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  • 5.25-inch Kevlar® low-frequency transducer
  • 1-inch (25 mm), ultra-low-mass, silk-dome, high-frequency transducer
  • 70 watt Class AB biamplification
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      5" High-definition active studio monitor.

      When mixing music you want a pair of studio monitors that will accurately reveal the truth about what you're listening to, and the Eris series from PreSonus are designed to do just that. With its 5" Kevlar low-frequency transducer, the compact Eris E5 sports 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.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.

      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. With this selection, you’ll have no problem hooking your Eris speakers up with virtually any line-level source. (If your signal source has unbalanced, ¼” TS outputs, simply use a ¼”-to-RCA adapter or adapter cable.)

      You’re in control!
      Today’s music producers deal with a wide variety of musical genres and often work in more than one location. It’s easy to take your Eris speakers with you when you want to work in a different space. It’s almost as easy to customize their sound for your room and type of music.

      The most basic control is the Input Gain, which determines the signal level before it reaches the power amp. This is part of gain-staging your overall system—that is, setting the levels for every part of the recording chain in order to get the optimal level of clean audio all the way through. Once you’ve gain-staged your system, you can leave this control alone.

      The Eris E5/E8 provides three EQ controls in its Acoustic Tuning section: High, Mid, and Low Cutoff. 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 E5 or E8 with a subwoofer.

      Safety Matters
      Any loudspeaker is subject to an assortment of environmental and performance problems, and Eris monitors offer protection from most common of these. RF shielding protects against radio frequencies that could be induced into the signal and become audible. (If you’ve ever heard a radio broadcast unexpectedly coming out of a guitar amp, that’s the result of RF interference.)

      Eris monitors also provide over-temperature protection to avoid heat-related issues, current-output limiting (to prevent damage should there be a short circuit on the speaker terminals), and subsonic protection to filter out extremely low-frequency vibrations that could interfere with the woofer’s performance.
      Finally, Eris’ power amplifiers have a “soft startup” so that you don’t get damaging pops in the speakers when you power them up.


      • 5.25-inch Kevlar® low-frequency transducer
      • 1-inch (25 mm), ultra-low-mass, silk-dome, high-frequency transducer
      • 70 watt Class AB biamplification
      • Front-firing acoustic port for superior bass-frequency reproduction
      • Midrange (±6 dB, continuously variable), HF (±6 dB, continuously variable), High-Pass (Off, 80 Hz, 100 Hz) and Acoustic Space settings (flat, -2, -4 dB) for accurate mixing contour
      • RF interference, output current limiting, over-temperature, transient, and subsonic protection
      • Optimized, resonance-suppressing internal bracing
      • Balanced XLR/¼-inch and unbalanced RCA inputs

      Accurately monitor your mix with Eris studio monitors.


      Eris E5 High-Definition 2-way 5.25" Nearfield Studio Monitor Specifications:

      • Inputs
      • 1- Balanced XLR
      • 1- Balanced ¼” TRS
      • 1- Unbalanced RCA
      • Performance
      • Frequency Response 53 Hz - 22 kHz
      • Crossover Frequency 3 kHz
      • LF Amplifier Power 45W
      • HF Amplifier Power 35W
      • Peak SPL (@ 1 meter) 102 dB
      • LF Driver 5.25” Kevlar®
      • HF Driver 1” silk dome
      • Input Impedance 10 kΩ
      • User Controls
      • Volume Range A-type taper
      • MF Control -6, 0, +6 dB
      • HF Control -6, 0, +6 dB
      • Low Cut Flat, 80 Hz, 100 Hz
      • Acoustic Space Flat, -2 dB, -4 dB
      • Protection
      • RF interference
      • Output-current limiting
      • Over-temperature
      • Turn-on/off transient
      • Subsonic filter
      • External mains fuse
      • Power
      • 100-120V ~50/60 Hz or 220-240V ~50/60 Hz
      • Cabinet
      • Vinyl-laminated, medium-density fiberboard
      • Physical
      • Width 7” (178 mm)
      • Depth 7.68” (195 mm)
      • Height 10.24” (260 mm)
      • Weight 10.2 lbs (4.63 kg)
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      Better than I expected

      By Tommy077

      from Upstate SC

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      • Clear Sound
      • Compact
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Versatile


        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio

        Comments about PreSonus Eris E5 High-Definition 2-way 5.25" Nearfield Studio Monitor:

        Bought this to see how well it would sound for learning to use DAW Software. It preformed better than I expected for a 5 inch speaker in a small room. Tested it by hooking it up to my phone and played MP3s through it and loved what I heard through it. Has better bass response than what I was expecting to hear from it. Sitting close to it, you can feel a small amount of the bass response it has. Only bought one at first to make sure this would be something I would want to use. Make me wonder how well the Eris E8 would do.

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        Good sound in a small space

        By sfjazzguitar

        from San Francisco, CA

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        • Clear Sound
        • Compact
        • Easy To Use


          Best Uses

          • Home Studio

          Comments about PreSonus Eris E5 High-Definition 2-way 5.25" Nearfield Studio Monitor:

          I'm using these for recording and jamming in a small bedroom studio. The sound is very good, and there's plenty of volume. It was easy to adapt them to the space using the EQ controls on the back. Bass response is good for their size and satisfying overall, though not as robust as with the 8" monitors in my principal studio. I expect they would be awesome with a subwoofer.

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