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M-Audio Studiophile AV 40 Active Studio Monitor Speakers (Pair) (OLD MODEL)

4.2 out of 5 stars 965 customer reviews
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4 Inch
  • 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 Description

Size: 4 Inch

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

Product Information

Size:4 Inch
Item Weight 14 pounds
Product Dimensions 7.3 x 6 x 8.8 inches
Shipping Weight 16.4 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.
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Item model number 9900-65140-00
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4.2 out of 5 stars 965 customer reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #13,606 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
#45 in Musical Instruments > Recording Equipment > Studio Monitors
#296 in Computers & Accessories > Computer Accessories > Audio & Video Accessories > Computer Speakers
Date first available at Amazon.com May 16, 2011

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From the Manufacturer

Studiophile AV30, M-Audio, speakers, monitors, studio speakers Studiophile AV40, M-Audio, speakers, monitors, studio speakers Studiophile AV32, M-Audio, speakers, monitors, studio speakers Studiophile AV42, M-Audio, speakers, monitors, studio speakers
Studiophile AV30 Studiophile AV40 Studiophile AV32 Studiophile AV42
Weight 11.7 lbs 14 lbs 5.6 lbs 7.6 lbs
Dimensions 7.9" x 5.3" x 6.3" 8.75" x 6" x 7.25" 7.5" x 5.1" x 6.1" 8.4" x 5.7" x 7.4"
Frequency Response 95 Hz - 20,000 Hz 85 Hz - 20,000 Hz 80 Hz - 20,000 Hz 75 Hz - 20,000 Hz
Optimage IV Tweeter Wave Guide No No
Flexible woofer and tweeter No No

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Size: 4 Inch Verified Purchase
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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Size: 4 Inch Verified Purchase
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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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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