I have been thinking about buying some secondary monitors to go with my Amphion One8's, someone recommend that I look at the PreSonus Sceptre S6's. Some time ago I owned a pair of Dual concentric Tannoy's that I loved and regret selling to this day.
According to PreSonus;
"The Sceptre S6 speakers are 6.5-inch CoActual® 2-way Studio Monitors, where the horn is mounted in the woofer, The single point source provided by coaxial designs offers unique advantages, thanks to their consistent acoustic centre and symmetrical dispersion pattern. The proprietary CoActual design in the Sceptre S6 relies on custom coaxial drivers and advanced onboard DSP to create a seamless crossover transition and an even frequency response, the net result is exceptional 3D imaging and a natural listening experience that reveals the subtlest details. the result is a crisper stereo image, greater soundstage depth, more separation between components in a complex mix, and a less fatiguing listening experience."
To handle the necessary time alignment between the HF and LF sections of the driver, PreSonus teamed up with speaker-design expert Dave Gunness, of Fulcrum Acoustic, whose algorithms have been integrated into the Sceptre's onboard DSP to get the best result from the drivers and cabinet. PreSonus have eliminated any speaker pop, and when you switch them on the Presonus badge on the front switches from red to blue to show when they are ready to use.
On first listening I was very impressed with the sound of these speakers, they sound very hi-fi, but I don't mean that in a bad way, the monitors are actually quite flat in there response but they have a good amount of bottom end and a nice revealing top end that won't leave you with fatigue after your listening experience.
At the back of the Sceptre speakers you can change some of the processing to suit your mixing environment. The first button controls the acoustic space, This is useful if your speakers are to close to a corner or to the back wall. The second button controls the High frequency where you can boost 1dB or cut up to -4 dB. To be honest I can't imagine anyone wanting to boost the top end on these speakers. The last button is a High pass filter where you can filter off 60/ 80/100 Hz. Again, I wouldn't say these speakers are over extended in the bottom end, but I guess if you have a room that is giving you some bass problems you can at least try to ease that here. The speakers sounded great in the linear settings so for my room I left the controls at the default factory settings.
- 1- Balanced XLR
- 1- Balanced ¼” TRS
- Frequency Response (-3 dB) 52 Hz - 20 kHz
- Frequency Response (-10 dB) 42 Hz - 23 kHz
- Crossover Frequency 2.2 kHz
- LF Amplifier Power (@ 4Ω) 90W
- HF Amplifier Power (@ 4Ω) 90W
- Peak SPL (@ 1 meter) 109 dB
- LF Driver 6.25” glass-reinforced paper
- HF Driver 1” diaphragm compression driver
- Input Impedance 10 kΩ
- 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
My Amphion's with the amplifier retail at about £3500 so I was a little apprehensive at using these as a benchmark, but I've got to say the Scepter's hold up really well in comparison. I'm not saying that you cant hear the difference between the 2 sets, but the Scepter's are fantastic for the money and the performance belies their price tag.
The sweet spot is incredibly wide due to the coaxial design and although I'm not a fan of ported monitors, the bottom end is not mushy at all. I have placed them on the outside of the Amphion's and its great being able to switch to the Scepter's to listen to a very wide stereo image.
In the UK you can pickup these monitors for well under a thousand pounds and I can't recall having heard speakers for that price that sound this good and so revealing.
If you are looking for a pair of fantastic studio monitors at this price point (or even more) then I would definitely recommend that you demo a pair. Thumbs up!