PreSonus Sceptre S8 Monitors Review

PreSonus Sceptre S8 Review

The Verdict

The PreSonus Sceptre S8 monitors are a high quality choice for your home studio monitors. These monitors come with high-end specs, and a price tag that is at the higher end too. Get a second mortgage on the house and get these monitors!

There are a lot of studio monitors in the market these days and it is really hard to choose from them. Today, we are adding the PreSonus Sceptre S8 in our list of the best studio monitors in 2019.

The Sceptre range has two models, S6 and S8, apart from a few subtle differences like their LF drivers, enclosure size, and overall frequency response, they have very similar specifications. Both have balanced XLR and 1/4″ TRS line-level inputs with A-taper lever control. But with S8 the bass is much deeper and mids sounded fuller.

This time lets focus on S8, what makes this studio monitor special and if it will fit your needs – we don’t think you will be disappointed.

The PreSonus Sceptre S8 Monitors

The initial concern with Sceptre S8 is may overpower our medium to small size room because of its size (15.75” tall, 11.4” wide, and 13.3” deep). Which can be a problem if you are setting up your own home studio with limited space or if you are a hobbyist that likes to do mixes in your free time. But the S8 monitors proved this concern baseless because even in a small space, it gives us a sense of three-dimensionality and a greater sense of acoustic space without being too overpowering.

Take note this studio monitor is not cheap, so if you are starting out and need a budget-friendly home monitor, you can check our PreSonus Eris E4.5. This is a good entry level home studio monitor for starters and you won’t be disappointed with its performance (compared with its price).

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Sceptre S8 Specs

The Sceptre S8 is PreSonus’ next-gen two-way studio monitor. It employs a coaxial design and acoustic adjustment controls with 32-bit, 96kHz, dual-core processor, and advanced what they call “Temporal Equalization” technology. This achieves a wide panoramic sound staging, surprising details, and excellent dynamics.

If you want to create stunning and life-changing music, you need to clearly hear what you’re doing. With the Sceptre S8 monitors, you can!

In addition to its coaxial design, the S8 onboard DSP provides a user-adjustable contour features to easily optimize your mixing space. This enables full and easy integration into your home or professional studio.

PreSonus Sceptre S8: Features & Benefits

PreSonus S8 Home Monitors

PreSonus focused on the features and the sound – they didn’t concentrate to create an incredible aesthetics. Still, they produced a simple but stylish speaker to fit into any professional or home studio setup. It features a pretty all black standard vinyl-laminated MDF build with illuminated PreSonus logo at the lower right corner. You will not be disappointed with how it looks.

Sceptre S8 is known for its three-dimensional soundstage with a unique design that delivers a pure, clear, and honest sound reproduction. What’s not to like?

To eliminate horn reflections and to correct linear time and amplitude anomalies, each monitor contains a 32-bit/96kHz, dual-core, active floating-point DSP chip that powers Fulcrum Acoustic’s TQ Algorithms.

The conventional two-way design of other studio monitors places the high-frequency driver above the low-frequency driver – Sceptre S8’s frequency response is symmetrically horizontal and vertical designed.

And when partnered with the advanced Fulcrum Acoustic’s TQ Algorithms, this studio monitor produce a crispier stereo image, greater soundstage depth, more separation of elements, increased resistance to feedback, more seamless transitions, and less fatiguing listening experience.

If you want to know more about the features and benefits of using PreSonus Sceptre S8 watch this video.

As an added bonus, Sceptre S8 offers protection from the common environmental and performance problems via RF shielding that protects against radio frequencies induced into the signal and becomes audible. Plus, they also provide over-temperature protection to avoid over-heating and current-output limiting to prevent from short circuits on the speaker terminals.

Also, the power amplifiers have a “soft startup” to prevent from damaging pops in your monitors when you power them up.

The Competition

Let’s meet some of the competition in the market…

Yamaha HS8

Our first contender is the Yamaha HS8 speakers. These studio monitors produce flat, natural high-quality sound professionals used to create honest and accurate mixes. With its dome 1″ dome tweeter, this 2-way powered studio monitor carries enough weight to give you a full-bodied sound but clarity and finesse to produce a smooth, clear, and clean highs.

Combining advanced magnetic circuit design with HS8’s extra-large magnet under the hood, this studio monitor provides a powerful, uniform, dynamic capability, and tightly controlled flux field. Resulting in an exceptionally smooth response with a wider frequency range.

If you are looking for a versatile home or professional monitor, Yamaha HS8 can be the one for you with its ROOM CONTROL, MID EQ, and HIGH TRIM response control switches designed to make up for acoustic deficiencies and monitoring needs. For example, ROOM CONTROL can be used to compensate for the low-end exaggerations when the monitors are placed close to walls or corners. While MID EQ can give you a midrange boost and cut options besides flat response. And lastly, HIGH TRIM offers the same thing but for high frequencies.

JBL LSR305

A lot of serious audio engineers, music producers, and hobbyist prefer our second contender, JBL LSR305. It is designed with advanced featuring from their flagship M2 Master Reference Monitor. With LSR305 innovative Image Control Waveguide, this studio monitor creates a well-defined and amazingly dimensional stereo image.

The double-flared port shape of this monitor with the Slip Stream low-frequency port reduces the turbulence, meaning the bass response remains clear, pure, and accurate at low or high levels.

LSR305 is great for mixing music in your DAW software, editing videos, or tasks that need accurate, precise, and detailed sound. Perfect for experts and hobbyist, alike.

Adam A7X

Last but not least, Adam A7X. It has an active vertical 2-way design that provides a balanced sound with clear and superior high-frequency reproduction, midrange, and transient response. Comes with a handmade X-ART folded-ribbon tweeter from Berlin, allows this home or studio monitor longer operations with fewer signs of fatigue.

The A7X’s 7″ woofer extends response down to 42Hz makes it a suitable choice for nearfield monitoring in small-to-midsized control rooms, with or without a subwoofer.

Combining a vertical 2-way system with 7″ Carbon/Rohacell/Glass Fiber woofer, the A7X has high stereo image resolution with an excellent transient response in high sound lever without breakup of the diaphragm.

Who is PreSonus?

PreSonus started in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Cajun Country, USA. The Chief Strategy Officer Jim Odom with the VP of Engineering Brian Smith’ goal is to build high-quality but affordable music-production tools for musicians and audio engineers for professionals, amateurs, and hobbyist.

A few of PreSonus innovative products which they designed and produced are DigiMax, the first 8-channel microphone preamplifier with ADAT output and Central Station, the first monitor controller with talkback.

In July 2014, PreSonus introduced AudioBox iOne and iTwo the first they designed for iPad, Mac, and Windows. At the same time, PreSonus introduced 2-track capture Duo and 32-trach Capture for iPad, the first recording software for iOS to enable wireless transfers of song files to a Mac/Windows.

Today, PreSonus continues to provide top-notch innovative, professional, but affordable tools for the music-technology and professional audio industry to provide 100% original and creative products integrated with the latest hardware and software.

The Judgment

PreSonus Sceptre S8 monitors deliver a balanced, crisp, clearer, and full-bodied sound with top-level imaging and easy-to-use tweaking options. But you have to consider its size and weight. Sceptre S8 weighs 11kgs (24.25 lbs), about the weight of a pug, which can be heavy for some.

Also, you have to consider the space in your studio. If you are a hobbyist and want to set up a studio in your home, Sceptre S8 can be space consuming if you do not know where to put it. Ideally, you have to know where your monitor should be located in your space for an optimal experience. Which you can learn or hire professionals to do it for you.

But if want to arrange great music and be able to hear it clearly with a professional or home studio, Sceptre S8 can be the perfect one for you!

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