Review: PreSonus Eris Pro 4

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Review: PreSonus Eris Pro 4

PreSonus Eris Pro 4
Words by Lewis Noke Edwards

PreSonus Eris Pro 4 Monitors | Link Audio | RRP $499

PreSonus make the journey from budding producer to professional mixing engineer and producer a smooth one, even when discussing the plunge into Dolby Atmos mixing and beyond. Accurate stereo sound is one thing, the PreSonus Pro series of monitors taking it all in their stride.

In the world of entry level right up to pro-sumer end of the studio space , PreSonus have a solution available, most of this being covered with the PreSonus Pro series of monitors.

PreSonus Eris

Monitors aside, PreSonus are a brand to be trusted with a wide range of microphones, audio interfaces (again with varying levels of I/O count and routing options available for varying levels investment), as well as their growing range of DAW controllers in FaderPort series. All this is before mentioning StudioOne itself, PreSonus’ DAW that has just reached version 6.6 with Atmos integration. StudioLive consoles help bring the live music scene to life, or serve as a portable and powerful solution to producing music at home with a little extra tactile control.

Aside from all of this mentioned above, it’s PreSonus’ studio monitor range we’re focused on today, with an exciting expansion in the range of speakers made towards the end of last year.

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Having become an icon in the home studio space, the PreSonus range of studio monitors, with their simple, classy design and versatile connectivity, they also boast impressive power regardless of the size of speaker you’re buying or the budget you’re working with! Most important of all, the PreSonus Eris Pro 4 range of monitors are accurate.

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Borrowing from their Eris family, the Pro 4 monitors share the same great design elements of the Eris range, but boast a new design element: a single point-source coaxial design.

Anyone remotely familiar with the Eris family will likely notice this flash new coaxial design of the monitors, for a defined image and clear accurate sound reproduction, whilst also relieving typical phasing and time alignment issues between tweeter and woofer. The Eris Pro 4 are the smallest of the Pro range, with a 4.5” driver, the Eris Pro 6 and Pro 8 having 6.5” and 8” drivers respectively.

Not only does this new design look great, but it serves a very practical purpose in relation to sending sound around the room and into your ears. The bass port sits at the front to prevent low end being fired back into a wall, as is common in smaller, home and bedroom setups. 

The Eris Pro 4 monitors are elevated further with their compact form factor and clearly very purposeful design suited for more modern day workflows and setups. More on this in a bit.

The output of the Eris Pro 4 is substantial straight off the bat, with 80-watts of power in a Class AB amplifier design pushing a 99dB 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. 

The PreSonus Eris Pro 4 series have a handy amount of acoustic tuning options have, and while they always been a feature of the Eris range, the selectable 80Hz or 100Hz low cut, is particularly handy for small rooms, with mid and high controls available as well. The additional 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. The Pro 4 range has balanced inputs that can be found in either XLR or 1/4” connections, with RCA for unbalanced signals.

The various workflows and systems are where Eris Pro 4 will really accelerate though will be in the multi channel mixing, such as immersive formats like Dolby Atmos, whether mixing in broadcast, music or otherwise. The additional wall and ceiling mounting brackets can be easily attached to the side of each speaker and appropriately manoeuvred into the ultimate position, making light and easy work of a small or large mixing setup with multiple speakers. What’s more, the Eris Pro range more than covers the requirements of an immersive system with the sub comfortably handling LFE and the Eris Pro 4’s being an ideal candidate for any room requiring ceiling install without breaking the bank.

It’s indeed an exciting prospect to see an affordable studio monitor which works both equally well as a stereo pair or part of a larger multichannel system – with the array of speakers available in the Eris Pro range clearly reflecting an understanding of the future of music, broadcast and content creation and mixing. The coaxial design, especially when looking at the Eris Pro 4 is a smart choice for several reasons, but ergonomically it allows this monitor to be positioned and tucked away in an immersive setup without the need for elaborate mounting. The accurate performance and power are likely to be rather appealing and seemingly destined for dominance in the home studio space, with certainly the possibility to expand further afield. The Eris family of monitors from PreSonus was due an upgrade and they’ve certainly delivered with the Eris Pro 4.

For local PreSonus monitor enquiries, visit Link Audio.