On music, as with the S10, the Omni S8 drew an excellent balance between speed, impact and clarity, lending good weight to acoustic, jazz, and even large scale classical recordings. It had enough speed to keep up with the many subtle cues that music presents, and didn't suffer from the random boom-boom offered by other budget designs. On rock and electronic material, it needed some more attack and attitude, but not much and delivered more than enough overall performance with this material considering its very affordable price and compact size. The Omni S8 didn't suffer much when near walls, and actually seemed to benefit in some situations.
• The Omni S8 provides a superb level of performance over all types of material, offering speed, detail and impact with movies, games, and music and overall sounding much bigger than its size would indicate.
• The Omni S8 excels with smaller main loudspeakers, can complement bigger models with no problem, and is not very sensitive to room placement.
• The Omni S8 looks fantastic, offering a clean, tight look and an overall excellent build quality.
• The Omni S8 occasionally showed some strain in high volume situations, a little flab when reproducing very low bass, and lacked ultimate detail on rock and electronic tracks.
• The Omni S8 only comes in Black-Ash, and its front panel controls are accessible only when removing the grill.
• The Omni S8 lacks outputs of any type.
The Omni S8 packs an incredible amount of value into its compact, affordable package. Its sound delivers with an exclamation point, over all types of music, home theater, and gaming material, providing a terrific combination of weight, punch, speed, and detail with only minor flaws that never detract from the presentation. 'Tight' is the word that best describes this product - while it may be missing a couple features and a smidge of ultimate fidelity, it delivers so much for the price that you barely notice. The Omni S8 is an extremely formidable contender in its price bracket, and must be auditioned by all shoppers anywhere near it.