Blue Sky SAT 6.5 EXR
A flexible approach to handling the full audio spectrum is one key aspect of top studio monitors.
Case in point: Blue Sky's SAT 6.5 EXR. For starters, this near-ﬁeld, ported studio monitor includes a single 6.5in. high-excursion hemispherical woofer and a 1in. dual-concentric diaphragm tweeter with integral wave-guide, which enables improved off-axis response, according to the company.
Although it's rated at 200W, the SAT 6.5 EXR is constructed as a bi-ampliﬁed (two separate 100W ampliﬁers) monitor, with a rear panel that incorporates two completely independent balanced input stages with XLR connectors.
The main input uses a rather unique 80Hz bass-managed approach, which makes the SAT 6.5 EXR fully compatible with Blue Sky's SUB 12, SUB 212, and SUB 15 Universal subwoofers. When the 80Hz input is used, this ported monitor has all the characteristics of a sealed box-type speaker, according to the Farmingdale, N.Y.-based company.
Meanwhile, a second "Extended Range" input handles those situations where a sub is impractical, or it can be used as a second confidence input, allowing the engineer or mixer to quickly compare between bass-managed and extended-range modes.