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Akai Professional RPM3 Production Monitors with USB Audio Interface  

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Combining compact monitoring with a USB audio interface, RPM3 monitors enable you to simultaneously play audio from and record audio to a computer th...Read More

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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
 
4.1

(based on 7 reviews)

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67%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (6)
  • Easy to use (5)
  • Durable (3)
  • Good audio (3)
  • Lightweight (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur recording (4)
    • Home studio (4)
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      • Experienced (3), Professional musician (3)

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    5.0

    Best Bang For Your Buck

    By BluntBot

    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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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Not Studio Monitors, But Ok Otherwise

    By suburbandit

    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 Mathew C

    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 Norman A

    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.

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      5.0

      Good speakers for the price!

      By BHpsych

      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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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        SMALL SPEAKERS WITH BIG SOUND!

        By goodnoize51

        from Santa Fe, NM

        About Me Professional Musician

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        Pros

        • Attractive design
        • Bass Boost Switch
        • Clear Sound
        • Compact
        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • On-off Switch
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • none

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Great With A Portastudio
        • Home Studio
        • Playing Back Mixes

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

        These little akai monitors do the job nicely! I bought me a new tascam dp-03 from musician's friend,and I needed some small monitors to hear all those great tracks I'm recording. I am a one man band because nobody wants to play with me. So I just record my drum machines and then start layering tracks. I can make anything, from playing heavy metal with a kramer, to playing a pedal steel to a country song, playing analog synths to a dance beat, or using kaosillators and drum machines to make hip-hop grooves. I own all these instruments mentioned and several more and without a multitrack recording system the instruments are useless if you're not playing in a band. And without speakers to connect to your multitracker, you are going to tire your ears out by using headphones all the time. The akai rpm3 monitors have rich, full sound, and they can get loud. Remember, these are NEAR-FIELD monitors and they will sound best on your computer table shelf (well, that's what I got) spaced about 3 feet apart and at a distance of 2 feet from your listening spectrum. The rpm3's bass response is good for monitors of this size, they won't shake the room, but you will be able to hear a clean bass track whether it's bass guitar, synth bass or bass drum. The bass sound is a little hollow sounding, kind of like 80s detachable boom box speakers. The bass boost switch will help but if you want a tighter thumpier bass, this can be improved by opening the enclosures and stuffing some speaker insulation inside them. These are not sealed enclosures, so this can be done safely. I myself tried the speaker insulation and the rpm3 monitors did have a tighter bass, but personally I like the hollow sound better. What really got me though were the tweeters on these monitors. The rpm3's reproduce some of the most crystal clear highs I have ever heard with hardly any distortion at all. Even better than some expensive mackie monitors I have tried. Hi-hat and cymbals sound sizzly and distinct. And on the back of the speaker are all the inputs you need to connect them anyway you like, I haven't tried the usb output yet because I don't know computers very well, but the RCA inputs are all I need. Also, a subwoofer cannot be connected to the rpm3s but I don't like a subwoofer when I mixdown tracks because it hinders you from getting a clear picture of a stereo mix. Traditional mixing of tracks has always been just left and right speakers-and nothing else. If you need more bass sound from the rpm3's, the bass boost switch will give you all you need, but I will also note that the huge bass ports on the backs of the monitors will thump your mix nicely as long as the monitors are close to the wall. There is a simple AC line cord that powers the left speaker instead of a bulky lump-line power supply or wall wart. A plus! And the on-off switch along with the on LED is an added bonus-you will know when the speakers are on, therefore avoiding dangerous pops when you turn on your audio equipment. There are even protective metal grilles on the woofer and tweeter that are fastened with ALLEN BOLTS not screws! Quality construction throughout! For the price paid you get the pair not just one. A fantastic buy! The black finish looks good with the rest of your audio gear, and the words PROFESSIONAL REFERENCE MONITOR on the fronts of the speakers add a sporty look to the enjoy factor of these excellent mini-monitors.

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        5.0

        great product

        By Dr Nogo W

        from Curacao in the Caribbean

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

        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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