PreSonus Sceptre S8 8" Powered Monitor Demo

180W 8" Powered Monitor Speaker with Coaxial Speaker Alignment and 32-bit/96kHz Dual-core DSP Processor (each)
PreSonus Sceptre S8 8
PreSonus Sceptre S8 8
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Next-gen Coaxial Monitors from PreSonus!

The PreSonus Sceptre S8 is the company's next-gen 2-way studio monitor. Bi-amplified with 180 watts of Class D power, the Sceptre S8 employs a cutting-edge coaxial design and acoustic-adjustment controls facilitated by a 32-bit, 96kHz, dual-core processor and advanced Temporal Equalization technology. The result of all this high-tech engineering? Wide panoramic soundstaging, astonishing detail, and stunning dynamics. If you want to make great-sounding music, you've got to be able to hear what you're doing. With the PreSonus Sceptre S8, you can.

PreSonus Sceptre S8 Active 8" Studio Monitor Features at a Glance:
  • 2-way active studio monitor with 8" LF and 1" HF in coaxial configuration
  • CoActual technology combines DSP time-correction and point-source design
  • Symmetrical soundstage and micro-definition imaging
  • Coaxial Speaker Coherence Alignment
  • 32-bit, 96kHz, dual-core, active floating-point DSP
  • Acoustic-tuning controls let you tune your monitors to your room
  • Bi-amplified with 180W of Class D power; internal heat sink and power supply
Hear exactly with you're recording with the PreSonus Sceptre S8!

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Additional Media

Studio Monitor Buying Guide
PreSonus Sceptre Studio Monitors Overview
Hot New Gear from PreSonus
NAMM News: PreSonus Sceptre

Tech Specs

Powered Yes
Power Configuration Bi-amped (Coaxial Configuration with LF)
LF Driver Size 8"
LF Driver Type Cone
HF Driver Size 1"
HF Driver Type Horn-loaded
LF Driver Power Amp 90W
HF Driver Power Amp 90W
Total Power 180W
Frequency Range 46Hz-20kHz (-3 dB), 38Hz-23kHz (-10 dB)
Crossover Frequency 2.4kHz
Maximum Peak SPL 116 dB
Input Types 1 x XLR, 1 x TRS
Enclosure Type Ported (Front)
Height 15.75"
Width 11.4"
Depth 13.3"
Weight 24.25 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number Sceptre S8

Customer Reviews

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God of Studio!

I recently got a pair of the PreSonus Sceptre S8 and I gotta tell you, these are the most awesome monitors I have ever heard! I used to think my Bose 901's sounded good until I got the Sceptres. The clarity of the sound is truly crystal and pristine. The vocals sound incredibly crisp and natural! I never realized what listening to music was until now. Every little sound to the minutest detail is audible. I'm a true believer now that I own a set. As soon as I got them I began to play the virtual synth's that are in my DAW and I was taken back by the broad spectrum of sound that was being reproduced by the Sceptres, all in amazing stereo. Bask in the sweet glory of these beauties and it's like taking a refreshing shower of pure sound! You won't regret it, guaranteed! I can't thank my Sweetwater Sales Engineer, Jonathan Appleton, enough for having highly recommended these to me! They are all he said about them and much, much more. I feel like the God of Studio has poured out his musical blessings on me with these truly enlightening monitors!

Wow. Just Wow.

I won't lie, i was a bit nervous about buying a monitor from Presonus, and that's coming from a guy who already uses a LOT of their gear in my studio (SL24, ACP88, HP60, Faderport). Monitors need to be right. I felt that maybe i should go with a company that had a more storied history in the speaker world. Simply put, I felt like I was going to Pizza Hut, and ordering a burger. Well, I put my faith in PreSonus, and I'm so glad I did. Another analogy (I'm an analogy guy....): Some people struggle to see for years, and they don't realize how blind they've been until they break down and get glasses. Once they look through the lenses, the world suddenly becomes perfectly clear, colorful, vibrant... they kick themselves for not making the move years ago. This is the effect the Sceptre 8's had that effect on my ears. The clarity and detail are AMAZING. The low end is tight, the mids are solid, and the highs are crisp. You can hear the tiny little itty bitty changes in EQ, compression, and effect tails. They thurmp like crazy at 180 watts per side, and the acoustic space controls worked perfectly to tame the boominess in my little 300 square foot studio. Don't be afraid of them. Order them. You'll love them. You won't believe your ears!
Music background: 30 years as a musician, 15 years as a studio owner.

Surprisingly good, took a while to know what made them so...

I have used several brands of monitors over the years, and have been fortunate to have worked in studios where cost was no factor in monitor selection... monster systems! For home use, and for someone for whom cost will always be a factor, I've tried several brands including Genelec (1029), Dynaudio(BM5A), and some lower level monitors by Alesis (Monitor 2) and Behringer (3030). All had their pluses and minuses, with the Dynaudios being the personal favorites I have owned and used. While at Presonushere 2013 I saw the new Sceptre S8. I didn't spend a lot of time with them, but noted they sounded good and were very powerful. I bought a pair of the Presonus 328Ai speakers, and LOVED them. Literally studio quality in a PA speaker. The experience with the 328Ai reignited my interest in the similarly coaxial (Co-Actual in Presonuspeak) speaker configuration. As I could always return them, what was there to lose? I got a set. They arrived in a large package, well packed, with all the normal stuff. They are nice looking, a touch large, but unassuming in appearance. They'll blend into almost any decor. I got them set up, and set for the input, then settled in to listen. They sounded good on a basic mix but were, honestly, less than impressive. Not bad, just kind of "there," if you know what I mean. I continued listening and noted minor EQ changes were immediately noticeable. The longer I listened, the clearer it became. What sounded sort of blase' on first listen was actually just an accurate replay of the material. There was absolutely zero "hi-fi" enhancement of the sound. A good finished mix sounds finished. A bare mix sounds bare. You hear all of the verb, the delay, phasing, everything. The more I listened, the more blown away I was. These things are true to the studio monitor goal: what goes in is what comes out. In comparisons since, I can most closely equate them to Genelecs 8050 series, and that is high praise indeed. That's what I would have bought if I had the budget, so you can imagine how happy I am to hear the performance on par with them, at least in short listening samples. I'd love to listen to both on a longer term, but my wallet won't allow it! I can say they sound easily better than anything I have owned, and those I tried in the price range (Adam A7X as an example). I highly recommend them to anyone looking for a reasonably priced, high quality, powerful, and accurate speaker. I would not recommend them to anyone looking for a hi-fi listening application, they simply reveal every bad mix that has made it to tape/cd. I think these are the best value on the market. Needless to say, I did not return them.
Music background: Musician and recording enthusiast

Co-Axial as it Should Be

They say your monitors are where you put the bulk of your money ahead of any component in a home studio. Stretch for the best monitors you can find within the budget you have set for yourself. For the sub-$1000 bracket, there is no question in my mind that these are where it's at. Heck, if you go the S8 route, you're in the realm of speakers double or triple this price - and possibly beating them. From what I'm hearing, I WOULD say beating them. Co-Axial was once in fashion, but never truly perfected due to lengthy scientific mumbo jumbo that I won't get into. So designers and manufacturers avoided the methodology for a while. Enter PreSonus.... finally bringing speakers to the table with true co-axial architecture, but taking care of perfecting their accuracy via a freakin' computer inside each speaker! A marriage you don't need to know... simply forget about it and listen to the results. How would I describe the sound as compared to traditional monitors with 2-way or 3-way drivers all separated? Pinpoint accuracy without separation. The pair delivers a stereo image that simply "hovers in space above your desk" like a 3D hologram. Completely crystalline in detail. Seemingly coming from nowhere. Everything is aligned together, and your stereo mix is portrayed exactly, assembled in the air. Hard to describe in words. As opposed to lifting your head high or low 12 inches and getting slightly different results (as with traditional 2 or 3-way) you don't need to hunt for a "sweet spot" for listening, with these. With coaxial, you can move your head position up and down like 2 feet, and the color of your mix stays the same. Your "sweet spot" is huge, to the point where you can omit the habit of having to concentrate on returning yourself to the correct listening position. You're always in it ! As for sound quality, I'd say quality regular speakers are like looking through a perfectly clean glass window at a garden scene. You don't see the glass, and the scene looks crisp, clean, and great. With the S8's, it's like the glass is *removed from the window frame*, so the garden scene image becomes that much more vivid. That little extra added bonus of definition you didn't expect. That's co-axial. That's Sceptre.
Music background: Musician, Engineer

Amazing under 2000

3 words - Flat Pure Awesome
Music background: Professional loser
See also: Powered Monitors, PreSonus, PreSonus Active Monitors