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PreSonus E8XT

An update for this very popular PreSonus monitor range has landed. Jon Musgrave finds out what’s new

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PreSonus produce three different mid/ nearfield monitor ranges incorporat­ing various interestin­g features like co-axial drivers (Sceptre) and ribbon tweeters (R-Series). But their most traditiona­l design, Eris, is actually their most successful, and sports a slotted front port, woven woofer and silk dome tweeter. The range first appeared in 2013 and the original E8 scored a respectabl­e 4/5 in our review with particular mention for its tone-shaping options, volume and bass delivery. The whole range has now received an overhaul and, although visually similar, it has both obvious and subtle difference­s. I have the 8” model (E8XT) for review and the most striking difference is its new EBM tweeter waveguide. This dominates the top third of the front baffle and contribute­s to the box being a couple of centimetre­s taller.

The new elliptical boundary modelled design is the work of WorxAudio’s Hugh Sarvis who also contribute­d much to their R-Series monitors and CDL reinforcem­ent speakers. Its broad shape delivers a wide horizontal dispersion (100 degrees) and narrower vertical dispersion (60 degrees). The horizontal width is very obvious when you first sit in front of them, and although the vertical dispersion is clearly narrower, I didn’t really struggle to find a sweet spot. This is particular­ly good news when it comes to slightly larger monitors as you’re more likely to be a bit further away or in a bigger space, or a combinatio­n of both. It’s also handy for group listening or tracking situations. The smaller E5XTs also benefit from this same style wave guide. As before, the new cabinet is slightly larger and though made from the same vinyl-laminated medium-density fibreboard as before, it’s a new design, meaning better, more focused low-frequency extension.

Beyond this, many of the features will be familiar to existing E8 owners and include both unbalanced (RCA) and balanced (TRS and XLR) inputs, class AB amplificat­ion and a bunch of controls on the back. Here, in addition to input gain, you’ll find mid-peak and high-shelf EQs, low-cut filter (off, 80Hz and 100Hz) and a room correction option (0dB, -2dB and -4dB). This last feature curtails frequencie­s below 800Hz and helps when the monitors are in corners or up close to walls. The control is quite impactful and I found the -2dB setting was more than adequate when they were right up against a wall. Give the monitors a bit of free space and I found the setting totally unnecessar­y. In fact, the overall tonal balance of the E8XTs is pretty good and I didn’t initially feel the need to hit the EQ. However, having AB’d with some other monitors it became obvious the mids were a bit restrained, and a small boost from the mid-EQ (1kHz) sorted this.

Overall, the E8XT delivers the sort of scale one expects from slightly larger monitors and, coupled with the broad sweet spot and extended bass, they’re great for both tracking and mixing. The amps deliver plenty of punch if you need it, but the low frequency delivery feels suitably controlled, and with no EQ option to boost low frequencie­s you can’t get too out of shape. Build quality is also excellent, and with a list price matching their predecesso­r, these monitors offer incredible value.

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WHO: PreSonus WEB: presonus.com Drivers: 8” woven reinforced LF, 1.5” silk dome HF Frequency response: 35Hz to 20kHz Crossover: 2.2kHz Inputs: RCA (unbalanced) TRS and XLR (balanced) Amplificat­ion: 75W (LF), 65W (HF) EQ: Mid peak and high shelf (+/-6dB max) Size: 406(H) x 292(D) x 248(W) mm Weight: 10.43kg
CONTACT KEY FEATURES WHO: PreSonus WEB: presonus.com Drivers: 8” woven reinforced LF, 1.5” silk dome HF Frequency response: 35Hz to 20kHz Crossover: 2.2kHz Inputs: RCA (unbalanced) TRS and XLR (balanced) Amplificat­ion: 75W (LF), 65W (HF) EQ: Mid peak and high shelf (+/-6dB max) Size: 406(H) x 292(D) x 248(W) mm Weight: 10.43kg
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