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Akai Professional RPM3 Production Monitors with USB Audio Interface   

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      OVERVIEW

      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
      General
      • Size: Near-field
      • System type: Active
      • Configuration: 2-way
      • Drivers
      • Low-frequency driver: 3"
      • Mid-frequency driver: Not applicable
      • High-frequency driver: 1"
      • Full-range driver: Not applicable
      • Driver type: Polypropylene
      • Sound
      • Frequency response: 80Hz – 20kHz
      • Max peak SPL: 88 dB
      • Amplifier class: Info not available
      • Output power: Info not available
      • Onboard Features
      • Input connectors: TS, 1/8", RCA
      • Standby mode: No
      • Acoustic space control: No
      • Power indicator: Yes
      • Other
      • Width: 6.0"
      • Height: 5.0"
      • Depth: 7.5"
      • Weight: 7.5 lb.
      • Enclosure type: Ported

      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 42 reviews)

      Ratings Distribution

      • 5 Stars

         

        (19)

      • 4 Stars

         

        (13)

      • 3 Stars

         

        (5)

      • 2 Stars

         

        (5)

      • 1 Stars

         

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      81%

      of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

      Pros

      • Easy to use (33)
      • Compact (31)
      • Good audio (30)
      • Lightweight (24)
      • Durable (16)

      Cons

      • Poor sound quality (7)
      • Limited functions (5)
      • Not durable (4)
      • Unreliable (3)

      Best Uses

      • Amateur recording (27)
      • Home studio (27)
      • Professional recording (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Experienced (22), Professional musician (14)

      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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      3.0

      overall positive review

      By WILLIAM

      from undisclosed

      Verified Buyer

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

      Small and functional. Practical speaker for a practical use. Do not expect them to rock the house and shake the earth. I have no particular complaints and they came free as a bonus with more expensive keyboard. I am using them and their set up is simple enough that I use this at home for just playing rather than going through the steps and hook ups to route keyboard into more complex bigger sound.

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      4.0

      How do you turn these things off?

      By Tom

      from undisclosed

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

      love the way they sound . but for fullness, you'll need to pair with a small sub woofer . they are a little thin in the bass . but more importantly to me . there's no On/Off switch, you have to hook em up to a dedicated power strip if you want that capability . I think that's weird and a poor design decision as it can't possibly be to cut corners and save money . . . then again, who knows who attended that meeting!

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      4.0

      Not Bad For the Price

      By Rock Star Daddy

      from Id

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      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Compact
      • Easy To Use

      Cons

      • Breaks Easily
      • Limited Functions

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio
      • Laptop Speakers

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

      I mostly use these speakers for watching vid.s on youtube etc. Fairly decent sound for apt. living

      The On/Off/Volume switch is bad so I just leave on the best general setting and turn it on/off at the power strip and then make small adjustments as necessary

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      4.0

      great product for the price

      By 80/20 sound

      from phoenix

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      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • cable between speakers is too short

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio

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

      This is a great 80/20 product. 80% of the quality of an expensive set of monitors for 20% of the price. They sound fantastic to me and I think they are fine for home semi-pro recording

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      5.0

      Great buy

      By Will

      from Austin, Tx

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      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Compact
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Professional Recording

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

        I don't have anything bad to say about these. For a small package they get pretty loud. The sound is clear and I absolutely love it. Hands down one of the best purchases I've made in a long while. Great deal.

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        5.0

        Killer Akai's

        By Panama

        from Lodi,Ca.

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Performances

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

          Hooked them up to the computor,work great for all use's with Sony acid,movies,gaming etc.Really happy with them,surprized with the great sound they deliver.

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          4.0

          Pretty good

          By Piano Bob

          from Salt Lake City, UT

          About Me Professional Musician

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          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Durable
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio

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

            I use it in my home studio. Connected to the USB Input/Output, it seems to work well. There was a latency problem when I used another sound card for input and the Akais for the output. The notes I played on the keyboard came out slightly late in the speakers. However, when I connected to the speakers instead of using another sound card, there was no latency issue. It seems that the bass boost might apply to the headphones as well as the speakers themselves, when connected to the headphone port. I haven't tried the rca and 1/4 inch inputs yet.

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            4.0

            Well designed monitors at a reasonable price

            By John Boy

            from Central Coast, Ca.

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            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Durable
            • USB input, excellent for direct hookup to comp
            • Versatile

            Cons

            • Could be my computer, but sound seems bass heavy

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio
            • USB inputs allow direct feed from comp w/o di

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

            Good value for small monitors. Variety of input jacks, USB input,bass boost switch, small footprint make this ideal for small desktop recording.Sound quality is as you would expect from 3 in speakers,but better than most others in this price range.Self powered, and easy to transport.Sale price at MF made this a good bang for buck. I might buy another set for my grandson

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            4.0

            Suit my needs.

            By Tj

            from Louisville, Ky.

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio

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

              I am using these monitors for in-home recording and PC playback. They are more than adequate for this!

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              4.0

              Let's all welcome the "SPEAKER" of the house!

              By The Howler

              from Howell, NJ

              About Me Professional Musician

              Verified Buyer

              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:

                The good thing about these speakers is that they have no tone control....this gives you exactly what you are putting into your recording as a monitor....The sound going in is the same sound that will be coming out.
                If you are using your computer for home recording, do yourself a favor and set your soundcard EQ to FLAT.. This way you will be getting the exact sound you are putting in when playing back. You'll get a better mix that way.... I do feel though that the left speaker doesn't put out as loud as the right (which is the main amplified speaker that sends signal to the left speaker). The bass boost feature is nice....These speakers will give you some thump... As some people have reported that they blocked the air hole in the back for better bass response.....Don't do that....
                I haven't used the USB function yet. I have my wiring setup a little different but it works for my situation.
                Good buy when these are on sale. I wouldn't pay a hundred for them though....

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