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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Eris E5 & E8 Studio Monitors

Eris E5 & E8 Studio Monitors
Eries Studio Monitors
When you’re ready to get serious about recording, it’s time to step up to studio monitors. Cheap computer speakers and home stereo speakers won’t reveal the truth about your mix. They aren’t designed for that.  The Presonus Eris E5 and E8 are affordable options.

Eris speakers are real studio monitors, delivering a very accurate response with a tight bass and very clear upper end. That’s what you need in a home studio. Thanks to well designed Kevlar low frequency transducers, low mass silk dome tweeters, responsive Class AB amplification, and professional acoustic-adjustment controls, Eris delivers the goods.

If space is at a premium, or if you want the ultimate in portability, consider the compact Eris E5, which takes up just 7 x 10.24 x 7.68 inches (178 x 260 x 195 mm) and weighs in at just 10.2 lbs (4.63 kg). You can shoehorn this little beauty into almost any studio space.

The E5 sports a 5.25-inch, Kevlar low-frequency driver, mated with a 45W, Class AB amplifier; and a 1-inch (25 mm), silk dome tweeter powered by a 35W, Class AB amplifier. It can crank out a clean 102 dB SPL, peak. Frequency response is rated at 53 Hz to 22 kHz. For a studio monitor in its size and price class, that’s impressive.  

For an extended low frequency response and a bit more muscle, step up to the Eris E8. With its 8-inch, Kevlar low-frequency transducer, driven by a 75 watt, Class AB power amplifier, it can range down to 35 Hz. Like the E5, the E8 can reach all the way to 22 kHz, thanks to a 1.25-inch (32 mm), silk dome, high frequency tweeter. However, the E8’s tweeter is driven by a heftier 65W, Class AB amplifier. With its extra juice, the E8 can deliver up to 105 dB SPL, peak.  

Both Eris models provide balanced XLR, balanced ¼” TRS, and unbalanced RCA line-level inputs. When both balanced connections are in use, the TRS input will supersede the XLR input. The RCA input is summed into the signal path.

If you want to emulate a cheap radio, engage the Low Cut-off at 80 or 100 Hz while boosting the Mid control.  

The Eris sEris provides three EQ controls in its Acoustic Tuning section: High, Mid, and Low Cut-off. These controls enable you to fine-tune the monitors and even to broadly approximate the sounds of different types of speakers so you can hear what your mix might sound like, for instance, on a car stereo or portable radio. The Low control also is useful when using the E8 with a subwoofer.

What really sets Presonus apart from comparably priced systems are user controls that allow you to tailor the speakers’ response to your needs.  

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