PreSonus Sceptre S6 Powered Studio Monitor

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Street Price: 

$600
PreSonus Sceptre S6

Gearank High Notes

PreSonus Sceptre S6: Highest Rated Studio Monitor between $500 and $1000 - 2021.09

Gearank Recommendation

The Sceptre S6 first appeared on our recommended list for Studio Monitors Under $500 in our March 2017 edition.

It remained on the list for a total of 5 editions where it consistently topped the rankings.

It came of the list in February 2022 when it was out-ranked by other models.

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.

Overview

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.

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.

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.

Rating Source Highlights

Website Source *Rating Value
Sound On Sound Paul White 96/100
Gearspace Sound-Guy 100/100
Sounds and Gear saintjoe 90/100
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