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Presonus Eris E5


Active Studio Monitor Set

  • 5.25" (133 mm) woofer with Kevlar cone
  • 1"(25 mm) tweeter with silk cone
  • Power: Class AB power amplifiers with 45 / 35 W
  • Frequency range: 53 - 22,000 Hz
  • Gain control
  • Input impedance: 10 kOhm
  • Mid-range controls: Peak EQ, 1 kHz, +/- 6 dB
  • Treble controls: Cow tail filter, 4.5 kHz, +/- 6 dB
  • Switchable highpass filter: 80 Hz - 100 Hz
  • Acoustic-Space switch: -2 dB, -4 dB
  • Crossover frequency: 3 kHz
  • Maximum continuous SPL 102 dB
  • Input: XLR and jack (balanced) and RCA (unbalanced)
  • Shielded against RF interference
  • Switch-on delay
  • Output current limiting
  • Overheating, transient and subsonic protection circuit
  • Dimensions (W x D x H): 178 x 198 x 260 mm
  • Weight: 4.63 kg
  • Includes: 2 Monitors (1 pair)
Available since June 2013
Item number 317500
Sales Unit 1 pair(s)
Speaker size 1x 5,25"
Amplifier power per unit (RMS) 70 W
Magnetic Shielding No
Analogue XLR Input Yes
Analogue Input (Jack) Yes
Analogue Input (Mini Jack) No
Analogue Input (RCA) Yes
Digital input No
Manual frequency correction Yes
Frequency range min. 53 Hz
Frequency range max. 22000 Hz
Dimensions in mm 178 x 198 x 260
Weight in kg 4,6 kg
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Accurate studio monitoring

The Presonus Eris E5 is an active studio-grade monitoring system consisting of a pair of bi-amplified speakers, each equipped with a 5.25" woofer and 1" tweeter. A standard reference within the Eris series, the E5 is unusually well-balanced and natural sounding for a speaker in its price range. It provides precise stereo imaging with high gain reserves, and its extensive and well-thought-out filter section is designed to seamlessly adapt the basic sound of the E5 to the acoustics of any environment. Anyone looking for a reliable studio monitoring solution at a budget-friendly price should definitely consider the Presonus Eris E5.

Presonus Eris E5 Active Studio Monitor Set

The right components for a well-balanced sound

The Presonus Eris E5 is fitted with a carefully designed and solidly built bass reflex cabinet made of vinyl-laminated MDF. As with all the Eris models, the woofers are made of Kevlar, producing a clean and precise bass response and even diffusion through all the lower frequencies. Similarly, the silk dome tweeter reproduces all the high frequencies in a very natural way and provides a wide sweet spot in the listening position. Two separate class AB amplifiers respectively provide 35 and 40 Watts of power to the tweeter and woofer. The Eris E5 is also available in an XT version, with a larger bass reflex cabinet and a waveguide for the tweeter.

Controls and Connections on the Presonus Eris E5 Active Studio Monitor

Ideal for the home studio

The Presonus Eris E5 is a reliable, no frills, and affordable monitor, perfect for the home studio. We all know the complexities involved in improving the acoustics of a room, especially when the latter is not initially designed with music or postproduction in mind. The Eris E5's crossover section is a great help in this respect. Its switchable low-cut filter suppresses unwanted resonant low frequencies (for example when the speaker is placed close to a wall) and two continuous filters adjust the midrange and treble by plus or minus 6dB. In addition, the automatic "Acoustic Space" function cleans up the often critical low-midrange and ensures that the sound is reproduced as faithfully as possible.

Closeup of the Presonus Eris E5 Active Studio Monitor

About Presonus

Presonus is a US company founded in 1995 by Jim Odom and Brian Smith in Baton Rouge, Lousiana. The firm designs hardware and software at both professional and more affordable levels for musicians and producers. Presonus first made a splash in the mid-1990s with the DCP8, an eight-channel analogue compressor/limiter/gate with fader and mute automation that could be digitally controlled by MIDI. In the early 2000s followed a series of microphone amplifiers and the first audio interfaces for the then-emerging home studio scene. Today, the company's product range includes audio interfaces, microphone preamps, digital mixing consoles, and studio monitors as well as the established DAW software Studio One.

Extensive connectivity

As a rule, a pair of Eris E5s are connected to the stereo analogue output of an audio interface or monitor controller. Each speaker is fitted with both a 6.3mm jack and an XLR input, thus eliminating the need for an adapter. The inputs are balanced and provide 4dBu of gain as a reference level, as is to be expected from studio equipment. Additionally, the Eris E5 is also fitted with an unbalanced -10dBV RCA input, which allows hi-fi equipment to be connected.

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Those are my new favorites for both mixing/production and enjoying music!
fommof 28.04.2020
OK, so I was looking to buy a pair of studio monitors primarily for mixing/tracking/production of my own music and secondarily for a neutral medium with which I could fine tune my modeler's presets and maybe enjoy music through them.

I get anything from zero to some hiss but that depends on the room I use them and the outlet configuration so I know it's not the speakers that may or will cause any hiss (always TRS connection and volume set on max). So, that's that.

I use them in untreated 12-20 square meter rooms, volume wise there is no way you will ever need more volume than they can provide even if you want to throw a small party in the house (50 square meters).

Now, the most important part, the frequencies themselves. There are dozens if not hundreads of monitor speakers out there that are supposed to be flat but they are all different. The trick here is to pick the ones that fits your work in terms of sound fidelity, if you can, and if you own more than one set of monitors so you can cross-reference (different brands/models) that's great too. I find the E5's very balanced, not mid heavy than some of the star monitors out there, not high heavy and not bass heavy either (always by my standards, again, ymmv).

OK, now for the the bass freqs comment since most people out there may think that 5" monitors can't cope with those. Let me put it this way, If you love super accentuated bass freqs, and I am talking about freqs that don't even exist on an original recording (no matter if it's your creation or someone else's) then for your own good just forget all about studio/reference monitors and just buy big HiFi speakers, you will be more happy with that choice. If you are instrested in listening excactly or close enough of what has been recorded and your room is not humongous and you are after a nearfield pair of monitors, then the 5" ones will do just fine and in some cases way better than most of the bigger ones. And if your music consists of sub-bass freqs just look for something else (studio moniors + subwoofer, bigger studio monitors etc.).

The music I record comes from electric guitars and all of them are tuned in standard D, electric bass with 55-110 strings tuned in standard D etc. I can hear everything on the E5's and pretty much as they were recorded. In fact as I am writting this review, I am listening to some Miles Davis mid fifties music and I can hear the uptight bass loud and clear (and that's with -2db on the bass freqs due to speaker placement).

All in all, sorry but no, the E5's are not the "bestest" of all, there is no such thing. They are VERY balanced and sure a pair of HS5's (more mid and high heavy in my opinion) or 305's (somewhere between the E5's and HS5's in my opinion) may suit you more but those have the best balance for what I do.

In conclusion, If you'll be working in relatively small rooms, you don't want to break the bank and your main focus is on mixing/tracking/production (as long as you don't care about sub-bass frequencies) then those should be one of the first candindates.

EDIT 2022: after just two years of moderate use (apartment, low to moderate volumes) they crapped out. One of them lost a lot of volume comparing to the other (about 25%) while the other became scratchy at certain frequencies (clean electric guitar). I RMAed them and sent then back to Thomman which in their opinion they were fine and couldn't find any faults. When they sent them back to me, one was totally inoperable as it was like only the tweeter was reproducing any sound and that at no more than 5-10% of the nominal volume (so almost quiet) while the other had the initial freq issues. I have taken them to a local tech just in case they could be repaired and I just bought a pair of Kali Audio LP6 v2 instead to do get the job done. All in all, NOT happy with the Thomann service this time around and surely NOT happy with the Presonus reliability. Heck, I had a pair of 5" Tascam monitors for more than a decade with the same use and they were just fine after all these years.


Good pair of speakers for the price
emirunalan 28.10.2019
I'm a music producer and I was looking for a pair of speaker to use for mixing and when I get tired of headphones when writing music. I use them in my bedroom studio. My room is approximately 10 m2 so was looking for about 5" speakers. The balance between frequencies is not perfect, a little bit darker for decent speakers but lets be honest, you can buy only one speaker for that price. If you consider their price, the sound is the best you can get. Also I used Yamaha HS5 before and i prefer Eris. The connection options are really good. You have plenty of options. You can connect to your source via XLR, TRS or RCA. Also they are looking really good on top of my desk.
Price (Obliously, the best pair of speakers you can get for this price range)
Suitable for small rooms
They are sounding great
Clear enough for mixing
They look really good

A bit dark sound for pro use

Would I recommend them? Ofcourse I would. For this price range you can not find better pair of speakers in my opinion. But be sure your room is treated otherwise you can not have a flat response regardless of which speaker you use.


I'm In Love With These E5s
Black-Viper75 28.02.2023
These are my first studio monitors. I did a lot of research into monitors within my budget (up to €500 for a pair) and decided on the E5's. I preferred the flatness that these offer vs the newer XT model which are a bit more bass heavy and expensive. I found the E5s easy to calibrate using the Presonus video instructions on YouTube and an app I downloaded on my phone. The high, mid and low cut adjustments on the back with a flat switch help to fine tune their output sound. It should be noted thatthe E5s have the most controls on them compared to all other studio monitors in the same class and price range. Once calibrated, I tested them out. They are very responsive and clear sounding. I hear little to no white noise. They have surprisingly great low end response which I wasn’t expecting. I use the E5s with my Boss GX-100, ToneX and Amplitube 5 and my guitar tones sound INCREDIBLE. I cannot believe how much better these tones sound compared to my Audio-Technica ATH-40 headphones. I’ve also been using the E5s for mixing and mastering without them giving me any ear fatigue. Even just listening to music through these is such a satisfying experience. Another important factor to me personally is looks and believe me the E5s look very sexy. It is safe to say I am beyond pleased with my purchase. I believe there are no other studio monitors at this price point that provide this type of quality and accurate results at this price point range.


Solid VFM little monitors
Konstantinos A. 05.05.2024
After almost 20 years of use, one of my old Tascam VL-A5 monitors started cutting in and out and at this point any repair would probably cost too much considering their age, so I went for a replacement.

I am working mostly with live sound and these are used on my PC on a home studio setup in a moderately treated room.
They are a bit bass heavy in general, but it is quite manageable with the switch in the back (0, -2, -4 dB on the low end). If that's not enough, then you probably need to treat your room at least a bit, because even the best speaker will not make up for bad acoustics.
Compared to the sound I got used to over the years from my Tascams (who had essentially a low cut around 80Hz, very light on the bass and I always had to check mixes on other speakers) there's a ton more bass which is kind of impressive for such a small speaker and allows me to get a much better picture of the low end. They lose a hint of clarity in the mids (I'd say around the 1-2kHz area), but again, the knob in the back compensated for that with a small boost. I would prefer it if the knob had notches so I could be precise about the adjustment on both speakers, but it's not the end of the world...

So feature-wise, they give you many options, which is great at this price range since they are very budget friendly and are probably going to be used in spaces that aren't ideal.

I've only had them for about a month so I can't talk about reliability, but they look solid as quality goes.

All in all, at the 222 euros I got them I would say they are great VFM little monitors and unless you are mixing VERY bass heavy stuff they give you enough info on the lows to make decisions upon in my opinion, without needing a sub.


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