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EVE AUDIO SC203 £385 PAIR

There are all kinds of studio monitors – but when it comes to high-quality yet small options, the field narrows. John Pickford plugs in Eve’s bijou offerings…

Key features

● Dimensions (WHD) 116x190x134mm

Frequency response 62Hz–21kHz

Bespoke 30w PWM amplifiers

DSP engine

Passive radiator

Subwoofer output

High- and low-frequency filters

S tudio monitors come in a wide range of sizes. In professional studios, it’s common to find ‘main’ speakers with huge 12” or 15” bass drivers, used in conjunction with much smaller nearfield designs. In more recent times, the midfield design has proved popular, often as the ‘main’ speakers in smaller project studios.

The idea of desktop monitors is newer still and many offer mediocre sound quality at best. Eve’s diminutive SC203 has been designed to offer superior sound in locations where space is limited. With its 3” woofer, the SC203 stands a little over 7” tall, small enough to fit into a rucksack along with a laptop for a truly portable studio. The SC203 is an active design, however, all the electronics are contained in one enclosure, making this a master/slave system. A pair of RCA (phono) connectors is provided for analogue input, along with an RCA output to connect a subwoofer (not supplied), while optical digital and USB inputs are also catered for. Max input level can be set via a DIP switch on the rear.

A front-panel control on the master monitor allows for volume and balance adjustment, along with high and lowfrequency shelving filters to alter the system’s tonal balance, while a pair of funky orange FlexiPads is supplied to decouple the monitors from the desktop; these can be configured in several ways to optimise the projection angle.

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On first listen, it was immediately obvious these monitors have a seriously pro sound. No one would describe them as sounding small or tinny, as their size might suggest. Rather, they exhibit a full-bodied sound with a surprisingly revealing and detailed presentation. Of course, you don’t get proper, grown-up bass as you would with a larger speaker; however, what is there is clean and in good proportion, if not capable of plumbing subterranean depths; that’s what the subwoofer output is for. Rather than utilising a reflex port, the SC203 employs a rear passive radiator to augment bass output, which reaches down to 62Hz. These monitors excel in the mid and upper frequencies, which are clear, crisp and detailed. They were completely convincing when reproducing speech; Yamaha’s NS10Ms were far more coloured.

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