Presonus Eris E8 XT


Active Studio Monitor

  • 8" Woofer
  • 1.25" Tweeter with silk membrane
  • Frequency range: 35 - 20000 Hz
  • Crossover frequency: 2.2 kHz
  • Gain control
  • Center control (Bell EQ, 1 kHz, +/- 6 dB)
  • Height control (Shelving filter, +/- 6 dB)
  • Lowcut switchable at 80 or 100 Hz
  • Acoustic space switch (-2 dB, -4dB)
  • LF amplifier power: 75 W
  • RF amplifier power: 65 W
  • Maximum level: 105 dB (continuous operation)
  • Input: XLR and jack (balanced) and RCA (unbalanced)
  • 100° (H) x 60° (V) EBM Waveguide
  • Turn-on delay
  • Output current limiter
  • Over-temperature, transient and subsonic protected circuit design
  • Dimensions (W x D x H): 247 x 292 x 406 mm
  • Weight: 10.4 kg
available since August 2019
Item number 469156
sales unit 1 piece(s)
Speaker size 1x 8"
Amplifier power per unit (RMS) 140 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. 35 Hz
Frequency range max. 22000 Hz
Dimensions 247 x 292 x 406 mm
Weight 10,4 kg
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Accurate and affordable studio monitoring

The Presonus Eris E8 XT is an active bi-amplified studio-grade monitor that is sold individually. It is fitted with an 8" woofer and 1.25" tweeter. This is the largest member of the Eris series and 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 E8 XT to the acoustics of any environment. Moreover, its 8" woofer offers an even more powerful bass response than the smaller Eris models. Anyone looking for a reliable and affordable near-field monitoring solution for their home studio should definitely consider the Presonus Eris E8 XT.

The right components for a well-balanced sound

The Presonus Eris E8 XT 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 and waveguide reproduce all the high frequencies in a very natural way and provide a wide sweet spot in the listening position. Two separate class AB amplifiers respectively provide 65 and 75 Watts of power to the tweeter and woofer.

Ideal for the home studio

The Presonus Eris E8 XT is a reliable, no-frills, and affordable monitor, perfect for the home studio. Moreover its powerful bass means that no additional sub need be used. 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 E8 XT'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 6 dB. 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. The E8 XT is particularly suited to larger studio rooms, given its 8" woofer.

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 E8 XTs are connected to the stereo analogue output of an audio interface or monitor controller. Each speaker is fitted with both a 6.3 mm jack and an XLR input, thus eliminating the need for an adapter. The inputs are balanced and provide 4 dBu of gain as a reference level, as is to be expected from studio equipment. Additionally, the Eris E8 XT is also fitted with an unbalanced -10 dBV RCA input, which allows hi-fi equipment to be connected.

Very impressed - First studio monitors
Lehel 05.05.2020
I use these studio monitors for multimedia and some casual music production. I am willing to buy a synthesizer so it will be at a good use.

Pros: Clear sound, crisp highs, good mids and great bass (I wouldn't have thought that it will have such detail in sound - it is a new level for me, since these are my first studio monitors, no wonder I am impressed by them :)
Very powerful speakers, I am using them on approx 10% volume with an M-Audio Air 192
4 (every knob set to middle on each speaker).
Love the front power indicators, they have a nice blue color but not that distracting at night.

Cons: A little bit tall speakers. Other than this nothing to complain about.

Each speaker comes with a power cable and 4 little pads on which it stands.
Probably the power consumption is higher compared to other speakers with Class-D amps, because these come with a Class-A/B amplifier, but this does not bother me.
Using the TRS connectors with balanced cables, all good.
I do not recommend the use of RCA connectors, because they are unbalanced and anything can interfere with the signal, which results in a heavy white-noise.


Dima97 09.04.2021
I recently ordered these monitors to our country Tajikistan, I am already working on them in my studio, I use them for arranging and mixing, they sound great, I generally wanted to buy a Yamaha hs8 first, listened to a comparison of both monitors and came to the conclusion that Presonus xt 8 sounds clearly denser and more original than the Yamaha hs8, even compared to the 5-inch monitors of these both manufacturers, you can hear from the sound that the presonus gives a crisp low and clear high frequencies.The quality of the workmanship of the external material was a little upset when my hand accidentally brushed the surface , a piece fell off the surface layer of the laminate, but of course everything suits me, and I advise everyone who sits and thinks to order Presonus)).


Panais 20.09.2022
Good sound and quality monitors. A value for money speaker set for the studio.


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Fünf Sterne, jedoch nach laaanger Odyssee
Steff-Bär 24.05.2021
Ich mach' es kurz, okay?

Ha, vergeßt es. ;)

Nach fast 30-jährigem (jaja, jetzt keinen Spruch) Einsatz mußten zwei Passiv-Monitore von YAMAHA ausgetauscht werden, da der Verstärker "endlich" mal kaputt ging und ich Aktivboxen als deren Nachfolger schon lange ins Auge gefaßt hatte.

Die Monitore stehen bei mir nun mal ziemlich nahe an der Wand und wer in der Audio-Schule halbwegs aufgepaßt hat, der weiß, daß Bassports auf der Rückseite hier ganz, ganz unpassend sind. Also enfielen YAMAHA HS 7/8 oder irgendetwas Bauartgleiches. Die Modelle von Rokit (7/8) entfielen leider ebenfalls, da dort bereits in den Bewertungen sowie in diversen YouTube-Videos durchgängig ein Rauschen moniert wurde. Schade, aber so ist es nunmal. Außerdem ist bei den Rokit G4 die Regelbarkeit über die rückseitigen Displays (Class D-Verstärker machens möglich) nicht wirklich praxistauglich: fummel, umdreh, hör, fummel, umdreh, hör, usw. ...

Preislich: es ging hier bei meiner Geschichte gar nicht mal um 50 oder 80 Euro pro Box mehr oder weniger. Völlig egal. Es geht um die Praxistauglichkeit. Gut ist die fast grenzenlose Klang-Regelbarkeit der verbauten Class A/B-Verstärker in den Eris Ex-Modellen, denn Class D-Verstärker erlauben meistens nur wenige fest definierte Parameter, siehe Presonus R65/R80 und Baugleiche von anderen Herstellern. Für die Programmierer unter uns: Matrizen sind nunmal einfacher zu berechnen...

Nun ja, ich bestellte also testweise 2 x Presonus Eris E7 XT und 2 x Presonus R65. Mein Hörabstand ist ca. 90 cm. Ergebnis: die R65 rauschten hörbar und die Eris E7 XT brummten hörbar.

Was soll ich ich hier lange labern, schaut Euch einfach die bestehenden Brumm-Bewertungen der E7 an. Schade! Die E7 ist nämlich an sich ein Hammer-LS und prinzipiell auch mein Favorit! Die RT 65, nun ja, prinzipiell auch klasse, aber guckt Euch auch hier mal die Bewertungen an: überpräsente Hoch-Mitten (ist wirklich so, hatte ich zuerst auch nicht geglaubt), beim Gesang und oder beim einen oder anderen Gitarren-Riff kann die Dir das mal eben so ganz locker das Ohr abschneiden. "Aua" sag ich nur. Und dieses Rauschen, so ganz ohne Pegel... :(

Tja, was machste nun? E7 brummt und R65 rauscht. Pest oder Cholera? So schnell gibt man sich ja nicht geschlagen, also flugs ein Paar Eris E7 XT im Austausch bestellt. Ergebnis: E7 XT (höhere Seriennummer) brummt nun etwas weniger, aber auf 90 cm Hörabstand leider immer noch hörbar. Mist...

Doch da: die Idee! Die Eris E8 XT müßte doch aufgrund der höheren Verstärkerleistung ein größeres Netzteil haben, oder? Dadurch ist sie vielleicht auch besser gegen den bösen Brummbär abgeschirmt? Hmm...

Also die E8 bestellt und siehe da: GEHT DOCH!

Nun habe ich leider viel zu große Boxen in meinem kleinen Raum, aber... nicht schlecht... das bleibt jetzt so.

Vielen Dank an Fa. Thomann und für Eure Geduld.