First Look: PreSonus Eris Studio 4

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First Look: PreSonus Eris Studio 4

PreSonus Studio 4
Words by Andy Lloyd-Russell

PreSonus have been a commanding brand in the entry level to pro-sumer end of the studio space for quite some time.

PreSonus and their wide coverage of products span all the essentials one needs for any well functioning studio or production suite. The quest of finding the ideal studio monitor for any budding engineer, producer, content creator or alike can be filled with both excitement and confusion,  with the swathe of gear at the entry level right through to the pro-sumer end of the market being so chockablock full of great monitors, it can be a tough time deciding what’s going to be best for your studio space and needs as a creative. What’s more, the overall quality and soundstage presented by modern day studio monitors, even at the base level has come so far, with previous arduous arguments over sound quality becoming somewhat negligible, instead focusing on the specific needs or even more simply, brand preference over performance and overall sound quality.

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PreSonus Eris Studio

Offering a broad range of microphones, a solid line of audio interfaces (ranging from compact and portable desktop style units through to 1U rack mountable powerhouses with massive I/O), the ever popular range of FaderPort DAW controllers not to mention the increasingly popular and powerful Studio One DAW. For more hybrid or expanded system requirements, gear such as PreSonus’ range of StudioLive digital consoles and accompanying digitally expandable and network capable stage boxes meet the vigorous demands of touring, broadcast and studios alike. 

Aside from this plethora of studio specifics mentioned above, it’s PreSonus’ studio monitor range Eris that we’re getting a peek of, with the exciting announcement of the expansion in the family made towards the end of last year. Having become somewhat of a staple in the home studio sphere, with a simple, elegant design, versatile connectivity, impressive power for their relative size and most importantly, accuracy, so it should come as no surprise the Eris’ hold their own in this very saturated and competitive end of the market. Having been around for quite some time, it was a welcome sight to see the addition of the Eris Studio range expanded into the family fold, with a fresh new design but a feeling of familiarity to the existing Eris range. 

Anyone remotely familiar with the Eris family will likely notice the traditional two-way design, for a defined image and clear accurate sound reproduction, alleviating the pressure from either woofer or tweeter to handle the full frequency spectrum. Not only does this design serve a very practical purpose in relation to sound reproduction, but it also looks fantastic, with the ported front panel and simply elegant woofer and tweeter design looking worthy of any studio setup. The Eris Studio 4 monitors are a particular standout with their compact form factor.

Eris Studio 4

The output of the Eris Studio 4 is plenty straight off the bat, with 50-watts of power in a Class AB amplifier design pushing a 100dB peak SPL (@ 1 metre) and an equally impressive frequency response of 55Hz – 20kHz is nothing to be scoffed at from a compact 4.5” woven composite low frequency driver and 1” silk-dome tweeter powered studio monitor. Just the right amount of acoustic tuning controls have always been a feature of the Eris range, with selectable 80Hz or 100Hz low cut, ±6dB of mid and high frequency EQ, centred around 1kHz and 10kHz respectively. Finally, the Acoustic Space control is particularly helpful when monitors are placed in less ideal positions such as corners or tight up against the wall, with flat, -2dB and -4dB options. Balanced inputs can be found in either XLR or 1/4” connections and RCA’s for unbalanced signals. 

PreSonus Studio 4 2

It’s clearly an exciting time for monitoring, increasingly accessible and affordable speakers being spec’d for professional work. They cover almost the entire frequency spectrum, with controls to tune them to your room and retain as flat a frequency curve as possible, the two-way design allowing you to fire the tweeters comfortably at your ear, while the front bass port and woofer serve to help the low end blossom.

The Eris range has been growing, expanding and evolving, arriving now at a speaker like the Eris Studio 4, a professional quality studio monitor at a price that makes it accessible to everyone of all levels of skill.

For local enquiries, visit Link Audio.