This monitor has been realized in conjuction with Nathan East, that much we know already. Nathan East is a bass player, singer and producer. So please keep in mind that it has been tuned for the purpose to fit his needs.
Since my N8’s came pre-installed with the m15 module, the following impressions are based on it. The m15 is also the 64 Audio preferred apex module for the N8.
The N8 is a warmer monitor with emphasis on low ends. Bass reaches considerably deep with excellent texture and body. It possesses good weight and puts especially sub-bass response a little more forward. Bass indeed is rich and smooth as it was intended by 64 Audio. This plays a very nice role when you’re listening to acoustic pieces, this is where the N8 truly shines in my opinion. It has a nicely organic and airy sound to it, that makes certain Jazz or Soul albums sound incredible. The N8 features a good punch, yet does not come with the impact of other models. This is due to the softer approach of the dynamic driver. Mid- and upper-bass also have great body to them and give lower mids a touch of colouration.
Mid-range overall is lush and warm, with wonderful body. Vocals can come across as dense with a thick touch and good weight. Lower mids are coloured by upper-bass and feature a warmer tuning. Instruments are nicely organic, with good energy where it’s needed. Some Rock tunes and heavier Industrial songs can show how well the N8 handles energetic guitar riffs for example. The N8 has a nicely spread sound-stage, with very nice depth. It does not reach as wide as it reaches deep in my opinion, but that does not stop it from having great instrumental separation. The layering of the N8 is truly outstanding. To me the N8 could use a bit more air and resolution in the mids to sound more emotional. The entire mid-range is rich and especially upper mids do a wonderful job here, with a nice glowing appearance. The N8 certainly is not a critical monitor when it comes to forgiving bad recordings, as pretty much everything can sound good on it. Of course it all depends on how well the track has been produced/made. The general rule always applies: the better the mastering the better the sound.
What I like about 64’s models is how well their treble tuning is achieved. Even though the N8 is a lusher monitor with good bass presence, its highs never seem to be struggling to sound clean and clear. They bring out a good amount of details and excel at extension. To me it is the beauty of the tia driver to sound very wide and airy. Treble is as said clean and clear, but never becomes overly bright or piercing. It is energetic and rich with wonderful air and colour. I never had any problems with sibilance, as it just doesn’t exist.
When changing the m15 module for the m20 I usually found to have a bigger bass and less rich upper mids and treble. The N8 however is not as affected by the changes the apex modules bring as other 64 Audio models. When I switched from them15 to the m20 I noticed that the sub-bass was more forward and possessed a harder punch than before. The stage also seemed a bit less wide, transparency took a step down and treble seemed a slight margin less sparkling. Personally I prefer the m15 module with the N8.
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