Austin-based powered loudspeaker manufacturer Bassboss introduces the new SV8 Powered MicroMain.
The SV8 is equally at home as a main or fill speaker in clubs, gyms, or restaurants, or as a recording studio monitoring solution.
“Most small loudspeakers don’t perform well at high levels nor at low frequencies, so I thought it would be useful to create a box that could do both,” says Bassboss president David Lee.
With 117dB of sustained output in satellite mode and maximum output of 120dB, the SV8 Powered Micromain is capable of output levels that compare to some 12-inch powered boxes.
“In designing the SV8, I wanted to deliver a lot of warm, rich output from a very small space,” says Lee. “Our 8-inch woofer has a rubber surround which provides excellent edge damping, low distortion, and smooth midrange response.” To enhance low-frequency performance, the SV8 cabinet features a large port above the woofer grill. “The large port helps maintain low frequency performance to higher levels than other boxes this size by minimizing air velocity and port turbulence. The result is a very compact box that delivers studio-quality sound and is unobtrusive even in the smallest venues.”
All Bassboss loudspeakers feature power amplification built in. The SV8 includes a digital signal processor built right into its 700 watt Powersoft amp, providing four presets designed to maximize utility. The presets allow the loudspeaker to be used either as a full-range system, a satellite for a small subwoofer, or as a main speaker with a larger subwoofer.
“By diverting power away from the lowest frequencies when that range is covered by a subwoofer, the amplifier is able to push the midrange to higher levels,” Lee explains.
Preset 1 has the SV8 in full-range mode, offering frequency response down to 40Hz. Preset 2 offers slightly more SPL and response down to 60Hz. Preset 3 provides another step up in SPL with the high-pass filter moved to 80Hz. Preset 4 offers the highest peak SPL with the high-pass filter set at 100Hz. These presets ensure that the SV8 is achieving peak efficiency for any application and helpfully eliminates the need for any external processing. All presets have limiting to protect the drivers and maintain balanced response at all levels. The built-in processing is optimized for use with Bassboss subwoofers but also ensures they are compatible with all subwoofer options.
“The SV8 offers the resolution necessary to hear the finest details in the mix,” says Lee. “The additional power allows the producers to listen at club and performance levels and ensure the mix works in most contexts without switching to different boxes. Similarly, the producer may find it useful to demonstrate a mix to their client at these levels.”
The SV8’s compact footprint enables it to fit like a glove in even the most space-conscious applications. The sturdy all-Baltic birch enclosure is available in black touring polymer coating or UV-stable white. The integrated handles make it durable and easy to transport for quick setup and strike for event work, while its clean lines make it ideal for the demands of clients.
“The SV8 is powerful enough to be part of a club sound system, but also space-efficient enough for smaller installation environments like gyms, restaurants, or museum galleries,” says Lee. “We are excited to offer the Bassboss promise of superior low-end performance in a product so compact, practical and flexible.”
The Bassboss SV8 is shipping now and is priced at $1,495.00 USD.