Reviews and Problems with M-Audio Studiophile AV 40
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Best pair of desktop speaker I've ever owned
4 weeks ago
Summary: I'm not an audiophile but I've owned a lot of speakers of various configurations, sizes and power. Most of them were adequate, some were good but none of them were the M-Audio Studiophile AV 40. For reference, I'm an avid PC gamer that doesn't have space for surround sound. I enjoy all sorts of music at all volume levels and appreciate high fidelity but don't demand perfection. I watch TV and movies in the living room where I already have a decent sound bar.
Summary: So I'll start by saying that these studio monitors sound amazing. They produce frequencies of sound that I did not know were present in the music and sounds I was hearing until I played them through these speakers. The bass is full and deep. The middles and highs are crisp and clear. They just sound amazing. Great for entertainment and gaming. Great for music.
Great for regular use, but not for music producing
Natanel Arnson, Amazon
4 August 2014
Summary: These have served me well for the year and a half i've been using them. If you're looking for speakers for regular use and computer audio they're great. However if you're a music producer, you might find that they are not really what you need. They're mostly lacking in the low end, only "4 woofers, so can't really reprocduce the lower freq. I'd recommend upgrading to at least $300-$400 monitors, like the Behringer Truth or the like, which is what i'm about to switch too.
Summary: I picked these up to be able to take with me in my luggage when I travel along with my DJ controller. For this they work awesome. Excellent sound quality and clarity. My only complaint is the pictures around the web actually show the previous version being the one that is sold now in regards to the power cord. It is the same part number for the speakers however they shifted to an integrated power cord rather than the detachable one.
Excellent sound, pleasant appearance, but they put the power switch in the back.
Irrevocable Trust, Amazon
30 April 2014
Summary: Fours stars because of the power switch and the bright blue power light. If the switch was up front, they would get a full 5 star rating. More about that in a paragraph or so. Sound: Nice, crisp, clean, solid. I have to admit, when I first got them, I was moving from 15 year old Yamaha system with a sub-woofer. These seemed to lack a good bass. I couldn't feel it in my bones any more. It bothered me, There just wasn't enough bass.
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.
Summary: I'm rewriting this after about three years of use. Upping from three to four stars. I've been using them with an Apple Airport Express which allows me to send audio to them from my Macs, iPad, iPod, or iPhone. I leave them on at all times and after three years of this treatment they are still going strong. These have very clear flat sound. They aren't tinny like most bookshelf speakers and do not need a subwoofer to make full rich sound.
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: Lets face it, finding quality speakers that can deliver the goods and not break the bank is almost a fantasy to many of us. As a musician I'll say upfront, don't get sucked in to the hype. These speakers are by no means studio grade. However, if one wants a solid system to compliment their computer's music bank, Avid's Studiophyle AV40s will cover the basics nicely. After seven months use these are my thoughts.