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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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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.
These Mackie's are unreal for the money, I wouldn't flinch at $100 each, not $100 per pair! But they are, and in that regard they are really great speakers for general use (PC speakers, gaming, multimedia, etc.)
For studio monitors they aren't completely transparent and don't have a razor flat frequency response, but if you already have good ears and experience with recording then these are great "B" monitors or primary monitors if it's for home recording and demos, etc.
They have a bit of mid and bass hype but actually it's very small...if you "learn" them over the course of a week, along with some mix testing on other sources (car stereo, iPhone speaker, other speakers) you can mix any project on these no problem.
They are very present and the stereo spread soundstaging is quite good. With music being listened to more and more on ear buds, cell phone speakers and other poor quality speakers the Mackies are perfect for getting great mixes and using their less than perfect (and it's really a small 'less that's), you can mix with the end user in mind from jumpstreet. It's why engineers use the little Auratone speaker and have for years, to check mixes on inferior playback speakers..."if the mix sounds good on it, the mix will sound good anywhere" mentality except the Mackies really do sound great, they are amazing really.
If you need some monitors you may want to try these and see what myself and others here have been saying, these speakers are, for the price, an almost essential gear purchase for a home studio. Even if you don't open them and store them for emergency back up monitors, whatever...but just get them.
I bought these speaker for plenty reasons.
1. Good for small rooms.
I have some JBL LSR 308 monitors and they make the whole house dance with all the bass that penetrates the wall and floor regardless of the amount of acoustic foam i had surrounding. Plus the JBL LSR 308's are huge for a small room situation. Bass traps are too expensive for me after all the d**n acoustic foam i had bought. These monitors are ideal for someone in an apartment situation or parents house and don't want to wake up Aunt Vivian from sleep.
I thought about getting the CR3 , but i said "Hey, for $50 more and the good youtube reviews i've seen, i mind aswell get the CR4"
3. They fit on desk with no need for speaker stand.
Unlike my mega JBL LSR 308's from earlier, these studio monitors actually fit on my desk completely without hanging off the side.
These are 6 and One-Eighth wide and 8 and Three-Fourths Tall.
4. Price to Sound Ratio
You won't find studio monitors this price that sound this good anywhere, but check out Edifier R1700BT Bluetooth Bookshelf Speakers below because although not stated as studio monitors, some use them that way and may even prefer that sound over these.
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Last of all, these monitors also came with foam to put up underneath to minimize vibration, but i wouldn't bother with it because they aren't as dense as other isolation pads, but its better to use them rather than none at all. Another thing to consider is to cover walls with acoustic foam to prevent even more noise from escaping your thin bedroom or apartment walls.
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Good for the bedroom.
Movies or music.