old amateur stuff, and it really sounded bad – which showed me that they’re doing their job properly and not sweetening up any sounds. Good mixes sound amazing, but bad mixes reveal the cracks right away.
If you are looking for nearfield monitors but don’t want to have to shell out for a sub, these babies are the real deal. The bass response is really the best I’ve heard for a nearfield monitor of this size.
Who should own a pair?
If you can afford them, you should really consider getting a pair, regardless of the genre you’ll be using them for.
While the Eve SC207s might not be the most attractive looking monitors in the world, Eve have clearly put a lot of thought into these loudspeakers and have spent money on what’s important.
The SC207s are some of the nicest sounding monitors I’ve heard in a while and it was really fun to mix on them.
Naturally I was a bit sceptical at first, but once I’d referenced my mixes on other systems I gained full confidence in them. These monitors are serious contenders in a competitive middle of the range market and should be taken seriously.
The price is realistic, and I’d be more than happy with a purchase. Maybe Santa will be kind this year.
Price: R 15,798.00 per pair
Supplier: Rockit Distribution
Tel: 021 511-1800