08 September, 2022

PreSonus is known to deliver audio solutions in the form of their impeccable audio devices to musicians all across the world. It combines its unique tweeter technology and high grade components to create audio devices that excel in performance. In this article, we will be reviewing PreSonus speakers in three categories: media reference monitors, studio monitors and subwoofers.

Media Reference Monitors

Eris E5 BT

Reasons to buy

Reasons to avoid

  • Beautiful and minimal design
  • Great build quality with extra shielding
  • Versatile connectivity options
  • Bass response could have been improved

 

The Eris E5 BT are powerful media reference monitors of Presonus. These speakers weigh 18.26 pounds and have dimensions of 7.5 x 7 x 10.25 inches. The speakers have a very clean look. The black color is already classy and with the touch of blue on the drivers, the E5 BT looks like really high end speakers. The aluminum logo and the metallic grille just adds to the elegance of the design. The speakers are a little lighter compared to most other speakers but they utilize really good quality materials. At one of the speakers front panel, there is a power switch on one end. The other end includes a volume knob with a tiny blue LED light and two connectivity ports- one auxiliary and the other a headphone jack.

The speakers include two types of drivers. These include a woven composite woofer which is 5.25-inch in size and which is composed of Kevlar. This makes the low frequency driver heat resistant and adds to its strength. Extra shielding is included for minimization of external interference. There is also a silk dome tweeter which has an ultra low mass design, making it very lightweight. At the back of the speaker, there is a plethora of connectivity options. There are ¼” TRS balanced inputs and unbalanced RCA inputs. There is also a ¼” TRS Sub Out for adding a subwoofer. Bluetooth 5.0 wireless stereo connectivity is available for seamless wireless streaming.

With a frequency response of 53Hz to 22kHz, the E5 BT delivers impressive audio. Although they might be lacking in the lower end, they can be used with an external subwoofer to enhance the bass response. The midrange is promising but the treble gets a little shaky at higher volumes. The system delivers 50 watts of Class-D power for each speaker which results in a powerful audio response that is well balanced.

 

Eris 3.5 and 3.5 BT

Reasons to buy

Reasons to avoid

  • Minimal design that is aesthetic for any interior
  • The system can be used as great desktop speakers
  • Good and detailed audio response
  • Bass response lacks depth
  • Speakers cannot be angled on desktop

 

The Eris 3.5 are studio monitors for multimedia, gaming, and watching movies.  The speakers have a quite similar design to the E5 BT, with literally the same control and connectivity placement at the front panel. However, they are much lighter than the E5 BT. These monitor speakers weigh 6.39 pounds and have dimensions of 6.4 x 5.6 x 8.3 inches. The solid vinyl-laminated fibreboard enclosure helps the speakers to deliver audio with less distortion and more precision. The matte black vinyl coating has a subtle look and does not allow fingertips to be received. The rest of the speaker looks the same as the other model, with the power button, volume knob and audio jacks at the bottom of the front panel.  The compact design makes these speakers a great purchase for small spaces.

The Eris 3.5 speakers consist of a woven composite woofer. This Kevlar woofer is 3.5 inch in size and is able to deliver constant dispersion of audio. The high frequency driver is a one-inch silk dome tweeter. The tweeter is designed to deliver smooth and refined sound, and accurate high frequencies with minimum distortion. The rear panel of the studio monitors include ¼-inch TRS and RCA inputs. The front panel hosts -inch stereo, unbalanced line inputs for use with mobile audio devices. There is a 1- 1/8" Headphone output as well. These Eris speakers allow connectivity with any line-level source, including your smartphone or tablet.

The frequency response of the Eris 3.5 is within the range of 80Hz – 20kHz. The low end is smooth but lacks depth. The midrange is well balanced and does not sound muddy unlike the E5 BT. The speakers have a very narrow sweet spot and can reach up to 100 dB SPL. The tuning controls include Volume Range, MF Control and HF Control. The Eris 3.5 does not include bluetooth connectivity but the 3.5 BT model includes built-in bluetooth 5.0 connectivity options.

 

Eris 4.5 and 4.5 BT

Reasons to buy

Reasons to avoid

  • Aesthetic design
  • Great value for affordable price point
  • Neutral and balanced sound with great soundstage
  • Low frequencies could be more refined

 

The Eris 4.5 are two way active studio monitors that deliver stereo with accuracy. These speakers have a similar design to the other Eris speakers of Presonus. They are an attractive pair of speakers with the matte black finish and blue accents. Their simple design with clean rounded edges makes them versatile for most studios. The illuminated Presonus logo looks striking in the all black background. The speakers are a little taller than the other Eris speakers. They weigh 2 pounds and have dimensions of 16.54 x 9.06 x 11.81 inches. Nevertheless, the studio monitor speakers are remarkably light. The cabinet is composed of vinyl laminated fibreboard which is of robust quality.

Each rear-ported enclosure houses a 4.5-inch woven-composite woofer and a 1.0-inch silk dome tweeter. The woofer is designed to deliver cleaner bass response without any unwanted interference in the audio. The tweeter accurately produces high frequencies that are smooth and refined. There are rotary controls on the back of the cabinet that can be used to dial in up to a 6dB cut or boost of both low and high frequencies. Inputs include RCA, 1/4-inch balanced TRS (Tip/Ring/Sleeve), and an 1/8-inch (3.5mm) stereo jack. The Eris E4.5s are also equipped with a headphone amplifier.

The Eris 4.5 studio monitor speakers deliver frequency in the range of 70 hertz to 20000 hertz. The entire system comes in a power rating of 50 watts where each speaker delivers 25 watts via the AB class amplifier. The peak SPL is rated at 100 dB which is great for small to medium sized rooms. The overall sound quality is surprisingly well balanced. The high frequencies are well defined, clear and include the smallest of details. The midrange offers a full bodied response with precise vocals. The Eris 4.5 BT offers bluetooth 5.0 version connectivity options.

 

2. Studio Monitors

 

Eris E5

Reasons to buy

Reasons to avoid

  • Affordable studio monitors
  • Easy to carry and set up
  • Versatile for a wide mode of usage
  • Bass is not strong enough

 

The Presonus Eris E5 are budget friendly studio monitors. The speakers weigh 10.2 pounds and have dimensions of 11 x 14 x 10 inches. These active speakers have the same outlook as that of the Eris series speakers. It has an all black design with blue accents for an aesthetic touch. However, unlike the other Eris speakers reviewed above, this one has no trace of buttons or jacks, or even logos on its front surface. It is absolutely minimal, with just the drivers at the center and a front port. The front bass port also allows close placement towards the wall. The blue metal grille that covers the drivers at the front adds a dynamic feel to the minimal look. The build quality of these speakers is also good. The woofer is made up of Kevlar which is a strong heat resistant material.

Like the other Eris speakers, this one also includes a 5.25-inch woven composite woofer and 1-inch ultra-low-mass silk-dome tweeter. At the back of the speakers there are three connectivity options: Unbalanced RCA input, ¼-inch balanced TRS and balanced XLR. An RCA cable is included with the speaker. There is also a control for tuning the frequency response and acoustics. Apart from the standard control, there is also the center and upper range setting buttons found on the audio device. These buttons can be used to increase or decrease the gain. Another control is the acoustic space control which can be used to make the speaker integrate perfectly into any interior. Based on the position or location of the monitor, the speaker will be adjusting its frequencies using this control.

The sound quality of these Eris E5 studio monitors is solid. The 80-watt class A/B bi-amplification allows for powerful and loud audio response. There is also a 102dB maximum continuous SPL and the system delivers audio in the frequency range of 53 Hz - 22 kHz. Although the bass response might not feel adequate for some, the overall audio is neutral and balanced.

 

Eris E5 XT

Reasons to buy

Reasons to avoid

  • Extraordinary EBM technology for a sweet spot in the sound response
  • Impressive bass response for compact size
  • Good price for a great and functional speaker
  • Improved bass response but the lower end could have been expanded

 

The Eris E5 XT are powered studio monitor speakers. These two way active studio monitors weigh around 12.5 pounds and have dimensions of 11 x 9 x 8 inches. E5 XT has a minimal design with a front firing acoustic port that allows for impressive low frequency response. The cabinet is constructed using optimized, resonance-suppressing internal bracing. The same design is continued through the Eris series with subtle differences in the specifications. However the improved cabinet is bigger to hold a larger tweeter. The ported enclosure that is larger than its predecessors allows it to deliver frequencies in the lower range with ease. It is a well built and nicely polished product that feels high end. Eight thin adhesive rubber pads can be stuck on the lower surface of the speaker to protect it from harsh surfaces.

The speakers follow the same drivers of the Eris series: the one inch silk dome tweeter that delivers high frequencies with precision and the 5-inch woven composite woofer for the deep low frequency response. The speakers include plenty of connectivity options such as  balanced TRS or XLR and unbalanced RCA connectivity ports. The highlighted feature of the E5 XT is the EBM (Elliptical Boundary Modeled) waveguide. This is a unique technology that helps the sound system to deliver superior high-frequency response and wider 100-degree horizontal dispersion to create a broader sweet spot.

The speakers can deliver a frequency as low as 48 hertz and as high as 20000 hertz. Fortunately, there are no port noise issues with the E5 XT as some other front ported speakers would otherwise have. The front ported bass enclosure helps the E5 XT speaker to deliver a tight bass response. The treble and midrange is very detailed and does not fatigue. To customize the audio, the speakers feature EQ options with mid range (around 1kHz) and high frequency (past 10kHz) adjustments from -6 to +6dB as well as acoustic space option.

 

Eris E7 XT

Reasons to buy

Reasons to avoid

  • Low frequency is extended from previous models
  • Clean midrange response
  • Includes XLR, TRS and RCA input jacks
  • Cabinet build quality could be improved

 

The Eris E7 XT are active studio monitors that deliver a wide and sweet spot in audio response. The speakers are as heavy as 1 pound and have dimensions of 11.5 x 9.75 x 16 inches. Other than the measurements, the design is exactly the same as that of the other Eris models. The E7 XT looks minimal and sleek with the glossy touch on its surface. The speaker is appropriate for mid-to-large studio spaces. It includes a larger enclosure compared to the previous models so as to enhance the bass response. Inside the ported enclosure of the speaker there is a 6.5-inch woofer and a 1.25-inch, silk-dome, high-frequency driver. The upgrade in this model compared to the E5 XT is the fact that the drivers are larger. The increase in the size of the drivers means that the audio response being delivered will be exceptionally well.

Like its previous model, the E7 XT also features the famous Elliptical Boundary Modeled waveguide. Because of this technology, the speaker can deliver a wider sweet spot with more controlled vertical dispersion. At the rear end of the speaker are different connectivity ports such as the XLR, 1/4" TRS, RCA ports. The rear panel features an IEC power receptacle with mains fuse, XLR, TRS and RCA input jacks. There are also a number of controls for the speaker at the rear panel. The gain control, high frequency control and mid frequency control all help to alter the frequencies according to the requirements of the audio content. A three-position switch called Acoustic Space can be used to tune monitor response based on room placement.

The speakers deliver a frequency range of 42 Hz - 20 kHz. The active studio monitor is Class AB bi-amplified, with a 70-watt amplifier for the low frequency woofer and a 60-watt amp for the high frequency tweeter. The speakers deliver a lot of detail and produce a lot of depth in the audio response.

 

Eris E8 XT

Reasons to buy

Reasons to avoid

  • Neutral and accurate response
  • High pass filter control
  • Nice and sleek design
  • Extended lower frequency response
  • Crossover null

 

The Eris E8 XT are studio monitor speakers by PreSonus. These weigh 24.8 pounds and have dimensions of 16 x 11.5 x 9.75 inches. It has the same design as the previous models. It includes a smooth front baffle with no screw holes. The blue woven-fiber woofer adds an elegant touch to the design and the logo glows when the speaker is active. The cabinet is built out of MDF with a vinyl laminate. The front is made up of molded plastic and includes a baffle mounted on an MDF face. The interior of the cabinet includes a thick lining of polyfil.

The speaker consists of a 1.25” silk dome tweeter which incorporates a heatsink set in an EBM waveguide. This waveguide is designed for a 100°x 60° coverage which provides broad horizontal dispersion and narrow vertical dispersion. There is also an 8 inch woofer that uses a ¾” thick, 4” diameter magnet on the motor. The woofer is driven by a 75-watt amplifier and the tweeter is driven by a 65-watt amplifier for a combined total of 140 watts of amplification using a class A/B amplifier. There are connectivity options such as XLR and TRS inputs and an unbalanced RCA input. Just like the previous models this one also includes controls that help to adjust the bass and treble levels of the audio.

Eris E8 XT shows a frequency range of 35 Hz - 20 kHz, which is much wider than that of the previous model. The low end has been extended significantly for an impactful bass response. The front-firing port acoustic helps them achieve an ultimate low-frequency response of 35Hz.The wide sweet spot enabled by the E8XTs’ waveguide produces an enveloping, room-filling sound. The crossover frequency between woofer and tweeter is listed as 2.2kHz and the speakers have a 105dB maximum peak SPL. The speaker also allows high frequency and low frequency adjustments. 

 

Eris E44

Reasons to buy

Reasons to avoid

  • Active studio monitors with 90 watts of Class A/B bi-amplification
  • Vertical and horizontal placement
  • Acoustic tuning control
  • Quality control issues

 

The Eris E44 are dual powered studio monitors that weigh 11.9 pounds and have dimensions of 7 x 14.3 x 7 inches.  The speakers look very smart with their matte gray design and subtle blue accents. Because these are dual monitors, they have dimensions that allow them to be placed both horizontally and vertically on the surface. The speakers have Tweeter placed between the two Midwoofers, thus giving it the MTM studio monitor name. This MTM placement design minimizes phase displacement and leads to improved spatial resolution and a much wider sweet spot. The cabinet features internal bracing which optimizes audio response through the minimization of resonance.

The Eris E44 is a two way speaker. It features dual  4.5-inch low frequency or midrange drivers. These drivers are custom-woven composite made up of Kevlar material and are built to deliver powerful bass response. There is a 1.25 inch high frequency driver for smooth treble response. The high frequency driver is adjacent to a single low frequency or midrange driver with a crossover frequency between 2-3kHz. Because of this driver placement, there is an asymmetry in its vertical dispersion. Thus there is the symmetrically located LF/MF driver.  At the back of the speaker there are balanced XLR and jack inputs, an unbalanced RCA phono input, a variable gain control, variable mid- and high-frequency EQ controls and, finally, ‘acoustic space’ and low-frequency cutoff selection switches.

The speakers deliver a frequency in the range of 55 Hz - 22 kHz. Although the bass response is not deep, it is trustworthy. The treble shines since it is smooth and detailed. The speakers offer 90 watts of class A/B bi amplification. There is a wide sonic sweet spot with smooth on- and off-axis performance.

 

Eris E66

Reasons to buy

Reasons to avoid

  • Accurate audio response
  • Wide stereo field
  • Buzzing noise coming from the cone
  • Bulky

 

The Eris E66 are dual studio monitors. They have a weight of 23.4 pounds and dimensions of 8.5 x 18.1 x 9.8 inches. Like the E44, these speakers also have the same design with the dual drivers. However, the speakers are a little larger than the previous model. This also follows the MTM design which includes a tweeter between two midwoofers. The benefit of this design is that the two smaller woofers work in parallel to partially contain the dispersion of the tweeter. This minimizes the phase displacement and results in an incredibly wide and detailed stereo soundstage. The speaker can be placed both vertically and horizontally. However, it is recommended that the speakers be placed vertically because vertical placement provides a clear, interference-free midrange and treble reproduction to either side, expanding the sweet spot. The MTM driver arrangement delivers cohesive sound that is clear and precise.

Similar to the E44, this model also incorporates two woofer drivers but the difference is that the woofer cone is larger in this one, with a size of 6.5 inches. The custom-woven Kevlar low-frequency drivers are designed to provide a constant dispersion pattern throughout the frequency range which results in cleaner overall audio response. Kevlar material helps break up reflected energy thus there is minimized distortion. The size of the tweeter is the same at 1.25 inches for the speakers. The input connectivity ports are a balanced XLR, TRS quarter-inch and unbalanced -10 dB RCA phono plug. The controls include continuously variable mid and high frequency adjustment, a variable high pass filter and Acoustic Space control. Class A/B amplification provides 140 watts to the woofers and 90 watts to the tweeters.

The frequency response for these speakers is within the range of 45 Hz - 22 kHz. This E66 can produce a bass response that is much deeper than that of the E44 hence it is an upgraded version of the same model. It also has a total power of 145 watts so it is much louder and powerful than the E44.

 

R65 V2

Reasons to buy

Reasons to avoid

  • High-frequency response
  • Wide stereo imaging
  • Narrow vertical dispersion
  • Customized audio response
  • Expensive

 

The R65 V2 are PreSonus studio monitor speakers that deliver lifelike audio reproduction. The speakers have an attractive design with a traditional black design. It has a professional exterior that looks clean and refined. In the midst of the black design, the tweeters stand out with the yellow pop of color. They weigh around 14.7 pounds and measure 8 x 10 x 13 inches. The R65 V2 speakers include a custom-designed 6.8-square-inch Air Motion Transformer (AMT). The AMT tweeter includes a thin folded Kapton membrane that  allows the tweeter to move in the same instant as the voltage cycles that power it. This tweeter design responds to  subtlest waveforms and the highest frequencies. The AMT design also allows the R65 V2 to handle 8 to 13 times the projection area of more traditional tweeter designs,  There is also a 6.5 inch low frequency driver that delivers transparent mid- and low-frequency reproduction for clean, punchy bass. The speaker woofer is very rigid for an accurate response.

The R65 V2 is driven by a dedicated 65 watt Class A/B amp that allows bi amplification for a distortion-free powerful response. There are a plethora of controls such as the Acoustic Tuning panel with Gain, Mid Frequency, High Frequency, Low Cutoff, and Acoustic Space controls. The controls help to calibrate the speaker according to personalized audio response. The active speakers include balanced XLR, balanced 1/4-inch TRS, and unbalanced RCA line-level inputs for versatile connectivity options.

R65 V2 delivers a frequency response 45Hz-22kHz and has a crossover frequency rated at 2.7kHz. The maximum peak SPL for the speaker is 104 dB SPL @ 1m. The best part about these dynamic speakers is that they deliver audio with unimaginable clarity, allowing the user to listen to every single detail.

 

R80 V2

Reasons to buy

Reasons to avoid

  • Treble response has spacious dimension
  • Clarity and coherence in audio
  • EQ controls for audio customization
  • Too pricey for some people

 

The Presonus R80 V2 is a nearfield active monitor. It has dimensions of 9 x 12 x 15 inches and weighs 20 pounds. The design is very similar to the R65 V2. It has an attractive look for a small home theater system. It is a big and bulky balck box with a woofer and a unique looking tweeter. The unique bold tweeter incorporates Air Motion Transformer (AMT), which is a pleated ribbon transducer designed to achieve high frequencies with ease. These tweeters have very fine membranes which make them extremely responsive. They have a much broader projection area than traditional tweeters, resulting in a wider sweet spot.

Whilst most of the speaker is the same as the R80, at the back of the speaker there are some differences. The R80 had very basic presets but this version now has high-frequency and mid-frequency rotary dials, as well as a low cut-off multi-switch. The Acoustic Space Control has been updated as well. It is used to cut frequencies below 800Hz by either -4 dB or -2 dB to compensate for the bass boost. The input connections of the speakers are one XLR, one 1/4" TRS and one RCA input connection.

The speakers deliver crystal-clear transparency for mid and low frequencies thanks to the high quality low frequency driver. The custom AMT tweeter is sensitive and it responds to the most subtle waveforms. The speaker can be bi amplified with the 140-watt Class A/B power amplifier. The R80 V2 studio monitors deliver frequency in the range of 40Hz-22kHz which is wider than the R65 V2. These active speakers have a maximum SPL of 107 dB @ 1m.

 

R65

Reasons to buy

Reasons to avoid

  • Great audio clarity and loudness
  • Unique ribbon style tweeter
  • Superior flat response
  • Crisp and clear high end
  • The build quality needs to be improved

 

The R65 is a two way active studio monitor that comes in two colors- black and blue. Whilst Presonus uses the black color quite often in designing its audio components, the blue is just a refreshing take on the design of the speakers. The R65 speakers have dimensions of 10.3 x 8 x 13 inches and weigh around 14.7 pounds. Inside the cabinet there is a custom 6.8-square-inch Air Motion Transformer (AMT) tweeter. The R65 utilizes a 6.5" custom-coated, woven Kevlar, low-frequency driver. The woofer cone is composed of rigid construction that allows consistent dispersion patterns in the frequency range.

These speakers deliver a wide lateral dispersion and very limited vertical dispersion. This in turn results in the reduction of reflections from the ceiling and desktop that can cause phase coherence issues. The speakers are driven by 150W Class-D amplifiers and they allow bi amplification. There is a user-adjustable contour that can be used to optimize the monitor. The four-position Acoustic Space switch is for the boundary bass boost that occurs when the monitor is placed near a wall. The speaker includes three different types of audio inputs: balanced XLR, balanced 1/4" TRS, and unbalanced RCA line-level inputs.

These R65 Presonus speakers deliver frequencies in the range of 45 Hz to 22 kHz. These active studio monitors offer excellent high end detail that sounds amazingly pleasant without being harsh or boosted in volume. Although the midrange seems slightly scooped at high volumes, the low end or bass response is accurate and tight. The speakers offer a wide sound response and transparent sound with narrow vertical dispersion.

 

R80

Reasons to buy

Reasons to avoid

  • Smooth treble response due to AMT tweeter design
  • Clear audio response
  • Lots of audio customization options
  • Might not last too long

 

The PreSonus R80s have gorgeous looks straight out of the box, but they can also be customized by adding optional supplied faceplates. You can use a black or blue faceplate, depending on your preferences and the design of your studio. These monitors are good and tiny and perfect if you're working with constrained space and smaller studio setups. They weigh 19.8 pounds and have dimensions of 12 x 9.5 x 15 inches. The speaker is built to include internal protection mechanisms controlling RF interference, output-current limiting, over temperature, On/Off transients, subsonic filter, energy conservation mode, and internal mains fuse. All of this adds to the durability factor of the R80.

The drivers of the speaker are quite similar to that of the R65. It also includes AMT tweeter and woofers. The only major difference is the size of the low frequency driver, which in this case is bigger. The R65 woofer measures 6.5 inch but the R80 woofer size is 8 inch. This subtle change in size makes a big impact on the bass response since the bigger the woofer size the more powerful is the bass response.

At the back of the speaker there is a switch and a power connection via detachable IEC power cable.It also has input controls including Level control, XLR and balanced TRS inputs. Three Acoustical Tuning controls: High Frequency driver tuning options for signals over 2 kHz (linear, +1dB, -1,5 dB, -4 dB); High-pass filter switch options (linear, 60 Hz, 80 Hz, 100 Hz) with -24 dB/octave slope; and an Acoustic Space switch option (linear, -1.5 dB, -3 dB, -6 dB) can be used for audio customization.

The speaker delivers a very clear and articulate high frequency response. It has a frequency response of 40 Hz – 22 kHz. Unlike the R65, which has a peak SPL of 104 dB, the R80 has a peak SPL of 107 dB.

 

Sceptre S6

Reasons to buy

Reasons to avoid

  • Impressive stereo imaging with high frequency detail
  • Filter controls for customized audio experience
  • Expensive
  • Bass response is a little weak

 

The Sceptre S6 is a powerful studio monitor of Presonus that delivers great stereo imaging. This is a two way active studio monitor which weighs 22 pounds and has dimensions of 16 x 14.75 x 10.5 inches. Presonus loves minimal designs and that is evident in the way that the Sceptre S6 has been built. It is completely black and glossy for a sleek and stylish look and has no trace of buttons of logos at the front surface. There is a front firing oval bass reflex slot found in the speaker. The S6 is composed of a vinyl laminated MDF cabinet with rounded edges to remove diffraction. The woofer and tweeter are each powered by a 90W Class D amplifier which include heatsinks and are placed inside the cabinet. The speaker design has RF shielding, current-output limiting, and over-temperature protection.

he speakers follow a coaxial transducer design, whereby the low frequency drivers and the high frequency drivers are positioned together to deliver directed audio response.The coaxial driver incorporates a 6.5” glass-reinforced paper driver that delivers low frequencies and a  1” diaphragm compression driver for the high frequencies. The CoActual technology found in the Sceptre S6 speakers combines DSP time-correction and point-source design for a soundstage that is accurately dispersed. Since the high frequency driver is placed just below the low frequency driver, the frequency response is symmetrical horizontally and vertically. The S6 also utilizes a 32-bit floating-point DSP along with TQ Temporal Equalization Technology designed by Fulcrum Acoustic.

The Sceptre S6 includes tuning controls such as HF Driver Adjust, HF Driver Adjust, high-pass filter and Sensitivity. Both balanced XLR and ¼-inch TRS input connections are provided at the rear end of the Sceptre speaker. These monitor speakers are rated with a frequency response of 42 Hz - 23 kHz (-10 dB) and a peak SPL of 109 dB. The speakers deliver lifelike three dimensional audio with a wide soundstage.

 

Sceptre S8

Reasons to buy

Reasons to avoid

  • Minimal speakers with impressive audio technology
  • Wide soundstage
  • Flat response
  • Refined tuning feature
  • Not budget-friendly

 

The Sceptre S8 is a two way studio monitor by PreSonus. It has a similar minimal design to that of the Sceptre S6 with subtle differences. The S8 is completely stripped of any buttons or ports at the front surface. It hosts all of the connectivity ports on the rear end. This is why the speakers look so elegant. The S8 speakers are a black box measuring 17.75 x 12.78 x 17.25 inches and weighing 24.2 pounds. The cabinet is made up of medium-density fiberboard with a vinyl laminate coating. The overall build quality of the monitor is robust.

The design that should be focused on is that of the coaxial driver arrangement. This integrates an 8-inch midrange driver and 1-inch horn-loaded high frequency transducer with Coaxial Speaker Coherence Alignment. Having such an arrangement of drivers causes the low and high frequencies originating from a central point which in turn results in a rich soundstage. RF Interference protection helps eliminate unwanted interference from other devices.At the back of the speaker there is a  solitary XLR or ¼-inch TRS input. It does not include any bluetooth connectivity.

The Sceptre S8 frequency response is 46 Hz – 20 kHz at (-3dB) and 38 Hz – 23 kHz at (-10dB). It has a number of different tuning options. The Acoustic Space setting allows the user to customize the low-end response based on monitor placement. The HF Driver control allows altering the settings of the high frequency driver for a better treble response. HP Filter allows the user to set the crossover frequency to match your subwoofer. The coaxial design delivers transient and smooth frequencies. The high frequency is exceptionally clear and mid range is detailed and accurate. The satisfying bass is punchy and not that boomy. The depth of field and soundstage is improved thanks to the unique technologies incorporated in the speakers. The coaxial design offers a sweet spot. The speech's clarity in vocals is impressive and the instruments sound detailed and  lively.

 

3. Studio Subwoofers

 

Eris Sub8

Reasons to buy

Reasons to avoid

  • Neutral sound
  • Accurate soundstage
  • Acoustic tuning options
  • Cabinet build quality could be improved

 

The Eris Sub8 is a compact studio subwoofer that is one of the best subwoofers of Presonus. The subwoofer weighs 15 pounds and has dimensions of 13 x 12.5 x 18.7 inches. The subwoofer has a front firing design. It is a black box that has a simple and minimal design. The front part of the Sub8 includes a circular metallic grille which protects the driver inside the subwoofer and a port. There is no sign of buttons or logos, making this subwoofer perfect for minimalists. Inside the speaker, there is an 8 inch front firing transducer. The transducer is paper composite and includes a rubber surround that is highly elastic in nature. The subwoofer is powered by a 100W Class AB amplifier that delivers 50 watts RMS power and results in an audio output with minimal distortion.

At the back of the subwoofer there are a number of controls and connectivity ports. The subwoofer includes Left and right, balanced ¼-inch TRS and unbalanced RCA main inputs for versatile and easy connectivity. There is a High Pass Filter and a Low Pass Crossover control. This is a very useful feature because it helps to calibrate the subwoofer. The low pass filter can be used to keep the resonances 50 Hz to 130 Hz range. Whereas the high pass filter removes sub-80Hz frequency content from the full-range signal sent to the main speakers. There is also an input gain control that gives -30 dB to +6 dB of continuously variable output.

The subwoofer can be used with most Eris speakers so as to help the speakers achieve a frequency as low as 30 hertz. This audio device helps naturally extend the reach of the Eris E3.5 or E4.5 monitors with ease and without causing distortion in the  audio response.

 

Temblor T10

Reasons to buy

Reasons to avoid

  • Clear bass response
  • Includes a footswitch
  • Wide variety of controls
  • 250 watts of power
  • Quality issues

 

The Temblor T10 is an outstanding active studio subwoofer by Presonus. It has a very simple look and comes in the color black. The Temblor T10 weighs 40.3 pounds and has dimensions of 19.48 x 16.25 x 20.74 inches. The subwoofer is designed to complement the studio monitors without overshadowing them. The cabinet includes a front firing bass reflex design and it is internally braced to reduce resonance. There is a ported enclosure that allows the subwoofer to produce higher volume. The T0 features high-quality components and design. Inside the cabinet, there is a 10" glass-composite driver. This low frequency driver incorporates a high-temperature voice coil and is surrounded with damped rubber to reduce unwanted vibrations in the audio response. At the base of the subwoofer there are rubber feet for stable placement.

The subwoofer includes a wide range of controls that allow seamless crossover transition between the studio monitors and the subwoofers. These are input gain (-30dB to +6dB, continuously variable) and a continuously variable low-pass filter (50Hz to 130Hz). There is a switchable high pass filter that helps to remove frequency content below 80Hz. A polarity switch reverses the polarity of the summed input signal. Lastly, a ground lift switch can be used to reduce ground loop noise in your audio system. The subwoofer offers two sets of balanced inputs (XLR and 1/4" TRS) and one pair of RCA unbalanced inputs. There are also two pairs of balanced outputs; XLR and 1/4" TRS.

The woofer features a 250 watt Class AB amplifier for deep and real bass response. It has the frequency range within frequency range: 20-200 Hz, meaning it can deliver bass as low as 20 hertz. The low frequency is extended without a sign of boominess and the response is clean and accurate. Overall the subwoofer offers fast and accurate transient response.

 

Temblor T8

Reasons to buy

Reasons to avoid

  • Crisp and tight bass response
  • Custom filter setting
  • Gain control
  • No footswitch

 

The Temblor T8 is a minimal looking subwoofer by Presonus. The subwoofers have an elegant design with a solid construction. The subwoofer has a matte black surface with not many distractions on the front panel. Towards the front of the cabinet there is a big reflex port as well as a backlit PreSonus logo. The logo is backlit in blue or white depending on which mode the subwoofer is in.The T8 has a front firing bass reflex design just like the T10 but the finishing on these subwoofers is much better. The sealed box enclosure ensures that the audio response is accurate and tight. Much like its other model, the subwoofer has a cabinet with internal bracing. Inside it, there is an 8" reinforced-composition woofer. This active down-firing woofer is glass-composite for an outstanding accuracy and frequency response.

At the back there is the amp plate with all the connections and the controls, as well as the power input and switch. There are inputs that accept stereo signals from your audio source. These include 1/4" TRS balanced inputs and  RCA unbalanced inputs. The outputs include 1/4" TRS balanced outputs and one pair of RCA unbalanced outputs. This is quite similar to that of the T10 and even the controls are the same in this subwoofer. The input gain can be used to adjust the levels if they seem too low or high (from -30 to +6 decibels). There are lowpass filter and switchable high pass filter that can be used to customize sound accordingly. There is a polarity invert that can be used to flip the phase of a signal 180 degrees.

The audio specifications are also the same- with the subwoofer achieving a bass response as low as 20 hertz and having an amplification of 200 watts.

 

Conclusion

From the review of the audio devices, it is evident that PreSonus sticks to particular technology and design for its audio devices. PreSonus delivers speakers that can be great entry level speakers in the affordable range. Usually the speakers are used for gaming and home video production but they can also be used for listening to music.