Event OpalItem ID: Opal
2-way Active Monitor with 7.1" Woofer and Rotatable Tweeter (ea)
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Opal represents the culmination of numerous patented technologies Event has been developing for years that they've now brought to fruition. To start, the Opal's 2-way driver design is nothing but world-class. Its EX8 driver boasts an impressive 30Hz-10kHz response with a high-power neodymium motor. Opal's ULD tweeter with rotatable wave guide is also worth note, as it blends beryllium with the extremely powerful neodymium motor for incredibly high SPL capabilities without the problem of distortion. Take your monitoring to the next level with Opal!
Event Opal at a Glance:
Event paid close attention to the Opal's cabinet and bass port design to deliver top quality. The Opal wears aluminum for reduced resonance and features a complex curved body to minimize the diffraction issues that arise from flat or cornered sections. It sports front-mounted variable impedance bass reflex ports that neither rely on room acoustics like rear ports do, nor suffer from air distortion artifacts like you find in conventional front-ported systems. The result is extremely fast, deep, and accurate bass.
Opal can be used in a vertical or horizontal position (the tweeter and logos are rotatable) to accommodate a variety of setup situations. All controls are concealed on the front behind a flip-open panel, and the amp is mounted on the back and designed to be low profile for better mounting flexibility. Front porting allows for more positioning flexibility - in soffits and more! The high-fidelity analog circuitry ensures the purest sound and a microphone is included for room analysis and optimum system configuration.
Offering 270 watts of LF power and 50-watt HF power, stunning transient response, and general no-compromise engineering, you can expect an extended midrange, a surprisingly powerful low end, and an exceptionally precise and articulate sound with these amazing new reference monitors.
The Opal is loaded with an EX8 driver that boasts a 30Hz to 10kHz raw response and a high-strength polyamide cone for big sound - all powered by a 63mm neodymium motor. The ULD tweeter sports a powerful neodymium motor that drives an edge wound aluminum coil on an aluminum/magnesium dome. The tweeter can be rotated, allowing for either vertical or horizontal positioning of the monitor speaker. A second dedicated voice coil - named XCoil - is equipped for linearized impedance and reduced inductance and exhibits dramatically lowered distortion characteristics and increased speed and control of cone assembly. The end result? Amazing sound quality.
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Event's Opal takes monitoring to a new level!
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Wyndell, Mckinney, TX
Reviewsbased on 9 reviews
Heavy like planets, loud like thunder, powered by the Earths core
by Scott from BelgiumHeavy like planets. Loud like thunder. Powered by the Earths core.
October 8, 2012
Music Background: Music software development
I have a couple of sets of monitors set up permanently in my studio, and the most striking thing when swapping from th... read more [+]e Opals to others is that it sounds like someone suddenly slapped a compressor on the mix. The Opals have an effortless neutral sound free of coloration and a solid bottom end that will vibrate your coffee cup off your desk (if you are stupid enough to listen that loud).
The only negative I have is that they put the power switch on the back of the cabinet, which is a pain to reach for every day. Apart from that, if you can't mix well on these, then you aren't going to mix well on anything. They are never going to be the limiting factor in your studio. close [-]
Sweet Sounds from Sweetwater
by Jack Anzinger from CincinnatiI just fired up my newly-arrived Opals and had to drop a note to first thank Robert Williams and Sweetwater for a nice price and quick, safe shipping and to sing the praises of the Opals.
May 17, 2012
Music Background: Serious Hobbyist
Admit... read more [+]tedly I did not audition a bunch of high-end monitors; can't be done in Cincinnati. So I went with the reviews in combo with my budget and am very pleased.
I came from an older pair of Event 20/20's. I new I'd be taking a step up.
Very tight, smooth bass in spades. Articulate, non-fatiguing highs. Wonderful imaging.
The packaging complements the solid fit and finish.
Working for me! close [-]
by A. L. Brown from Utah, USAWell, what can one say or add to the discussion that has not already been said about these fantastic monitors? Very little to be sure but I will only reaffirm what others have said. The midrange cla... read more [+]rity of these speakers is absolutely stunning. The potential these have for improving the work taking place in ANY studio cannot be understated unless, of course, you are using a pair of high-end three-ways such as Genelec 8260a's as this the highly competitive tier of quality in which the Opals not only dwell but can do so proudly. close [-]
March 6, 2012
Music Background: Electronic Musician, Hobbyist
The Most Accurate Monitors I Have Ever Heard
by Keron "Scratch Master" Hector from BarbadosI have owned the Event Studio Precision 8 before getting the opals. At first i was concerned about the price tag, but I was happy with the Studio Precision when i first got it , so i decided to take a... read more [+] chance with the opals.
February 5, 2012
Music Background: dj, sound engineer ,
When i first powered these up and listened to them, i was totally blown away . Event has out done themselves with this monitor. Its a million times better than the Studio Precision 8. Stereo imaging is spectacular. Low end presence is accurate and it translates songs as they are .
When i listened back to different songs , I got a much better feel as to where the instruments sat in the mix. When i mixed on them , my mixes translated more accurate when i referenced on other systems .
BOTTOM LINE ... GET THEM .. YOU WONT REGRET IT !!!! close [-]
These monitors are absolute beasts in every sense of the word. Perfomance is a given, they are going to rock your socks off. Reference monitor is a word we hear a lot but they are absolutely accurate down to the core of a tiny fraction of a note. LOUD. This is where I almost couldn't believe it. The peak wattage on this is a staggering 750 watts. That's more power than your average rock band uses at a nightclub for a medium sized 150-person venue. Even at the lowest recommended level to run these speakers all day every day for the rest of your life its coasting at over 300 watts without breaking a sweat. Also a note worth mentioning: these speakers are durable and incredibly well constructed, but by no means are they light weight. The speaker weighs in at around 46 lbs. Check these babies out today!
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