February 11, 2013, by PSW Staff
PreSonus has unveiled new Eris-series, an affordable line of 2-way, bi-amped studio monitors delivering accurate response with a tight bass and clear upper end.
They can also be user-adjusted to the acoustic space, allowing creation of a more accurate listening environment or to simulate different common listening environments.
The Eris E8 features an 8-inch, Kevlar low-frequency transducer, driven by a 75-watt, Class AB power amplifier; and a 1.25-inch (32 mm), silk-dome, high-frequency tweeter with a 65-watt, Class AB amplifier. It can deliver up to 105 dB SPL, peak. Frequency response is rated at 45 Hz to 22 kHz.
The compact Eris E5 sports a 5.25-inch, Kevlar low-frequency driver, mated with a 45-watt, 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 64 Hz to 22 kHz.
Both Eris models have individual balanced XLR and 1/4-inch TRS input connections in addition to unbalanced RCA inputs. Both offer RF shielding, current-output limiting, over-temperature protection, and subsonic protection.
Users also can make several types of custom adjustments. A 4-position Acoustic Space switch controls a second-order shelving filter, centered at 800 Hz, that provides three attenuation points (no attenuation, -2 dB, and -4 dB), allowing control of the bass response relative to the wall proximity of the loudspeakers.
A high-pass switch sets the low-frequency cutoff (second-order slope, -12 dB/octave) to be flat, 80 Hz, or 100 Hz. Also included are continuously adjustable high-frequency and midrange controls from -6 dB to +6 dB.
This combination of controls fosters creation of a linear response for accurate monitoring. It also enables the simulation of different listening environments.
The Eris E8 and E5 are expected to be available in April 2013.