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EVE Audio SC203 Active Monitors
The DSP-savvy EVE sound comes to the desktop
EVE Audio is a German speaker manufacturer whose designs distinguish
themselves by a combination of Air
Motion Transformer tweeters and usercontrollable DSP functions. The line
includes everything from 2-way reference monitors to large 3-way and dualwoofer main monitors, and a line of
powerful subwoofers, but the SC203 is
EVE's first foray into desktop audio for
the computer-studio musician.
The SC203 is intended to be a complete out-of-the-box solution for pretty much
any desktop or small-studio application
that requires a powerful and clear yet light
and portable monitor. It can be used
alone or in combination with a subwoofer,
and comes with both hardware and DSP
options to maximize its flexibility.
The box
The SC203 is a master/slave system;
all of the electronics are contained in the
Master (Right) speaker, and the Slave
(Left) speaker is a passive unit connected
to the Master by a four-conductor locking

cable. Both units are 4.56" x 7.48" x
5.27" in size.
Surprisingly, there's not a huge weight
difference between the two speakers,
implying that EVE took care to alter the
internal design of the slave to compensate
for the audio effects of the missing electronics. The entire package weighs less
than ten pounds, making the speakers
easy to place, move, and carry with you.
Each cabinet has a µAMT Air Motion
Transformer, EVE Audio's version of the
pleated-ribbon Air Motion Transducer pioneered by Dr. Oskar Heil in the 1970s
and now seen on monitors from a number of manufacturers. The low end is handled by a 3" coated-paper woofer and
augmented by a passive radiator on the
back of the speaker's sealed cabinet.
According to EVE, the passive radiator is
responsible for the surprising low-end
extension of the SC203, as well as its
reduced intermodulation distortion and
lack of low-end resonances that can occur
in ported designs. Both drivers are protected from harm by integral metal grilles.
The SC203 comes with a pair of
FlexiPads, custom-fitted isolation/
absorption pads that decouple the speaker from whatever it's resting on (even if
it's mounted on a mic stand with the
optional threaded adapter). These bright
orange pads are tapered at the same
7.5º angle as the bottom surface of the
speakers; depending on how they're
attached, the speaker will fire straight forward or at a 15º upward angle, giving
the user a choice between mounting at
ear level or on a desktop. The speaker
enclosures can also be used without the
FlexiPads, losing some speaker isolation
in exchange for a 7.5º up-angle.
The innards
The SC203 is a biamplified monitor;
the Master speaker contains four 30W
power amps, one for each of the drivers
in each speaker. The crossover frequency
is quite high at 4800 Hz, placing a lot of
critical midrange material squarely in the
woofer's domain. While a fair bit of
tweaking is available from the front control
knob (see below), a few functions are still

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set on the rear panel with DIP switches:
you can enable or disable Standby mode
(where the speaker drops into a "sleep"
state after 10 minutes with no audio present at the analog input), enable a
Satellite Filter (80 Hz highpass for use
with a separate subwoofer that doesn't
have bass management), or set the analog input sensitivity to 8 dBu or 22 dBu.
Also on the rear panel: the 4-pin locking connector for the cable to the Slave,
a connector for the inline power supply,
a mono RCA Sub Out (passing audio
between 10 and 500 Hz), and three sets
of stereo inputs: analog on unbalanced
RCA, USB-B, and Toslink optical S/PDIF.
Attachment points for a wall bracket are
just below the passive radiator.
The front-panel encoder serves multiple
purposes, clearly marked by a bright
orange LED ring around it. This encoder
will be familiar to anyone who's worked
with an EVE Audio monitor before, as it's
present on every speaker the company
builds. On the SC203, the encoder/LED
ring is used to power the speaker on or
off, set volume, indicate Standby or
active status, and set Balance (L/R relative level), the three built-in filters (High,
Position, Low), choose the active analog
or digital input, and control how volume
settings are displayed on the LED ring.
The LED ring also flashes when the input
A/D converter is overloaded, a useful
indicator when setting nominal input levels going to the SC203-turn up your
mixer or interface until the ring flashes,
then back off a bit, and you'll be getting
the most A/D dynamic range (and can
control listening level at the speaker).



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