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PreSonus Eris E5 XT Active Studio Monitor, Single

Our best-selling studio monitors just got better

With their smooth, accurate frequency response; powerful amplification with tons of headroom; and acoustic tuning functions that ensure you always get the best sound... it's no wonder that the original Eris®-series studio monitors have been a runaway hit since their introduction. The Eris E5 XT is a substantial update to a lauded classic. Deeper lows and a wider, more controlled sweet spot (thanks to its new EBM wave guide design) mean that our best-selling studio monitors just got even better.

Studio speakers with a wide sweet spot.
We outfitted the Eris XT studio monitors with a new EBM (Elliptical Boundary Modeled) wave guide designed by none other than Hugh Sarvis of WorxAudio, the mind behind our award-winning CDL loudspeakers and lauded R-Series monitors. The result? A superior high-frequency response and wider 100-degree horizontal dispersion to create a broader sweet spot. It’s ideal for group listening and collaboration—while narrow vertical dispersion reduces reflections from your desk. Silk-dome tweeters ensure snappy, accurate transient reproduction.

Lows that go lower.
The familiar woven composite low-frequency driver still offers Eris' signature tight, clear bass; plenty of punch and no flub. Eris E5 XT studio monitors sport a ported enclosure that is larger than that of their predecessors, allowing them to reach down to an astonishing 48 Hz. That's 10 Hz below previous models—with no subwoofer required!

Set up your studio monitors for your room.
We know modern recording studios can be anywhere from a spare bedroom to a multi-million dollar facility; that's why every studio monitor we make is equipped with controls that ensure the flattest response in your mix environment. Acoustic tuning controls allow you to configure the Eris E5 XT perfectly for your room—you get Low-cut, Mid, and High controls, as well as 3-way acoustic space tuning that allows you to easily compensate for the sonic consequences of speaker placement against a wall or in a corner.

Studio monitor connections.
It’s easy to feed audio to your Eris E5 XT studio monitors from an audio interface, mixer, monitor controller, or almost any other line-level source. Eris E5 XT monitors provide balanced XLR, balanced ¼” TRS, and unbalanced RCA line-level inputs. You’ll have no problem hooking your Eris speakers up to virtually anything.

Accuracy defined.
Suitable for both home recording studios and professional mix engineering, the Eris XT studio monitors combine sterling audio quality with the flexible tuning and connectivity you've come to expect from PreSonus. It’s Eris, remastered.

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  • Michael Dowell

    14/12/2020

    Prompt and efficient sevice

  • Pete Moulton

    27/10/2020

    Presonus are more famous for their audio interfaces, yet I was surprised at how good these speakers sounded on these 5 1/4 inch speakers. Over the last 30 years I've mainly used various Tannoy Dual Concentrics or 2-ways designs as my main studio monitors. For 2 years I did use some excellent Adams A7Xs, until I got a pair of Tannoy Precision 6D Dual Concentric actives, 7 years ago. I've been using the Precision 6Ds until one failed. In reality, the Tannoys were too big and too loud for my small studio, so I shortlisted the Tannoy Gold 5, KRK Rokit 5 4th gen and Presonus Eris 5 XT. I've heard the Eris 5 and the Eris 5XT has deeper bass and a better overall sound to my ears. I decided on the Presonus offering, although there is no wrong answer here. They are all great speakers for the money. I was expecting a really bass-lite sound, compared with the Tannoy 6Ds, but was pleasantly surprised. If you really need a lot of bottom end boom then you can use a sub woofer with these, but might be better off getting a larger speaker. These small Eris 5 XT speakers surprised me with their stereo imaging too, something I had taken for granted with Tannoy's Dual Concentrics. The Eris 5 XTs sound more neutral with less lower mid colouring than the Tannoys. If my old Tannoys sounded warm, then the Eris 5XTs are thinner but are a bit more revealing. To my ears there is more clarity. Voices seem to sit back in the mix whereas the Tannoys were notorious for projecting vocals forwards more in the sound stage. On some tracks the Eris 5 XTs sounded like the singer was lost in the mix to some degree, but this is all part and parcel of retraining my ears to the new speakers. The bass is lighter than the Tannoy 6 inch drivers, but only by a small margin. If anything, the Eris 5 XT bass sounds tighter and more focused compared with my bigger old Tannoy speakers. There are a plethora of controls and inputs on the rear and the front firing bass port means the bass is less boomy than rear ported designs like the Tannoy 6Ds, so I suppose you could have them closer to the wall of your studio if space was an issue. There are various Acoustic Tuning compensators for High, Mid and Space (bass) cut/boost filters to suit positioning and to provide some acoustic compensation for the room. That said, I run them with all Acoustic Tuning levels flat. I decouple them on acoustic foam with a gap of over 7 inches between the rear of the speaker and the wall. Allow a few days running in before the sound opens up. Absolutely no regrets. They suit my room and needs better than the Tannoy 6Ds, but there is a learning curve to retraining my ears.

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