The PreSonus Eris E4.5 2-Way Powered Studio Monitors are high quality speakers that reproduce excellent linear response across the sound spectrum. They are intended more for an audio enthusiast who wants to hear minute detail for sound editing applications, but they double as high quality speakers as well. While these monitors don't exhibit the overt bass many consumers are used to, it is satisfyingly tight, clean and punchy. You can always attach a subwoofer if so desired. They pack plenty of power though, and will fill most rooms with clean, glorious sound.
While I'm not a sound editor, I do appreciate quality speakers. For the price and size, the Eris E4.5s provide some of the most well-rounded audio I've ever hear. I have mine connected to an iMac and I don't think I've ever heard my music sound so clear without using quality headphones. Turn around the primary speaker and you are given a plethora of options for fine-tuning the audio and connecting the monitors to other external devices. I attached mine to a subwoofer from another set of speakers, and am now able to achieve excellent, modifiable low-frequency bass response in addition to what I'm already hearing. The babies of the Eris studio monitor line, the E4.5s are still larger than many computer speakers, so keep in mind that they can take up a bit of your desktop real estate. Compared to my small JBL Creature speakers, they are positively enormous. They dwarf my Logitech Z553s too. They are somewhat plain, yet the molded cases, black finish and blue grills are still attractive and modern looking. On the primary speaker, both are easily powered on or off with the flip of a switch, and a headphone jack is also at the ready.
Be sure to check out the Eris introductory video on the PreSonus website. While the E4.5s may be overkill for your average consumer, I couldn't be happier with them. They reproduce the full spectrum of sound with a clarity and presence that still surprises me. Well produced albums are a joy to listen to on them. Interestingly, you can even hear the flaws in less-well produced music. On several classical albums I was able to make out for the first time the fingering on instruments and in-taken breaths for the wind instruments. But that is what makes them exceptional studio monitors and not just your average speakers. Also, pump up the volume, and it seems like they go all the way to 11!
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