PreSonus R80 monitor music gear review

Music Gear Review: PreSonus R65 & R80 Studio Monitors

PreSonus has the R65 and R80 (pictured) active studio monitor speakers that each come with a 6.8-square inch Air Motion Transformer (AMT) tweeter. Not a ribbon tweeter, its diaphragm is pleated and reproduces audio transients accurately for an increased level of detail and smooth resolution but without sounding overly bright.

The R65 has a 6.5-inch, coated Kevlar woofer, while the R80 comes with an 8-inch woofer. Both monitors feature twin Class-D power amplifiers: 100-watts RMS for the woofer and a separate 50-watts RMS amp driving the AMT tweeter. The R65 frequency response is rated at 50 Hz to 25 kHz while the R80 is rated 45 Hz to 25 kHz.

All PreSonus studio monitors are equipped with Acoustic Tuning controls that include: programmable Acoustic Space controls, an adjustable High Frequency driver level control, plus an adjustable High-Pass filter to set them to work with a separate sub woofer.

After trying them for weeks, I found the R80 to offer a lot for a monitor in its price range. For a home project studio, home theatre or as a near field reference monitor, you’ll be happy because they are easily adaptable to any room and look great!

The PreSonus R65 and R80 sell for $399.95 MAP and $499.95 MAP, respectively.


BARRY RUDOLPH is a recording engineer/mixer who has worked on over 30 gold and platinum records. He has recorded and/or mixed Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hall & Oates, Pat Benatar, Rod Stewart, the Corrs and more. Barry has his own futuristic music mixing facility and loves teaching audio engineering at Musician’s Institute, Hollywood, CA. He is a lifetime Grammy-voting member of NARAS and a contributing editor for Mix Magazinebarryrudolph.com