Loud Technologies announced that sales of its Tapco S•5 and S•8 Active Studio Monitors have exceeded the company’s sales expectations, and has decided to introduce the new SW•10 Active Studio Subwoofer at this year’s AES Convention in San Francisco.
“We are pleased that customers have recognized the value of these speakers,” commented Ray Tantzen, product manager for the Tapco brand. “We invested significant engineering resources to ensure that the Tapco monitors would outperform anything else in their price category. We’ve now sold over 11,000 speakers in less than one year, which is a clear indication that budget-minded customers have discovered that you don’t have to sacrifice sound quality and performance for affordability.”
The SW•10 features the same construction and distinctive industrial design as the S-Series monitors. The on-board amplifier supplies the 10-inch woofer with 120 watts of continuous power. Rear panel connections include one pair of XLR balanced inputs and one pair of RCA unbalanced inputs. Stereo highpass outputs are provided in the form of XLR balanced and RCA unbalanced. Input sensitivity and polarity controls are provided as well.
A unique feature for a product at its price point is the SW•10’s 4th-order, 24dB/octive Linkwitz-Riley crossover that is variable independently from 55-110Hz on both the left and right channels. Ray Tantzen explains: “By providing independent crossover controls for both channels one and two, the SW•10 can be multi-purposed in a 5.1 configuration. Channel One can receive a summed 5-channel input that is set to a crossover point that best complements the speakers in your surround system and Channel Two can receive the LFE input with a separate crossover setting (usually 80Hz-110Hz).”
The Tapco SW•10 will be available in early 2005 and carry a suggested retail price of $419. Tapco S•5 and S•8 Active Studio Monitors are currently available from authorized Tapco dealers. Tapco is located in booth #230 at the upcoming AES show. For more information, please go to the company’s Website at www.tapcogear.com.