The Presonus Eris E8 active studio monitor offers a professional quality speaker at a price that everyone can take advantage of. Leading the Eris range with a greater depth of range with regard to frequency response - 35Hz to 22kHz, a greater SPL of 105dB, and smoother delivery thanks to the larger woofer and tweeter, the E8 is a superb monitor that brings greater clarity to your recording and mixing sessions.
Presonus have a reputation for building high quality gear that not only gets the job done, but also gets it done in style. The Eris E8 doesn't shy away from a challenge. Thanks to the expertly crafted 8-inch Kevlar woofer, and ultra-low-mass silk-dome tweeter, your signal output is delivered smoothly and with absolute consistently by the Class AB amplifier. The cabinet may be lightweight enough to make speaker placement and adjustment a simple process, but you can rest assured that it is robust and tough enough to handle whatever you can throw through it.
The team at Presonus have included a versatile Acoustic Tuning circuit within the Eris E8. This means that you can attenuate your speaker response to suit your studio or control room. The rear panel is home to a selection of knobs and switches that offer an incredible level of power. The Input Gain knob allows you to set the gain level in accordance with your existing setup to keep the signal nice and smooth. The EQ section contains Mid and High control knobs, which allow you to shape the signal to suit your recording environment. Therefore, if you find that either the Mids - centred on 1kHz - or Highs are too powerful (or not powerful enough), you can attenuate the monitor output to create a sweetly balanced sound. Though the aim is to keep the settings as close to 0 as possible, you can add or cut by a huge -6db to 6dB range.
In partnership with the EQ section is the three-way Acoustic Space switch, which controls second-order, low shelving filter that cuts all frequency level below 800Hz by an amount of your choosing. Depending on your desired speaker placement, you have the choice of selecting presets of 0dB, -2dB or -4dB. The reason for this is to offset boundary bass boost that occurs when the monitors are placed near a wall or corner, a very useful feature that goes a long way to making things simpler when placing your speakers. Further control comes in the form of the Low Cutoff switch, which can be adjusted to roll off specified frequencies (80 or 100Hz) at -12dB/octave.
Accidents can happen in the studio, which is why Presonus have built-in some thoughtful measures against damage. RF shielding protects against radio frequencies becoming audible; over-temperature protection prevents heat-related issues. Current-output limiting prevents unwanted blowouts should a circuit short or cut out, whilst subsonic protection filters out extreme low frequency signals that could damage or affect the woofer's performance. Finally, the Eris E8 has a "soft start up" feature that prevents 'pops' that can occur when you power up the monitors.
The rear panel is home to a range of connectivity options including: a balanced XLR input; a balanced TRS input and an unbalanced RCA input. The balanced XLR and TRS inputs are perfect for minimising noise, but the range of options make it easier for you to connect whatever equipment you have easily.
If you've got an eye for quality but are limited with regard to budget, then the Presonus Eris E8 near field active studio monitor is a superb choice. The design team have gone to every effort to ensure that setting up is easy, and once you're set up then you don't have to work hard to achieve a smooth response. The Eris E8 has power, versatility, and finesse - a sublime combination.