Presonus Eris E5 Studio Monitor Pair Review | By Rob Cash our Pro Audio 2020 Reviewer.
Hi Shakers and Movers
As usual, the lovely people at Musicorp Australia, packed and sent me another wonderful product to review for you. This time it was a pair of Presonus Eris E5 2 way active studio monitors.
The monitors were working beautifully as you would expect. However, as a preloved and cheaper option, there was minor cosmetic marks on the front of the speakers (could be treated to make them look as new as possible). From around $13 a month for the preloved units, it’s a great rental option. Of course if you want brand new that’s also available at a slightly higher rental per month.
As always, I am not paid by Musicorp Australia (once again damn!). This review is not inﬂuenced by anything else but my love for all music options. Especially for new muso’s to arm themselves with the best info, and advice on how to build and prepare themselves for sound recording through computers.
One of the hardest things to review I believe is speakers. It is such a personal thing where you need to hear them to know and have that feeling that “I want them now!”. However these studio monitors for those who are just using the internal speakers or computer monitors, are a great way to start getting excited about the end result of your sound. I have just upgraded from what I thought were pretty great studio monitors, to a pair of Yamaha ES8’s and the diﬀerence is… I mean wow! Of course the rental amount is higher than the ones that I am reviewing but it conﬁrms to me the more you spend the better it gets. But like all things, there must be a compromise. Happily though, by renting you get the options to upgrade even after a short term of three months, to bigger and better units through Musicorp Australia. For me I am stoked with what I have now, and will probably purchase the units, another option you have at anytime during the rental period.
Ok let’s talk about the Eris 5’s. A great starting product of studio monitors, or even an option to use for any sound output (maybe TV, stereo, CD’s and so on). These studio units have been beautifully put together, and give you great options to plug in from sources. Such as mixers, audio outputs from line out monitor mixes from interfaces such as the other reviews I have made on the Yamaha MG10XU and the Focusrite 18i20 Mark 2 audio interface. If you haven’t read those yet, they are a great read. However, if everything you use to put your music into your computer is great, and you listen back on cheap internal computer speakers or monitors, you will be robbing yourself and wondering what is wrong with my sound.
The Eris E5 monitors have inputs on the rear that let you set up your sound output options. This assists reﬂections in the room to be minimised and give you a truer picture of the sound that you have recorded and mixed. That is what it’s all about. Once I have done tracks, I then want to hear it as close to what I experienced in my headphones. Otherwise, when you pop it on a CD or a memory stick, and whack it into your car or stereo player, suddenly it doesn’t sound as good.
As I said speakers are a very personal choice and believe me you can spend many thousands of dollars just on studio monitors, and many studios have done just that. That’s why I believe renting is a great option until, like in the fairytale, it suits you just right!
They are active monitors, no adapters required, just the AC 240 volt cables (supplied) keeps the mess down. The rear of the speakers gives you great control over volume. High, mid and low frequency adjustments to get it as close to a ﬂat response, so your sound is as close to what you want when you play it back on other devices and units. I have owned and used Presonus gear, I can certainly vouch for their quality and endurance. And of course the wonderful staﬀ at Musicorp Australia are always available to talk to you, and answer any other info you may have about this, or any other item you may be thinking about.