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M-Audio Studiophile AV 40 Active Studio Monitor Speakers

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  • 4-inch polypropylene-coated woofers - tight, accurate bass
  • 1-inch ferrofluid-cooled silk dome tweeters - clear, smooth highs
  • OptImage III tweeter wave guides - precision imaging for a balanced stereo field
  • 20-watt-per-channel amplifier with Class A/B architecture - professional design and fidelity
  • Magnetic shielding - reduces interference with other equipment, perfect for multimedia and video work
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 6 x 8.8 inches ; 14 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 19 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B0051WAM64
  • Item model number: 9900-65140-00
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (474 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #175 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: May 16, 2011

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

Monitor Speakers for Professional-Quality Media Creation

It's widely known that M-Audio studio speakers are music industry bestsellers*. The accurate sound they provide allows you to go beyond simply enjoying music and videos—to creating your own. And now the Studiophile AV 40 studio monitors bring this same professional legacy to your home. Unlike plastic multimedia speakers, AV 40s use technology that's trusted by top musicians, engineers, and composers: premium woofer and tweeter components for rich lows and crystal-clear highs; waveguides for clarity, detail, and a wider "sweet spot"; and wooden cabinets for tight, punchy sound. They're perfect for creating all kinds of media—and also let you get the most out of your CDs, MP3s, DVDs, and games.

* MI SalesTrak: The M-Audio BX Deluxe series are the best-selling monitors in their class in the United States (September 2009 - March 2010).

M-Audio AV 40 at a Glance:
  • 4" polypropylene-coated woofers—tight, accurate bass
  • 1" ferrofluid-cooled silk dome tweeters—clear, smooth highs
  • OptImage III tweeter wave guides—precision imaging for a balanced stereo field
  • 20-watt-per-channel amplifier with Class A/B architecture—professional design and fidelity
  • Magnetic shielding—reduces interference with other equipment, perfect for multimedia and video work
Get the Studio Monitor Technology Top Professionals Trust

AV 40s use proven M-Audio technology to deliver full-range sound, from crystal-clear highs, to deep, rich bass tones. They're perfect for creating and enjoying all kinds of media.

Professional Components for Superior Results

We build the AV 40s with the same quality materials and precision electronics as our acclaimed M-Audio professional studio speakers. The audiophile-grade Class A/B amplifier architecture, ferrofluid-cooled silk dome tweeters, polypropylene-coated woofers, and dense wooden enclosures add up to big, defined sound that defies the speakers' compact size.

Clear, Cohesive Sound

The AV 40 speakers use proprietary OptImage wave guide technology—originally developed for the entire professional M-Audio speaker line—to deliver superior clarity and detail. Each speaker also features a precision-engineered crossover, which ensures that the sound emanating from the low-frequency driver will blend seamlessly with the sound from the high-frequency driver—so those deep lows transition smoothly into crystal-clear highs.

Extended Low End

If you crave bass, the AV 40s have you covered. With wooden cabinets and bass reflex design, the AV 40s kick out serious low frequencies—perfect for producing hip-hop and electronic music, or enjoying your favorite CDs, MP3s, DVDs, and games.

Magnetically Shielded for Desktop Use

Many speakers emit stray magnetic flux that can wreak havoc with your computer's video monitor or a nearby TV. The AV 40s are magnetically shielded, so they can coexist with other equipment without interference. Put them next to your computer screen and create with confidence.

Full Features Overview
  • 4" polypropylene-coated woofers for tight, accurate bass
  • 1" ferrofluid-cooled silk dome tweeters for clear, pristine highs
  • OptImage III tweeter wave guides for superior imaging and detail
  • 20-watt-per-channel amplifier with Class A/B architecture
  • Magnetic shielding for use near computer video monitors
  • Back-panel 1/4" TRS balanced and RCA unbalanced inputs for connecting gaming systems, DJ gear, mixers, amplifiers, instruments, and more
  • Front-panel 1/8" stereo auxiliary input for connecting your laptop or desktop computer, MP3 player, or other audio sources
  • Front-panel 1/8" headphone output for connecting headphones
  • Front-panel volume control
  • Wood cabinet with bass reflex port design for deep, rich sound
  • Type: two-way desktop reference speaker
  • Low-frequency driver: 4" diam., polypropylene-coated, magnetically shielded with high-temperature voice coil
  • High-frequency driver: 1" diam., magnetically shielded silk cone tweeter
  • Frequency response: 85 Hz – 20 kHz
  • Crossover frequency: 2.7 kHz
  • RMS SPL: 101.5 dB @ 1 meter
  • Signal-to-noise ratio: > 90 dB (typical, A-weighted)
  • Input connectors: left and right RCA line input, left and right ¼" TRS input, and ⅛" aux input
  • Polarity: positive signal at "+" input produces outward low-frequency cone displacement
  • Dynamic power: 15 watts continuous, per channel into 4 Ω
  • Input impedance: 10k Ω unbalanced, 20k Ω balanced
  • Input sensitivity: 100 mV pink noise input produces 90 dBA output SPL at 1 meter with vol. control at max.
  • Protection: RF interference, output current limiting, over temperature, turn on/off transient, subsonic filter
  • Indicator: blue power LED ring around volume knob on front panel
  • Power requirements: 100-120V/~50/60Hz, 220-240V/~50/60Hz
  • Cabinet: vinyl-laminated MDF
What's in the Box?
  • (2) AV 40 Monitors
  • Speaker Interconnect Cable
  • 4' ⅛"-to-Stereo RCA Cable
  • 4' ⅛"-to-⅛" Auxiliary Cable
  • User Guide
M-Audio Studiophile Monitor Comparison AV 30 AV 40
Type Nearfield studio monitor Nearfield studio monitor
Low-Frequency Driver Size 3 inches 4 inches
High-Frequency Driver Size 1 inch 1 inch
RCA Inputs X X
1/8-inch Auxiliary Input X X
1/8-inch Headphone Output X X
Volume Control X X
Frequency Response (Hz) 90-20,000 85-22,000
Max SPL (dB @ 1 meter) 101.5 101.5
Dimensions (HxWxD) 7.9 x 5.3 x 6.3 8.75 x 6 x 7.25
Weight (total lbs) 11.7 14

Product Description

M-Audio Studiophile AV40 4" Studio MonM-Audio Studiophile AV40 Speakers - Pair - deliver the same provenM-Audio technology favored by top producers, recording engineers and musicians around the world. Custom cabinets with dense wood construction delivermore accurate bass response than you could ever get from plastic multimedia speakers -- the perfect solution for traveling musicians or anyone who wants top-notch sound from their desktop multimediasystem.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Overall, I…There's plenty of separation, and yet the sound is rich and full bodied, good for listening to music from a computer or MP3 orproducing music or video projects. Read more ›
I use them everyday as a video editor and I'm very particular about my audio. The sound is crisp, with wide range, and good power in the bass without being punchy. I used a… Read more ›
Very nice speakers. No high frequencies but overall sound is good. Read more ›
now i want a pair.....they are super easy to connect to most apple products.....sound quality is very good and this is enough wording now. Read more ›
Couldn't be more impressed with the speakers. Extraordinary sound, excellent look, easy hook up. The speakers were a little larger in size than I anticipated. Read more ›
The sound is fantastic, but fantastic sound doesn't do any good after the speaker breaks. Read more ›
Doesn't feel cheap. For the price, these are the best. Read more ›
I think of these as prosumer quality speakers, if you are serious about making or playing music these are a great choice and the price is excellent. These are heavy… Read more ›
If you are like me, new in music production, in learning process I recommend you those speakers. Price is really good. But keep in mind in the future you will have to… Read more ›
Am happy with my new speakers, got them deliver on time. for this price this is good deal, try them. Read more ›
While they are steep, these speakers are incredible. The quality is unmatched for this price point. Read more ›
Awesome monitors for mixing, at a decent price. Nice, even tone, nothing hyped, crucial for mixing music that will sound good on most devices. Read more ›
Without a dedicated woofer, these speakers don't deliver big, teeth-rattling bass, but the bass is solid and accurate. Lower-quality subwoofers will have a tendency to turn… Read more ›
This is where these shine, the speakers i replaced (satellite with a subwoofer) were great at putting out bass, but at low levels the music/speech was hard to hear and not… Read more ›
I unboxed them and was totally blown away. The range is great, the bass is great (and I have bass boost off), and they sound accurate to my ears. Unlike the Bose Companion… Read more ›
Something like dance and rap music look elsewhere. While the Bass is Solid these speakers are more mid and high range. Everything comes out crisp and clear and for me being… Read more ›
Very clear and crisp, although i recommend you order a sub with it because the bass is very low and sometimes it seems non-existent. But this, along with a sub, is a… Read more ›
I can't speak to longevity but I am already pleased. The bass is lacking but M-Audio, which I believe is owned by Avid, has an array of speakers that also include a sub. Read more ›
I was surprised on how small they actually are, I assumed they were bigger based on online…The LED on the volume button is great for at night or just in general to use. T… Read more ›
The blue light on the volume control fades up and down with the volume, which is a nice touch. Read more ›
That was better. But, it had an auto-off and was constantly turning off if the volume was too low. After a while I just turned it off. Read more ›
Nice input selection. Volume knob doesn't feel cheap. Read more ›
I compared these with the Bose Companion 20's and while M-Audio has an overall better soundstage they lack in the bass area and at lower volumes offer very little. I… Read more ›
These speakers put out a nice loud sound for their small size. In my opinion, unless you want to spend several hundred dollars on a speaker setup, you can't go wrong with… Read more ›
was able to produce WAY more low-end than these speakers. That being said, the mid-highs are great on these speakers! Being an audio-quality nut, I am very impressed at… Read more ›
However, the games wouldnt even breath if it wasnt for this exceptional pair of Speakers. The highs are crisp at all volumes and not shrill at all. The mids spread… Read more ›
These speakers sounded great after a…Stage was pretty good, high frequencies were clear but not to bright/crisp and the bass had a good presence without being overwhelming. Read more ›
These are far…As far as sound goes, bass, mids, and treble are all well balanced, and I found the bass to be surprisingly solid given the relatively small speaker size. A… Read more ›
These Studio Monitors sound good, the mids and highs are good, but there is very very minimal low end power. Most mixes come out with very loud kicks and 808s pounding and… Read more ›
To call them monitors is going too far. The treble is smooth with reasonable extension and good dispersion. The 4" lower driver is veiled. Read more ›
I Love this speakers !!!!, They are small but pack a big punch !!! Easy to setup and they just perform nicely ! Read more ›
perfect size and the sound quality is awesome. was very easy to hook up and made my mixing much easier to do. i did not know how much i was missing only using headphones. Read more ›
Does not ground, so no loop from dirt power. Easy to setup. Read more ›
Turns out, I love them. For those of you who really want some nice speakers to hook up and use while you make beats, dj, or listen to music, these are perfect. They come… Read more ›
They are loud, sound good and look cool. The box contains all the cables you need and they are very easy to hook up. Read more ›
Pro: easy to install excellent sound Read more ›
Lows are like butter, punchy & round, full. The mids are good. The highs are exceptionally clear & balanced. Read more ›
The mids are so clear and crisp--it makes me so happy. I just plugged them in, put on a favorite tune, and smiled. Read more ›
I bought these powered speakers for…I've also used these speakers with my ham radio gear and they have excellent midrange articulation for trying to listen to human speech. Read more ›
I can hear all sorts of nuances in music that before I completely missed. The highs are nice and crisp and the mids are tight and punchy. The bass at times seems a bit… Read more ›
These monitors are clean, powerful, smooth and uncolored for the most part. For a hundred bucks a pair, you do have to look past a few weaknesses in the midrange. I've had… Read more ›
They get plenty loud for a room and could provide an apartment with sound. High-end is clear, mids are clear, and mid-bass is solid. Good sound, good price, would get them… Read more ›
Bass is lacking a bit but that is not unexpected since there is no woofer. I use them to watch movies off of my office computer so the "medium" size is a plus. They… Read more ›
Great for listening, but I would use something more…Frequency sounds flat to me to about 65Hz, but I get useful output until ~50Hz, which for their size is not bad. See… Read more ›
For their price and size, they work great! I use them in a small home studio as a reference for my keyboard and some vocals. Read more ›
The speakers reproduce guitar frequencies just like a guitar amp (no scratchy highs).But I…So I can play my guitar and sing into my PA and both sound full sized...amazing. Read more ›
I got these about 3 years ago and was pleased. They sound good for the size and I liked the simple styling (except for the blue eyeball on the volume knob). Then they… Read more ›
These fine speakers fine tuned my son's music quality. They are in excellent condition & a good size for recording area. Read more ›
And the on and off switch being on the back is just kind of a weird design choice. It doesn't bother me that much but it is obviously less convenient then it being on the… Read more ›
The best sound I have heard for computer speakers. Thanks for a great design job guy DHD Read more ›
Top quality sound! And it has a nice sleek design. Glad I bought these, worth every penny Read more ›
I've always liked M Audio and these monitors lived up to every expectation. Light, compact and very nicely designed, you will hear everything you need to hear when mixing. A… Read more ›
I ordered these M Audio Monitor speakers and they are far superior than your…These are a solid design and build, weigh about 8lbs and seem to have a very sturdy feel. T… Read more ›
There is an…These are more like fancy PC speakers (in terms of sound, as well as design) than anything else - and that is totally fine - if that's what you're looking for. Read more ›
M-Audio relies on the image of Avid and Protools and astonishingly gets by not just crappy quality control issues but major defects that has made my third M-Audio speakers… Read more ›
They are well built with separate…After spending a little time tweaking my equalizer (iTunes), they really sing quite nicely (final equalizer settings listed below). NO… Read more ›
Ordering a second pair for second studio. Nice full sound, easily controlled, not too big or heavy for a floating shelf. Read more ›
The speakers use standard speaker cable to link between them which is…There is a large volume dial on the front of the left speaker which provides easy volume control. T… Read more ›
I was replacing…These speakers sound ok up to half volume, they begin to distort & crackle at any setting past halfway & on some songs they distort at even lower settings. Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

281 of 305 people found the following review helpful By Curious Reader on August 28, 2011
Verified Purchase
I'm using these as computer speakers for
Pandora, mp3s and DAW software;
and I am enjoying the sound quality.

For the sake of informing potential buyers,
I'll say:

With a 'normal' at home computer set-up,
these are very large compared to
'normal' computer speakers,
so keep that in mind.
It's the trade off for superior sound,
and not needing a sub-woofer,
or a large box shaped
power adapter plug spanning 2-3 outlets.
These have a basic electrical plug (like a table lamp).

I have these speakers pointing straight ahead,
with the tops of them around heart level,
and they sound fine.
However, it is recommended by M-Audio
that you have them at ear level,
and angled to make an equilateral triangle with your head.
I would say it's good advice, if you can pull that off.

The main speaker with the connections / volume is the left speaker.

You have two options for connecting these speakers
with your computer.
The standard 3.5mm to 3.5mm cable,
which plugs into 'Aux in' on the front of the left speaker;
or 3.5mm to RCA which plugs into the back of the left speaker.
Both cables are included.

If your computer room gets hot
you might want to turn these off
when you don't need them;
because the left speaker produces a noticeable
amount of heat from the back,
after being on for hours.
Honestly, it's the same amount
that those big box power adapters
emit; the only difference is that it's coming
from the location of your speaker.

== Update ==

The right speaker stopped producing sound,
on 9/21/2012, a little over a year after purchase.
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145 of 158 people found the following review helpful By Matthew J. Gavin on December 13, 2011
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My buddy has a pair of M Audio AV 30's, and whenever I would go to his house, I would think, dang, I wish my music sounded like that. Flat. Smooth. Not kicking up the bass, not distorting at moderately loud volumes. It just sounds good. It doesn't hurt your ears. It's a pleasure, like looking at a beautiful painting, when you listen to good music through good speakers. These are built for mastering music in a studio, but as far as studio monitors go, they're dirt cheap. Most professionals have something nicer than these, but as someone who only listens to music, with a budget, these are loads better than most computer speakers you'll find at best buy or whatever.

So, what the heck I thought, the AV 40's are ten dollars more, I'll go with those. They just came in today and I'm very happy with them. I have an Audio Technica ATLP 120 USB vinyl turntable currently playing Sigur Ros' album Inni, and everything is crystal clear. At low volumes, you can still make out detail. At high volumes, there's no distortion (until you crank it up to the very max... but nothing's built for that, really). Upgrading from a cheapo sony boombox to this is like night and day.

This isn't for you if you need something to fill an entire living room. I'm in a dorm room and it's great for that.

This isn't going to rattle the floors with bass and get the ladies to remove articles of clothing to little wayne. This isn't built for that, and you'll be disappointed when this doesn't have disproportionate thumpability or the ability to tweak EQ settings. Everything sounds flat. The vocals get the same attention to detail that the drums, guitar, and flute do.

This is self powered, which means you don't need an outside amp or receiver in order to make these things make noise, which is good.
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122 of 138 people found the following review helpful By James Fenton on September 23, 2011
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This should be a good help to those with questions.

Having spent a full week researching desktop speakers to replace my old 5.1 Altec Lansing 2001 solution I decided upon the M-Audio Studiophile AV40s. The competition was a variety of Bose speakers promoted in a few trips to the local Best Buy store. I in fact bought one of the first Bose cube speaker systems in the early 80's, I considered strongly the Audioengine A2 offering. I had set a $200 soft target. The reviews for the AV40 exceeded that for other systems I considered. I have a few different systems in the house from a relatively recent home theater to a vintage stereo set up. The majority of my music has been converted to the FLAC format and I wanted a clear true sound that imaged well. This is a lot to expect for $200 speakers. I also hope to become a Spotify user but am yet to receive an invite. I use MOG and Napster also. As I was ready to check out for the $149 AV40's what should appear on my screen but the following:

There is a newer model of this item:
M-Audio Studiophile AV40 Powered Monitor Speakers M-Audio Studiophile AV40 Powered Monitor Speakers 4.5 out of 5 stars (22)

What did this mean? Was I buying "obsolete" speakers. Were these "newer" speakers updated/better/more options/what? I went to the M-Audio web page and there was no mention of a "newer" model.
I held off the buy. In some web postings a MK II version of the AV30 was mentioned. Was this "newer" offering a MK II version of the AV40? Amazon did not mention this in the offering. Then a few postings from recent AV40 buyers mentioned that their new Amazon AV 40s did not have the bass boost option and 15 watt amps instead of the AV's 20 watt amps.
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