PreSonus Eris E5 Studio Monitor Review

If you're someone who is new to the world of using active studio monitors (much like myself a couple of years ago), you're going to want to hear from someone who has experience with said product you're looking for. Affordable in price and easy to use, the PreSonus Eris E5 is a 2-way active studio monitor that boasts a number of features. While there are more models than the E5 available, we'll be discussing only the E5. Features include the following:

  • Activate studio monitors, Kevlar low-frequency transducer
  • Acoustic tuning control
  • ​80-watt, amplification is class AB
  • ​Silk-dome
  • Resonance suppressing bracing that’s internal

The PreSonus Eris E5 is a great studio monitor for aspiring music producers on a budget. With powerful bass and a number of acoustic tuning adjustments available, you'd be hard pressed to find another speaker as feature packed in this price range.

If you decide to use the TRS input on the back of the unit, make sure you also purchase a TRS cable. These monitors do not come with the cable!

The Breakdown of the Features

For those interested in knowing the dB (as it's pretty essential in using active studio monitors), the aforementioned comes in at 102 dB of continuous SPL (sound pressure level) – as the maximum. There's also acoustic tuning control for those that want to make the most of the contour of the mixing – the most accurate, as well. There is a midrange, HF, high-pass, and even acoustic space settings for the most accurate contour of mixing possible. With an AB class amplification on the 80-watt active studio monitor, you're going to receive the best sound possible. Whether you want one or two of these, they're equipped with low-frequency Kevlar transducers that measure in at 5.25-inches, and also have a high-frequency, silk-dome transducer that's said to be of ultra-low-mass that measures just an inch. The acoustic port for bass frequency reproduction is located on the front, and is known as "front firing". The internal bracing is resonance suppressing and is optimized in comparison with other models to ensure that you're going to receive the best and most clear sound that can come from a model of this caliber. As we mentioned before, the resonance suppressing inclusion is quite useful, and also allows the following features: transient, subsonic protection, as well as RF interference, and limiting the output current. Having such range for a great price ensures that you’re getting your money’s worth. For someone who is new to the scene and new to testing out active studio monitors, these are definitely well-worth the price.

Whether you’re a professional or someone who wants great sounds when it comes to their home studio, you’ll be able to have a studio monitor that not only provides balance when it comes to listening, but balance when it comes to producing your songs! Typically, when a song sounds out of balance on a set of correctly calibrated studio monitors (such as the E5), it means that the original studio monitors used to create the piece of music or audio was not balanced correctly. Because of this, PreSonus has found a way to allow you to tune your monitors in an acoustic manner so that you can not only produce better songs, but you’ll also be able to make songs sound better when listening. The accuracy of a song in a studio environment is what allows you to know how good the song is before sending off to a client, radio station, or to finalize an album. When you’re able to control the frequencies, as well as the input gain, and more, you’re able to coordinate and calibrate much easier and better.

The First Impression of the Product

As someone who was new at one point, my first impression was that there was a lot going on – which I thought to be a good thing. The more features there are for me to explore and play around with, the more I could learn about how an active studio monitor should sound. Initially, I thought it would be an affordable option before I moved onto one that had better sound quality. Fortunately, I won’t have to spend more anytime in the near future, as I have been pleasantly surprised by the quality and calibration options that I’ve been given with the E5 active studio monitor. Beyond this, you’re able to acoustically tune the studio monitor for better sounding music for both listening and producing, as well as being able to use it with subwoofers. I didn’t have any problems setting this active studio monitor up either time (got a set), as it’s pretty compact and lightweight in comparison with others I’ve had the pleasure of moving around.

Everything I needed to get started came in the package, as the user manual was simple, the power cord was (obviously) easy to use, and there are RCA cables supplied for the connection between the computer. While there are inputs for TRS cables, there are none included, which can be a drag for some; however, those that are used to purchasing affordable studio monitors may already be well-aware of what usually comes in a package and what doesn’t. As someone who is new, the difference between active studio monitors and speakers is astounding – and this was the first one I had purchased that were categorized as active studio monitors. While they aren’t crazy large, their sound is in comparison with normal computer desktop speakers. The genre of speakers truly makes it difference, regardless of the low-end affordability. For the price, the sound is pretty fantastic. Even if you’re not an audiophile, active speakers with no tinny sounds is something we all hope to not have, as a tinny sound is an un-whole and unfilled experience. With the aforementioned studio monitors, you’re going to be able to receive a whole sound that is warm and full.

Those that are DJs for small venues like bar halls, dance halls, etc., will find a good bargain when they purchase the E5 active studio monitor. The fuller and rich sound along with the price make it a much more attractive buy. I didn’t have any additional headphones to help me with mixing (as I’m a newbie and didn’t learn until after), but when I did get my hands on a pair, I was able to hear the accuracy and clarity that the studio monitor helped me mix.

The Advantages of the Product

One of the large advantages of this product is that the bass is quite nice despite the smaller drivers. Those that have worked with larger drivers may have preconceived ideas about how the bass would sound because of the driver size, and surprisingly, it sounds fantastic despite the aforementioned smaller size. Beyond this, the quality is full, rich, and whole, and can provide ample audio for those that are DJing in small to medium spaces. The rear ports within the studio monitor work fine and you’re able to personalize manually to ensure that you’re getting the flattest frequency response rate. Being front ported, this allows accessibility to be easier than others that aren’t front ported. Another reason the aforementioned single E5 speaker is fantastic is because of the size. The compactness of the speaker allows you to move them around more easily and doesn’t take up too much space on your desk if you aren’t putting them up higher. Those who are using a MIDI or fully virtual instrument setup will find that the E5 PreSonus speaker is fantastic and gets the job done efficiently. Whether you’re writing or just doodling with your virtual instruments, having a set of these speakers will allow you to make the most out of your writing, mixing, and playback.

Another great aspect of this speaker is that if you want a larger sound, despite opting out for a smaller speaker, you’re going to be able to use a subwoofer with the aforementioned, and have yourself a much larger sound. Those that DJ medium to larger sized events will find this a suitable option, especially if you aren’t looking to spend an arm and a leg right away. If you’re someone who is new to DJing and want to test out studio monitors with your subwoofers, we definitely recommend the PreSonus Eris E5 active studio monitor.

The Disadvantages of the Product

Sometimes, depending on if they’re idling or not, there may be a slight humming sound. While this usually isn’t present during playback, or not loud enough that it’s audible, it’s something to look towards; however, it’s worth mentioning that the sound is pretty crisp and clear, and it gets quite loud if you wish. It’s said that these studio monitors are better at lower and medium volumes, so if you want something that’s going to be of concert level or something that’s a little lower, you may want to save and invest in another pair; although, these are fantastic for what they’re worth.

Those that need something at higher levels will want a studio monitor with a larger driver for a better flat response. While there is no vibration, there is also no sub out, so if this is something that you wish to have, you may want to invest in another pair of active studio monitors. Those that are worried about the quality of the bass will be pleasantly shocked to know that the bass is quite nice despite the driver size. Even though you may be new to the world of active studio monitors and purchasing them, we won’t assume you haven’t done your research – or any research at all.

While the aforementioned quality levels are based on personal preferences, the performance of the E5 active studio monitor is still supreme in comparison with others in this price range. Much more resilient than PC speakers, the quality and set up is quite easy, especially if you’re using TRS cables. If you’re quite advanced with mixing, you’ll be able to work around any shortcomings that the E5 speaker may have, although if you’re new, you may need to get acquainted beforehand and know how to define rich and whole sound, while learning how to balance and calibrate settings for efficient usage.

It’s worth mentioning that you shouldn’t only use speakers to gauge the playback of a song, as high-end headphones are able to help you listen to the balance of a track, no matter what type of speakers you have. If you’re looking for something that’s going to aid you in mixing songs, you may want to invest in an additional pair of quality headphones that are able to pick up on smaller sounds that you may need to weed out. Whether these sounds are muddiness, white noise, or something that you thought sounded decent when playing it back through the studio monitor, you’re able to edit this with a good set of headphones. While the previously mentioned isn’t a downfall of the studio monitors themselves, it’s something to think about for lower end active studio monitors; however, there are accuracy and acoustic tuning settings within these speakers to help ensure the accuracy of the sound – no matter if headphones are used or not.

What’s in the Box?

Within the contents of this shipped package, you’re going to receive the power cord, one active studio monitor (PreSonus Eris E5, 2-way), although there are packages where you can purchase two to complete the set. You’ll also receive an owner’s manual. Those that are interested in the TRS cables for the TRS input will have to unfortunately purchase these cords elsewhere, as they do not come within this package. While this isn’t too much of an issue, it’s something to think of as you’re purchasing.

The Final Verdict

At the end of the day, those that have a set, concrete strong budget that can’t budge should absolutely invest in the ProSonus E5 2-way Active Studio Monitor. Not only will you have a great sound for the price, but you’ll also be able to playback recordings and mix properly with these instead of computers speakers. While your computer speakers may somewhat do the job, having one that allows you to listen to a song in its entirety with full balance control ensures that you’re hearing the most accurate sound. With the acoustic tuning capabilities and balancing options available, you’re going to be able to amplify and build your producer career at home, with ease. Any DJs that need speakers for small and medium sized events will enjoy using these with ease, as they’re simple to use and great to listen to.

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