Once upon a time, there was a company called PreSonus, founded in 1995 on the Louisiana bayou. The founders of PreSonus Audio Electronics wanted to design innovative audio products, providing professional sound quality and features without sacrificing affordability. And they managed to do just that for the last 25 years, offering products for musicians, content creators, producers, and audio engineers, including recording and live-sound hardware and software solutions that solve real-world problems for real working creatives.
In January 2013, working in partnership with David Gunness and Fulcrum Acoustic, the company announced a completely new range of professional audio speakers, including the Sceptre series of coaxial studio monitors and the more affordable Eris series, all of which have garnered praise across the audio industry. In 2014, following the acquisition of loudspeaker manufacturer WorxAudio Technologies, PreSonus was able to leverage Hugh Sarvis' speaker design experience, WorxAudio's founder and director of engineering to introduce innovations in its range of studio monitors, and in 2015 introduced the new R65 and R80 Active AMT Monitors, featuring a custom Air Motion Transformer (AMT) tweeter, and launched the new Eris E44 and E66 two-way active MTM (Midwoofer-Tweeter-Midwoofer) studio monitors.
Already in 2019, PreSonus launched the new Eris XT series, with improved frequency response and wider dispersion. The current PreSonus Eris XT studio monitor range now includes the larger Eris E8 XT model, the new middle-sized Eris E7 XT, and the smaller E5 XT. The Eris E8 XT, with its 8-inch woven composite woofer and large size results in a deep rich voice that reaches all the way down to 35 Hz. His voice is best appreciated in a moderately large studio space for those that appreciate a big bass sound. The smaller Eris E5 XT, with his 5-inch woofer, sounds great in smaller spaces, such as bedroom studios, but his voice doesn’t reach as low as the mighty E8 XT, and he might be too small to fill large studio spaces.
Enter the newest member of the family, the Eris E7 XT, which is just right for moderate-size and some mid-large studio spaces. With a 7-inch woofer and 1.25-inch silk dome tweeter, the E7 XT’s voice is significantly more powerful and richer than that of the smaller Eris family members, though not quite as deep as the E8 XT’s. Featuring the same 140W of Class AB biamped power as the E8 XT, the E7 XT can deliver tight, focused bass down to 42 Hz despite the compact form factor.
And just like the E8 XT and E5 XT, Eris E7 XT is equipped with PreSonus’ custom Elliptically Boundary Modeled waveguide, which enables these monitors to be clearly and accurately heard across a wide 100 degree “sweet spot” with a focused 60˚ in the vertical to minimize desk reflections and maximize performance. And because these active monitors need to able to work in any different environment, PreSonus equipped the series with controls that ensure the flattest response. Apart from low-cut, Mid, and High controls, there is a 3-way acoustic space tuning to compensate for the sonic consequences of speaker placement against a wall or in a corner. Connections include line-level balanced XLRs, balanced 1/4" TRS, and unbalanced RCA.
The PreSonus Eris E7 XT studio monitors are available now at an expected U.S. street price of $229.95 each.