Reviews and Problems with M-Audio Studiophile AV 40
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Very good speakers that stand the test of time.
Matthew Sweet, Amazon
10 February 2014
Summary: I bought these over a year ago as a Christmas present for my son to hook to his iMac. They are very solid, and to my ear, very accurate. They won't blow you away when you first hear them, but you will think "yeah, those sound pretty good". Over time, they will grow on you and you will appreciate what they DON'T have, which is an over accentuated bass, mid range or treble. Those artificial lows or highs might sound good for a while, but that wears off after awhile.
Summary: Thankfully I saw a review on amazon that mentioned to let these 'break in'. Out of the box they sounded horrible and I felt I had made a huge mistake. After a few minutes, my opinion changed as they started to improve. At this point I feel happy with the purchase. My daughter remarked how much better they sound than her PC speakers (She costs me 4K a year in music lessons so hopefully her opinion carries some weight :). They feel very high quality.
Seems to be the best available 2.0 speakers at the moment...
Eduardo Nietzsche, Amazon
25 October 2012
Summary: ...at least at its current pricepoint. I had steered clear of these after reading a number of negative Amazon reviews complaining about their long-term reliability, so I instead ordered the Alesis M1 Active 320 USB Studio Monitor Pair initially. Sounded great, but the right speaker (the one with the amp) went out on me less than a week in for no reason...I had been using it very gently and moderately!
Summary: These monitors are what I expected - great reference monitors that offer equal levels of sound across each frequency. I'm using them as computer speakers and the bass is tight & terrific and the trebles are crisp. I listened to Mackie MR5s and KRK Rokit 5s, which both sound better, but of course they are going to sound better - they both have 5" drivers and a much bigger cabinet.
Summary: I was looking for computer speakers with "true" sound and I got it. I already have my Polk Audio speakers for my stereo. These amazing little speakers could replace them! I mostly listen to "world" and streaming "deep-house" on my computer. WOW! Flip on the base boost for a subtle shift and that's all. Watched a PBS movie last night; crystal clear. Only downer (slight) is the vibration on my mouse with "subtle" base boost is engaged. Guess I'll just raise 'em up a bit.
Summary: My review is much too long to paste here, so the full-length-review can be found here.
I will however summarize my review quickly, and expand a bit on it:
These are a good choice if you are a producer on an extremely tight budget - as a "my first studio monitor" speaker
Sound stage and imaging capabilities are much better than you would expect for a $130 speaker
The amplifiers give off a slight hiss
Tonal balance is somewhat dependent on volume setting: From a bit...
Summary: For the price these are some great speakers. You won't do much better with any other computer speakers, except of course, getting more expensive studio monitors. I noticed a few missing details in comparison to my AKG K 702. Overall the speakers are good quality for a fair price.
Pros: Low price, high quality, very good sound for the price.
Cons: In comparison to my K702's the speakers are missing some details.
Summary: I'm not an audiophile but for a chick who lives in an NYC apt they're perfect. My walls are thin, my floorboards too and my neighbors used to hate the heavy bass they felt from my old sub woofer. These speakers don't have a sub woofer and I don't mind a lot at all. Sure sometimes some techno sounds a bit flat but everything else is great.
Summary: Use these speakers as they are intended to be used - as desktop speakers for your computer, or for a small home studio at your mixing board, etc. - and they perform very, very well. As others have said, if you need lots of huge, shake-your-lungs bass, etc. - get a subwoofer system. But if you need a pair of small, solid, clear, "musical" speakers to enjoy music, multimedia, etc. with good range (even in the bottom end) - these are great. UPDATE, Jan.