M-Audio Studiophile AV 40 Active Studio Monitor Speakers (Pair) (OLD MODEL)
- 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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|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||✓||✓|
Clear, Cohesive Sound
The AV 40 speakers use proprietary OptImage wave guide technology to deliver superior clarity and detail. Each speaker also features a precision-engineered crossover, which ensures solid high and low frequency sound.
Professional Components for Superior Results
We build the AV 40 with the same quality materials and precision electronics as our acclaimed M-Audio professional studio speakers. The audiophile-grade Class A/B amplifier architecture give defined sound that defies the speakers' compact size.
Extended Low End
If you crave bass, the AV 40s have you covered. With wooden cabinets and bass reflex design, the AV 40s kick out serious low frequencies—perfect for producing hip-hop and electronic music, or enjoying your favorite CDs, MP3s, DVDs, and games.
4-inch polypropylene-coated woofers for tight, accurate bass.
1-inch ferrofluid-cooled silk cone tweeters for clear, pristine highs.
Optimage III tweeter wave guides for superior imaging and detail.
20-watt-per-channel amplifier with Class A/B architecture.
Magnetic shielding for use near computer video monitors.
Front-panel volume control.
Wood cabinet with bass reflex port design for deep, rich sound.
Back-panel 1/4-inch TRS balanced and RCA unbalanced inputs for connecting gaming systems, DJ gear, mixers, amplifiers, instruments, and more.
Front-panel 1/8-inch headphone output for connecting headphones.
Front-panel 1/8-inch stereo auxiliary input for connecting your laptop or desktop computer, MP3 player, or other audio sources.
- (2) M-Audio AV 40 Monitors
- Acoustic/Traction Pads
- Stereo cable with 1/8" mini plugs
- Speaker Wire
- User Guide
- Safety and Warranty Manual
Just because you're recording at your desktop and not in a fancy studio, you shouldn't have to settle for low-quality, inaccurate computer speakers — or resort to mixing with headphones. You deserve better, and so do your recordings. You'll be happy to know that M-Audio's AV 40 speakers will easily fit on even crowded desktops. Yes! They're also powered, so you get clean, clear, and (best of all) accurate monitoring — and you won't need a bulky power amp to add to the clutter!
Top customer reviews
These monitors are powered with a single stereo amplifier on the left monitor. The right speaker is passive and tethered to the left with a speaker cable. For near field monitoring, there's plenty of power at half volume and can get really loud if cranked. These are directional speakers and render placement of instruments in a stereo soundfield accurately as long as you sit in the sweet spot a couple feet out (your head should form a triangle with the speakers). That diffuse room filling tone typical of home theatre speakers is MIA. Unlike most speakers, there is little rear projection. Perfect for not bothering family or neighbors but bad for parties.
I mainly use the AV 40 to sound check my acoustic guitar recordings after laying down the track or mixing on my BX5 monitors. The bass extends down to a clear 80Hz, the lowest note of the guitar. If you track bass guitar and kick drum you'll want larger speakers (BX8) or a sub but these are fine for straight guitar.
I positioned the AV 40 an inch from the sides of my iMac and there is no interference or RFI, so shielding is effective. The rear of the left monitor (the powered one) is very warm after a few hours but runs cooler than my BX5. I recommend turning the AV 40 off when not in use: saves both electricity and wear and tear on circuits. Plus, I find computer beeps and warnings in Hi-Fi stereo unpleasant.
There isn't much in terms of controls: power switch on the rear and an illuminated volume knob on the front panel. Ins and outs are more extensive than typical computer speakers: TRS, RCA and 1/8" stereo, but no XLR. A speaker cable and input cable (RCA to 1/8" stereo jack) are supplied.
These are handsome units but blend in well with most gear: black finish goes with anything! Construction appears excellent with dense particle board (MDF) cabs covered in satin black vinyl, metal back plate (heat sink) and black plastic front molding around the drivers. These monitors are smaller than most units with the same sized bass driver. Unlike most mixing monitors, the AV 40 have protective grills. So no worries should a careless finger or chopstick befall them.
LAST BLURB: These are wonderful monitors for a home studio mixing, or just kicking back and cranking iTunes: compact, good looking, accurate and an amazing value.
The left speaker emitted a low frequency hum. I verified that all of the cables were connected correctly and reset them. I tried a different power outlet. I tested them with an Apple computer and an iPod. The output settings in the OSX were balanced. You could slightly hear the music from the left speaker when isolated, but it was not loud, even at full volume. I connected both to the rear cable and the front aux cable. Same result. The same thing happened with the iPod. The headphone audio port worked correctly. The right speaker works properly, and sounds nice.
I checked the warranty pamphlet included, but they require you to pay for shipping to their repair center. I did not see a repair turn-around time, but I do not want to wait another month to listen to these speakers.
I am disappointed, as I waited two weeks for these to arrive. Amazon no longer offers them at the price I purchased them for, and if I buy again, it will probably be the first week of February before they come in. One star.
Bottom line - avoid these speakers.
Hookup is simple: headphone out to RCA in, with adapter provided. Skinny speaker wires from the powered speaker to the unpowered right speaker. Plug to powered speaker, with no external transformer block to deal with, which is a real plus but makes the powered speaker run a bit hot sometimes. Also provided are TRS Inputs, whatever the heck they are.