|M-Audio Studiophile AV30 Professional Reference Speakers
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Studiophile AV30 Speakers. Professional Reference Speakers.
The Studiophile AV 30 compact powered speakers make it easy to enjoy full, rich sound even when space is limited. They're designed with the same critically acclaimed technology that has made M-Audio monitors popular in recording studios around the world. The Studiophile AV 30 speakers deliver clear, crisp highs and deep lows, along with superior clarity and imaging. Designed for the traveling musician or multimedia enthusiast, the Studiophile AV 30 system is the perfect audio upgrade for desktop production systems, portable video games, personal DVD players and more.
The Studiophile AV 30 speakers feature the same core technology used in all of M-Audio's acclaimed professional monitors. Designed for a variety of mobile and desktop applications where space is at a premium, the speakers include audiophile-grade amplifier architecture as well as RCA inputs, making them compatible with practically all professional and consumer audio products. In addition, dedicated ?" ferrofluid-cooled tweeters and composite woofers work with built-in crossovers to ensure optimal fidelity.
Extended Low End
The Studiophile AV 30 speakers allow you to get the most out of today's urban/dance music, movies, and video games. Unlike the "acoustically challenged" plastic found in many speakers in this price range, the Studiophile AV 30s feature dense wood cabinets, bass reflex design and an integrated bass boost switch to deliver tight, accurate low-frequency response.
Magnetically Shielded for Audio/Video Production
The Studiophile AV 30 speakers are magnetically shielded and designed to coexist with all manner of electronic equipment without interference, making them perfectly suited for video editing and multimedia work.
OptImage III Technology
M-Audio's proprietary OptImage III wave guide improves overall detail and clarity while minimizing sound issues that can plague other compact speakers. The system works by improving the overall efficiency of the tweeter as well as time-aligning the drivers. This ensures that the sound from each driver reaches the listener at the same time, guaranteeing precise stereo imaging and accurate response.
- 3" composite woofers
- 3/4? ferrofluid-cooled silk dome tweeters
- OptImage III tweeter wave guides for superior imaging
- 15-watt-per-channel amplifier with architecture
- magnetic shielding
- For the price and size, these are great
I bought these speakers to listen to music and news at my desk in my apartment, and BOY do they fit the bill.
I've put them through the ringer--rock, folk, house, drum & bass, hip hop, samba, All Things Considered--and they sound remarkably good in all applications. Everything but D&B and hip hop sounds almost as good as on my other monitors (KRK 5's) that cost twice as much. The fidelity is impressive, and the response is remarkably flat. If you're used to or prefer the more U-shaped sound of non-monitors, be sure to turn on the appropriate EQ in iTunes; they'll sound tinny otherwise, but that's what a flat-response monitor will sound like compared to regular 2- or 3-way stereo speakers. It's all those mid-range sounds you're used to covering up.
They also handle a good deal of volume. With the volume knob at 50% and my MacBook volume at 75%, it's "Turn that noise down!" loud and still as clear as at lower volumes for most types of music.
The bass lines in the D&B have some drop-off on the bottom end, but that's a LOT to ask of a value-priced monitor with a 3" woofer. I listen to really nasty stuff with super-low bass--Technical Itch, Dieselboy, Bad Company, and the like--so I expected that this would be the one area with less than amazing reproduction. I was right. (Roni Size's "Brown Paper Bag" is much more within their range.) Hip hop beats can lose a some punch, too, and this is the one area where you'll notice a little distortion at higher volumes. (The kick drums in D&B are usually a little more like real kicks than in much hip hop, and these sound great even at higher volumes.)
Again, for the size (don't have a ruler--each speaker is maybe 5" wide and 6" deep) and price, they do surprisingly well. Other challenging types of music with lots of bass that just isn't as low, e.g. House, come through remarkably well.
The 4" version was very well reviewed, so I thought I'd give these a shot because they cost less and take up less room. Also, the primary difference would be in the bass response, and I live in an apartment building, so for me, having less bass was actually a good thing. They still get too loud for me to play them anything close to maxed out, and they sound great.
One more thing: I like the design. M-Audio knew this would be more for desktop listening than studio applications such as mixing (for which I got the KRK 5's). Thus, they put all the inputs and controls on one speaker, which is nice because it only requires one power cable and you don't have to split an RCA cable to run one line to each speaker. It comes with a 1/8" to RCA cable (connects your computer's audio out port to the RCA jacks in the back) AND a 1/8" to 1/8" cable (connects your iPod to the Aux In port on the front). The volume knob in front is also nice.
If you want reasonably high fidelity for a low price at your desk, and you don't need subwoofer-type bass response, I'd recommend these speakers. Highly....more info
- BEST Speakers
I didnt want a room full of speakers and yet I still wanted great sound ... these fit the bill perfectly. Comes with both US and European plugs and swtich in the back.
Great sound !!!...more info
- Very good for price, please add tiltability...
IF you set them flat on a desk the sound suffers. Combine that with their inability to tilt and I would call that a problem.
They are pretty directional and M-Audio says proper placement is with the center of the speaker at ear level. How do you accomplish that on a desk?
They could use just a bit more bass, but that's what the AV-40s are for.
I put some small things under the front to tilt them up and they sound very good....a HUGE leap from basic computer speakers. Very good for the price, but calling them "professional reference speakers" is not accurate.
Set them apart as wide as space allows.
- Blew me away!
I was looking for speakers that I could use if I decide to get an electric guitar and plug it in to my Macbook Pro. That was my main focus, but music and movies sound incredible too! They aren't very big which is good, they pack a lot of punch for being small squares. They give my towers a run for the money. I'm happy with this purchase even though it's been only a few days that I've been able to use them.
The cool thing is that all the cables come with the speakers which is a bonus. You get the power cord (obviously), speaker wire (goes from left to right speaker), line-in (from laptop headphone to speaker) and an RCA cable for another option as an input. It has headphone jacks on the front of the left speaker which is handy. The volume knob is backlit and is large enough that you can really fine tune the volume.
They are solid speakers and I'm waiting to re-discover my music collection through these speakers. One example I can think of was a live Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds song I was listening to. It was so crisp you could hear their fingers on the strings and if you have the speakers placed properly you don't get a lot of, "this is coming from the left and this is coming from the right" type effect, it's in front of you. Which is how it's supposed to be.
Ok that's it for now, I'll give an update if they blow out or fry.......more info
- Add an equalizer to your shopping list
As usual, the package arrived from Amazon poorly packed - was literally open, but since the speakers were in their own additional box, they endured Amazon's sorry packing. I try to avoid Amazon generally.
These speakers are WAY too bassy - they were apparently designed to impress 14-yr-olds, but not adults. The geniuses at M-Audio were under some delusion that they could create in computer desktop speakers the kind of separation and clarity of bass that occurs in standalone systems. Uh...nope. The result is mud city. I was literally getting throbbing headaches from listening to the muddy response of these speakers. Horrible!!!
They have no upper-range boost whatsoever - the response actually begins to drop off at around 5k upwards. Very, very bad. You'll need to roll off a huge amount of lower-end bass to counteract the annoying roar of these speakers, and further equalize to bring out anything remotely resembling a cymbal or crisp acoustic guitar notes. Any monotonic bass (studio version of "Calico Skies," e.g.) with these things set at flat, and you'll be stickin' your fingers in your ears.
Solution? Just go to the built-in EQ of all your players, right? WRONG!! I tried that for hours, and the usual ultra-cheap software equalizers just wouldn't cut it this time - just made matters worse. The sound was frickin' horrible. And of course YouTube music vids were a nightmare. So I finally sprung for a good used standalone hardware equalizer, and that helped a lot (and provided much-needed *global* EQ), but I'm still not impressed at all by the sound of these speakers. They're basically utilitarian, and barely that. Way hard to get decent-sounding vocals, no matter how much I twiddled with mid-range settings.
And btw, my sound card is an M-Audio Audiophile 2496, so blame it on that, M-Audio. And yeah - I made sure the bass boost was OFF. ...more info
- Crisp and Clear sound, love these
I'm using these in my room, hooked up to Verizon fios HD box and my iMac, It can play both TV and computer at the same time.
I had the choice between Bose Companion 2 and these. Tried the Bose they sounded good but I wanted something less processed. AV30 is a little bigger in size, but my musics never sounded so good.
If you are looking for speakers for under 100 bucks, get these. ...more info
- Home recording studio
After doing a bit of research I decided on the M-Audio Studiophile AV30 Professional Reference Speakers for my home studio.
The product arrived quickly and without damage it was just a matter of plugging them in and I was ready to get to work.
These are excellent speakers with good flat response that are just the ticket if you need a good desk top speaker system for mixing digital audio.
- Very Good Speakers But Pale in Comparison to Their Bigger Brothers
I gave a 5-star review to my M-Audio AV40 speakers, which I use with my home computer. They are so rich and loud that I barely turn up the volume while I'm sitting at my desk.
I wanted an upgrade for my work computer so I contemplated getting another pair of M-Audio 40s for $140 but since I don't need so much volume at my desk I decided to save $40 and get the AV30s.
The AV30s are great and if I had never heard the 40s, I'd probably give the 30's five stars. But alas, they lack the richness of the 40s and I think the 40s are worth the extra 40 dollars. ...more info
- nice speakers, a little too expensive
They sound clear and satisfy my ears. I didn't check all kinds of music separately, but everything was ok. Live instruments could sound some warmer though. And - without a bass boost - there's almost no base, so don't forget to turn it on. I appreciate that they have additional front panel line-in and headphone-out. Also they came with special pads for better isolation from the desk. I wish they cost at least $20 cheaper....more info
- Sorry, Bose
Sorry, Bose, but you've been blown away. Larger size, of course, but how can you compete with 4" speakers? And at 'net price of <$100? Will now use my Bose Companions on my laptop station.
It is a simple case of "better" at the same price. Wonderful range, tone and separation. ...more info
- Value speaker and monitor
For the price, it is an excellent monitor speakers. It doesn't spies up the sound, simply a reference speakers. It is good for recording. We can hear all the defects in our recording that are hidden with standard PC speakers....more info
These speakers are a winner in my book. They sound great. So far everything I have put on them has been pretty true. Folk, Jazz, Rock... Kraftwerk. For the money I would say that you are hard pressed to find a better pair of speakers. They come with the cables to connect your Computer or similar device from mini to RCA connections to the back of the speaker. Also comes with a mini to mini ,for say an Ipod, which can be connected into front Aux In on speaker. Don't waste your money on overpriced Bose Companions... these are MUCH nicer in every aspect. I guess one drawback to some maybe the size.. they are 6" deep, 8" high and 6" across. Not a problem for me... I was really more concerned with sound and these babies really shine in that regard. I was really looking for something with good bass response without having to get into 2.1 systems. The best I have heard in the 100 and under field. I would think that these could stand up against speakers 2 and 3 times the cost....more info
- Make sure you break them in before you judge!
These are very good speakers, but at first I was disappointed because they needed breaking in. After a few hours of solid rockin, i noticed they were sounding better! Now after weeks they sound amazing and seem to just keep getting better! They go loud enough to fill a room and get your groove on. Only those that like their music extremely loud would want more. The base is good enough as well, and only those who want that huge booming super deep base would want more. I would consider myself an audiophile, and these are solid speakers at a good price. oh.. and they are small enough to fit nicely on a desk connected to your computer....more info
- Great Speakers
I recently bought the Bose 2.0 Companion speakers for my Dell XPS M1330 laptop that is using an external Creative X-Fi Extreme Audio PCI-Express card and although the Bose sounded good, the bass was a tad overwhelming for my setup, having the speakers on a bookshelf above/next to my bed. With the way they tilt up,all I was getting was the bass,made things sound muddied.
These M-Audio Studiophile AV30 speakers were in the same price range,and although they take up more room,they don't tilt and they sound better than the Bose 2.0's. I am extremely happy I read the reviews on here and from CNet (although CNet hasn't reviewed these-they reviewed the AV40's). A much cleaner sound than the Bose in my particular enviroment.
They have several input options, including a 1/8 stereo mini to L/R speaker ins,which made connecting them to my pc a no brainer.
I highly recommend these speakers for anyone who has limited space and a budget.
M-Audio Studiophile AV30 Professional Reference Speakers