Reviews and Problems with M-Audio Studiophile AV 30
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I would not recommend these speakers - Left speaker issue
Sheila A. Thomas "gnushell", Amazon
21 June 2013
Summary: Admittedly I purchased these monitors because they were priced moderately. The sound wasn't that great, but they served the purpose as computer monitors for recording. Granted I purchased these in 2010, I was miffed when the volume in the left one died recently. Internet research suggested that these have a defective volume pot. I wrote to M-Audio and expressed my displeasure that these speakers which hadn't even been moved failed after less than three years.
Summary: When they work properly, they sound fantastic. Use them for movies, games, and music on my custom built desktop. However, just like everyone else, my left speaker has problems. Mine has not died, but ever since day one of owning these speakers the left speaker crackles with some frequencies. My $25 Logitech's did not have this problem, so why do a $90 pair of "professional" monitor speakers have this problem?
Summary: These speakers sound great. The price is right. The only problem is they don't last. I've gone through 3 sets now and each time the left speaker died within the first year. Research alternatives.
Left Drive Speaker Runs Hot and Died After 2 years
Scott Lyon "Skimogul", Amazon
17 July 2012
Summary: The left drive speaker runs very hot. Mine eventually died with the volume coming out at about 20% of the right channel. Numerous other people seem to have had the same problem when reading the M-Audio forum. [...] Mine were studiophile AV30's. They sounded great until the left channel blew up. I opened it up and the power source was extremely hot and it seemed like there was sticky goo in some spots inside. I would not buy another pair.
Summary: I fell victim, like many others, to the allure of Studio Monitor Speakers made by the same company that gave us Pro-Tools. Alas, these are not of the same quality. I do give them two stars because when they work, they perform extremely well. This is important, however, they perform well for computer speakers priced under $100. Don't be taken in by the purely Marketing usage of the term "Studiophile" in the Product Title.
Summary: What can I say about these speakers? They really do deliver high-quality life-like audio. They have amazing frequency response even at lower volume levels and they really do put out fantastic bass and rich highs once they "break in" after a few weeks of regular use. I bought these speakers back in February of 2009 and have used them almost every day since. Almost three years exactly to the day they failed.
Summary: First off, great sound. Nice inputs on the back. The small footprint, when space is an issue, is great as well. When it was working properly it was a great buy, but after under 6 months of use (moderate use) the volume knob is broke and it no longer works outside of the high 90% of its range. So now the lowest I can select my volume is at 90% of the max. Seems like a pretty crappy place for this device to break at.
Summary: I purchased a pair of these speakers due to the positive reviews and it was a lightening deal. Seemed like a great deal but now they are going back to Amazon. Within a few days of use they started to "POP!" loudly when I turned them off. Happened once here and there, then more regularly. I decided on a refund because my experience with these speakers was the same as the 1 and 2 star reviews. I thought the sound was just passable at best.
Summary: Here is how I solved the heating problem of the left speaker, where the amplifier is located. I went to the hardware store and bought 4 one inch 'spacers' of small diameter, and 4 wood screws that would slide through the spacer with enough of the screw emerging from the spacer to screw into the wood speaker cabinet. I removed the several perimeter screws from the back of the speaker and pulled the back of the speaker away from the cabinet.