Mackie MR5 MR5 Reference Monitor (Single Speaker)
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- 16 Channels (12 mic/line mono, and 2 stereo line channels)
- 32-Bit EMAC(tm) digital effects with 9 reverbs, 4 delays, phaser, chorus, flange; 2 parameter controls + EFX wide spatial expander
- External and internal EFX sends
- EFX to Monitor control
- 9-Band stereo graphic equalizer
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Thanks to its sophisticated design, our 5.25-inch MR5 Mackie Reference Monitor delivers superior sound with impeccable clarity?at an unbelievable price.
When youre ready to make the switch to pro studio monitors, there are many things you need to consider. For instance, its up to you to create a mix that works on a variety of speakersone that translates to boomboxes, home and car stereos, even headphones and portable music players. So you need monitors that deliver a neutral starting point, and sound that is clear across the frequency spectrum. You also want monitors with consistent performance, so whether youre on axis or off, cranking em up or turning em down low, what youre hearing is accurate. And you want all this at a reasonable price.
Mackie MR8 and MR5 Studio Monitors deliver truly professional quality and everything you need for critical monitoringat a price thats unbelievably affordable. Wide, even dispersion means a broad sweet spot, minimizing funny dips or peaks in frequency response when you move off axis. You get superior bass extensiontight and free from distortionso your lows pack just the right amount of punch. And to ensure the best sound possible for your setup, the MR Series monitors feature acoustic controls so you can tune them to fit your room. With their Active bi-amplified architecture, wide dispersion, ultra-flat frequency response and outstanding bass performance, you get superior imaging with impeccable clarity, for a truly inspirational, non-fatiguing monitoring experience.
Our MR Series monitors achieve their transparent sound quality thanks to these key design elements:
BaffleMinimum-Diffraction Molded Baffle: When it comes to baffle design, shape matters; it plays a role in how sound waves travel. Our baffle is precisely molded to minimize diffraction, so sound waves radiate smoothly, and are dispersed optimally. Our precision waveguide is designed to ensure broad, even dispersion, and a smooth transition between highs and lows. The result is a crystal clear image of your mix, with an ultra-wide, even sweet spot. Whether youre in mix position or not, on axis or off, youll always hear an accurate representation of your mix.
AmplifierAmplifier Design: Amplifiers are the power behind a monitors sound, but they can also color it. Unlike with passive monitors, our amplifiers are precisely matched to the monitor design. Featuring our proven Class A/B architecture, the MR Monitors amplifiers are meticulously tuned to deliver ultra-flat frequency response, so the sound remains neutral. To compensate for room characteristics, acoustic controls allow you to adjust High Frequency and Low Frequency settings (+/-2dB). Balanced inputs allow you to get the best signal possible, but the option of unbalanced inputs mean you can connect easily to any source. And MR Monitors deliver enough power to handle the toughest source material, at sound levels beyond sane peoples requirements.
Cabinet: A speakers cabinet is more than just an enclosureits another component that affects the overall quality and character of the sound. Our cabinet features a rear port, carefully tuned to deliver superior bass performance with no audible vent noise. Because air passes through the precisely engineered curved port easily, there is no distortion, and no build-up of pressure within the cabinet that could affect driver movement. The rigidity of the cabinets precision-braced MDF construction also prevents vibration, meaning your sound is always free from unwanted resonance.
WooferTransducers: Transducers are responsible for converting your electrical signal into sound, so consistent, unwavering performance is a must if you want sonic clarity. We specifically create our ultra-low distortion steel frame woofers and waveguide-loaded silk dome tweeters to work perfectly in concert with all the components in each MR monitor. You get a precisely tuned monitor that performs with impeccable consistency.
MR Series Monitors are ideal for a variety of applications. Use the MRs to empower your mixes in the studio, or to add pro sound to your multimedia, gaming or home theatre system. You can even use them for a great-sounding home DJ rig. The MR5 and MR8 Monitors share the same design, so they function great together, too, making them optimal for multiple monitor setupsjust add a Big Knob as well as surround systems. For any applications where high quality sound and classic good looks are required, MR monitors are the perfect fit.
Our Reputation Speaks for Itself
We dont mean to toot our own horn, but theres a reason serious pros love Mackie gear. With every product we release into the wildfrom monitors to loudspeakers to mixerswe up the ante on performance, reliability and affordability. Our innovation and commitment to great sound is why so many of our products are top sellers, and why our gear has legions of enthusiastic devotees.
Okay, that sounded a little like a toot. But the point is, we make great stuff and were proud. And were really proud of our MR Series. Sure, there are lots of other affordable so-called studio monitors out there, but they just dont cut it when compared to our MR Seriesand they arent backed by our years of experience. Thanks to our hardworking and knowledgeable audio experts, weve once again set a whole new standard. Simply put, our MR5 and MR8 Monitors sound and perform better than anything else in their class . But with the Mackie name, what else would you expect? Go hear the difference for yourself at a dealer today.
- Studio monitor with true Active design
- Precision Class A/B amplifiers with Active protection circuits: 55W for LF / 30W for HF
- HF and LF acoustic controls for room correction
- Balanced XLR, TRS and unbalanced RCA inputs
- Ultra-low distortion 5.25-inch steel frame LF transducer
- Waveguide loaded 1-inch high-resolution HF transducer
- Minimum-diffraction molded baffle for smooth, wide sweet zone
- Magnetically shielded for safe placement near computer/video monitors
- Precisely tuned for working interchangeably with other MR units
Top customer reviews
These are powered speakers, so all you do is connect them to an audio source that has its own volume control and you're set. They're studio monitors with a smooth, flat frequency response, so you may find they have less kick than speakers you're used to. They don't output much below 60 Hz so you won't shake the walls with them but when I play orchestral music in a 400 sq. ft. room they don't seem stressed. No listener fatigue! They're not tiny - it's hard to make lots of sound with a tiny box - but they're small enough for computer speakers.
Different people like different speakers, but I'll give you my picks for what they're worth. In this price range, the MR5 is the best, but the KRK RP5 is a worthy competitor and can be mounted against a wall, unlike the MR5. If you're really short of money or space, look at the Logitech Z-2300 system ($90). For more bass, move up to the MR8 or HR624MkII.
Here I am adding to my edit that it has now been 3 yrs and I still feel the same about the Mackies.
I jam with a couple friends and use Garageband with an Alesis firewire mixer to record our music. We normally wear headphones while recording (to avoid feedback), then listen back to the recorded sound using the MR5. The sound from the MR5 is nearly identical to the sound from full around-the-ear headphones.
The MR5 sounds exactly like it should - very clear and very true to the original sound.
I couldn't ask for better at this price for my home studio.
I do some recording with reason and what not but not a pro or anything, its probably obvious that if you want pro sound you pay$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$. I didn't need an extremely "accurate" monitor, But what I mainly use them for is listening to music and they sound great. But I think if your looking for slightly more exact, accurate studio monitors you probly would want to go for the Yamahas in the same price point. The reason I say this is the Mackies have more bass. Although you can turn it down with EQ and the switches on the back of the enclosure. If you're somewhat of a casual recording artist, or a DJ that needs some great monitors to practice on, or just want to listen to music, then "I" would go for the Mackie MR5. But don't mindlessly take my word for it... Go down to your local Guitarcenter and listen to all the brands side by side and see what you like. Then get em on the cheap at Amazon.
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