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M-Audio Studiophile AV 40 Powered Speakers (Previous Version)

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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
  • 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: B000MUXJCO
  • Item model number: 9900 52155-00
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (458 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,475 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 2, 2001

Product Description

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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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530 of 554 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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167 of 193 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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