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PreSonus Sceptre S8 Powered Studio Monitor

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The first time you hear the PreSonus Sceptre S8 Powered Studio Monitor, you'll discover fine nuances of your music that can't be reproduced by conventional designs. The Sceptre's panoramic soundstage, fine detail, and stunning dynamics will astonish you. This exceptional performance is the result of an advanced coaxial design that works integrally with a 32-bit processor running Fulcrum Acoustic’s TQ™ Temporal Equalization Technology™.

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PreSonus CoActual technology—the core of every Sceptre-series studio monitor—is the combination of custom transducers in a state-of-the-art coaxial design with heavy-duty DSP running TQ algorithms.

The sceptre (or scepter) is the age-old symbol of royal authority. PreSonus Sceptre CoActual studio monitors do indeed provide sound quality and control worthy of the highest levels of aristocracy-but they're priced for the bourgeois project-studio owner.

PreSonus Sceptre S8 Powered Studio Monitor Features:
  • CoActual technology combines DSP time-correction and point-source design for symmetrical soundstage and micro-definition imaging
  • Unique coaxial transducer integrates 8-inch (Sceptre S8) or 6.5-inch (Sceptre S6) midrange driver and 1-inch (25 mm), horn-loaded HF transducer with Coaxial Speaker Coherence Alignment
  • Powerful DSP provides critical Temporal Equalization™ with multiple FIR filters
  • Acoustic-tuning controls:
    • HF Driver Adjust (0 dB, +1 dB, -1.5 dB, -4 dB)
    • Acoustic Space settings (0 dB, -1.5 dB, -3 dB, -6 dB)
    • High-pass filter (Off, 60 Hz, 80 Hz, and 100 Hz, -24 dB/octave slope)
    • Sensitivity (+4 dBu to -10 dBV)
  • 180W RMS, Class D biamplification with internal heat sink
  • RF shielding, current-output limiting, and over-temperature protection
  • Balanced XLR and ¼-inch TRS line-level inputs with A-taper level control
  • Amplifier “soft start” feature eliminates popping on power-up
  • 102 dB maximum continuous SPL
  • Internal power supply with IEC connector
  • Power switch with on/off LED

The Coaxial Conundrum
Speaker designers have long been aware that coaxial designs offer the advantages of a single point source for a consistent acoustic center and a symmetrical dispersion pattern. But until now, designing coaxial systems without a variety of acoustic anomalies has been extremely expensive.

Solving the problems involved in coaxial designs requires massive amounts of DSP and subtle, sophisticated transducer design, which is why such systems have, in the past, been limited to very high-end systems with external processors.

However, Fulcrum Acoustic’s amazing, cutting-edge technology has allowed us to overcome the usual design problems of coaxial systems while taking advantage of coaxial’s unique properties. Thanks to custom transducers and TQ algorithms designed by Fulcrum’s Dave Gunness, Sceptre CoActual monitors deliver clarity and coherence that has previously only been available in ultra-high-end systems.

The Royal Sceptre
The Sceptre series includes two models. The Sceptre S8 CoActual Studio Monitor combines an 8-inch low/mid-frequency driver and a 1-inch (25 mm), horn-loaded, high-frequency transducer into a single coaxial unit with aligned voice coils. The Sceptre S6 uses the same technology and design as the S8 but with a 6.5-inch low/mid-frequency driver. Both models have front-firing acoustic ports.

The systems are biamplified: Each transducer is powered by a 90W RMS, Class D power amp with an internal heat sink. Each Sceptre has its own internal power supply with IEC connector and a power switch with on/off LED.

All Sceptre-series monitors have a balanced XLR and ¼-inch TRS line-level inputs with A-taper level control.

To this package of custom transducers, powerful DSP running custom software, and first-rate power amplification, add a rich set of acoustic adjustments and full speaker protection, and you have a new, affordable close-field monitoring standard for project studios and commercial facilities.

As you expect from PreSonus, Sceptre studio monitors use top-quality components and construction quality fit for royalty—and they look regal, too!

Coaxial Done Right with TQ™
Each Sceptre monitor contains a DSP chip that enables the use of Fulcrum Acoustic’s TQ algorithms. The processor is used to manage horn reflection, linear time and amplitude anomalies correction, performance contouring, and dynamic and excursion limiting.

The result is coaxial speakers that perform far better than all but the most expensive studio monitors.

You Wield the Sceptre
In addition to making possible the Sceptre’s coaxial design, the monitor’s onboard DSP provides user-adjustable contour features for optimizing the monitors for your mixing space. This enables full integration into any studio environment.

A four-position Acoustic Space switch controls a second-order shelving filter centered at 100 Hz, with four attenuation settings (no attenuation, -1.5 dB, -3 dB, and -6 dB) so that you can account for the boundary bass boost that occurs when the monitor is placed near a wall or corner. If you don't want to roll off those lows, set it to 0 dB.

Safety Matters
Any loudspeaker is subject to an assortment of environmental and performance problems and Sceptre monitors offer protection from most common of these. RF shielding protects against radio frequencies that could be induced into the signal and become audible. (If you've ever heard a radio broadcast unexpectedly coming out of a guitar amp, that’s the result of RF interference.)

Sceptre monitors also provide over-temperature protection to avoid heat-related issues and current-output limiting to prevent damage should there be a short circuit on the speaker terminals.

Finally, the power amplifiers have a “soft startup” so that you don’t get damaging pops in the speakers when you power them up.

Sound Fit for a Monarch
Monarchs of old wielded their scepters as a sign of authority over their realm; with PreSonus Sceptre studio monitors, you can assert sonic control over your realm. Thanks to coaxial design done right; you can hear your tracks and mix better than ever before. And you don't have to pay a king's ransom to wield them!

    Product Specifications
    1- Balanced XLR
    1- Balanced 1/4 in. TRS

    Frequency Response (-3 dB) 46 Hz - 20 kHz
    Frequency Response (-10 dB) 38 Hz - 23 kHz
    Crossover Frequency 2.4 kHz
    LF Amplifier Power (@ 4 ohms) 90W
    HF Amplifier Power (@ 4 ohms) 90W< br /> Peak SPL (@ 1 meter) 116 dB
    LF Driver 8 in. glass-reinforced paper
    HF Driver 1 in. diaphragm compression driver
    Input Impedance 10 k ohms

    User Controls
    Volume Range A-type taper
    HF Control Flat, +1, -1.5, -4 dB
    Low Cut Flat, 60, 80 Hz, 100 Hz
    Acoustic Space Flat, -1.5, -3, -6 dB

    RF interference
    Turn-on/off transient
    Subsonic filter
    External mains fuse

    100-120V ~50/60 Hz or 220-240V ~50/60 Hz

    Vinyl-laminated, medium-density fiberboard

    Width 11.4 in. (290 mm)
    Depth 11.8 in. (300 mm)
    Height 15.75 in. (400 mm)
    Weight 24.25 lbs. (11 kg)
    Helpful Info about the Manufacturer
    Phone:  225-216-7887 Warranty:  New Products: 1 Year. B-stock: 90 Days.
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    Ease of Use
    Exceptional monitors!
    Your general opinion of this product.
    I conducted an in-depth monitor evaluation before selecting the S8's. In total I auditioned seven pair of monitors over the course of six weeks. I had very specific criteria that I used to make an informed decision. I evaluated monitors in the $1,000 to $2,600 per pair price range and found the Sceptre's to be competitive even at the upper end of that range. The S8's impressed me as revealing and pleasant; detailed but not overly analytical; able to reproduce transient detail, and powerful.
    Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable?
    The fit and finish of the monitor is exceptional. The coax design is unique in this price range, and it's integral to overall quality of the monitors. The drivers, the enclosure, and the algorithms running on dual-core processors inside the monitors were all designed in concert - the design quality itself is remarkable. The design and build quality in turn deliver outstanding sound quality, and that is what matters the most for critical listening.
    Ease of Use
    How easy is this product to use? How easy is the product to use with other products? Did it take long for you to learn to use this product? Was the manual helpful? How playable do you consider this product to be?
    The Sceptre's onboard DSP provides user adjustable contour controls that allow you to fine tune the monitors to your listening space. The acoustic space control allows you to attenuate bass response to account for bass boost that occurs when monitors are placed near a rear wall or corner. The High-Frequency Driver Adjust allows you to balance the tweeter output with that of the mid/bass driver. If you are using a subwoofer, the High-Pass switch allows you to roll off the low frequency to match the sub's crossover. Last but not least, there is a sensitivity control that allows you to match the monitor to your mixer, audio interface, or monitor control system. The documentation is adequate, and PreSonus has an excellent video on how to calibrate the monitors using a smart phone app.
    What do you consider to be the best features of this product? What features would you add to this product if you could?
    The coax design utilizing a horn tweeter is the most impressive feature. You can't separate the horn from the DSP because they work together to provide a single point source, and a symmetrical dispersion pattern - without the artifacts often found in coax designs. The result is an expansive soundstage, and precise stereo image.
    How is the tone?
    I've done numerous long mixing sessions with the settings in the neutral (linear) position, and I find the monitor's very natural sounding. The horns have a presence; airy, a slightly forward tonality, but not hyped or fatiguing in any way. In a word, they are "transparent" - I feel like I'm listening through the monitors and not to them. The clarity of the highs, the definition for the upper-mids, and the abundant but tight bass completes the package. I'm able to hear details in my mixes that I simply wasn't able to hear with the last two pair of monitors I've owned. I can move around in the mix position and there are no dead spots, no smearing, and no hole-in-the-middle - even when listening to the monitors spread far apart (store display). I didn't think it was possible to own a pair of monitors at this price point that perform so well. If there is a weakness - I can't hear it.
    How has it stood up over time?
    Since I've only owned the monitors for just over three months, I have to rely on past performance of PreSonus equipment. I've run my studio on their audio interfaces, preamps, DAW controller, and monitor control systems for the past six years - I've never had an issue that wasn't promptly resolved by their tech support. I'm confident the Sceptre's will provide years of service.
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