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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: 16.2 pounds
  • 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 (569 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,333 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: May 16, 2011

Product Description

Product Description

Avid Technology AV 40 2.0 Speaker System 9900-65140-00 Multimedia Speakers

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

Customer Reviews

These would be great for a home studio on a budget.
Speakers worked well for the first 3 months but then one channel went dead, now looking for new speakers with more stamina.
The Bass hits so deep, even when I turn it down low, and the Treble is so crystal clear that it sounds like surround sound.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

305 of 333 people found the following review helpful By Curious Reader on August 28, 2011
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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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168 of 184 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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134 of 151 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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