DS-8

Bi-Amp Monitor

Plug Into Pure Audio Gold

Plug Into Pure Audio Gold

Introducing a new benchmark digital monitor for the discerning audio professional. Roland's flagship DS-8 active reference monitor delivers superb 24-bit performance with precise imaging, ultra-low coloration, and smooth, balanced energy output. Premium-grade discrete amp circuits and film capacitors provide the purest signal path. The DS-8 is ideally suited for professional and project studios, fixed and mobile broadcast facilities, or any other recording/mixing environment where superb sound quality and accuracy are essential.

  • - Superb sound quality with precise imaging and balanced energy output.
  • - 24-bit digital input with sample-rate support for up to 192kHz.
  • - Analog and digital inputs, including XLR, coaxial, and optical; AES/EBU and S/PDIF compatible.
  • - Stylish, compact design; fits a variety of mixing environments.
  • - Improved cabinet with bi-amp circuit; eliminates phase anomalies.
  • - Newly designed heat sink and front-panel power switch; fully compliant with IEC60065 safety standards.

Premium Components and Circuitry

Ready to experience the best of the best? The DS-8 is equipped with top-quality, carefully selected components. Discrete amp circuits and film capacitors are employed for the audio signal path — no chemical-type capacitors are used. Analog, digital, and power components are absolutely isolated, ensuring pristine, pure, and low-noise performance. With the DS-8, you’ll enjoy a rich, accurate sound field with exceptional stereo imaging and a consistent “flat” frequency response.

High-Resolution Performance

With 24-bit/192kHz audio-handling capability, the DS-8 is built for the most demanding and critical nearfield monitoring applications. The DS-8 offers analog (1/4”/XLR) and digital (AES/EBU and S/PDIF) inputs, which enable connectivity to a wide range of digital recording and workstation environments, including Roland’s VS-Series and other new-generation devices and formats.

Perfect Partners

Whether you work in an intimate home studio or the most elaborate commercial facility, Roland has a DS-Series model to fit your size, power, and budget requirement. The top-line DS-8 is a 1" x 8" bi-amped combo, with 120W of pure power. The DS-7 is a 3/4" x 6.5" enclosure with 60W amplification. The DS-5 is a compact 3/4" x 5" design with 45W of power.

Ergonomic, Efficient Design

The newly designed shielded cabinets help eliminate interference from TV, radio, and other electronic devices, allowing the DS-8 to be placed in close proximity to video monitors and computer screens. The power switch is located on the front panel for optimum convenience, and the highly efficient heat-sink power amplifier is fully compatible with IEC60065 safety standards.

System
2-Way Bi-Amplified Monitor
Enclosure
Bass-reflex type
LF Driver
200 mm (8") Polypropylene cone type magnetically shielded
HF Driver
25 mm (1") Soft dome type magnetically shielded
Frequency Response
58 Hz to 24 kHz (+/-3 dB)
Crossover Frequency
2.3 kHz (active fourth order)
LF Amplifier Power
80 W
HF Amplifier Power
40 W

Analog In

Input Sensitivity
0 dBu (0.775 Vrms)
Input Impedance
20 k ohms (Balanced/Unbalanced)

Digital In

Format
Conformity with AES/EBU and IEC60958
Sample Rate
32 kHz to 192 kHz (automatically) (de-emphasis: OFF)
Word Length
24-bit
D/A Converter
24-bit
Controls
LEVEL
Knob
LF TRIM Knob
HF TRIM Knob
INPUT SELECT SW. (Analog In/Digital In)
ASSIGN SW. (Right/L+R/Left)
DIGITAL INPUT SELECT SW (AES/EBU / Optical / Coaxial)
POWER SW
Indicators
POWER
DIGITAL IN
Connectors
ANALOG INPUT (XLR / 1/4 inch TRS phone type)
DIGITAL INPUT (XLR)
DIGITAL INPUT (Optical)
DIGITAL INPUT (Coaxial)
DIGITAL THRU OUT (Coaxial)
Power Consumption
125 W
Accessories
Owner's Manual, Power Cord

Size and Weight

Width (W)
254 mm10 inches
Depth (D)
367 mm14-1/2 inches
Height (H)
406 mm16 inches
Weight
17.2 kg37 lbs. 15 oz.

All specifications and appearances are subject to change.

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