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PreSonus R Series

Active Monitors
Published June 2017
By Phil Ward

The R65 and R80.The R65 and R80.

For those who like a ribbon-based tweeter, PreSonus’ stylish monitors offer an alternative to the usual suspects.

We looked at the PreSonus Eris MTM active monitors back in the September 2016 issue, however they weren’t the only new active monitors to be launched by the company around that time. The R series, the subject of this review, appeared all but simultaneously. Despite their competitive pricing, the Eris MTM monitors achieved a pretty reasonable level of performance, and their mid-tweeter-mid format offered some useful installation versatility. So it will be interesting to see if the R Series monitors comprise a similarly rounded and attractive package.

The R series consists of two models: the R65 and R80. Although more expensive than their Eris MTM siblings, they both still sit not far above what I would consider to be the entry-level price bracket for active monitoring. At first glance, the two R Series monitors differ only in terms of enclosure size and bass/mid driver diameter (and consequently in low-frequency bandwidth and maximum volume level), but it may well be that other, more subtle differences become apparent as I investigate them further.

Interestingly, the R series appears to have little in common with the Eris MTM series and, as such, I find it slightly odd that there doesn’t appear to be a single overall design philosophy informing all PreSonus monitors, but this clearly need not be an issue in terms of any particular monitor.

Baby Blue

Perhaps the most notable element of the R series, apart from their optional, and attractive, blue front trim panels (alternative black front trim panels are included with each speaker), is their use of a ribbon-type HF driver. In principle, the component parts of a ribbon...

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Published June 2017