AUDIOFOCUS Touring 2-way self-powered line array loudspeaker with 110° dispersion

TransducersLF: 2 x 8’’ / HF: 1×3’’
DispersionHorizontal 110°
SPL max / 1m (measured)142 dB
Weight30kg / 66.13lbs
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ARES 8a is a compact, self-amplified 2-way touring system, renowned for its iconic sound signature in a wide range of sound reinforcement scenarios, from small concerts to theatre and stadium shows.

AUDIOFOCUS ARES 8a meets all WST criteria and offers the full benefits of a true line array. Dual 8’’drivers handle low-mid frequencies, while a 1.4’’ exit compression driver and custom waveguide provide smooth high-end performance.

An advanced AUDIOFOCUS SCiO Class D amplifier module with integral DSP and 4 versatile presets allows ARES 8a to be quickly deployed in any configuration. The smart ARES rigging system lets a single operator set up an 8-element system in just 10 minutes, with angles ranging from 0° to 10° with a 0.5° step. ARES 8a’s lightweight construction and tough rubber handle make the system easy to handle, while magnetic pins cut out vibration.

ARES 8a is built with pride in Belgium and coated in tough, weather-resistant polyurea to safeguard your investment. The cabinet front is protected by a rigid metal grill, backed by acoustically transparent foam.


  • Meets all WST criteria
  • 142 dB peak SPL
  • 2 x 8’’ Neodymium woofers, 2’’ voice coil
  • 1 x 1.4’’ Titanium compression driver, 3’’ voice coil
  • Compact, lightweight cabinet
  • Smart rigging system


Technical specifications

Description2-way self-powered full-range line array element
Transducers LF: 2 x 8’’
HF: 1×3’’
Frequency range (-6dB)70Hz-19kHz
Nominal directivity (-6dB)Horizontal 110°

Vertical: depends on the number of elements and array curvature.

SPL peak (1)142 dB
ProcessingDedicated AUDIOFOCUS SCiO presets
Rigging20 different inter-cabinet angle positions, from 0 to 10°
Audio connectorsIN: 1×3-point XLR
LINK: 1×3-point XLR
Network Connectors1 x etherCON for control
Power ConnectorsIN: 1×3-point powerCON TRUE1TOP
LINK: 1×3-point powerCON TRUE1TOP

Dimensions (Including Rigging H x W x D)244 x 643 x 396 mm
9.61 x 25.3 x 15.60 inches
Weight30kg / 66.13lbs
FinishHighly resistant polyurea coating

CabinetHigh grade birch plywood

(1) Peak level measured at 1 m under free field conditions using pink noise with crest factor 5

Gll files for Ease
and Easefocus

Gll • 3.47 Mo • 06/01/2022

Quick Start guide
SCiO Web Connection

PDF • 250 Ko • 13/06/2023

Technical sheet

PDF • 1.38 Mo • 02/08/2022

User Manual

PDF • 6.50 Mo • 10/07/2023


Connect & Control your amplifiers

AUDIOFOCUS SCiO amplifiers can be securely monitored and controlled anytime, anywhere over the network.

Our intuitive Web UI network manager is web-based, eliminating the need for software downloads, and allows multiple amplifiers to be managed from your preferred device.

The network manager offers the comprehensive processing options you would expect from a high-end system controller.
For more detailed information please visit the AUDIOFOCUS SCiO page.


Note – this Quick Start Guide is for use with products manufactured from July 2022