PreSonus unveiled its new Eris-Series studio reference monitors ($TBA), which are 2-way, bi-amped monitor speakers designed to deliver an accurate response with tight bass and clear upper end. The Eris E8 and E5 are expected to be available in April 2013.
The Eris E8 features an 8-inch, Kevlar low-frequency transducer, driven by a 75-watt Class-A/B power amplifier, and a 1.25-inch silk-dome, high-frequency tweeter with a 65W Class-A/B amplifier. PreSonus states that the Eris E8 can deliver up to 105dB peakSPL, with a frequency response rated at 45 to 22k Hz.
The compact Eris E5 has a 5.25-inch, Kevlar low-frequency driver mated with a 45W Class-A/B amplifier, and a 1-inch silk-dome tweeter powered by a 35W, Class-A/B amplifier. It promises a clean 102dB peak SPL, with a frequency response rated at 64 to 22k Hz.
Both Eris models have individual balanced XLR and ¼-inch TRS input connections in addition to unbalanced RCA inputs. Both offer RF shielding, current-output limiting, over-temperature protection, and subsonic protection.
Users also can make several types of custom adjustments. A four-position Acoustic Space switch controls a second-order shelving filter, centered at 800 Hz, that provides three attenuation points (no attenuation, -2 dB, and -4 dB), allowing users to control the bass response relative to the wall proximity of the speakers. A highpass switch sets the low-frequency cutoff (second-order slope, -12 dB/octave) to be flat, 80 Hz, or 100 Hz. The speakers also offer continuously adjustable High Frequency and Midrange controls from -6 dB to +6 dB.
This combination of controls is designed to let users create a linear response for accurate monitoring, as well as simulate different listening environments, eliminating the need to listen to mixes in a car or on consumer computer speakers and home stereo.