The Dutch & Dutch 8c is a remarkable full range active speaker from the Netherlands. Great music deserves faithful reproduction. To fully experience your music and immerse yourself in its beauty, you need an accurate reproduction system. You need a system that can recreate the recording without additions or omissions.
Achieving this is a challenge with traditional home audio systems. Many audio systems are just not that accurate to begin with, but even the accurate ones generally fail to take the room into account. This is why even a system that costs as much as a luxury car can sound disappointingly mediocre.
The Dutch & Dutch 8c’s secret is that it solves both of these issues. First, it is demonstrably among the most accurate loudspeakers in existence. And secondly it boasts RoomMatching, a set of technologies that transforms your listening room from a harmful influence into a useful extension.
Being an holistically designed and fully active system, the 8c comes as an elegant, modern, all-in-one, easy-to-use yet incredibly powerful package. The 8c’s solid oak cabinet features high end DACs, amplifiers, subwoofers, a digital signal processor (DSP) and more. Firmware updates are pushed out by Dutch & Dutch every three to four months, adding new features overnight.
- Three way fully active design
- Balanced analogue or AES digital input via XLR, or stream via Ethernet
- Certified Roon Ready
- Spotify Connect
- 1″ alloy dome tweeter, 8″ mid / bass driver and dual 8″ long throw sub bass drivers
- Boundary coupling and cardioid dispersion
- Built-in DSP with parametric EQ and shelving filters for room correction and tone control
- Configured and controlled via the Ascend companion app
- Room EQ Wizard (REW) integration
- Birch plywood and solid oak cabinets with a range of finishes
- Optional BACCH spatial audio plug-in
The 8c represents Dutch & Dutch’s commitment to accuracy and clarity. With its constant directivity from 100 Hz upwards and +/-0.5 dB frequency response from 35 Hz upwards, music can now be experienced exactly as it was intended. Nothing is added, nothing left out.
Experience the sensation of truly accurate music reproduction, hear truth in audio like never before.
Tune the system to the room, not the room to the system. 8c’s adapt to the room they are in and can be placed incredibly close to room boundaries without losing performance. They actually leverage the boundaries to increase their efficiency and enhance their performance.
To achieve this, 8c’s combine a proprietary waveguide tweeter with an acoustic cardioid midrange, boundary-coupled bass drivers and active room matching. The result is superb reproduction in any room.
Besides drivers, the 8c’s small footprint presence holds high end DACs, amps, subwoofers and a DSP. The system also comes with room matching and streaming capabilities out-of-the-box.
All components match each other perfectly and together deliver a “big sound” at 106 dB continuously from 35 Hz upwards, while keeping the signal-to-noise ratio very high. At typical home listening levels and properly integrated into the room, the 8c can comfortably reproduce frequencies as low as 20 Hz, making it a true full range speaker.
The 8c is the ultimate in audio technology, designed to give you a superior sound experience. Its cardioid constant directivity provide superior sound direction while its streaming and digital sync capabilities bring you crystal-clear audio, perfect for any situation. Enjoy the highest quality sound with 8c.
From the smooth baffle to the solid oak cabinet, the 8c’s construction is designed to look as clean as it sounds.
The 8c’s outer cabinet is crafted from 20 mm thick solid oak panels. Every oak panel is unique and therefore each 8c speaker has its own unique appearance. Dutch & Dutch matches cabinet pairs as part of the manufacturing process, to ensure that the 8c speakers in a pair have a similar look. However, no two 8c speakers look exactly the same.
Internally, the 8c is made out of birch plywood. It is used to create the separate compartments for the drivers and to brace the cabinet, in order to increase the stiffness and strength of the cabinet. This results in an acoustically inert cabinet, which ensures that all you hear is the sound of the loudspeaker drivers.
Solid wood is a living material that continuously changes over time. Under the influence of changes in temperature and humidity, the wood will expand and contract. Hairline cracks are normal with solid wood, and thus to be expected. However, the 8c’s cabinet construction is carefully studied and fine-tuned, in order to avoid breakage as the wood ages.
The Ascend companion app will automatically discover 8c speakers on your network. You will then have full control of settings like gain, distance to front and side walls, parametric filters, shelving filters and firmware updates.
Built-in music streaming
Besides balanced analogue or AES digital input, you can stream digital music directly to your 8c speakers from Spotify or from a Roon Core server. Identify the left and right position using your mobile device and the Ascend app, and the rest is done automatically.
Automatic updates can keep your 8c’s up-to-date with industry standards and trends. After extensive testing periods, new firmware versions are made available from Dutch & Dutch’s cloud based software platform. Depending on your preference, you can download and install updates on demand or configure the speakers to download and install them automatically, adding new features overnight.
The latest 8c firmware introduces a new plug-in architecture to extend the functionality of 8c speakers. The first plug-in to be released adds BACCH spatial audio processing.
The BACCH spatial audio plug-in enhances the perception of space, envelopment, proximity, depth and resolution in the reproduced sound. It creates a three-dimensional soundstage that extends beyond the boundaries of the loudspeakers, providing a captivating and immersive listening experience.
Strictly Stereo provides a complimentary commissioning service with your 8c speakers, to ensure that they are perfectly integrated into your listening room. At the same time, we will show you around the available settings and options. We can do this in person or at a distance, depending on your location and your particular requirements. We will provide ongoing support for as long as you own the speakers.
The best way to understand and appreciate the 8c is to experience it for yourself. Call us on 0161 399 0993 or email us at email@example.com to arrange a demonstration, either here at Strictly Stereo or in your own home.