PreSonus Sceptre S8 and Sceptre S6 CoActual monitors
PreSonus is now shipping its Sceptre Series CoActual studio reference monitors: the Sceptre S8 (anticipated MAP/street price of $749.95/each) and Sceptre S6 (anticipated MAP/street price of $649.95/each). Featuring an advanced coaxial design that works integrally with a 32-bit/48kHz processor using Fulcrum Acoustic’s TQ Temporal Equalization technology, Sceptre CoActual monitors are DSP-enabled, TQ-based systems that promise clarity and coherence that has previously only been available in ultra-high-end systems.
The Sceptre S8 combines an 8-inch low/midrange-frequency driver and a 1-inch (25mm), horn-loaded, high-frequency transducer into a single coaxial unit with aligned voice coils. The Sceptre S6 coaxial speaker integrates a 6.5-inch low/midrange-frequency driver and a 1-inch (25mm), horn-loaded, high-frequency transducer. Both models have acoustic ports.
Through intensive collaboration with Fulcrum Acoustics’ Dave Gunness, PreSonus software designers were able to incorporate Fulcrum’s Temporal EQ algorithms employing multiple, fully addressable Finite Impulse Response (FIR) filters. Gunness was also responsible for final tuning and voicing of both Sceptre Series monitors.
Sceptre monitors include controls that enable 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 bass response relative to room dimensions and speaker placement. A highpass switch sets the 12 dB/octave filter’s low-frequency cutoff to linear, 60 Hz, 80 Hz, or 100 Hz. A High-Frequency Driver Adjust switch adjusts the tweeter’s overall level to linear (0 dB), +1 dB, -1.5 dB, or -4 dB. The Sensitivity control ranges from +4 dBu to -10 dBV.
The systems are bi-amplified: Each transducer is powered by a 90W RMS, Class D power amp with an internal heat sink. All Sceptre Series monitors have a balanced XLR and ¼-inch TRS line-level inputs with A-taper level control.
All Sceptre Series monitors offer RF shielding, current-output limiting, and over-temperature protection and have internal power supplies with IEC connectors and power switches with on/off LEDs. An amplifier “soft start” feature eliminates popping on power-up.