PreSonus Eris E5 Review
Presonus, the American manufacturer, has been in the audio equipment and software industry for more than two decades. During that period, they gained lots of experience producing and designing audio products such as audio interfaces, digital mixers, and even software, the well-known Studio One. Their products have a standard of excellence, so there is no reason to believe that their studio monitors won’t.
They proved it by launching the PreSonus Eris E5 in 2013.
- Reliable sound
- An affordable product worth for professionals
- Loud enough for its size
- Many connectivity options
- Nod ideal for heavy bass
- It might be too small for some people’s needs
- There might be mild hissing and AC hum.
- When idle, it picks up mild RF interference (it goes away when out of idle mode)
PreSonus Eris E5 are nice-looking speakers with a simple appearance but still modern and stylish. The luminous blue woven kevlar on the central cone manages to catch the eye even more when the speaker is on, and the Presonus logo illuminates with a blue light. It looks incredible, combined with the matte black finish.
The controls are accurate and allow you to use the knobs with excellent precision when adjusting the volume and other parameters. The overall build of the speakers doesn’t seem cheap and plasticky.
E5’s are also relatively light. The weight is around 10lb, and the size is 7 inches wide, 10.2 inches high, and about 7.7-inches thick. So they are lightweight and small enough to carry them with you, without any problems.
The cabinet is a combination of MDF (medium-density fiberboard) and vinyl that makes them durable.
On the front, there is a one-inch silk dome tweeter, protected behind its metal grille and a 5.25-inch Kevlar coned woofer. Powered by a 35 watts and 45 watts Class-AB amplifier, the speakers cross over at 3kHz.
The PreSonus Eris E5 is a two-way monitor with a great design of the back panel that allows the speaker to connect to any line-level source.
There are three types of input, like XLR input, a quarter-inch TRS input, and RCA input, and you can connect them to anything without worries if the connection is correct. RCA cable comes with the speakers, but it is good to invest in TRS or XLR cable for a more balanced signal.
There are knobs for mid-range and high-end adjustments that allow you to increase or decrease each range up to 6dB. They have two tuning knobs labeled “high” and “mid,” ranging from + 6 dB to – 6 dB.
“High” is for frequencies above 10 kHz, and “mid” is for frequencies around 1 kHz.
Also, Acoustic Space control enables the speaker to integrate into any room in the best possible way by compensating specific frequencies according to the position. Acoustic space helps in smoothening out the sound experience.
The E5’s are suitable for different music genres, primarily because of their versatility provided by the rear panel controls. Maybe because of their underrepresented bass, they will not be entirely suitable for Hip-hop producers that prefer heavier bass.
The Presonus E5 has a frequency response of 53 Hz – 22 kHz, which corresponds with other studio monitors at this price and size range. All the details expected from good studio monitors are there.
As far as loudness is concerned, the speaker’s peak at 102 dB at a 1-meter distance which is ideal for a small to a medium studio.
As mentioned before, PreSonus Eris E5 allow you to adjust the mid and high frequencies with the knobs on the rear end, which comes quite handy if your studio has reflective surfaces or sound treatment. Many other cheap studio monitors don’t give you the option to adjust the frequencies for better sound individually.
If you are thinking of buying DJ speakers instead of studio monitors, you have to remember the purpose of every speaker’s design.
DJ speakers are prominent with lots of sound but not made for a home studio. They are performers with a task to fill large spaces with volumes of sound. That makes them perfect for weddings, parties, or other events, but unfortunately too loud for an average home studio.
For a studio, it is preferable to have enough level of volume with crystal clear quality. That is their strength, balanced output that doesn’t color the sound so that you can fine-tune your mixing.
E5’s are perfect for beginners who don’t have expensive room treatments and most likely produce music in their homes.
Because of their price and ease of transport, they are great for professionals that travel and frequently change their environment.
If you are looking for affordable monitors, Presonus Eris E5 is a perfect option. It is a studio monitor packed with many features, solid sound, and a reasonable price.
For a home studio, they will do a fantastic job. Buying more expensive speakers might have more benefits, but they will be lost if you don’t have a well-treated studio space.
Going with E5’s, you get a clear sound good enough for mixing by saving some money.