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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™.

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
    Inputs
    1- Balanced XLR
    1- Balanced 1/4 in. TRS

    Performance
    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

    Protection
    RF interference
    Over-current
    Over-voltage
    Over-temperature
    Turn-on/off transient
    Subsonic filter
    External mains fuse

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

    Cabinet
    Vinyl-laminated, medium-density fiberboard

    Physical
    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. WorxAudio, AIR, and ULT loudspeakers: 6 years. B-stock: 90 Days.
    DJ Andross, Aesp2500@gmail.com Submitted: 7/22/2018
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    Absolutely amazing monitors! My mixes sound crystal clear.
    Product Rating
    What is your opinion of this product?
    After testing several studio monitors in my studio (acoustically treated) from Yamaha, KRK, Mackie, M-Audio and Adam all of them are great monitors but found that the coaxial design wins in my opinion. I recorded a mini trance and progressive mix with all of them and played the mix in different stereos. I even gave the mix to friends and lo and behold the Presonus Sceptre S8s were the clear winners. These monitors do not hide anything.. it's like seeing the sound through a glass.. you hear everything. They're absolutely great monitors. Love them!
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    Matthew Cosek Submitted: 10/17/2017
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    Nothing better in its price range.
    What is your opinion of this product?
    Miles ahead of the Adams, better than the kh120s, just great monitors. In my treated room they're amazing, but I brought them to a buddies smaller and less treated room and they were great in there too. I cannot recommend them enough. These are near "end game" monitors at a great price.
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    Mike Submitted: 6/26/2017
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    1 small problem
    What is your opinion of this product?
    Everything is as expected but 1 of the speakers has some buzz/vibration when the volume gets to about half way during a kick. Its only audible when the kick is playing by itself. I swapped the channels on the interface and swapped the cables and the issue is 100% from the speaker. Other than that, they sound amazing, the clarity, detail, imaging and overall sound quality is amazing. Extremely transparent.
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    Jeff Lehman Submitted: 12/9/2015
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    Incredibly rich sound!
    What is your opinion of this product?
    The ability of these monitors to present a stereo image is incredible! They are expensive, but well worth the money. One word of caution...note the dimensions and plan for their huge size before you receive them. Being able to accomodate these large monitors is no small task.
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    Killer Submitted: 3/17/2015
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    Worth every penny
    What is your opinion of this product?
    These make tracking very nice. Great sound down the whole freq range
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    Anthony W, of Tones Files Pro, tonesfiles@gmail.com Submitted: 6/23/2014
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    Natural Tone with a Digital "Cherry on top" I personally own a pair of Septre monitors, great choice
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    Dan C. Submitted: 3/10/2014
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    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.
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