Are EVE SC305 monitors good?

kmaster

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I love EVE Audio. In my experience, their monitors have the clarity and honesty, but without the harshness, of the equivalently-sized Adams.

If you're ever in NYC, do a shoot-out at B&H. That will tell you more than words ever could.
 
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markleake

markleake

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Thanks @angeruroth @kmaster

I have listened to similar and lower priced Adams and Focals and liked both. The Focals were wonderful to listen to, but I thought weren't terribly accurate. The Adams are very good and one option for me. But I haven't heard Eves before.

Yes, I've read people saying the same thing about Eves not having the harshness you get with Adams.

What about bass on the Eves? Is a 2.5-way 5 inch speaker too small?

My current monitors are Mackie MR824 (8 inch) and this would be "downgrading" to 5 inch. The Mackies have good bass, so I'm worried I will lose some of that. I do have a sub-woofer I can compliment with if I need to, but prefer to just use the monitors by themselves if I can.
 

whitewasteland

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I've been using the SC305 since 2016 and love them. Beautiful sound, very wide soundstage. Of course they are "small" speakers so for anything really low I double check with headphones.
 

teclark7

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Mark

I’d call Store DJ / Manny’s in Melbourne and see if they have any on display to demo. If you are not in a rush, they have sales up to 20% a couple of times per year. If I had the spare cash, I’d almost see if we could get a deal on 2 pairs. But a new midi controller is my next priority.

Hope to catch up with you again soon.

Tim
 
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markleake

markleake

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Thanks @teclark7
I intend to do just that. Store DJ has them on special currently. Hence my interest. I wonder if its a clearout to make way for a new model.

Thanks @whitewasteland for the info. Is good to hear from someone who has them. Sounds like you aren't too bothered by a lack of low end from their small size.
 

whitewasteland

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Actually the lows and low mids are very clear and defined for such "small" monitors due to the 3way system. But of course there is a physical limit on "how low" they get.

My room is quite small so I went for these ones instead of the 307. Didn't want to have crazy basses bouncing everywhere :)
 
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markleake

markleake

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I had a listen to both the Eve SC305s and SC307s earlier today. My observations, if interested...

They both sound wonderful, but I can see why people would get the 307 over the 305 despite the price different. The 307 has more separation and clarity in the lower mids and middle range -- they were easier to listen to. The 305s were more forward in the mids, as you'd expect for the smaller drivers, but I think at the cost of some clarity and sounding a bit compressed there. So the 7" drivers seem to be the sweet spot.

Both went plenty loud. Both had good stereo imaging, but the 307s won out there again, especially at louder volumes the stereo field sounded excellent on them.

I compared to the Adam A7X, and found the overall tone of the Adams vs. Eves fairly similar. But I was only listening to forgiving orchestral stuff. I preferred the low end on the Eves more.

Surprisingly, the 305's low end didn't worry me at all. They get plenty deep enough. The bass drum and low strings I had in a track we listened to were articulated almost the same between the 2 of them. Maybe a bit clearer on the 307's, but the 305's still did very well. For Hybrid orchestral style tracks where there is low synth or strings are doubled with a low sine wave the 305's might struggle a bit, but otherwise they'd be fine.

Bottom line is, I loved the SC305s, but now have made the mistake of listening to the SC307s. :shocked:
 
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markleake

markleake

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...and I am now the proud owner of a pair of Eve Audio SC305's.

All I can say is wow, these are excellent!

I've been listening to so much material and playing around with VIs for the last 7 hours, and I can't stop.