PreSonus Sceptre S6 Powered Studio Monitor

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95 out of 100. Incorporating 40+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$600
PreSonus Sceptre S6

Just one look at the PreSonus Sceptre S6 and you'll notice its standout coaxial design, where the 1" tweeter is positioned front and center of the 6.5" woofer.

Compared to traditional 2-way speakers where the two are separated, this back-to-back configuration allows for a more balanced dispersion.

To better use this design, PreSonus equipped the Sceptre S6 with a dual-core DSP that handles crossover frequency adjustments.

The 180W Class D amplifier features an internal heat sink for longevity and performance.

Controls include level adjustment knob and pre-programmed "acoustic tuning" buttons that let you customize the resulting sound to match the room that you are using it in.

Tech Specs

  • Driver: 6.5" Woofer, 1" Dome Tweeter
  • Amplifier: 90W LF, 90W HF
  • Inputs: 1 x XLR, 1 x TRS
  • Frequency Response: 42Hz–23kHz (-10dB)
  • Crossover Frequency: 2.2 kHz
  • Enclosure: Front Ported
  • Controls: Level, Acoustic Space, HF Driver, HP Filter
  • Dimensions: 13.2" x 9" x 12.2"
  • Weight: 18.8 lbs.

Pros

Experts and regular users alike have great things to say about the PreSonus Sceptre S6, with specific emphasis on its mid-range clarity and overall sound quality. Even those who were skeptical of the coaxial design report that it improved their monitoring / mixing experience. The linear throw of the speakers helped mixers feel a sense of depth from the stereo image, unlike other designs they tried.

Cons

There are a few who wanted knobs instead of buttons for the acoustic tuning controls. Some experts noticed subtle smearing in the lower frequencies because of its front-ported design.

Overall

The Sceptre S6 is truly unconventional with its design philosophy. The result is a clear midrange, large sweet spot, and stunning stereo separation and depth. Get it if you tend to mix music with dense layers. If you need low-frequency accuracy, the design may not be to your liking.

Although this was previously on our recommended list, there are now more highly rated options available which you can see in our guide to The Best Studio Monitors.

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I've been an audio engineer for 20 years specializing in rock and metal recordings, and also I play guitar and produce original music for my band and other content creators.