What’s New: The Eris E8s are brand new two-way speakers from PreSonus. Joined by their little brother the E5s, the Eris line is PreSonus’ first foray into the world of studio monitors, with outstanding results.
Features:The E8s come in a sleek, all black enclosure with a little blue logo that lights up when they power on. All inputs are in the rear, including XLR, balanced TRS, and unbalanced RCA line ins. In addition to standard input gain, the E8s have an “Acoustic Tuning” section of low, midrange, and high frequency controls. The E8s also feature an “Acoustic Space” control that cuts the low frequencies at 800 Hz by 2 or 4 dB, for control over bass buildup when monitors are placed close against a wall. The frequency response is an incredible 35 Hz – 22kHz, quite impressive for 8-inch woofers and perfect for mixing without a sub. At 130 watts, the E8s provide plenty of volume for any listening environment.
Sound:The Eris E8s sounded great the minute I plugged them into my Apogee Quartet. I work in a small, well-treated room and have my desk about two thirds of the way into the room, so I didn’t need to utilize the “Acoustic Space” feature on the E8s. The switch works quite well though, and can be quite useful in small rooms where space is tight and monitors need to be placed near the wall. I tend to be a “set flat and forget” type of engineer, so I set all the EQs flat and the gains to unity and fired them up. Right away I was blown away by the depth and three-dimensional nature of the speakers. They had great stereo imaging, deep bass, clear highs, and the midrange was not overemphasized at all. After listening to some of my favorite records I decided to try some tracking. I was particularly impressed with the high-mids and top end, the E8s offer a lot of detail but don’t hype the high mids at all, so listening and working for long periods don’t fatigue my ears (something that has plagued me for years using NS-10s). The low end is quite nice on the E8s and provides detail and focus for making bass and kick tight and punchy. I did a quick mix of a demo I was working on and it translated wonderfully in my car, iPhone, and laptop without any tweaks (to my relief). Overall the Eris E8s are quite balanced and let me listen for hours without any ear fatigue.
Bottom Line: This is the best pair of monitors under $500 that we’ve heard. The fact that my ears didn’t get tired after 8 hours of using the E8s is a huge deal. I engineered a session all day long and never felt uncomfortable in the least. If you have enough space for 8” woofers, there’s nothing not to like about these monitors. At just $499 for the pair, they easily outpace other contenders in their price range in sound quality and features, and the added EQs make them a great option in less than ideal listening conditions.
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