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Blue Sky International eXo2 Active 2.1 Desktop Speaker Monitoring System

You Pay: $499.00
Product Highlights
  • Pair of 2-Way Satellites
  • Compact 8" Subwoofer
  • Desktop HUB Remote
  • XLR/TRS, RCA, and 3.5mm Inputs

The eXo2 from Blue Sky International is an active 2.1 desktop speaker system that offers reference-quality audio in a compact and affordable package. Ideal for small home and project studios, the eXo2 consists of a pair of 2-way satellite speakers, a subwoofer, and a desktop HUB remote.

The subwoofer acts as the central brain of the system, housing the amplifier and connectors. It offers XLR/TRS combo inputs and a stereo RCA input, allowing you to connect a variety of audio devices. High-quality binding post outputs are used to connect the satellite speakers. The subwoofer has an 8" paper cone to produce frequencies as low as 20Hz. A set of isolation feet decouple the subwoofer from the floor to prevent vibrations and reflections. The sub is also shielded for safe use near video monitors and other electronic devices.

Each of the satellite speakers has a 3" cast-frame woofer with a neodymium motor structure and a 1" fabric neodymium tweeter. The compact design of the satellites allows you to place them practically anywhere, while 1/4" x 20 inserts on the back allow you to mount the speakers on a wall or ceiling. The remote HUB has 2 large knobs for controlling system gain and subwoofer level. It also has a 3.5mm input for connecting devices such as MP3 players and portable CD players, as well as a standard 3.5mm headphone jack for private listening.

Note! Mounting brackets sold separately.

Reference-quality audio in a compact package, ideal for home and project studios
Complete system includes a subwoofer, a pair of 2-way satellites, and a desktop HUB remote
Subwoofer acts as the central brain of the system, housing the amplifier and connectors. It offers XLR/TRS combo inputs and a stereo RCA input, allowing you to connect a variety of audio devices
High-quality binding posts connect the satellites to the subwoofer
Subwoofer has an 8" vented motor paper cone with a foam surround to produce frequencies as low as 20Hz
Isolation feet decouple the subwoofer from the floor to prevent vibrations and audio reflections
Subwoofer is also shielded for safe use near video monitors and other electronic devices
Each of the satellite speakers has a 3" cast-frame woofer with a neodymium motor structure and a 1" fabric neodymium tweeter
Compact satellite design allows versatile placement, while 1/4" x 20 inserts on the back allow you to mount the speakers on a wall or ceiling
Desktop HUB remote has 2 large knobs for controlling system gain and subwoofer level
Remote offers a 3.5mm input for connecting MP3 players and other portable audio players, along with a 3.5mm headphone jack for private listening
General
Amplifier Short Term Power Output 1 Channel Driven:
42W x 1 @ < 0.1% THD into 4 Ohms @ 1kHz
Short Term Power Output 2 Channels Driven:
35W x 2 @ < 0.1% THD into 4 Ohms @ 1kHz
Subwoofer Power Output:
110W x 1 @ < 1% THD into 4 Ohms @ 50Hz
3.5mm Headphone Output:
4mW x 2 @ < 0.2% THD into 16 Ohms @ 1kHz
Connectors 2 x XLR/TRS Combo Inputs
1 x Stereo RCA Input (2 Jacks)
1 x 3.5mm Stereo Input
1 x 3.5mm Stereo Headphone Jack
Set of Binding Post Interconnects (Subwoofer and Satellites)
Input Impedance Combo: 60 kOhms, Balanced
RCA: 30 kOhms, Unbalanced
3.5mm: 15 kOhms, Unbalanced
Input Level Combo/RCA: +18dBu
3.5mm: +12dBu
Common Mode Rejection Ratio 40dB Typical @ 60 Hz (Balanced Inputs Only)
Sensitivity 200mV = 90dB SPL @ 1 m (All Inputs)
Shielded Full Video Shielding on Subwoofer and Satellites
Power 115V, 60Hz (North America)
230V, 50Hz (Export) 1
Please Note:

Voltage is set at the factory

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Consumption 240W, Maximum
Subwoofer
Driver 8" (203mm) Vented Motor Paper Cone with Foam Surround
Frequency Response 35 to 140Hz ±6dB (Anechoic)
20 to 200Hz (Typical In-Room Response)
Dimensions (HxWxD) 9.4 x 9 x 10.2" (239 x 229 x 259mm)
Weight 20 lbs (9.1kg)
Satellite Speaker (each)
Woofer 3" (76mm) Cast-Frame Woofer, Neodymium Motor Structure
Tweeter 1" (25mm) Fabric Neodymium Tweeter
Crossover LF: 140Hz
Tweeter: 2.2kHz
Impedance 4 Ohms
Dimensions (HxWxD) 7.2 x 5 x 4.8" (183 x 127 x 122mm)
Weight 3 lbs (1.4kg)
Blue Sky International eXo2 Active 2.1 Desktop Speaker Monitoring System
  • Subwoofer
  • 2 x Satellite Speakers
  • Remote HUB
  • HUB Cable
  • 2 x Sets of Speaker Wire
  • Owner's Manual
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    Blue Sky InternationaleXo2 Active 2.1 Desktop Speaker Monitoring System
     
    4.3

    (based on 6 reviews)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good audio (5)
    • Compact (4)
    • Easy to use (4)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home studio (6)
      • Professional recording (3)
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      5.0

      Amazingly good!

      By victoriapio

      from Victoria, Texas

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      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Balanced Sound
      • Easy To Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Desktop Studio Monitors
        • Home Studio
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Blue Sky International eXo2 Active 2.1 Desktop Speaker Monitoring System:

        We use this system for near field monitors for Vtv15, a municipal television channel in Victoria Texas. They are used for computer based digital projects and are hooked to a "super Dell" computer built specifically for Adobe Premier Pro and Audition projects.Wow, the Blue Sky is a very good system. It is very balanced, adding an octave of bass that was missing from our former monitors. The low end is tight and detailed. No the system does not hit the ultra low notes but it has impressive low end for a system this small.Adding the bass really balances out the system. If the bass volume is set too low, the mids and highs sound bright. But when set properly, the system sounds spot on. They certainly reveal any problems with a mix or voice over. The imaging is solid. The build quality is good.They are not cheap but I haven't heard any desktop monitor at this range that is better.

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        4.0

        Decent Little Setup

        By Tony

        from Los Angeles

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Compact
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight
        • Volume knob Module

        Cons

        • Speaker wire vs TRS

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio

        Comments about Blue Sky International eXo2 Active 2.1 Desktop Speaker Monitoring System:

        I think this is a great place to start for a First monitoring setup. It's not too pricy so I could spend the rest on acoustic treatment. I havn't finishede that part yet, so I don't have the neutral perspective, but so far they sound quite good. The only thing I wish was different is the speaker wire that connects the satelites to the preamp in the sub. I wish they were 1/4" TRS for ease and quality. I would only recomend these if you are on a tight budget.

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        4.0

        Great little boxes!!

        By JP

        from Quebec, Canada

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        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Compact
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Blue Sky International eXo2 Active 2.1 Desktop Speaker Monitoring System:

          These nearfield monitors are great for desktop or small studio monitoring.
          +Their unported design give a good low end balance.
          +Setup is very easy
          +Plenty of output for my needs (small home studio, but I guess this system would also be very good for nearfield monitoring in larger studios)
          +Great detailed, pretty balanced sound for the price
          +Good looks, portable, small

          -Lacks a touch of deep bass (say 20 to 40Hz), nothing too dramatic though
          -Tends to distort a little bit more than it should at very high levels

          Overall, this system is a very good choice for those with a limited budget, I strongly recommend it. I might upgrade to a more high-end monitoring system some day, but for now I have no reason to beg for one, since I have an eXo2 and this is all I need to make good mixing decisions.

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          5.0

          Excellent system

          By Michael R

          from Chapel Hill NC

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Compact

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Studio

            Comments about Blue Sky International eXo2 Active 2.1 Desktop Speaker Monitoring System:

            brings new level of performance to desktop--superb midranges lows almost as good. clean, uncolored sound throughout--from now on, only FLAC will do.

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            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Excellent System

            By Spanky

            from Southern Maryland

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Easy To Use
            • Very flat great sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home Studio
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Blue Sky International eXo2 Active 2.1 Desktop Speaker Monitoring System:

              I really needed a great small room monitor system. I have a pr of Event 8" and they are just too big for my small studio. I read about Sony pictures and affiliates using these for video production, so I splurged and bought it. I am not disappointed. Easy setup and I love the interface so I can easily control the loudness and the bass. These are pro level at a consumer price!

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              (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Great sound for my computer

              By Alexander Kunz

              from San Diego, CA

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              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Compact

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home Listening
                • Home Studio

                Comments about Blue Sky International eXo2 Active 2.1 Desktop Speaker Monitoring System:

                I cannot really judge if this system is suited for actual monitoring as I'm only using it for listening to music on my computer. For that purpose the system is a great choice, IMHO.

                Both the sub woofer and the satellites have a reasonable size, and I particularly like the remote unit to control the volume and sub level with knobs (instead of using the computer's "software" volume control.)

                The setup is fairly easy but I find the wiring that connects the satellites with the amp (in the sub) a bit archaic. What I really don't like is that the on/off switch is on the back of the sub. Turning of the system could be bothersome if you place the sub in a corner, under your desk, in a shelf.

                It didn't seem to like to be on the same power outlet as my computer - for some reason, I would get really strange sounds (like static) coming out of the sub randomly. Only when I plugged it to it's own power outlet the problem went away.

                I used to own a similar system from Videologic before this one (the Sirocco Pro.) It's general appearance and finish was more elegant and "pro" than the one of the Exo2, I'd say. However, the Sirocco Pro was about double the price, and I can't really notice any difference in sound quality for my usage. All my CDs and audio (FLAC) sound great and very neutral. The ability to quickly adjust the amount of bass from the sub with the remote controller comes in VERY handy (music used to not be produced that "loud" and heavy on the bass in the past.) The only "bad" thing about it is that the shortcomings of heavily compressed audio (MP3 at low bitrates, web videos, etc.) are very audible with this system. :)

                I would recommend this system to anyone who's fed up with the tinny sound of plastic toy speakers on their desks. Good music deserves good speakers, and these certainly deliver great sound quality for me.

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