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Akai Professional RPM3 Production Monitors with USB Audio Interface   

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Compact audio production monitors that record as well as they sound.

Combining compact monitoring with a USB audio interface, RPM3 monitors enable you to simultaneously play audio from and record audio to a computer through the included USB cable. No special drivers are required. RPM3 monitors can easily record professional-quality audio directly from a mixer, keyboard, microphone preamplifier, guitar effects processor or other audio component. RPM3 monitors have also been magnetically shielded to prevent interference when placed close to computer monitors or magnetic media.

The RPM3 monitors provide a host of options to accommodate audio recording directly into a computer including a stereo 1/8" jack, a pair of balanced 1/4" TRS inputs and stereo RCA inputs. Volume control, power-switch and 1/8" headphone jack are also located on the front panel for quick access and easy adjustment.

RPM3 monitors provide full-range frequency response to ensure audio reproduction that is pure, yet compact. The lightweight and portable design means the RPM3 system can be easily placed in a carrying case and taken on the road, allowing for reference monitoring anywhere. If you need quality monitors and audio recording that won't dominate your desktop, grab a pair of RPM3 monitors and start recording.


FEATURES
  • USB monitors and audio interface
  • 2x2 USB audio interface allows simultaneous recording and monitoring of computer audio
  • Magnetically shielded to prevent interference when placed close to computer monitors
  • Record and monitor audio using either 1/8", 1/4" TRS or RCA stereo inputs
  • Lightweight, portable size perfect for desks, project studios and mobile-recording rigs
  • Volume control, power-switch and 1/8" headphone jack located on front panel for quick access

Get quality monitors and audio recording capabilities in a compact, affordable package!

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Akai ProfessionalRPM3 Production Monitors with USB Audio Interface
 
3.9

(based on 12 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

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60%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (10)
  • Easy to use (9)
  • Good audio (6)
  • Versatile (5)
  • Durable (4)

Cons

  • Poor sound quality (3)

Best Uses

  • Amateur recording (7)
  • Home studio (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (6), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

great product

I had not heard from Akai as a top make for quite a while. Akai used to dominate the top market of the audio equipment in the late sixties and seventies. But in...Read complete review

I had not heard from Akai as a top make for quite a while. Akai used to dominate the top market of the audio equipment in the late sixties and seventies. But in those days it was only affordable for the "rich" hippies. When I saw these speakers in an attractive offer I was tempted to give it a try. I did spend quite some time comparing options. The USB audio interface triggered my final decission. I never regretted buying them. Out of the box, connect and play. Whoaw ...what a sound. Well done.
The USB Audio Interface feature influenced my final decission to buy these speakers. Good decission. Everything worked instandly. The features are great. I look forward to try them out further with recording etc. So far so good.
Really well made, sturdy, no corners have been cut. The sound is fantastic.
I would prefer a plain black colour though. Also could they make the connection cable between the speakers a lot longer. Now it is a meter or so. Twice as long would not break their bank!
I got a good deal to begin with. Now I know that they are really good speakers with nice features I would not mind paying a little more if I had to replace them.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

nice but tinny

These speakers appear to be well made... they look nice. But that's not the purpose of the speakers... they are supposed to be studio monitors, but they are not full range...Read complete review

These speakers appear to be well made... they look nice. But that's not the purpose of the speakers... they are supposed to be studio monitors, but they are not full range so that is hardly an apt description. The seventy American smackers I paid for them would have been better put towards something with a more flat unbiassed response. These speakers sound toppy.
To be fair, I haven't used them to mix any tracks... I expect that if I do, my mixes would come out very bass heavy. I have a much better pair of studio monitors for mixing... I'll use these for comparison purposes in final mixes when I get around to it. In the meantime they are in my bedroom for listening to nature sounds when relaxing, which don't require a lot of bass.

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2.0

You get what you pay for

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from Phoenix,AZ

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Pros

  • Compact
  • Easy To Use

Cons

  • Limited Functions
  • Poor Sound Quality

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording

Comments about Akai Professional RPM3 Production Monitors with USB Audio Interface:

Purchased as a stupid deal of the day. I needed some speakers to connect to my dedicated music computer thru usb. Compared to my speakers on my gaming desktop which are klipsch these saturate very quickly and lose sound quality at high volume. If you want something cheap with low volume needs these will be great otherwise spend a little more cash and get something nicer.

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2.0

You get what you pay for

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from Phoenix,AZ

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Pros

  • Compact
  • Easy To Use

Cons

  • Limited Functions
  • Poor Sound Quality

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording

Comments about Akai Professional RPM3 Production Monitors with USB Audio Interface:

Purchased as a stupid deal of the day. I needed some speakers to connect to my dedicated music computer thru usb. Compared to my speakers on my gaming desktop which are klipsch these saturate very quickly and lose sound quality at high volume. If you want something cheap with low volume needs these will be great otherwise spend a little more cash and get something nicer.

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5.0

Excellent I would buy this product again

By 

from Stamford Connecticut

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Clear Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Akai Professional RPM3 Production Monitors with USB Audio Interface:

      I'm very happy

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      4.0

      Serves my purpose

      By 

      from Tampa, Florida

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Compact
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Lots of inputs
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • Cable too short

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio

      Comments about Akai Professional RPM3 Production Monitors with USB Audio Interface:

      When looking for monitors to playback loops and recordings for my home practice studio, I needed compact and powerful at an affordable price. These monitors serve that purpose with only one small modification I would expect for any system. The supplied cable for connecting the second speaker is too short. I made a longer one and accomplished the task. So far so good with these little buggers.

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      5.0

      Remarkable, would recomend to my professional friends

      By 

      from Santa Fe, NM

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Compact
      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Akai Professional RPM3 Production Monitors with USB Audio Interface:

        Had been using some Bose Companion 2s, plugged in the RPM3 and was amazed at how much quality sound and contrast I had been missing. Gonna give the Bose to the kids cause they can't hold the volume and full spectrum of sound that I obtain with the RPM3s. Good Job

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        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Best Bang For Your Buck

        By 

        from Midland, Texas

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Compact
        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • none

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Mobile DJ

        Comments about Akai Professional RPM3 Production Monitors with USB Audio Interface:

        I bought these monitors primarily for their size but was pleasantly surprised with their sound quality, variety of inputs, size, weight, and overall versatility. No matter what kind of interface you have in your studio, home or mobile, you'll be able to make use of these monitors with 1/4", RCA, 1/8" aux, and USB you can't go wrong with these.

        Not really a con but I will say I was surprised to see that one speaker is powered and the other is connected and powered through a single mono 1/8" cable. I can't complain about performance but I have to wonder if it could be improved, sound quality, volume or otherwise, if maybe a heavier cable were used instead.

        These have plenty of volume and decent quality. There is a bass boost button on the back of the primary speaker that does make a difference but these are not going to reproduce sub frequencies obviously. I haven't noticed a difference in which input I use from the dual 1/4" outputs from interface versus the 1/8" headphone jack on the interface. The USB function is great for plug and play audio from the computer but does not produce sound from the DAW, you have to plug into the interface one way or another unless you're not using ASIO drivers.

        Overall for the price and portability these are great! I wasn't able to try anything else but after reading up on different monitors in this price range and style I think these are the most flexible and suited for beginners and mobile artists.

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        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Not Studio Monitors, But Ok Otherwise

        By 

        from San Diego, CA

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • Poor Sound Quality

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Mobile DJ

        Comments about Akai Professional RPM3 Production Monitors with USB Audio Interface:

        I've had these monitors for a couple of years now. My pair have a limited frequency range and mediocre sound quality that (in my opinion) make them unsuitable as studio monitors (compared against my JBL LSR305's, the difference is night and day).

        That being said, these are relatively robust, very affordable and have some applications outside the studio. I use them as reference monitors when DJing and they work well for this purpose. They're also acceptable as a second pair of studio reference monitors. I would not use these as my primary studio monitors though (headphones would be better than these).

        All in all, I would say these are worth the money if you can find a use for them other than your primary studio monitors.

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        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        These are the Alesis M1Active 320 USBs

        By 

        from San Pablo, CA

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Clear highs
        • Compact
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Breaks Easily
        • Unreliable

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Listening to music

        Comments about Akai Professional RPM3 Production Monitors with USB Audio Interface:

        These are the same speakers as the Alesis m1Active 320 USB speakers. These are just in a different color. At times the bass can be muffled so you will hear a hollowed type response. The build quality is fine but around 8 months of using it, the main speaker would cut in and cut out. But now it's officially cut out. I don't get anything from the main speaker. These are not professional monitors, more like bedroom speakers.

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        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        nice but tinny

        By 

        from Ashland, Oregon

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Compact

        Cons

        • Toppy Not Full Range

        Best Uses

          Comments about Akai Professional RPM3 Production Monitors with USB Audio Interface:

          These speakers appear to be well made... they look nice. But that's not the purpose of the speakers... they are supposed to be studio monitors, but they are not full range so that is hardly an apt description. The seventy American smackers I paid for them would have been better put towards something with a more flat unbiassed response. These speakers sound toppy.
          To be fair, I haven't used them to mix any tracks... I expect that if I do, my mixes would come out very bass heavy. I have a much better pair of studio monitors for mixing... I'll use these for comparison purposes in final mixes when I get around to it. In the meantime they are in my bedroom for listening to nature sounds when relaxing, which don't require a lot of bass.

          Comment on this review

          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Good speakers for the price!

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          from Eldora, IA

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          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Compact
          • Easy To Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio
            • Works Well With The Ipad

            Comments about Akai Professional RPM3 Production Monitors with USB Audio Interface:

            I hooked this up with my Ipad and it worked seamlessly. USB works for multitracking on the Ipad. It is just two simultaneous track for recording, so it works well with solo tracking.

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