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Mackie MR5 MR5 Reference Monitor (Single Speaker)

by Mackie
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  • 16 Channels (12 mic/line mono, and 2 stereo line channels)
  • 32-Bit EMAC(tm) digital effects with 9 reverbs, 4 delays, phaser, chorus, flange; 2 parameter controls + EFX wide spatial expander
  • External and internal EFX sends
  • EFX to Monitor control
  • 9-Band stereo graphic equalizer

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Product Description

Product Description

Thanks to its sophisticated design, our 5.25-inch MR5 Mackie Reference Monitor delivers superior sound with impeccable clarity?at an unbelievable price.

When you’re ready to make the switch to pro studio monitors, there are many things you need to consider. For instance, it’s up to you to create a mix that works on a variety of speakers—one that translates to boomboxes, home and car stereos, even headphones and portable music players. So you need monitors that deliver a neutral starting point, and sound that is clear across the frequency spectrum. You also want monitors with consistent performance, so whether you’re on axis or off, cranking ’em up or turning ’em down low, what you’re hearing is accurate. And you want all this at a reasonable price.

Mackie MR8 and MR5 Studio Monitors deliver truly professional quality and everything you need for critical monitoring—at a price that’s unbelievably affordable. Wide, even dispersion means a broad sweet spot, minimizing funny dips or peaks in frequency response when you move off axis. You get superior bass extension—tight and free from distortion—so your lows pack just the right amount of punch. And to ensure the best sound possible for your setup, the MR Series monitors feature acoustic controls so you can tune them to fit your room. With their Active bi-amplified architecture, wide dispersion, ultra-flat frequency response and outstanding bass performance, you get superior imaging with impeccable clarity, for a truly inspirational, non-fatiguing monitoring experience.

Our MR Series monitors achieve their transparent sound quality thanks to these key design elements:

BaffleMinimum-Diffraction Molded Baffle: When it comes to baffle design, shape matters; it plays a role in how sound waves travel. Our baffle is precisely molded to minimize diffraction, so sound waves radiate smoothly, and are dispersed optimally. Our precision waveguide is designed to ensure broad, even dispersion, and a smooth transition between highs and lows. The result is a crystal clear image of your mix, with an ultra-wide, even sweet spot. Whether you’re in mix position or not, on axis or off, you’ll always hear an accurate representation of your mix.

AmplifierAmplifier Design: Amplifiers are the power behind a monitor’s sound, but they can also color it. Unlike with passive monitors, our amplifiers are precisely matched to the monitor design. Featuring our proven Class A/B architecture, the MR Monitors’ amplifiers are meticulously tuned to deliver ultra-flat frequency response, so the sound remains neutral. To compensate for room characteristics, acoustic controls allow you to adjust High Frequency and Low Frequency settings (+/-2dB). Balanced inputs allow you to get the best signal possible, but the option of unbalanced inputs mean you can connect easily to any source. And MR Monitors deliver enough power to handle the toughest source material, at sound levels beyond sane people’s requirements.

Cabinet: A speaker’s cabinet is more than just an enclosure—it’s another component that affects the overall quality and character of the sound. Our cabinet features a rear port, carefully tuned to deliver superior bass performance with no audible vent noise. Because air passes through the precisely engineered curved port easily, there is no distortion, and no build-up of pressure within the cabinet that could affect driver movement. The rigidity of the cabinet’s precision-braced MDF construction also prevents vibration, meaning your sound is always free from unwanted resonance.

WooferTransducers: Transducers are responsible for converting your electrical signal into sound, so consistent, unwavering performance is a must if you want sonic clarity. We specifically create our ultra-low distortion steel frame woofers and waveguide-loaded silk dome tweeters to work perfectly in concert with all the components in each MR monitor. You get a precisely tuned monitor that performs with impeccable consistency.

MR Series Monitors are ideal for a variety of applications. Use the MRs to empower your mixes in the studio, or to add pro sound to your multimedia, gaming or home theatre system. You can even use them for a great-sounding home DJ rig. The MR5 and MR8 Monitors share the same design, so they function great together, too, making them optimal for multiple monitor setups—just add a Big Knob —as well as surround systems. For any applications where high quality sound and classic good looks are required, MR monitors are the perfect fit.

Our Reputation Speaks for Itself
We don’t mean to toot our own horn, but there’s a reason serious pros love Mackie gear. With every product we release into the wild—from monitors to loudspeakers to mixers—we up the ante on performance, reliability and affordability. Our innovation and commitment to great sound is why so many of our products are top sellers, and why our gear has legions of enthusiastic devotees.

Okay, that sounded a little like a toot. But the point is, we make great stuff and we’re proud. And we’re really proud of our MR Series. Sure, there are lots of other affordable so-called studio monitors out there, but they just don’t cut it when compared to our MR Series—and they aren’t backed by our years of experience. Thanks to our hardworking and knowledgeable audio experts, we’ve once again set a whole new standard. Simply put, our MR5 and MR8 Monitors sound and perform better than anything else in their class…. But with the Mackie name, what else would you expect? Go hear the difference for yourself at a dealer today.

  • Studio monitor with true Active design
  • Precision Class A/B amplifiers with Active protection circuits: 55W for LF / 30W for HF
  • HF and LF acoustic controls for room correction
  • Balanced XLR, TRS and unbalanced RCA inputs
  • Ultra-low distortion 5.25-inch steel frame LF transducer
  • Waveguide loaded 1-inch high-resolution HF transducer
  • Minimum-diffraction molded baffle for smooth, wide sweet zone
  • Magnetically shielded for safe placement near computer/video monitors
  • Precisely tuned for working interchangeably with other MR units

Product Details

  • Item Weight: 17 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 17.6 pounds
  • Domestic 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.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B0012PTJAE
  • Item model number: MR5
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #116,989 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at October 2, 2001

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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By R. Ocampo VINE VOICE on January 14, 2009

Forget speaker set-ups and systems that unnecessarily add treble and bass to the music you're listening to including ones with active equalization that determine on your behalf what you're ears should be perceiving at the moment and eliminating other frequencies that it believes aren't as audible anyway.

How about jumping back into studio monitors that deliver music the way the recording engineers meant it to be heard. Too expensive? Hold on. Not with a Mackie MR5. The price you pay is per piece all right, but don't forget these are powered speakers. And at this price point you get a flat frequency response which means there is no colorization. What is recorded is what you get.

Studio monitors used to be so expensive and out of reach that consumers were bombarded with those other brands that promised to wow your ears with a "perception" of full spectrum audio rather than actually provide your ears with, umm, a full spectrum.

Finally Mackie decided to release lower end audio gear with high end results that appeals to everyone else outside of the audiophile world.


These speakers are built with 3 types of audio connections.

1. Balanced XLR
2. Balanced TRS (which also can accept unbalanced TS)
3. Unbalanced RCA

Originally intended for near-field monitoring as well as accurate enough for home studio mixing. But knock yourselves out in using these anywhere you see fit. If it's good for mixing, it's great for whatever else.

I used it as my desktop computer speakers. If your computer has a 1/8 stereo output a.k.a. mini-stereo then just purchase a simple (but solidly constructed) 1/8" stereo to RCA cable.


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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By James Westerman on January 21, 2008
I am a recording technology major at the University of Memphis, so I have been looking around for some (very) affordable and decent sounding studio monitors for quite some time.

I finally scraped together some money and headed over to Guitar Center to check out their selection. After resetting the display computer's EQ (which was very far from flat), I gave them all a listen. There were quite a few in my $100-$200 per speaker price range, and I must say neither of them sounded especially impressive. Until I gave these little Mackies a try. Not only did they have superior highs, the bass was incredible for such small speakers, outdoing many of the 6 and 8 inch monitors there. The bass sounded very tight and responsive, yet not overpowering. I bought a pair on the spot.

I took them back to my room and to my delight I found that on the back the MR5's have high and low end controls to compensate for my room's terrible acoustics. After a little listening, I was able to get them just right.

At the moment I have my MR5's connected to my Powerbook's line-out jack via unbalanced RCA. I was planning on getting a USB interface next, and wasn't expecting anything great hooked up to my line-out. I was wrong! They sound just as good as they did when I listened to them in the store.

Granted, these little guys can't complete with many high-end (and high-priced) monitors out there, but they manage to come remarkably close, and at a price that can't be beat. I would recommend them to anybody seeking a big sound for a small price!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By L on January 20, 2009
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i have owned several sets of monitors(fostex,hafler) and have always tried to find good deals, as a result, never had a really good monitor. so i paid the 180$ for my first mackie!! if you spend alot of time recording and playing the mr5 is great. my drum machine and kaoss pad sound great through the mr5, i finally understand what the pros mean by listening fatique, put it simple, the sound is pure,deep, and sweet, and it has a very inviting sound. and im suprised that i really do not miss having a second monitor, im in a small room, and the mr5 fills it w no distortion. highly recommend!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R. Maben on November 9, 2008
I highly recommend these MR5 Reference speakers. To assess these I went to the local store where I compared many including the Yamaha's (forgot model), MX-Audio BX5A, KRK Rokit 5" model, and the Dynaudio BM6A MKII. After adjusting the levels and frequencies of each to be on similar levels. I found these to be bright, crisp, and have an adequate bass. These outperfomed all except the pricey dynaudios. I ended up buying the Mackie MR5s. In addition, these have low and high frequencies adjustments which allowed me to conform these to my room.

When i hooked these to my laptop, they sounded poor. Cheap computer audio outputs. Cheap cables. Thus, got out the USB Computer Audio interface (Edrol UA-1EX) and a also fixed a low hum with a Rolls Buzz Off. Added shielded audio cables (rca type eventhough the balanced would be better) The Macs were back! Sounded even better than store.

I am not a professional audiophile with detailed knowledge of products, however, one's ears can sure tell good speakers when placed side-by-side. And these are great speakers for the price point. In addition, they take balanced and unbalanced inputs. After buying these, realize that many computers (especially laptops) have poor sound DA converters and you might need a computer audio interface with good cableing.
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