I love the idea of compact desktop monitors. I have several different pairs around the house in various rooms, as I prefer the sound these offer to any computer shop speaker system designed to run off a Sound Blaster sound card. If you are going to listen to audio from your computer, even if it is just for enjoyment sake and not critical monitoring, then why not treat yourself to a decent set of speakers to get the job done right. That’s where Eve Audio have taken the idea of their new speaker set in the SC203. A master and slave design that sees the amplifiers and controls housed in one cabinet and simply drivers housed in the other. But, the SC203s have a few tricks that are very interesting indeed.
Being a compact desktop speaker, one problem that the team at Eve were faced with in the design of these speakers is that they sit very low on the desk and tend to fire the sound into the body of the listener, and not up at the ears. So, the SC203 speakers come with an angled base that allows the drivers to point slightly upwards. Further to this, two rubber isolation pads are included, both featuring a wedge shape, so they can be placed under the speaker to either level them out, or further increase the upward angle at which the drivers are pointed. This allows three different angles that the speakers can be set at on a at surface, two of which have the added bonus of the rubber isolation pads for reduced vibration on the desktop.
Little speakers, big sound.
Eve Audio has taken so much from their larger speakers and has put it into these desktop models. Along with the DSP processing and specially designed tweeter that Eve are well known for, there is an added bonus with the SC203s. In order to get the most of 3-inch woofer that is housed in these compact cabinets, Eve has pulled out something really special to give these speakers an extended low frequency response, with more grunt and kick. The rear of both cabinets features a passive radiator that looks somewhat like another woofer, with rubber suspension around the edges. What this offers is a way of harnessing the energy created by the woofer on the front and using that to offset the air pressure and create a second speaker-styled resonator on the rear of the units. This delivers more low frequency and improves the woofer response in the closed cabinet as porting is no longer needed. It might sound all very high-tech, and that is because it is. But the results speak for themselves and need to be heard to truly understand. Put simply, these speakers sound amazing!