Dutch and Dutch has seemingly come out of nowhere to produce one of the most highly-regarded speakers designs in the last ten years, the D&D Model 8C. Taking both the music production world and audiophile world by storm, the 8C active monitors must be heard to be believed.
From what looks like a conventional (though very handsome) solid oak cabinet, the D&D 8C monitor has two forward-facing drivers: an 8" mid driver and a 1" driver for the top end. On the back side there are two 8" low/sub frequency drivers that are timed to be in sync with the forward-facing drivers. Each driver is powered by a separate 250 watt amplifier for huge headroom and low-frequency extension (down just 1dB at 30 Hz.) The AES/EBU digital input connection can be toggled to analog by pressing a button.
In addition to the 8C monitors, D&D has released a 8C Studio version that omits Ethernet connectivity so is less suited for audiophile playback applications.The 8C Studio is encased in a more typical (for the speaker business!) MDF cabinet, painted black. It has various fittings to allow flying the 8C Studio as well.