Blue Sky has introduced two new components to its full line of monitoring solutions: SUB 212 400-Watt Push-Pull Active Subwoofer and the SAT 8 300-Watt Compact Mid-Field Monitor.
The SUB 212 is designed to be an integral part of the monitoring system, enabling a studio monitor, such as the SAT 8, to be positioned for the best imaging, and the SUB to be positioned for the best bass response.
Relieving the studio monitor of the requirement to reproduce the low frequencies means that the sealed-box design can combine with sophisticated bass management electronics to provide a seamless transition between the SAT and SUB. When combined, the SAT 8 and SUB 212 provide a stunningly accurate and engaging, full-range monitoring system.
“Our customers were asking for a powerful system that was similar to the Sat 12 and Sub 15, but in a smaller package,” said Blue Sky Vice President Chris Fichera. “The Sat 8 and Sub 212 will address those applications.”
The SUB 212 is a sealed box, dual 12-inch, push-pull, 400-Watt subwoofer. It features an anechoic frequency response of 25 Hz to 200 Hz, +/-3dB. In addition, the SUB 212 also has built-in 2.1 bass management electronics with both a 4th order 80 Hz Linkwitz-Riley low-pass filter and a 2nd order 80 Hz high-pass filter that is perfectly matched to the response of the SAT 8 (the SUB 212 is also compatible with the SAT 12, SAT 6.5 and SAT 5).
The SUB 212’s unique “push-pull” configuration is designed not only to increase output, but also to reduce distortion. A push-pull subwoofer uses two drivers: one mounted facing forward, the second mounted backward with the magnet facing out. Utilizing two drivers doubles the maximum output, while the push pull configuration reduces even harmonic distortion.
Typically, in a more conventional design, at high output levels, second harmonic distortion dominates the distortion spectrum of most subwoofer drivers and is caused by asymmetric operation of the suspension and magnetic structure. In simple terms; the output of the driver is slightly different when the cone is moving away from the magnet, as compared to when it is moving toward its magnet.
The SAT 8 is a three-way, tri-amplified, 300-Watt, compact mid-field monitor which features an 8-inch high excursion hemispherical woofer, an ultra low distortion 4-inch hemispherical midrange driver, and a 1-inich dual ring radiator tweeter with integral waveguide, for superior off-axis response.
To reduce destructive cabinet diffraction reflections, Blue Sky has developed and incorporated into the baffle, the proprietary “Multi-Aperture Acoustic Diffraction Absorber”, which helps to maintain smooth on and off axis frequency response throughout the critical MF and HF frequency range, without the need for a large wave-guide or horn.
The SAT 8 is powered by a dedicated low distortion 100-Watt amplifier for the 8-inch woofer, a low distortion 100-Watt amplifier for the midrange, and a low distortion 100-Watt amplifier for the tweeter.
The SAT 8 effortlessly delivers clean and accurate sound with a frequency response of 80 Hz to 30 kHz +/-3.0 dB (200 Hz to 15 kHz +/-1.5 dB), for full compatibility with Blue Sky’s SUB 15 Universal, SUB 212, SUB 12 and BMC (Bass Management Controller). The rear panel also has controls for “full space” (placement in a room) or “half space” (mounted in a baffle wall) operation, along with individual HF, MF and LF level trims, as well as controls for variable gain settings.
The SAT 8 is designed to operate both vertically or horizontally because it is outfitted with a rotatable MF/HF plate.
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