Reviews and Problems with M-Audio Studiophile AV 40
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Good, but maybe not for the casual user
Jon Konrath, Amazon
30 June 2013
Summary: I'm not an audiophile. I don't mix music. I'm just a computer user that likes tunes and spends all day at the idiot box, so I wanted something that would sound better than my Best Buy econojunk computer speakers, but I didn't want to drag an entire home stereo setup to my office. My first reaction upon plopping these on my desk were that they sounded worse. And that's where the huge caveats start. First, studio monitors like this are incredibly picky about placement.
Summary: I thought I really liked these when I first got them. At the time, they were a major upgrade for me, as I'm sure they would be for most people. But the longer I've had them, the less I like them. --- BUILD & CONVENIENCE --- First of all, these look pretty nice. It has an understated, utilitarian look. That being said, something just feels a little cheap about them. Maybe it's the glossy plastic on the front or their super light weight.
Summary: Not as good as I hoped for the price and hype. I bought the studiophile av40 off amazon and compared them to the Bose companion 20's and the 20's had better overall sound at half the size of the av40's Plus, look how many 1, 2, 3 star reiviews these have compared to the 20's. The 20's reviews smoke the studiophiles. All you bose haters bring on the negative comments. I judge with my ears and not the over critical audiophiles who are closed minded with sound.
Summary: These Studio Monitors sound good, the mids and highs are good, but there is very very minimal low end power. Most mixes come out with very loud kicks and 808s pounding and you sometimes cannot realize the level because of the weak sub, also makes EQing difficult.
Summary: Let me start by saying this set of monitors are probably one of the best computer monitors you could get for the price. The bass was decent, considering that it doesn't come with a dedicated woofer. It's perfect for casual music listening. But after using it for more than 1 year, these speakers started dying. After reading all the reviews stating the poor customer service, I guess I won't even try to get any support from them. Overall, great while it lasts.
Summary: I actually have the previous model but I am told the design is identical with the exception of some cost cutting. In the Mk2, the dual 110/220V switch is gone (there are separate versions for the US and EU) and the bass boost has been removed. Note the picture on the box of the mk2 still shows the dual voltage but that's because they forgot to change it. My initial opinion of these speakers was that they produced a very nice mellow sound but with an overblown bass.
Summary: I have a pair of AV40s that I bought about three years ago. I love them so much I wanted a second pair for the office. After some research it became clear that the newer version, MKII, is inferior to the original - no bass boost, lower wattage, reduced connectivity, etc. The MKII version is selling in the low $100s while the original sells at closer to $200. No problem I thought - I want the newer version and I'm willing to pay for it.
Summary: I must be missing something. I can't determine if this price is for a pair or for a single speaker. The listing and box say "speakerS", and the pic shows a pair. Can anyone please verify whether this price is for a pair or a single speaker? It seems like such a low price for a pair.
Summary: 5 Stars for the Sound, this is one of the best sounding Desktop speaker, have used this for 2 years. It always brings excitement whenever I plug my audio source to the speakers. It has convenient front & back inputs also front headphone out. In spite of all these, one thing that will annoy and kill your patience is the volume knob, after few months, it stopped working properly, from then on, I always had to fiddle with it, to bring sound to both speakers otherwise one...
Summary: Very disappointed with these. I'm primarily comparing them to my Bose Companion 2 Series II speakers that I've been using with my TV. The Bose speakers sound way better, although the M-Audio have more power. It's possible that the M-Audio speakers are are more "flat" (they sure sound flat, and not in a good way) while the Bose may have had their EQ tweaked to be more listenable.