PreSonus Eris E5
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PreSonus Eris E5

Eris E5, Active Monitor from PreSonus in the Eris series.

joemanix 10/18/2014

PreSonus Eris E5 : joemanix's user review

« Very clean and dynamic, perfect »
5

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Value For Money : Excellent
Active monitoring speakers with 5.25" kevlar woofer + 1" tweeter
Class-AB amp: 70 Watt
Front-port bass reflex system
EQ: mids +/- 6 dB - highs: +/-6 dB
Low-cut filter: 80 Hz - 100 Hz
"Acoustic space" parameters: 0, -2, -4 dB
Frequency response: 53 Hz - 22 kHz
Balanced XLR and 1/4" jack inputs plus unbalanced RCA
Dimensions (WxDxH): 7" x 7.68" x 10.24" (178 x 198 x 260 mm)
Weight: 10.2 lbs (4.63 kg)

I use them in my 120 sq ft home studio, both for mixing demos and standard listening.
Size, power, front-port were the pre-selection criteria, with plenty of controls to adjust the sound to the room. And then came the sound (see below).

SOUNDS

I hesitated buying the KRK RP6 G3 (6" against 5.25"), which are more expensive and bigger. I compared them both at my local store, where the owner took the time to give me detailed information and let me test them.
The ERIS 5 were much clearer than the RP6, which sound "heavy." However, the ERIS 5 remain well-balanced, with average but precise lows. I tested the Yamaha HS 5 (or 7?) and couldn't help but cry... no lows and not clear at all...
Once at home: I installed them one to each side of my 19" screen, much closer to me than in the store.
The sound is still clear, but I have discovered the low end. The front port was indispensable in my case, with the "acoustic space" setting at -2db (halfway). The lows aren't "huge" (you can even gain some at 0dB), but they are very present and precise, with nice dynamics.
Given the quality of the highs/mids, they are very good for mixing (my priority), while remaining pleasant for listening. So, for me, they are perfect.

They are more than enough for my setup in terms of power. I can play with my guitar amp and backing tracks at decent volumes.

OVERALL OPINION

I don't have much experience with studio monitors, but you can realize a lot of things if you test them at the store and the seller gives you enough time.
I bought them a month ago for about $350. For me, they were better than the KRK RP6 G3 and less expensive. I didn't like the Yamaha HS. The Focal alpha 50 were better (bigger, with more lows and a comparable clarity) but more expensive. I didn't listen to everything...

Perfect size, weight, power and adjustment controls for a small home studio. Comprehensive connections. Nice (and sober) look, too. The manufacturing quality seems fine, but this type of product doesn't suffer much in general. A small detail, it doesn't have rubber feet (?).

Presonus has accomplished a product with very good highs/mids and an excellent value for money.
They are certainly not "top end," but they are the best choice for me right now.