Reviews and Problems with M-Audio Studiophile AV 40
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Good speakers, missing traction pad (unresolved by customer service)
Marc Femenella, Amazon
28 March 2014
Summary: I bought these speakers for use with a home video editing system. After a week of use, I'm pretty happy with them. They don't have amazing sound, but it's perfectly acceptable for my purposes (which is mostly to match what might be coming out of a TV set). The bass is present enough (not overwhelming, which is a good thing) and they certainly get plenty loud for monitoring uses.
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'm by no means a 'true' audiophile, but I am a music producer that knows how to use monitors in my workflow. Let me make this clear. These WILL make your music sound good. Real good... As a producer, that's a problem. I use monitors to hear the 'flat' sound and use them as a tool to help me 'fill it up'. These 'pre-fill'. Makes them an excellent choice for consumers listening to already mixed music. Not for pro mixing. Great computer speakers!
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: (As a foreword, I never write a review on something unless I have owned it for an extended time. I purchased these monitors in November of 2009, and am now writing this review. Hope this sets the scope.) When I first listened to music through studio monitors, I was blown away. So I started looking for studio monitors that I could use for home listening, and also some home recording mixing and editing.
Summary: These speakers sound great right out of the box. For the money, it would be hard to find something that sounds as full and detailed. However, The speakers do have two flaws: 1 - minor issue - they are rather big for desktop speakers 2 - major issue - the amp buzzes on some sets. I am driven crazy by electrical hums and the set I ordered was sent back because of a buzz when the speakers weren't playing. Apparently, this is a hit or miss issue with the AV 40's.
Summary: These speakers will be a big step up from your typical powered speakers meant for use with computers (logitech, altec-lansing, etc). Dynamics and clarity are good, and the treble response brings a nice presence to music (although they're somewhat unforgiving of harsh/bright sound mixes). Rated down to 85hz (and that probably means -3db at 85hz), these fall more into the category of satellite speaker rather than bookshelf.
Summary: I'm using these speakers for my computer, so I'm kind of close to them. I am pleased with the frequency response, but I'm disappointed that they have background hum. It's most noticeable when it's quiet. The hum doesn't change with the volume setting so I suspect these speakers may have a power-supply filter-design problem.
Summary: I use these speakers at work, day in and day out. Using the supplied cables straight out of an iMac, they sound awful. Instead, I'm using a iBasso D7 and a Belkin PureAV cable and it really cleans up the sound a lot.
They are relatively well balanced speakers. A bit muddy prior to burn-in, but they're much better now. The bass is certainly lacking, but that's to be expected with such a small cabinet.
Pros: Decent Balance, Clear sound, Better than most "computer speakers"
Cons: Lacking bass (to be expected), questionable workmanship, horrible customer support
Excerpt: Работать на них можно и вполне успешно, но только не в студии. Подойдут для тех, кто постоянно ездит и вынужден писать музыку, где только придется.
Pros: Легкие, компактные, звучат не по-бытовому. Передний вход для наушников регулируется той же ручкой спереди. Очень удобно, можно даже использовать в качестве предусилителя для ушей. Хороший дизайн.
Cons: Мало баса. Даже для 4-х дюймов. У 3-х дюймовых Alesis 320 аналогичной стоимости он начинается от 58. здесь с 85-о! Слишком преукрашенное и недетализированное звучание. На мой взгляд M-Audio позиционируют эту акустику вполне справедливо.