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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