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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.
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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.
1. There are three (3) independent inputs for these speakers (all with different connectivity) but inputs nonetheless.
2. All three inputs are active at the same time.
This seems like a convenient feature initially, but for me it was the feature that sold these to me. I have my PC plugged into the RCA jacks via the included 3.5 mm to RCA cable. My Echo Dot is connected to the 1/4 in connectors on the back right next to the RCAs, and I have a 3.5 mm to 3.5 mm cable in the front of the speakers leading to my keyboard area where I can plug in my phone if I want to listen to a podcast or something that's already cued up on my phone/music player.
This is one of those purchases that makes you think "why didn't I do this years ago!" and the sound quality has the same effect.
I'm not an audiophile, but I do appreciate good clean sound more than most people I know. These are marketed as reference monitors, and I think they fit that bill. They sound best when you are directly in front of them with one pointed at each ear. It may be my own bias, but I find it easier to step outside of the cone of sound than with other speakers.
They sound great at all volumes. Right now I'm listening to some Synth Wave (electronic, 80s style) and I have two kids asleep in the adjacent rooms... but I can hear everything in the soundscape; it gets better when you increase the volume, but my point is that low volumes are both clean, and unobtrusive.
My only criticism at this point is that the main power switch (there are two) is on the back, and the standby power switch is part of the volume rotary knob. Perhaps if there was a push button power switch on the front panel instead, it would be more convenient than having to tweak the master volume every time you power it on. As a kind of remedy for this, I have settled on the 12 noon position for my master volume (it has a raised line on the knob).
These speakers aren't about filling the room with warbly bass, and they are not about all kinds of buttons that activate "gaming mode" or "Brandname-Surround" features. They provide clean, full, rich sound with sensible I/O and a frankly stellar price.
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.
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My dad loves them
could use some help on the lows though, but thats not a problem