August 20, 2004
Blue Sky International is introducing MediaDesk, a new compact
2.1, full-range monitoring solution designed specifically for critical mixing
and monitoring on the desktop. Ideal for computer-driven audio recording
and production in a close-field environment (less than one meter), MediaDesk
incorporates two Blue Sky ultra-compact amplified satellite speakers, with
a complementary powered subwoofer.
Employing Blue Sky's proprietary computer optimized crossover and 2.1 bass
management network, MediaDesk delivers full-range audio from the subwoofer
to the main monitors with smooth on- and off-axis frequency response. As with
all Blue Sky International systems, MediaDesk can be easily upgraded to a space-efficient
5.1 multi-speaker system with an upgrade kit that includes three more satellite
speakers, a three channel amplifier, 5.1 bass management and a wired remote
volume control with channel level trims.
At the heart of the system is a pair of Blue Sky MediaDesk 2-way satellite
speakers, each featuring a 4" Neodymium hemispherical driver and a 1" soft
dome Neodymium tweeter. Powered by a custom designed, low-distortion 60-Watt
amplifier located in the subwoofer, each MediaDesk Satellite Speaker delivers
a frequency response of 110 Hz to 20 kHz +/- 3 dB. The speaker level output
connections are gold-plated binding posts and all required speaker cables are
included. In addition, the satellite speakers are housed in solid 3/4" MDF
enclosures with a lacquer finish front baffle, measure 9.5"H x 6.25"W x 6.22"D,
weigh 5 lbs. (each), feature full video shielding and come standard with (1/4" x
20) mounting inserts that are compatible with OmniMount series 10 brackets
and BT Technologies BT-5 brackets.
The Blue Sky MediaDesk Subwoofer was specifically designed to complement the
MediaDesk satellite speakers. Featuring a cast aluminum frame, 8" forward-firing
driver with 1.5" voice coil, the MediaDesk Subwoofer has a dedicated 60-Watt
amplifier with a frequency response of 35 Hz to 110 Hz 3 dB (anechoic) and
a typical in-room response of 20 Hz to 110 Hz (for a 1500 cubic foot room).
Measuring 15"H x 14"W x 15"D and weighing 45 lbs., the MediaDesk Subwoofer
also features MDF construction and four removable spiked feet with M6 x 1 inserts.
MediaDesk features analog RCA (-10 dBv) and balanced XLR inputs (switchable
from +12 dBu to +24 dBu maximum input level), providing the ability to interface
MediaDesk to the latest consoles, digital audio workstations, soundcards and
other consumer gear. In addition, MediaDesk has a built-in 2.1 bass management
system with a 4th order 110 Hz Linkwitz-Riley low-pass filter and 2nd order
110 Hz high-pass filter for the satellite. Rear panel functions include a Subwoofer
and Master Volume control, an input attenuator switch, voltage selector switch
(115V or 230V) and a 2.1/5.1 mode switch.
For more information, visit their web site at www.abluesky.com
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