Sony SRS-D8 Evaluation

9/7/2012 9:07:23 AM

Sony SRS-D8 has large capacity, and its sound quality is suitable for listening to music rather than watching movies and playing games.

Description: Sony SRS-D8 evaluation

Sony SRS-D8 evaluation

Sony SRS-D8 is a new representation of the channel 2.1 speaker products for home entertainment. In design, the SRS-D8 almost has no change with Sony SRS-D5 model, except for appearance and greater capacity.

Sony SRS-D8 also uses two satellite speakers and a subwoofer for total output power reaches 60W. Two satellite speakers of SRS-D8 are also designed to tilt back 15 degrees, helping lead the sound to the user ears comfortably. The two satellite speakers also have the plastic cover to against magnetic from the rough black paint professionally. Each satellite speaker has dimension of 109 x 212 x 140mm, quite fit the working table with the size of 80 x 60cm. Due to the volume, bass and treble adjust buttons are in the left speaker, so it is heavier than the right speaker (600g).

SRS-D8 has the design of a large subwoofer (dimension of 240 x 310 x 318mm) so it is quite heavy (about 4 kg). Similar to other subwoofers, the SRS-D8 cases are made of MDF wood. The advantage of this MDF wood is the homogeneous and tight surface, helping renew bass notes better. The outside surface of the subwoofer is also covered with a waterproof coating, which is suitable for high humidity environment. The front side of the SRS-D8 subwoofer is very sturdy with metal protective barrier and two big size vents below.

Another big difference of the SRS-D8 compared to the other channel 2.1 speaker system is the audio process and the interface ports are built right on the left speaker. Because this point, the installation and connection of SRS-D8 are easier.

With two audio signal inputs: 3.5 mm jack and RCA jack (lotus jack), SRS-D8 can be used for PCs, Laptop and connect directly to the CD, DVD in your home.

We did not encounter any obstacles in connecting the speaker components together. The two satellite speakers have obvious distinction. Wire length is abundant to arrange two satellite speakers with a distance of 1m. However, the adapter cable is quite short, so it’s a little inconvenient if you do not have sockets near the speakers. The jacks of the right speaker and the subwoofer is designed similar to the Ethernet jack (RJ-45), it has good exposure but still quite hard to assemble.

Sony SRS-D8 only brought sound quality at average level when we have just opened the box. However, after several running hours, the SRS-D8 sound quality has improved. From real inspection, the satellite speakers of SRS-D8 can meet the frequency range lower than 20Hz to 15.500Hz. When testing with the frequency range from 20Hz to 150Hz, the subwoofer is only good with 30Hz to 150Hz frequency range.

Try connecting SRS-D8 with the desktop using RealtekALC887 integrated audio card and listen by Foobar 2000 software (version 1.0.3), medium sound range of this speaker is somewhat smoother than the Sony SRS-D5 model.

With 50% bass option, the bass notes in the "1-2-3-4-5-6 Bass, THX Sound Bass, THX - Jurassic Lunch (Major Bass)" are fairly warm, easy to listen and do not create uncomfortable feeling even when sitting near the speakers. When increasing the bass to maximum, the “heavy level” of the bass notes is somewhat better but still not as strong as expected.

We try to maximize the treble button, mid and high sound range of the speakers is smoother and clearer - especially when listening to the song Vincent (Starry Starry Night) presented by Chloe Agnew and Kenny G Songbird CD1 Album. When listening some song in wide theater (An Innocent Man - Billy Joel, It's must have been love Live - Roxette, Still Loving You - Scropions), we find a light sonority, but the audience feel like they are sitting near the singers because of narrower sound space.

Overall, the Sony SRS-D8 brings pretty good sound quality when listening to music. However, there is still a limitation due to sound space, so this 2.1 speakers have not really suitable for watching film or playing game.

Sony SRS-D8 has the feature to turn off the power automatically when it does not receive any audio signal from sources to save energy. After receiving the audio signal, the system will immediately turn on the music. This 2.1 speaker system is available at a price of $ 185.

The highlights of Sony SRS-D8

Total output capacity: 60W

Subwoofer: 160mm diameter, 3.6 Ohm impedance

Satellite speaker: 60mm diameter, 8ohm impedance

Input voltage: 18V DC

Audio signal input: 3.5 mm, RCA

Headphone jack

General assessments


Nice design, quite good sound quality when listening to music.

Medium sound range is soft and smooth.

Separate bass /treble buttons.


Not suitable for the needs of playing games, watching movies.

Headphone jack is not convenient for users.

Description: Sony SRS-D8

Sony SRS-D8



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