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Mackie CR Series CR3 - 3" Creative Reference Multimedia Monitors (Pair)
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- Studio-quality design, sound and performance ideal for multimedia creation and entertainment
- Professional-grade components for optimized sonic performance
- Ultra-wide frequency range perfect for full-range multimedia (80 Hz - 20 kHz)
- Choose which side of your desk gets the volume knob with CR3's convenient speaker placement switch
- Convenient front panel volume knob with lit power ring gives you on/off/volume control and power indication where you need it
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Mackie Creative Reference Multimedia Monitors deliver studio-quality design and performance ideal for multimedia creation and entertainment. Built using only premium, high-performance components and featuring convenient front-panel controls, Mackie Creative Reference monitors deliver professional sound quality and features perfect for work, play and everything in between.
With high-output drivers, a true studio-monitor waveguide system and an all-wood cabinet, CR delivers premium results due to meticulous design. No other monitor at this price can deliver the quality and performance of Mackie CR monitors.
CR delivers some ultra-handy features like a front panel aux input for your smartphone or tablet, headphone out and a volume knob that doubles as an on/off switch. There's even a left/right speaker placement switch that lets you decide which side of you setup has volume control.
Both the CR4BT and CR5BT feature no-hassle music streaming via Bluetooth. Just pair your smartphone, tablet or other Bluetooth enabled device and instantly stream music for comparative listening or simple music enjoyment.
Tons of Included Accessories
There's nothing worse than getting new gear and not having the right stuff to connect it up. That's why CR monitors come with cables and isolation pads to get you started right away.
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|Item Dimensions||5.5 x 6.2 x 8.2 in||9.45 x 6.89 x 5.71 in||9.1 x 8.35 x 9.84 in||9.92 x 6.85 x 11.38 in||5.8 x 6.5 x 9.5 in||6.5 x 7.25 x 10.63 in|
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Mackie CR3 3" Creative Reference Multimedia Monitors deliver studio-quality design and performance ideal for multimedia creation and entertainment. Built using only premium, high-performance components and featuring convenient front-panel controls, Mackie Creative Reference monitors deliver professional sound quality and features perfect for work, play and everything in between.
Top customer reviews
My budget was $200 and luckily you can get some really great studio monitors for this price, such as these Mackie CR4's. They're the perfect size for my bookshelf, had amazing reviews (and rightly so), very easy to hook up, very very good quality sound and look fantastic. My wife was frustrated asking "Why do you even need these speakers when you have your (cheapo) bluetooth one????" but after I played her some music with the Mackies she just said, "oh...yeah these are nice".
Overall quality wise, you get to hear all the nice details in the music with very good lows, mids and highs. Some people complained that the bass was not good enough, but I think it's perfect. There's certainly a lot of bass there and you will be surprised at how much you can get out of these guys. The clarity you get, even at low volumes, it simply astonishing. It's not that I've never listened to high end speakers before, but it's that I didn't think (even after reading all the reviews) that the quality would be THIS good.
I would recommend these to anyone looking to get a set of quality monitors plus a Chromecast Audio if you want the wireless option. I would pick these over a Sonos 3 or 5 any day, unless I was doing the whole entire home wireless speaker thing, which I'm not.
As an old rocker I needed a set of speakers that I can turn up to hear on a normal level, plus I want to be able to crank them and rock with my %@ out! I did my due diligence and searched high and low. Money to many of us is a big consideration. I tried to keep my budget at +/- $100. Not an easy task.
Studio monitors are something way outside the box when considering PC speakers. They're bigger and require a bit more wiring, but man-o-man can they rock out if needed. Generally monitor speakers are sold singly as they are placed in front of a musician on stage or studio. They are made to withstand road and studio abuse.
When I stumbled upon these Mackie monitors the first time I passed them by because of the size and, well, they are monitor speakers, not PC speakers. But then they kept popping up here and there in speaker searches. Finally I gave them a proper look at and am glad I did.
First let me say that there is no way we will ever get a true audiophile experience sitting in front of our PC's. There is too much noise. PC noise, room noise, pet noise, human noise...you get the idea. Only with headphones can we truly isolate our sound like a studio. Headphones, however, aren't always the best choice when playing music or games, but specifically music.
Who doesn't move and sway to the music? Who doesn't want to bang their head on the keyboard when 'their jam' comes on? Speakers allow you move like a freak on 'roids. Admit it...we all chair dance!
ok, back to the Mackie's.
I settled on the CR4's because of the larger speakers and I have the extra real estate on my PC desk. Size is important... isn't it always? :) Check your measurements correctly so your desk can handle the size and placement of these monitors.
I was quite impressed that everything was included in the box, and I mean everything. Speaker wires, 1/8" extension cable, and RCA cable for PC hook-up. There are also connections if you have access to 1/4" studio plugs. The isolation pads are included and necessary as the speakers do not have little rubber pads/feets to isolate. The speaker wires are a bit thin, but are pre-soldered.
Set-up is super easy. Connect the speakers together...connect the RCA cable to your PC...plug into the wall...turn on...and...
ROCK N ROLL BABY!
My first tune selection was Calling Dr. Love by Kiss, followed up with Country Roads by Die 3 Besoffskis and then a rousing finish with Tequila by The Champs.
The range was full and spot-on. There was no distortion when I cranked these puppies up full blast. The 50-watt amp works beautifully and allows a good thump. Don't get me wrong these speakers don't come near the quality of my HK system in the house, but in my computer corner they rock very well.
I love tank games, so I chose Armored Warfare as my test. Sound was excellent with left & right matching while in battle. Not as good as my headphones, but very, very capable for PC speakers.
For the money it's hard to beat these monitor speakers. They produce excellent sound for music and gaming. They're sturdy but I wouldn't recommend bashing a zombie in the skull with them, but they should work fine throwing them at the neighbors cat.
The black blends in with most PC decor's, unless your an apple freak. The lighted volume on/off button can be found easily in the dark. I did have to tweak the equalizer settings on my music player but that is only a minor annoyance.
Take me to the river...let me in the water...Talking Heads.
Long live rock and roll!