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M-Audio M3-8 3-Way Active Studio Monitor Speaker with 8-inch Woven Kevlar Woofer (Single)

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8" woofer
  • Efficient three-way design for improved fidelity in a compact package (sold individually)
  • Inline speaker design provides superior imaging plus fatigue-free listening
  • Tri-amp Class A/B power provides 220 Watts (total) offers robust headroom
  • Onboard 3-Band EQ and Low-Cut Filter to customize and shape your sound
  • Attractive real wood veneer baffle cabinet features optimized bracing and porting
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Product Description

Size: 8" woofer

Step up to superior three-way sound with the M3-8 studio monitor from M-Audio. Savor the improved fidelity, enhanced imaging, and super-wide sweet spot of this exceptional three-way studio monitor as you mix your sessions and laydown tracks. Track and mix with the enhanced accuracy and superior imaging that only a three-way monitor can provide. Using an efficient inline design, the space-saving M3-8 Studio Reference Monitors provide truly spectacular three-way sound in the same space as a standard two-way monitor

Product Information

Size:8" woofer
Item Weight 23.1 pounds
Product Dimensions 13.2 x 11.4 x 18.6 inches
Shipping Weight 34.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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ASIN B00EJ33P38
Item model number M3-8
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4.5 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #40,246 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
#147 in Musical Instruments > Recording Equipment > Studio Monitors
Date first available at Amazon.com September 15, 2013

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Size: 6" woofer
These are an incredible step up from the AV-40's, which are not bad, but I wanted a better all around desktop setup, that would be able to fit in what little space I have left!

No complaints, simply a night and day difference compared to any of the typical garbage I wasted money on for years at dept stores.

The biggest thing I noticed immediately was just how pronounced vocals were, without any harshness. These sound clean at any volume, but nolonger do I find myself making EQ adjustments constantly to deal with the harshness, muddy vocals, muddy bass (especially on podcasts).

The second noticeable improvement is going with an external DAC, I chose the AudioEngine D1, may also try the Focusrite 2i2 (has balanced outs). You'll want either of these to have external volume control, headphone out, etc. If you bought some nice earbuds, but are wondering why they only sound slightly better with not as good bass, get an external DAC! Night and day difference!

Anyone on the fence who's not yet ventured away from the usual cheap systems will NOT be disappointed!!

M-Audio = Gateway drug into long lost audio quality for novices like myself!

One thing: I'm you're highly negative/skeptical personality, for years I've read so many reviews how people claim they can hear a difference between one speaker to the next, these WILL show for better or worse, every detail in your music collection! This is great if you have high quality recordings, but you'll want to delete all of your low quality .mp3 files, and step upto the higher bit rate tracks out there. Finally a REAL ACTUAL difference. Just be prepared to spend more money as it's a gateway drug!

I'm just a novice, so I'm sure there are nicer speakers out there for the true audio geeks/snobs, but for us simple folks just looking for a nice departure from the typical, these are impressive for the money!
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Size: 8" woofer Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
Even More Impressed, Update May 5, 2014

I have been enjoying these speakers now for several weeks and continue to be pleased and excited by their performance. As experience has shown, the really low bass is the challenge for the smaller speaker but these amazing speakers continue to pump out clean, linear low bass with quantity and quality that is very satisfying. Whatever M-Audio has done to match the bass amplifier and the 8-inch Woven Kevlar Woofer has been done very well indeed!

Original Review

I have been an audio hobbyist since 1953 and watched the amazing development of home audio over the years since then. While I have an outstanding home theater system connected to my Sony 3D TV I wanted a first class set of speakers to be used when we didn't want to fire up the main system but would still provide satisfying sound from a variety of sources.

I had read the reviews concerning the Sony TV I wanted and had been warned the built-in audio was pathetic and quickly discovered those reviews to be very accurate. From the beginning I ordered the M-Audio AV40 speakers and found them to be adequate for most broadcast programs. They are small, lightweight and are advertised as desk top speakers. The left speaker contains two 20 watt amplifiers for both left and right speakers and powers the right speaker via a speaker cable. They are clearly advertised as left and right speakers and come as a set.

I mention this specifically because the M3-8 Active Studio Monitor is as different from the AV40 as a Ferrari is from a Fiesta. The M3-8 is an individual speaker with tri-amplification totaling 220 watts that can be used in a variety of combinations including mono, stereo or 7.1 surround sound as desired.
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Size: 8" woofer
I have two of these. They sound really good - but not as good or as accurate as my Adam F7 monitors (more expensive but less beautiful).

'Con': These seem somewhat more susceptible to hum compared to my F7 monitors when used with unbalanced RCA connector & cables. I put an old Krell preamp in series with these cables (unbalanced in, balanced out). With that configuration I experience no hum whatsoever. Also, there have been comments about a slight hiss from these monitors. Yes .. When I place my ear directly against the tweeter I can hear it. To me, this minuscule hiss is not worth mentioning, and is definitely not a 'con'.
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Size: 8" woofer
I purchased one pair of these speakers from an outside vendor in the spring of 2014 to replace the built in speakers of my plasma TV. I'd read the reviews and expected a great sounding speaker. When I hooked them up, I was simply blown away with a big grin. It has been years since I've had any speakers worthy of the name. Our home theater area is about 18x30'. The speakers fit inside our entertainment center spaces and still have all the punch and clarity they had outside the enclosure. Base is killer. I can't imagine needing or wanting a subwoofer but they are ready to go that route with a toggle switch on the back. The bass response (as well as treble, midrange and overall signal attenuation or gain) is adjustable on the rear. The bass on some DirecTV programming had my friends looking around the room wondering what they'd just heard.

The multiple input options , given the right cable connectors, allow you to connect 3 different sources (with preamp output) without a switch, more with. I use one for DirecTV (with a speaker to line level converter), one for a home theater PC, and one for an old tape deck. Without a power strip, once inside a cabinet, there is no easy way to turn these off using the switch on the rear of the cabinet (nor make adjustments to the equalizer and gain settings). These have been powered up going on 2 years. Some remark about a hiss if you are right next to the speaker when idling. It's there but from a few feet away I hear nothing. Using cheap cables can induce a hum, especially long cheap cables.

In all, I'm pleased enough to buy a second set some weeks ago for our living room. Even playing thru a bluetooth adapter from my smartphone they sound great!
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