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PreSonus Sceptre S6 - 2-way 6.5" Coaxial Nearfield Studio Monitor with DSP Processing

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High-definition 6.25 coaxial active studio monitors.

The PreSonus Sceptre CoActual high-definition studio monitor takes its name from an age-old symbol of royal authority. This 2-way studio monitor will help you to discover the fine nuances of your music that can not be reproduced by conventional desings. 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 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 PreSonus 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. You also can adjust the Sceptre's overall sound and response using its performance controls.

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.

FEATURES
CoActual technology combines DSP time-correction and point-source design for symmetrical soundstage and micro-definition imaging
Unique coaxial transducer integrates 6.5" midrange driver and 1-inch HF transducer with Coaxial Speaker Coherence Alignment
Powerl DSP provides critical Temporal Equalization with multiple FIR filters
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

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SPECIFICATIONS
Inputs
1- Balanced XLR
1- Balanced ¼" TRS
Performance
Frequency Response (-3 dB) 52 Hz - 20 kHz
Frequency Response (-10 dB) 42 Hz - 23 kHz
Crossover Frequency 2.2 kHz
LF Amplifier Power (@ 4?) 90W
HF Amplifier Power (@ 4?) 90W
Peak SPL (@ 1 meter) 109 dB
LF Driver 6.25" glass-reinforced paper
HF Driver 1" diaphragm compression driver
Input Impedance 10 k?
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 9" (230 mm)
Depth 10.24" (260 mm)
Height 13.2" (335 mm)
Weight 18.8 lbs (8.53 kg)
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PreSonusSceptre S6 - 2-way 6.5" Coaxial Nearfield Studio Monitor with DSP Processing
 
5.0

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5.0

Mix Engineer's Dream

By G.I.

from Sacramento, CA

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Detailed Midrange
  • Flat Accurate
  • Great Imaging

Cons

  • Long Break-in Time

Best Uses

  • Mixing
  • Post
  • Professional Recording

Comments about PreSonus Sceptre S6 - 2-way 6.5" Coaxial Nearfield Studio Monitor with DSP Processing:

As a professional Mix Engineer at Beta Collective, I've used a ridiculous amount of studio monitors (NS10's w/ Bryston, Adams, Proacs, Dynaudios, Events, etc), both low and high end, and these are some of the best monitors I've ever used. They are some of the most revealing and best imaged speakers I've come across, and I don't say that lightly.

As a heads up, they 100% need to be broken in for quite a few hours for them to sound even close to right. I did about 24hrs of pink noise at 85dB and off and on for hours over the next 2-3 days. After this, they opened right up. The high's settled in to be detailed but smooth, mid range depth was something I previously only could get on a Avid HD system w/ high end monitors and a tuned room. Plus the low end was clean and punchy, but still huge and accurate, even at lower volumes!

They are hands down my favorite thing in my entire studio. I dub them the new age NS10's.

-G.I.

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5.0

Good monitor/speakers

By deputydave41

from Nevada

About Me Novice

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Compact
  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio

    Comments about PreSonus Sceptre S6 - 2-way 6.5" Coaxial Nearfield Studio Monitor with DSP Processing:

    These speakers were recommended to me by David, at Musicain's Friend. They sound good and don't have the static hum that I was trying to get away from. I got a good deal because they were blemished but I really couldn't find any blemishes that would have kept me from purchasing them. They only had a couple of light scratches. They are doing a great job for me!

     
    5.0

    Honestly the best monitors I've used so far

    By JKOnTheTrack

    from Beacon, Ny

    About Me Experienced

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    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Durable
    • Easy To Use

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio

      Comments about PreSonus Sceptre S6 - 2-way 6.5" Coaxial Nearfield Studio Monitor with DSP Processing:

      By far the best monitors I've used. I haven't used the higher end because I'm only in a home studio but I don't think these could be beat for the price. I've used HS7's, Rockits, M-audio bx5a, and Tannoy Reveal 8's and the Sceptre's are in a league of their own. The sound of the speakers are of course by your ears for what sounds good so if you have a chance to demo them, then do it.

      Right out of the box the sweet spot just puts a smile on your face. I did my first beat on these and mixed it down for my first translate. Impressed with the outcome, less trips to the car to test. Still need to learn the monitors more but from my first mix on them I'm definitely sold.

      I love the design and how they perform. The options you have on the back of the monitor are helpful for your room needs. Not a single complaint from using these monitors.

       
      5.0

      An excellent, accurate, revealing monitor. Tremendous value.

      By jonesey

      from Spearfish SD

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Accurate
      • Coherence
      • Imaging

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about PreSonus Sceptre S6 - 2-way 6.5" Coaxial Nearfield Studio Monitor with DSP Processing:

          The Presonus Sceptre is head and shoulders above other monitors that are usually discussed by folks buying monitors from MusiciansFriend or similar sites. I had a pair of S6 side by side with a pair of Yamaha HS8's and it was absolutely no comparison. The Presonus crushed the Yamaha (which is very well regarded as a decent monitor at this level).

          The FIR processing, combined with the driver and horn design are no joke. This technology is borrowed from Dave Gunness of Fulcrum Acoustic and it is not just hype. The coherence, imaging and immediacy of the sound is amazing. They have a pretty flat frequency response, plenty of low end to be used without a sub for many applications and well balanced mids and highs with good extension. Please understand that these are a quantam leap compared to standard front mounted two way non-coaxial designs that don't utilize the advanced FIR DSP. These will make you believe. It's not just another marketing hype kind of thing. Buy these

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