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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
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|Item Dimensions||7.3 x 6 x 8.8 in||7.08 x 5.76 x 8.4 in||6.4 x 5.6 x 8.3 in||25 x 15 x 11 in||22.5 x 12.5 x 17.3 in||7.8 x 6.9 x 10 in|
|Item Weight||14 lbs||7.49 lbs||—||33 lbs||25.8 lbs||12.3 lbs|
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!
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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.
My first reaction upon plopping these on my desk were that they sounded worse. And that's where the huge caveats start.
First, studio monitors like this are incredibly picky about placement. Just setting them on the desk aimed at your guts or whatever is not going to work. You need some stands or supports of some sort, so these babies point at your head. I got a pair of rubber wedge feet that direct them up and at my ears, and then carefully angled them so they were set up perfectly aimed at my head. That made a huge difference. If you're looking for a speaker to fill a room so you and your buddies can all hear SportsCenter from the couch, these aren't going to work. But if you're in the same chair looking at the same screen all the time, perfect. There's a little comic book that comes with the speakers that talks a little more about placement, which is helpful.
The other thing, and maybe I'm wrong here, but the volume on these is somewhat problematic. I used to keep my computer volume at 100%, my iTunes volume at 100%, and then adjust the knob on the speakers when I needed to change the volume. But I've noticed that when these are turned to anything below about 40%, you lose one side a bit, and the quality is lower. Maybe that's my imagination, but I found that these worked much better when I kept the volume on the speaker up a bit, and then managed my actual volume from the computer system itself.
I've also noticed is there's a bit of a pop when these are turned on and off. That worries me a bit about the longevity of these. No problems so far, though.
These seem to be decent for the price. There's unfortunately a weird gap between the cheap speakers you get for free when you fill up at a participating Arco station and the esoteric audiophile units that recommend you swap out your desk, walls, ceiling, and internal organs with ones specifically designed for the acoustics of your sound stage. I feel these are a decent compromise, but I also felt that there might be ones out there that were just slightly more expensive that would have done a better job. I.e. I had the Toyota Yaris of speakers, and I wasn't about to shop for a McLaren MP4-12C on the cheap - I just wanted maybe a 3-class BMW that could be beaten and driven daily without incident. These are somewhere in the high-end Camry range.
However, up until this point I have to say the sound quality of these speakers is fairly decent. I'm by no means a competent amateur music producer/mixer, but they offered a lot of clarity and quality to my recordings and listening experiences. Plenty of volume and range to jam out with when casually listening, and enough detail to hear subtle mistakes/imperfections in your recordings both for vocals and instruments. For the price point they served me well after years of heavy use, but I wished they could have lasted longer.