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Mackie CR Series CR3 - 3" Creative Reference Multimedia Monitors (Pair)
- 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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Studio-quality design perfect for home studios, gaming, multimedia creation and more.
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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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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.
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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.
I have these speakers set up on my every-day gaming computer...so im constantly using them for playing online games AND listening to my friends on skype at the same time. Both music and voice quality are perfect.
The quality is still there even when blasting the speakers on full blast. You can definitely feel the subs, too.
What i also love about these speakers is that it comes with an audio jack on the left speaker so that i can easily plug in headphones if i need to keep the noise down.
I ordered these speakers as an upgrade to my existing computer audio system, a 2.1 set of 15 year old Logitech gaming speakers. The new build included the Mackie's, along with the Schiit Magni/Modi Uber stack. The CR4 LTD's arrived two days before DAC/amp, so I had around 48 hours to experience what these speakers sound like both when plugged into my computer directly and using the Fiio E07K DAC/amp.
The packaging was more than adequate, which is fortunate because Amazon shipped them in a box which was 3x larger than necessary. At this price point the construction of these speakers are punching well above their grade, leaving me nearly completely impressed. While it's completely cosmetic, there were a couple 'pixels' of space on the tweeters that didn't receive the black coating, which reveals a silver, reflective surface. It doesn't impact the performance of the speaker in any way, but it's distracting when I'm trying to admire them haha. The surface space they take up is very manageable; they don't feel excessively large. The speaker isolation pads they provide are a very nice touch.
Reading the reviews for the CR4's (there was only one CR4 LTD review before I had made my purchase) gave me the expectation that the bass was lacking, so after plugging the speakers directly into my motherboard's audio port I was prepared for what I heard. The mids and highs sounded fantastic, but the lows felt fairly recessed. I had chalked it up the 4" speaker size, and that I would need a subwoofer to really experience the bass I was looking for. The next day I was able to test the speakers with the E07K and it brought clarity to the softer mids and highs. The bass still felt lacking, but it wasn't nearly as noticeable as before. Still at that point I was convinced I would need an independent subwoofer at some point
After having listened to these speakers with the Schiit stack, my thoughts on needing a subwoofer have gone out the window. The bass stepped up in such an incredible way that I can't believe these are the same speakers I was listening to yesterday. You're not going to feel the thump of a bass heavy song in your chest as you would with a dedicated subwoofer, but the sound landscape is so much more balanced with the higher quality DAC and amp. At low volumes the accuracy in sound reproduction stayed consistent, with no noticeable degradation between the lows, mids, and highs. For comparison I also had a pair of Sennhesier HD 598s to compare them to, and the sound coming out of the Mackie's was significantly cleaner. The difference in audio precision between the two was uncomfortably noticeable, as now I can't find many reasons why I would want to listen to the headphones over the speakers.
If you're planning on purchasing these speakers to hook them directly into your computer without any additional audio equipment you'll absolutely notice an improvement in audio fidelity, however you're nearly doing yourself an injustice to not have an audio system that is capable of demonstrating what these speakers can do. If you already have an audio system capable of driving the Mackie's though, you're in for quite a treat, especially at this price point.
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Thick and quality
My dad loves them
could use some help on the lows though, but thats not a problem