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Item Reviews for: PreSonus Sceptre S8 Powered Studio Monitor  -  PRS S8 LIST

Natural Tone with a Digital "Cherry on top" I personally own a pair of Septre monitors, great choice
By: Anthony W, of Tones Files Pro,tonesfiles@gmail.com      Submitted: 6/23/2014

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Exceptional monitors!
By: Dan C.      Submitted: 3/10/2014

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General 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. Quality 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. Features 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. Sound 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. Reliability 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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