PreSonus releases R-Series monitors

PreSonus has announced its new R65 and R80 active studio monitor speakers.

The new models offer a custom Air Motion Transformer (AMT) tweeter, which promises a fast transient response to provide detailed resolution.

The biamped monitors feature Class D power amplifiers, with 100W RMS driving the woofer and 50W RMS driving the AMT tweeter, and as with all PreSonus studio monitors, both models are equipped with the company’s Acoustic Tuning controls.

Both the R65 and R80 (pictured) employ a 6.8-square-inch AMT tweeter that responds to the subtlest waveforms and high frequencies, making them an ideal choice for hearing ultra-highs that add ‘air’ and a sense of space, according to the manufacturer. PreSonus R-series monitors offer wide lateral dispersion for a broad sweet spot, along with narrow vertical dispersion, which helps reduce ceiling reflections that can muddy the sound and minimise room anomaly interference, providing a more consistent sound in different listening environments.

The R65 employs a 6.5-inch, coated Kevlar woofer, while the R80 sports an eight-inch woofer. This design results in ‘cohesive, less time-smeared audio with minimal coloration and extremely punchy bass’.

The Acoustic Space switch controls a second-order, low shelving filter that helps to compensate for the boundary bass boost that occurs when the monitor is placed near a wall or corner. An HF-driver level control is also provided to help mitigate room problems. An onboard, four-position highpass filter makes it easy to integrate a subwoofer into your monitoring setup

Balanced XLR and 1/4 inch TRS and unbalanced RCA input connections are designed to make hookup quick and easy, while safety features include RF shielding, current-output limiting, over-temperature protection, and subsonic protection. Frequency response is rated at 50 Hz to 25 kHz for the R65 and 45 Hz to 25 kHz for the R80. An optional amplifier Standby function also helps conserve energy.

The PreSonus R65 and R80 join the manufacturer’s range of studio monitors alongside the new Eris E44 and E66 MTM monitors, launched recently. Both R-Series models are available immediately at PreSonus dealers for a US street price of $399.95 (UK £379) and $499.95 (£429), respectively.