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PreSonus Eris E7 XT & E8 XT

Active Monitors By Paul White

Both models feature extensive tuning controls, including input trim, a high-pass filter for use with subwoofers, both mid-range and HF adjustment, and a three-way switch for selecting between half-space, quarter-space or free-standing operation.Both models feature extensive tuning controls, including input trim, a high-pass filter for use with subwoofers, both mid-range and HF adjustment, and a three-way switch for selecting between half-space, quarter-space or free-standing operation.

PreSonus' popular Eris range has been given an XT upgrade. We put them to the test!

Following the success of their existing Eris range of affordable studio monitors, PreSonus launched an updated Eris XT series, which includes the Eris E8 XT (pictured) and, more recently, the E7 XT, both of which we received for review a few weeks apart. Outwardly these are fairly conventional two-way ported active monitors, the Eris E8 XT kitted out with an 8-inch, woven composite woofer and a 1.25–inch soft-dome tweeter incorporating a silk diaphragm. Measuring 247.65 x 292.1 x 406.4 mm, it weighs a reassuringly hefty 10.43kg, and the speaker is priced individually so that users can choose individual speakers to create stereo or surround systems. The slightly smaller Eris E7 XT cabinet measures 240 x 242 x 365 mm and weighs 8.4kg.

Both models employ similar construction, and the tweeter and power-amp ratings are the same for both, so the bass/mid driver and cabinet size are the only outward differences. A black vinyl foil finish gives the speakers a tidy and purposeful feel,...

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Published August 2020