Product Comparison: PreSonus Eris E4.5 vs Mackie CR4

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General Specifications
Eris E4.5
About the Product
The Eris E4.5 media reference monitors deliver the same studio-quality sound and accurate frequency response professional Eris-series studio monitors.
Designed for premium sound that won't break the bank, CR Multimedia Monitors deliver the performance you expect from a Mackie studio monitor in designs ideal for home studios, multimedia creation, AV post-production and broadcast.
Key Specs
Number Of Speakers
Output Power
50 W
50 W
Driver Configuration
4.5" woofer, 1" tweeter
4" woofer, 0.75" tweeter
What customers say about "Key Specs"
PreSonus Eris E4.5 Active Studio Monitor Speakers (Pair)
  • The second Presonus speakers i have purchased so i am am well aware of the sound quality that these speakers produce.
  • The sound was great for the money; excellent flat for studio monitors.
  • These speakers are amazing, how rich sound they have! Most impressed is the bass hole on the front side instead of back, so that means no early reflections if you set them close to the wall.
  • The speakers sound is strong, well balanced and puchy. Both top and bottom ends are fairly weak, but I am comparing these to Beyerdynamic DT990 headphones.
  • The sound level left and right is not equal. Sitting in the middle of a triangle with correct angle of facing the slave speaker is quieter than the main powered one.
Mackie CR4 4 inch Monitor Speakers
  • The sound filled the whole house and reverberated pleasingly through the walls, which I hoped the neighbours would appreciate
  • I have used every other combination and nothing sounds anywhere near as good, full volume is exactly where it should be, no crackling
  • Love these speakers, for a small set up like mine they are perfect.
  • Very clean and articulated sound, plus striking looks and a nice, soft touch matte black finish make for a splendidly minimal product.
  • Any louder would be totally unnecessary for the size of the room. Clear sound and very decent bass.
  • They were bad, right up until they died, four months after they arrived.
Size & Weight
9.45 in.
8.8 in.
6.42 in.
6.1 in.
7.09 in.
7.3 in.
13 lbs.
12 lbs.
What customers say about "Size & Weight"
PreSonus Eris E4.5 Active Studio Monitor Speakers (Pair)
  • Nice and small to fit on my tiny desk
  • So far on the first day, seems to be overall a decent set of speakers. Well designed in general, seem well made and pretty solid overall.
  • Good compact size for a micro home studio and wit decent connection options. I like them.
  • Pretty impressive units for size and cost. Highly recommended.
  • Will not fill a large room with music, i.e. not a proper hi-fi speaker replacement
Mackie CR4 4 inch Monitor Speakers
  • These speakers are green-themed with a green power on led and green accents.
  • They look fantastic with the green accents around the speakers.
  • They are weighty, which makes me feel like they are a high quality product.
  • As a bonus, the green on them matches the turntable itself, which gives the illusion that the whole setup was a well-thought out investment, rather than purchased on a spontaneous whim.
  • Well done whoever you are that made these speakers with funny green circles, second rate name and dancing man logo.
Min. Frequency Response
70 Hz
70 Hz
Max. Frequency Response
20 kHz
20 kHz
Input Impendance
10 kOhm
10 kOhm
100 dB
100 dB
What customers say about "Audio"
PreSonus Eris E4.5 Active Studio Monitor Speakers (Pair)
  • Great sound: transparent / flat, good stereo-imaging
  • Everything I wanted in a miniature monitor is basically provided: sounds pop out of the speakers in a three-dimensional way, there is crisp and clean treble, clear and realistic mid-range, and a very reasonable amount of bass for the size.
  • The sounds good in any frequency and the price is sensational. The reason I give three stars is because of the issues I've had.
  • They produce a wonderful full sound. No need for a sub when i use them for my extra tv.
  • Lower frequencies not represented (only goes down to 70hz)
Mackie CR4 4 inch Monitor Speakers
  • Im no audiofile but they Sound very full nice bass and clear clarity
  • The overal sound reproduction is relatively good for the size and the price.
  • I love how flat these sound, the mids, and highs help me reduce the hums and hiss I could not hear before, the sound is no longer muddy
  • The stereo field is well defined, the sound balanced and detailed.
  • I'm a Video Editor and from when I turned these on they were excellent, with a good Depth & Range.
  • These speakers sound pretty good when they work, but they have a hardware flaw which will cause them to stop working after a year or so.
Enclosure Material
Vinyl-laminated, medium-density fiberboard
Cabinet Type
AUX, Phones, Unbalanced RCA, Balanced TRS, 2 x Spring clip
2x Unbalanced RCA, 2x Balanced TRS, AUX
Magnetic Shielding
Volume, HF level adjust, LF level adjust, Low Cut, Acoustic Space
Volume, Power Speaker Select
RF interference, Output-current limiting, Turn-on/off transient, Front-firing acoustic port, Optimized, resonance-suppressing internal bracing
Silk dome tweeter, Polypropylene-coated woofer, Ultra-wide frequency range, Bluetooth enabled
What customers say about "Features"
PreSonus Eris E4.5 Active Studio Monitor Speakers (Pair)
  • Acoustic tuning options on the rear to allow you to tune the speaker to its environment
  • Adjustments for sound delivery; to tune to your taste.
  • Bass is pretty well controlled and tight, treble sparkly and detailed, and the mids clear and defined.
  • Not completely shielded and so can pick up interference
  • The supplied cables are poor quality though. I had a few compatible power cables lying around otherwise would have had to buy a decent UK type.
Mackie CR4 4 inch Monitor Speakers
  • Also just chilling hooking up to the Bluetooth was great... and the easily accessible aux in and headphone slot at the front I liked
  • They sound good and multiple inputs mean several devices can be used simultaniously
  • You can connect your phone and watch youtube via youtube and edit video same time. You can hear the sound from both devices. The Bluetooth is easy to set up.
  • The quality is only improved by the isolation pads that are included in the box, shows the company really wants you to get the best from these speakers.
  • IF you are connected to another device via cables aswell as bluetooth, it will play from both sources at once.
  • Where things aren't so good is that the build quality of the speak cable connectors is very poor.
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year(s)
1 year(s)
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