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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 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.


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

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
 
4.0

(based on 17 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

67%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (14)
  • Easy to use (14)
  • Good audio (11)
  • Lightweight (8)
  • Durable (6)

Cons

  • Poor sound quality (4)

Best Uses

  • Amateur recording (9)
  • Home studio (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (8), Professional musician (6)

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

 

These are the Alesis M1Active 320 USBs

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...Read complete review

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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5.0

Amazing sound from tiny speakers

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from McKinney Tx

About Me Professional Musician

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Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Compact
  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Alternate monitoring solution

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

    I am using these to give me an alternate monitoring option apart from my main monitors. I needed to hear my mixes on a set of smaller-sounding monitors. They may sound a bit too good! Highly recommended.

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    3.0

    They're just OK....

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    from Canal Fulton OH

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    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy To Use

    Cons

    • Poor Sound Quality

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording

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

    In my view, they are worth sixty-five....but no more. The sound, especially the bass and highs, are mediocre. I can say for sure that had I paid a hundred or more for these they would be on their way back.

    I saved the box and packing material in case they go bad.

    Beware of ANY consumer product that says "Professional." It's generally a gotcha.

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    5.0

    good sound great price very versitil

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    from CT

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio

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

      I use these on my computer, and I can plug my phone into it and use Pandora, or hook a small mixer to it and play thru it

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      4.0

      Good product, depending on your expectations

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      from Sonoma, CA

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      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Compact
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

          I've seen other reviews complaining about the sound. Personally, I have no complaints but my needs are simple. I basically bought these to play iTunes through because I got tired of running twenty feet of cable across my studio between my audio interface and my mixer. So I don't use these for home studio work and I can see where they would be inadequate for that purpose. The woofer is pretty small and I can't see it handling a big bass sound all that well. For my purpose though, these are great and they fit on the same shelf as my iMac. Very good value.

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          4.0

          good for the price

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          from Washington State

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          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Compact
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio

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

            Nice compact design for my desktop recording station. I like having all the connection options. They are a little underpowered for a bigger studio application. The sound quality is very good for this price range.

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            2.0

            Not Impressed - Actually Big Let Down

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            from Orlando, CA

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Compact
            • Easy To Use

            Cons

            • Cheap Build Quality
            • Poor Sound Quality

            Best Uses

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

              Simply not impressed. There are so many computer speaker sets for so much less that sound so much better. Really quite a let down. Bass is non-existent - add the bass boost and prepare to hear muffled distorted low end. High end is nice, but it is so overshadowed by non-existent bass and distorted mids that who cares.

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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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              (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Excellent I would buy this product again

              By 

              from Stamford Connecticut

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              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

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                  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

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                  from Santa Fe, NM

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                  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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