PreSonus R80 active studio monitor
PreSonus’ new R80 active studio monitor speakers ($499.95 MAP/street) offer a custom Air Motion Transformer (AMT) tweeter, which promises an extremely fast transient response to provide exceptionally detailed resolution. These bi-amped monitors feature Class-D power amplifiers, with 100-watts RMS driving the woofer and 50W RMS driving the AMT tweeter. Both models are equipped with the company’s Acoustic Tuning controls.
Both the R65 ($399.95 MAP/street) and R80 employ a 6.8-square-inch AMT tweeter that is said to respond to the subtlest waveforms and high frequencies, making them an ideal choice for hearing ultra-highs that add “air” and a sense of space. PreSonus R Series monitors offer wide lateral dispersion for a broad “sweet spot,” along with very narrow vertical dispersion, which helps reduce ceiling reflections that can muddy the sound. This helps to minimize room anomaly interference, providing a more consistent sound in different listening environments.
The R65 employs a 6.5-inch coated Kevlar woofer, while the R80 sports an 8-inch woofer. This design is said to result in cohesive, less time-smeared audio with minimal coloration and extremely punchy bass.
The Acoustic Space switch controls a second-order, low shelving filter that helps to compensate for the boundary bass boost that occurs when the monitor is placed near a wall or corner. An HF-driver level control is also provided to help mitigate room problems. An onboard, four-position highpass filter makes it easy to integrate a subwoofer into your monitoring setup
The monitors have balanced XLR and ¼-inch TRS and unbalanced RCA input connections. Safety features include RF shielding, current-output limiting, over-temperature protection, and subsonic protection. PreSonus rates the R65’s frequency response at 50 to 25k Hz, and the R80’s frequency response at 45 to 25k Hz. An optional amplifier Standby function helps conserve energy.
For more information about the PreSonus R Series, go to www.presonus.com/products/R-Series-Monitors.