PreSonus has unleashed the R65 and R80 active studio monitors, featuring a custom Air Motion Transformer (AMT) tweeter, which claims to deliver a fast transient response to provide detailed resolution. These biamped monitors contain Class D power amplifiers, with 100W RMS driving the woofer and 50W RMS driving the AMT tweeter. As with all PreSonus studio monitors, both models are equipped with the company’s Acoustic Tuning controls.
Both the R65 and R80 employ a 6.8-square-inch AMT tweeter and assert to offer wide lateral dispersion for a broad sweet spot, along with very narrow vertical dispersion, which helps reduce ceiling reflections that can muddy the sound. This helps to minimize 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 8-inch woofer.
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 4-position highpass filter makes it easy to integrate a subwoofer into your monitoring setup. Balanced XLR and 1/4″ TRS and unbalanced RCA input provide connectivity. Safety features include RF shielding, current-output limiting, over-temperature protection, and subsonic protection. Frequency response is reported to be 50 Hz to 25 kHz for the R65 and 45 Hz to 25 kHz for the R80. An optional amplifier Standby function helps conserve energy.
The PreSonus R65 and R80 are available now for $399.95 and $499.95, respectively.