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Blue Sky SAT 6D 6.5" Powered Studio Monitor Reviews

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  • from Florida July 14, 2016Music Background:
    Professional Forensic Audio analyst

    Compare to Quested, Focal Be, Eve Audio, Adam, Neumann, Genelec, Dynaudio, et al.

    I've been using these for several weeks now in a critical editing and analytical environment. I've used these for the analysis and enhancement of severely compromised vocal tracks, recorded surreptitiously, and subsequent enhancement of said tracks for use by government entities. I've used everything from Mackie 8", Genelec, Tannoy, Focal (Be and non-Be models), JBL LSR series, Adam, Dynaudio BM12 mk III, BM-15, Eve Audio, Quested, Neumann, Dynaudio, and many others.

    The BlueSky Sat 6D offers a level of inherent vocal clarity that I've only found matched by those horribly fatiguing metal dome tweeters (Be domes aside, those are usually wonderful, and wonderfully expensive). The Scan Speak ring radiator tweeter is exceedingly smooth, revealing that inner detail and vocal texture/grit without bringing on listener fatigue even after editing for HOURS at a time at moderate volume. The midwoofer is extremely tonally natural, yet it hits like a 7"-8" driver. It has over an inch of peak-to-peak excursion (amazing to watch) and remains clean the whole time. You have the option of sealed mode, sealed mode with 80hz high pass filter, ported, and ported w/ 80hz high pass filter. If you can't get this to work in your space, you've got bigger problems than buying monitors. At that point, it may be time to move out of the cathedral.

    Overall sound is dynamic, revealing, detailed, and SMOOTH. With vocals and vocal intelligibility being the focus of my audio analysis and enhancement, the BlueSky Sat 6D brings me the detail I NEED without the hassle of ear fatigue, even after long listening sessions at healthy volume levels.

    I'm hearing the micro textures in voices, such as the rasp of somebody who is hesitating because they are preparing to be untruthful, or whether a speaker has the proverbial "frog" in their throat.

    The boxes are perfectly finished on all sides (even the rear) with a satin/matte greyish-blue with a subtle metallic flake. They are heavy and inert. I use them on Iso-Acoustics Iso Pods (the large 8200 model, which fits them perfectly). They can be used with their own Burr-Brown internal DAC's or a Cirrus Logic internal DSP. I use them with an RME babyface Pro (192 variant) in front, with some Kopul Quad Pro 5000 Series cables running analog signal between the Babyface and the Sat 6Ds. They are DEAD silent. No hiss. Nothing even with everything muted and the volume at max.

    Each unit has a silent fan that runs to keep the internal chipset cool in each monitor. If you place your ear against the rear plate, you can barely hear the fan. The monitors remain cool even when pushed hard.

    I am very pleased. These have all the smoothness of Dynaudio BM12 mk III's, and all the detail of the Genelec 8040's & 8050's, 8250's, and 8350's. Better highs and female vocals than Focal Solo6 Be's. Smoother highs than the Neumann KH120, but with equivalent detail (possibly even better, because you can play passages louder on the Sat 6Ds with zero ear fatigue). These had the same type of airy and 3-D upper-mids and highs as the current-generation Adam SVX-3 and A7X models...and the Eve Audio SC408's, but without any of the muddiness of the lows or lower-mids that the Adam models had...and with better imaging than the Eve's. The Sat 6Ds also held their overall tonality together (same bass-to-treble balance) better than any of the others mentioned. Possibly due to the excellent amps in the Sat 6D's.

    These are what happen when Genelec and Dynaudio and Eve and Adam and Focal have a baby, using truly premium components, that brings the best qualities of each of its parents.

    Built per each order (hence the wait time), prepare to be impressed. More importantly, prepare to do some of your best studio work yet.

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