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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.