Presonus have given us a range of active studio monitors over recent years, and with each release they refine not only the drivers creating the sound, but the system backing it to work better in a range of small rooms and home studios. What we are now presented with is the latest in Eris active studio monitors from Presonus. The E5 is designed to be ideal monitoring tool for a compact home studio.
What the Eris speakers try to do is make it as simple as possible for you to get a linear frequency response in your home studio. Obviously every room is different so this is no easy task, but Presonus have taken a lot of the guesswork out of it for the end user. There is a three stage switch that allows you to tailor the sound of your monitors to suit the space you are working in. So, whether your monitors are near the walls of the room, or more central, you can adjust the low frequency response at the flick of a switch to match their positioning and take away the increased low frequency response you get from placing speakers in a corner.
Given a small room, once you have set the acoustic space controls and got you input gain set to a level that suits the rest of your system, you should find these to be a very workable pair of monitors. They do not deliver too much volume, as it is not needed for near-field monitoring, nor do they create a false low frequency delivery to make them sound bigger than they actually are. The front ported design allows them to be used close to a rear wall, but being of the slotted nature, the porting doesn’t tend to chuff as air is expelled from the cabinet, keeping physical operation noise to a minimum.
In all, these monitors tick all the boxes for a pair of home studio speakers in their price range. I wasn’t overly excited about the gain and EQ pots on the rear of the unit, but then again, you really only need to set them once and never really touch them again. So, with that in mind, the flat design of the knobs is probably a good thing in that it stops them from getting damaged if you move the speakers about.
Hits and Misses
Easily allows for simple adjustment depending on room shape
Includes a range of input connections
Offers a precise audio playback within the capabilities of the LF driver
Front ported for greater use in small rooms
Gain and EG pots are hard to align evenly between both speakers
- Connections: Balanced XLR, balanced 1/4 “ TRS, unbalanced RCA line-level inputs.
- Acoustic Tuning: Mid, High, Low cutoff (Flat, 80Hz, 100Hz), Input gain.
- Speaker: 5.25” with 1” silk-dome tweeter
- Driver: Kevlar low-frequency
- Power: 45W
- Amplifier: Class AB
- SPL: up to 102 dB
- Frequency Response: 53Hz to 22kHz
- Enclosure: Vinyl laminated, medium density fibreboard.