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  • 4-inch polypropylene-coated woofers
  • 3/4-inch ferrofluid-cooled silk dome tweeters
  • OptImage III tweeter wave guides for superior imaging
  • 20-watt-per-channel amplifier with Class A/B architecture
  • Magnetic shielding
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 6 x 8.8 inches ; 14 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 20 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.
  • Item model number: 9900 52155-00
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (459 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,148 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 2, 2001

Product Description


The compact Studiophile AV 40 powered speakers deliver the same proven M-Audio technology favored by top producers, recording engineers and musicians around the world. The combination of 4-inch polypropylene-coated drivers and 3/4-inch ferrofluid-cooled silk dome tweeters provides punchy lows, crisp highs and a balanced, uncolored response. Custom cabinets with dense wood construction deliver more accurate bass response than you could ever get from plastic multimedia speakers. And for the highest possible fidelity, the Studiophile AV 40 speakers also feature OptImage III wave-guide technology and a 20 watt-per-channel internal amplifier that utilizes Class A/B architecture. The Studiophile AV 40 reference monitors are the perfect solution for traveling musicians or anyone who wants top-notch sound from their desktop multimedia system.

A perfect solution for traveling musicians or anyone who wants top-notch sound from their desktop multimedia system. Click to enlarge.

Convenient front auxiliary input and phones jack.

Rear features balanced quarter inch and RCA inputs, along with bass boost switch for low-end enhancement. Click to enlarge.

Studiophile AV 40 Compact Desktop Speaker System

Professional Components--Professional Results
The Studiophile AV 40 monitors are designed with the same quality materials and internal electronics that are used in M-Audio's acclaimed professional monitors. You'll find features like audiophile-grade Class A/B amplifier architecture and balanced 1/4-inch TRS inputs in addition to RCAs. It all adds up to a big sound that belies the speakers' small size. With the Studiophile AV 40s, you don't have to give up professional-grade fidelity to enjoy the ease and mobility of a compact speaker system.

Extended Low End
If you require extra bass response, the Studiophile AV 40 speakers have you covered. MDF wooden cabinets, bass reflex design and an integrated bass boost switch let the Studiophile AV 40s crank out plenty of low end--perfect for urban/dance music, DVDs and more.

OptImage III Technology
M-Audio's proprietary OptImage III wave guide improves overall detail and clarity while minimizing sound issues that can plague other compact monitors. The system works by improving the overall efficiency of the tweeter as well as time-aligning the drivers. This ensures that the audio from each driver reaches the listener at the same time, guaranteeing precise stereo imaging and accurate response.

Magnetically Shielded for Desktop Use
Unchecked, all speakers emit electromagnetic waves that can wreak havoc with your computer's video monitor or a nearby TV. The Studiophile AV 40 speakers are magnetically shielded so that all of your electronic equipment can coexist on your desktop without interference.

AV 40 Specs

  • Type: Two-way desktop reference monitor
  • Low-frequency Driver: 4" diameter, magnetically shielded and curved cone with high-temperature voice coil
  • High-frequency Driver: 1" diameter, magnetically shielded silk dome tweeter
  • Frequency Response: 85Hz - 20kHz
  • Crossover Frequency: 2.7kHz
  • RMS SPL: 101.5dB @ 1 meter
  • Signal-to-Noise Ratio: > 90dB (typical, A-weighted)
  • Input Connectors: Left and right RCA line input, left and right 1/4" TRS input and 1/8" aux input
  • Polarity: Positive signal at "+" input produces outward low-frequency cone displacement
  • Dynamic Power: 20 watts continuous, per channel into 4 Ω
  • Input Impedance: 10 k Ω unbalanced, 20 k Ω balanced
  • Input Sensitivity: 100 mV pink noise input produces 90dBA output SPL at 1 meter with volume control at maximum
  • 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; powered via detachable 2-conductor line cord
  • Cabinet: Vinyl-laminated MDF
  • Dimensions: 8.75" (H) x 6" (W) x 7.25" (D)
  • Weight: 14 lbs./6.34 kg

What's in the Box
Pair of AV 40 Monitors, Two Power Cables, 1/8-Inch Mini-to-RCA cable, 1/8-Inch Auxiliary Cable, Bare Wire Cable for Speaker Connection, Two Traction Pads, User's Manual.

Product Description

The M Audio Studiophile AV40 monitors have changed the world of recording for the traveling studio producer and engineer. The ability to offer professional studio grade monitors at an affordable price has been overtaken by M Audio. Custom Vinyl-Laminate MDF enclosures offer a bass reflex design combined with the polypropylene-coated 4 inch drivers, you get the low end you need. The 3/4 inch ferrofluid-cooled silk dome tweeters provide unmatched clarity for the price allowing you to hear everything. The Studiophile AV 40 monitors also feature OptImage III wave-guide technology and a 20 watt-per-channel internal amplifier that utilizes Class A/B architecture. The perfect companion for traveling musicians. M Audio Studiophile AV40 Features 4 inch polypropylene-coated woofers 3/4 inch ferrofluid-cooled silk dome tweeters OptImage III tweeter wave guides for superior imaging 20-watt-per-channel amplifier with Class A/B architecture magnetic shielding 1/4 inch TRS balanced and RCA unbalanced inputs 1/8 inch headphone output 1/8 inch stereo auxiliary input front-panel volume control rear-panel on/off control bass boost control MDF cabinet with bass reflex port design

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Customer Reviews

Then, I…When I came back, they output a constant buzzing sound which has been well documented by many other dissatisfied buyers of this useless piece of audio equipment. Read more ›
I called the manufacturer and got a replacement set within a week. I'm not audiophile but to me the sound quality is powerful and clear. They're a very attractive set. Read more ›
The sound quality is great. came to these after my klipsch 5.1 speakers quit working. the 2.0 system is much space efficient and the sound quality you get from these is… Read more ›
These babies pack professional quality sound. No one can believe these desktop speakers--the sound is so crisp across all ranges. I bought them as an Xmas present Read more ›
I bought these monitors as an upgrade to my rickety old computer speakers, both for media and for music…They have exceeded all my expectations, the sound is exceptional. Read more ›
It's too bulky and there's no sleep mode. The sound is decent but overall there are better out there for under $200. Read more ›
Let me start by saying this set of monitors are probably one of the best computer monitors…The bass was decent, considering that it doesn't come with a dedicated woofer. Read more ›
They have excellent stereo imaging (the reviewer who says otherwise needs his or her…The lows are full and tight, highs are crisp and avoid sibilance very, very nicely. Read more ›
I realize the z5500 sub isn't that great compared to an actual stand alone sub but I wanted to keep my 5.1 intact for games and movies and personally I don't really care… Read more ›
The sound quality is superb and the bass is amazing for speakers this size. However, I wouldn' really consider them as PC speakers unless you have some room. Read more ›
Listenable volume level, undistorted, could never reach anything resembling a heartily satisfactory level. At all levels, bass is, understandably, lacking. These can, in no… Read more ›
+ Definitely higher quality sound than expected at this price range + Bass is full + Bass boost switch for low volume listening Read more ›
These are the best computer speakers that I have ever had, and I have had a few over the last twenty years. The price is very reasonable considering the sound. Read more ›
there has been no symptoms of any kind. Highly recommend and a good value. (retired electronics technician) Read more ›
I wouldn't say they'd replace a real stereo system, but if you need something that sounds good for the price they're worth it.. They are a little speedy but they kick and… Read more ›
Good value if you can snag a decent price (I got them on a Woot sale). Read more ›
3) These speakers are more or less best in…4) They have gone on sale for as little as $119.99, so if you are a penny pincher you may benefit from waiting for a lower price. Read more ›
1. These speakers do sound nice for the price point. I was using them with My PC, and enjoyed not having a sub taking up space below my desk. Read more ›
2) The blue light around the volume knob is brighter than it really needs to be. Read more ›
Recommendation, sadly not that much, volume knob is not simple annoyance, its ongoing experience, and its not worth it, but if you have all the patience in the world,… Read more ›
As other have said, these are…The volume knob doesn't function as a power switch because that would mean re-adjusting the volume every time one turned on the speakers. N… Read more ›
Like many electronic products nowadays, the blue LED light on the volume knob is a nice touch and reference point for knowing that the power is currently ON, lest you… Read more ›
Quality control. I believe my right speaker is louder than the left one if the volume is really low and then after that the left speaker is louder than the right. Sometimes… Read more ›
Plug-in the…The volume is so full, loud, and detailed that now I don't know if I'm going to spend $350 on the Sierra Sound IN Studio 5.0 to play my iPod in the living room. Read more ›
My wife has the HK soundsticks on her pc and except for the deep bass achieved with the…The highs are more clear and crisp and the bass response is totally acceptable. T… Read more ›
I use these for music production and you can actually hear the different frequencies and color of your basses as opposed to them all…The highs are very crisp and sharp. H… Read more ›
They Highs are crisp and the Lows are rich, and you can hear things in music you havnt heard before. they speakers are perfectly equalized and balanced, little equalization… Read more ›
I can't wait to try these out with a good source. Mids and highs are just gorgeous, lows are accurate down to what the driver is able to deliver. If you're looking for… Read more ›
They sound fantastic! Bass is great, and highs and mid-range are clear. Read more ›
To start on a positive note- The AV40's have nice highs and strong mids, and very good stereo imaging, but only if you elevate them so that the tweeters are at the same… Read more ›
Right out of the box, you will notice the punchy bass and clear…The mids are nice too, but after a few hours of breaking the speakers in, the mids will be even better! I… Read more ›
I could immediately tell the difference…The highs and mids were so beautifully rendered and the lows, I could not believe the lows I heard from a set of 4 inch woofers. G… Read more ›
Once the AV-40's arrived, I placed these on my desktop on either side of my…Highs and midrange were nice and clear but the bass was sometimes boomy, sometimes lacking. I… Read more ›
I bought…The Logitechs I owned for years and they are a great 2.1 system but the midrange is lacking a bit and they sound a little muddier than these M-Audio beauties. T… Read more ›
Sound is quite good for speakers of this size. Highs and mids are great. Bass is a bit heavy and muddy, but this is probably what a lot of people are looking for. Read more ›
Still, the AV40s can get your work sounding pretty inspiring thanks to the bass-in-your-face that we all love, and thanks to solid mids and trebles, especially compared to… Read more ›
However, if you mostly use your PC in one location, desk space is not an issue, and you want really good sound, these…Setup was simple, just plug them in and turn them on. Read more ›
I cant tell you how impressed I am with the sound these speakers produce from my MacPro, setup was quick and easy and the sound is rich at the high's and low's. I am very… Read more ›
It was great, I am a fan of the weight because to me they feel extremely…Set up was extremely easy because the speakers had all the necessary wires to connect to my PC. T… Read more ›
Great monitors if you're on a budget, perfect for home recording. Well made, easy to hook up, great product! Read more ›
Great buy! - Easy to setup - Great mid-range Read more ›
They look good, sound good, and they arrived well packaged and with comprehensive user manuals. Easy to hook up in about 5 minutes. They are fairly large and heavy, but I… Read more ›
The first thing I noticed about these speakers is how…The speakers themselves are of very good build quality and are quite heavy for their size, which is a good thing. B… Read more ›
Multiple ways to connect devices. Sound great for the size, but do lack bass "punch" which is perfectly acceptable for the price/size/output. Overall sound… Read more ›
My theory is that as the amp heats up it brings together two points that shouldn't touch. Very disappointing as these were the perfect size for my listening space. Fortunate… Read more ›
I guess they are a little…I wanted these as audio monitors for my video editing hobby and find them the perfect size alongside my computer screen - they look amazing! Read more ›
Other than the cheap wires and size of these speakers, they sound great for the price. Read more ›
They can get loud and I mean loud for such a small set! No complaints here, they work perfect for the size room I am working with. Would recommend to anyone starting out or… Read more ›
>Great for music or gaming. >It's design is simple and stylish. Read more ›
Clearly, these aren't your buddy's…The design itself is extremely professional and understated, though I can see how some users might be turned off by the footprint. Ho… Read more ›
Vibration something not normally associated with computer speakers - which these really aren't. I'd call them excellent bookshelf speakers designed to use with a computer. Read more ›
Plenty of inputs made these easy to hook up to my macbook. Overall, solid product design. Read more ›
Zero. This is clearly a design defect, probably having something to do with their power supply, which is contained in the left speaker cabinet. Read more ›
I…The sound seems to be relatively balanced, which is ideal for studio monitors, and as an added bonus the speakers are very well designed and aesthetically pleasing. I… Read more ›
They produce clear, clean sound with my Asus STX soundcard for music and gaming. The AV40's do produce good bass with the bass boost settings which is both good and bad. If… Read more ›
They're around $80 for a pair and fit the AV40's perfectly. They're also simple to adjust to the optimum height for listening. Read more ›
Maybe because this is made in china? China has low quality check control that will results to many lemon products. Read more ›
This is vs. about 50 watts for my previous stereo receiver, which is a bulky, user-unfreindly piece of trash (although a remote control is nice, its not necessary: set… Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

529 of 553 people found the following review helpful By Severian TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 25, 2007
My old Logitech Z-560 developed a short in it creating nasty crackling noises over one channel. The Z560 was a rare beast, a $140 400 watt 4.1 monster that Logitech built to really high standards to create a strong foot forward into the PC speaker market. Sadly, their quality has declined since then, and their current offerings are cheaply made, sound far worse with music than the 560s, and have even fuzzier and more overwhelming bass than the 560 did (the systems one flaw). I decided to try 2.0 systems to see if I could get good PC sound without the added failure risk of a high powered sub and the muddiness that all that extra bass and clumsy frequency transitions between sats and sub causes...

My findings, from worst to best:

Logitech Z-10: 30 watts. Looks good, costs a lot, $150, list. Sounds dreadful. Despite having a largish 3" woofer, and a 1" tweeter, the Z-10 seems to be doing a lot of signal processing of music and the soundstage sounds compressed and artificial. Changing bass and treble makes things worse, and your music will sound different (and worse) on these speakers than it would normally. The touch controls and LCD screen are useless pricy gimmicks that increase chance of failure and add weight and cost to the system. Who in the world needs to see the name of the track playing on the bottom of the speaker? Anyway, these are a disappointment, with the worst sound and tied for the highest price. The speakers are heavy and well made, very stylish, though easily smudged with the reflective black surface on the front of the speaker. Logitech needs to redo these, silly gadgets and useless feature are tolerable, bad sound however is always a deal-breaker. Two stars, for style and build quality.

Klipsch ProMedia 2.0: Also 30 watts.
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144 of 158 people found the following review helpful By MassiveAttack on December 31, 2008
Until I used these speakers, I thought that speaker "break-in" was just certain audiophiles' way of justifying a speaker purchase. The speakers didn't actually get better, their ears just adjusted to them, right? Boy, was I wrong.

I purchased the M-Audio AV 40 after reading the umpteen quadrillion 5-star reviews plastered all over the internet, and after having sworn off bloated, sloppy subwoofers forever. I eagerly awaited the arrival from Amazon (four business days, not bad!), and when they came I was so excited I could barely hook them up. However, this was followed by an extremely hollow and anti-climactic sound. I was crushed! Rather than packing them for resale, I recalled some other reviewers' advice on breaking them in. I skeptically continued by leaving them juiced them for the better part of a day, and I was rewarded with the title of this review - Punchy low end, unreal crispness in the higher frequencies, and VERY well-pronounced mids.

A lot of people consider music to be low and high end, childishly embellishing both ends of the spectrum. That's fine, as I'm not the Taste Police, but sooo much music is lost, 'smeared', or just drowned like that. Most of your music lives in the mids, and that is clearly evidenced by the outstanding reproduction of the M Audios. I'm hearing subtle nuances I've never heard before, like fingers on frets, breath, and a ton of other sounds previously washed over by my typically consumer-level 2.1 system (Klipsch).

'Punchy' lows are hard to describe until you hear it for yourself. They are clean, 'fast,' and accurate. This is a stark contrast to the typical 2.1. The M Audio rig delivers low-end as the recording engineers intended.
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166 of 192 people found the following review helpful By barkingburro on August 25, 2007
Update March 22, 2010:

After almost 3 years, the speakers still perform well. I haven't experienced any buzzing or hum that some people complained about.

This was my first review on Amazon, and I see that I wrote it mostly for the audiophile audience. So here is a quick summary:

These speakers have more liveness and less distortion than you'll likely find anywhere close to their price. They sound best with close-miked instruments and human voice. Although they have no subwoofer, they carry enough convincing bass to make all forms of instruments sound fully rendered and not tinny. Put simply, these make other computer speakers sound harsh and/or anemic by comparison.

You need to be careful with placement. Keep the speakers away from the wall and do not pack objects close to them. Use the supplied mat to couple them to a solid platform. The result is very even midrange and midbase, sweet treble, agile dynamics, and wonderful 3D imaging right at your desk. They should satisfy everyone for near-field listening who doesn't require a strong bass foundation. But make no mistake, these will out-perform some 2.1 systems just because they can really punch!

Now, for the audiophile in you, here is my original 2 part review:

I have listened to speaker systems costing less [Logitech (Z-10 + others), Creative (T-20 + others)] and more [Bose (companion series 2, 3, and 5)] than these speakers, but none of them had the dynamic snap and even midrange of the AV 40 speakers--I could tell that just listening in the store. Of all the others, the Bose companion 5 sounded the best in-store (better demo setup, too)--but it fell far short of the AV 40s.
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