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Powered desktop studio speakers for project studios, video playback, gaming and mobile devices.

While it's true that the Alesis Elevate 3 monitors are not designed to be a main set of speakers in major recording and post production facilities, they are however an excellent and affordable decision for your home computer desktop or small project-based studio. Alesis Elevate 3 monitors come as a stereo-matched pair to provide a clear, full sound for your multimedia content and more. Built using technology adopted from Alesis' award-winning Monitor One and M1 Active professional studio monitors, Elevate 3 Studio Monitors are the perfect way to upgrade your computer or mobile device experience. Each speaker is housed in a handmade, custom wood cabinet that helps provide natural bass and feature an elliptical waveguide with Directional Articulation technology. You'll also have the ability to increase power and bass extension by connecting an optional powered subwoofer.

Exceptional Sound Quality
Elevate 3 Studio Monitors contain powerful, three-inch woofers, crisp, one-inch silk-dome tweeters and dedicated bi-amplified power. Alesis engineers carefully selected and tuned these crucial components to work in concert as a single unit within the custom wood cabinet to deliver full lows, clean highs and a detailed compelling stereo image. Magnetic shielding ensures that you'll never have to worry about placement or interference with displays, TVs and other electronic equipment. And unlike passive speakers, Elevate 3 monitors have a volume knob built right in to the front panel for easy control.

Directional Articulation Technology
Alesis has been creating studio monitors for nearly a quarter century. In that time, they have learned a lot about maximizing sound and sonic clarity. Elevate 3 Studio Monitors leverage Alesis' experience in designing studio loudspeakers by employing custom-designed wood cabinets that stay natural and neutral, regardless of the frequency content or volume.

More importantly, each Elevate 3 cabinet features an elliptical-shaped waveguide set around their high-frequency driver - a feature commonly found on premium speakers far more expensive. Surrounding the high-frequency driver, the waveguide optimizes the throw of sound. Its elliptical shape is wide horizontally, creating a wide listening "sweet spot," so you can move left or right without losing stereo image. And because its shape is narrow vertically, the waveguide reduces reflections off of your computer table, below, and the ceiling, above. This translates to clean, consistent and focused sound every time you turn on your pair of Elevate 3 Studio Monitors.

Convenient I/O
An RCA stereo pair input is onboard, perfect for connecting mixers, interfaces, and virtually any other piece of audio gear. A 1/8-inch stereo connection gives you the ability to switch to headphones easily at anytime, and connecting the speakers is just as easy, requiring just one standard 1/8" cable (included). If you're frequently on the move, Elevate 3 is the speaker for you: they feature a built-in power supply so they'll work worldwide with no wall-wart power supply to lose!

Elevate 3 Studio Monitors are designed to produce natural frequency response. But if you need a little more low-end punch, a convenient bass-boost switch does the trick. And if you need even more power and low-end extension, Elevate 3 features a subwoofer output compatible with virtually any powered subwoofer.

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: Info not available
  • Sound
  • Frequency response: 80Hz – 20kHz
  • Max peak SPL: 101dB
  • Amplifier class: Info not available
  • Output power: 60W
  • Onboard Features
  • Input connectors: RCA
  • Standby mode: No
  • Acoustic space control: No
  • Power indicator: Yes
  • Other
  • Width: 6.4"
  • Height: 7.5"
  • Depth: 5"
  • Weight: 6.3 lb.
  • Enclosure type: Sealed

Trust your sound to the clarity, and premium performance of Alesis Elevate 3 studio speakers!

SPECIFICATIONS

Elevate 3 Studio Monitor (Pair)

  • Audio Inputs: RCA stereo
    Interconnection: 1/8"
    Subwoofer Output: 1/8"
    LF Driver: 3-inch
    HF Driver: 1-inch, silk dome
    Power, peak: 60W
    Power, continuous: 10W x 2
    Bi-amplified: yes
    Front Baffle Thickness: 15mm
    Magnetically Shielded: yes
    Frequency Response: 80Hz - 20kHz
    Active Crossover: yes
    Voltage (switchable or fixed): Internal power switch
    Box Contents
    Pair of Elevate 3 speakers
    Interconnection cable
    Power cable
    Quick start guide
    Safety and warranty manual
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AlesisElevate 3 Studio Monitor (Pair)
 
4.1

(based on 102 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (43)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (38)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (80)
  • Good audio (78)
  • Easy to use (72)
  • Lightweight (59)
  • Versatile (30)

Cons

  • Poor sound quality (11)
  • Limited functions (7)
  • Not durable (5)
  • Unreliable (4)

Best Uses

  • Home studio (70)
  • Amateur recording (47)
  • Professional recording (10)
  • Computer speakers (4)
  • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (55), Professional musician (26), Novice (13)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

There are a super deal for the money!

These are great little speakers for the price.

5 stars for the quality they bring at this price point, NOT because they are as good as higher end, larger...Read complete review

These are great little speakers for the price.

5 stars for the quality they bring at this price point, NOT because they are as good as higher end, larger monitors!

I did a direct, head to head test against my JBL Pro III monitors (4" LF drivers, 1" HF), and the Alesis 3's were MUCH clearer and more precise. The JBL's seemed really "muddy". Now I did break these in for a couple of hours at about 70% volume on the speakers volume knob (as recommended by Alesis). Played a mix of tight compressed pop (Toto, Depeche Mode), classical, and jazz. At the end of the break in period, the harshness of the HF tweeters toned down somewhat and the general sound was a bit fuller and smoother. Transient response was very good considering the size of the drivers. Drums sounded full and punchy. The low boost switch just muddies things up, and isn't usable in a monitoring situation IMHO. I bought these with the express intent of adding a sub to augment the LF. I find these to be a great additional voicing for mix tests, one which approximates users who listen through decent to high quality 2.1 computer systems and soundbar systems. If you are cash strapped and building your first DAW rig, these speakers, along with a sub, and a good set of headphones will certainly get the job done. Just remember, these aren't designed for party rocking sound.

BTW, I plugged the rear ports, and the sound tightened up considerably, especially in the lower mids. This would work well in a sub system, but I found the sound more enjoyable overall with the ports open for casual listening. I have been listening to these for a solid three hours without any fatigue, which is pretty impressive for monitors at this price.

Be sure to check pricing, as there are some great deals out there on these right now.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

good, but with limitations

I bought these for price, just as many others have I imagine. These are the smallest monitors I have encountered, but the sound is very good. I wouldn't suggest using "bass...Read complete review

I bought these for price, just as many others have I imagine. These are the smallest monitors I have encountered, but the sound is very good. I wouldn't suggest using "bass boost" as the sound gets a little muddy. The reason I can't give this a glowing review is two-parts.

If you look at the details, the left monitor does not have its own in/out line. You must connect the 1/8" cable from R. So if you're running even a simple audio interface with 1/4" ins, you will need to buy new cables. Just remember RCA output in the back.

Secondly, once you turn on the monitors you will hear a hiss. Adjust the volume knob past 75% and you will get a hum. Kind of annoying but I guess if you aren't listening carefully you can tune it out.

All in all, for the price, completely worth it. Just note what you intend to use it for as this product is meant for the casual audiophile.

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(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Save your money

By WildAce

from Las Vegas

About Me Professional Musician

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Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Compact
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Muddy bass
  • No Power Unless Its At 10
  • Poor Sound Quality

Best Uses

  • Expensive Computer Speake
  • Mobile DJ

Comments about Alesis Elevate 3 Studio Monitor (Pair):

I fortunately these speakers do not live up to their description! They are a bit small but about the size of normal computer speakers. The design and build are quite nice but that's where the buck turns. These speakers are good at a high end freq and not good at lows-lets face it a 3" woofer can't do much. What I found is listening to song that have been mastered and mixed come through quite muddy; however, tracks that I have been working on and turned into MP3 came through decent. Bottom line is I had to play with my input volume and speak volume to prevent a muddy sound. These are not good speaker monitors for any level of user. These are great for simple laptop or desktop speakers that look cool. Save your money and pay a bit more for a decent monitor if you are serious about recording, mixing, or engineering!

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great deal for the price

By The Lottery 2055

from Los Angeles

About Me Experienced

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Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Alesis Elevate 3 Studio Monitor (Pair):

      I'm diving deep into mixing and mastering. I have a somewhat pro studio set up at an actual lock out but wanted something to work with at home.

      I purchased these for very cheap. I got exactly what I expected. Decent sounding and durable.
      I like the fact that you sort of have to mix with these monitors on a lower volume. They force you to stay disciplined and not crank up the volume (the easily distort if you do). If you can mix on a lower volume setting the outcome is usually much superior vs cranking it way up.

      What I do like about lower end monitors is the fact that you have to train your ears to pick up and learn about certain subtle nuances. Sort of like boot camp for mixing. Now when I sit in front of my Fostex monitors at my studio my ears are getting better and better at picking stuff up because of my home training on the lower end monitors.

      It's all about your ear and taking the time to learn what your monitors can do and then applying it all to the mix.

      Buy these and learn something before spending big on costly monitors.

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Dont let the price and size fool you.

      By Ronnie

      from Payson,Az

      About Me Professional Musician

      See all my reviews

      Ask me a question

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Compact
      • Durable
      • Easy To Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio

        Comments about Alesis Elevate 3 Studio Monitor (Pair):

        I just purchased these monitors and got them last week for my online radio station and, Despite what some of the negative comments say Alesis once again have NOT disappointed me in delivering an excellent product. These monitors are not designed to power a high wattage home sound system, They are for small studio applications such as my online radio station and they sound unbelievable! I was considering adding my Yamaha sub for more low end bass but, They sound great without my sub too. So if your looking to play Metallica on 10 constantly then these monitors are NOT for you but, If you are looking for compact excellent sounding monitors that wont break the bank for your studio the Alesis elevate 3 monitors will not let you down.

        http://www.live365.com/stations/honestabe123

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        good, but with limitations

        By andylymusic

        from Bay Area, CA

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Compact
        • Easy To Use
        • Good value
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Hiss
        • Limited Functions
        • Rca To Eighth Inch Jack

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio
        • Pc Speakers

        Comments about Alesis Elevate 3 Studio Monitor (Pair):

        I bought these for price, just as many others have I imagine. These are the smallest monitors I have encountered, but the sound is very good. I wouldn't suggest using "bass boost" as the sound gets a little muddy. The reason I can't give this a glowing review is two-parts.

        If you look at the details, the left monitor does not have its own in/out line. You must connect the 1/8" cable from R. So if you're running even a simple audio interface with 1/4" ins, you will need to buy new cables. Just remember RCA output in the back.

        Secondly, once you turn on the monitors you will hear a hiss. Adjust the volume knob past 75% and you will get a hum. Kind of annoying but I guess if you aren't listening carefully you can tune it out.

        All in all, for the price, completely worth it. Just note what you intend to use it for as this product is meant for the casual audiophile.

        (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Waste of Money

        By Grcanyonman

        from Kansas

        About Me Professional Musician

        See all my reviews

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        Pros

        • Price

        Cons

        • Poor Sound Quality

        Best Uses

        • Trash Can

        Comments about Alesis Elevate 3 Studio Monitor (Pair):

        I, like others was enticed by the price. when I hooked them up to my Tascam US-1800 to record the sound quality sucked, so I included them with a PA system I sold off. and I recently purchased a set of M-Audio's and they sound great. live and learn: a bargain isn't a bargain when the product you purchased wasn't up to your standards.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        There are a super deal for the money!

        By 30 yr pro drummer, guitarist, engineer

        from Houston, Texas

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Fairly Large

        Cons

        • Mini Jack For Sub Output

        Best Uses

        • 2nd Studio Mix Monitors
        • Amateur Recording
        • Computer Speakers
        • Home Studio

        Comments about Alesis Elevate 3 Studio Monitor (Pair):

        These are great little speakers for the price.

        5 stars for the quality they bring at this price point, NOT because they are as good as higher end, larger monitors!

        I did a direct, head to head test against my JBL Pro III monitors (4" LF drivers, 1" HF), and the Alesis 3's were MUCH clearer and more precise. The JBL's seemed really "muddy". Now I did break these in for a couple of hours at about 70% volume on the speakers volume knob (as recommended by Alesis). Played a mix of tight compressed pop (Toto, Depeche Mode), classical, and jazz. At the end of the break in period, the harshness of the HF tweeters toned down somewhat and the general sound was a bit fuller and smoother. Transient response was very good considering the size of the drivers. Drums sounded full and punchy. The low boost switch just muddies things up, and isn't usable in a monitoring situation IMHO. I bought these with the express intent of adding a sub to augment the LF. I find these to be a great additional voicing for mix tests, one which approximates users who listen through decent to high quality 2.1 computer systems and soundbar systems. If you are cash strapped and building your first DAW rig, these speakers, along with a sub, and a good set of headphones will certainly get the job done. Just remember, these aren't designed for party rocking sound.

        BTW, I plugged the rear ports, and the sound tightened up considerably, especially in the lower mids. This would work well in a sub system, but I found the sound more enjoyable overall with the ports open for casual listening. I have been listening to these for a solid three hours without any fatigue, which is pretty impressive for monitors at this price.

        Be sure to check pricing, as there are some great deals out there on these right now.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great product

        By MAC1952

        from Pesotum, IL

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Durable
        • Easy installation

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Electronic Keyboard
          • Events
          • Home Studio

          Comments about Alesis Elevate 3 Studio Monitor (Pair):

          These are the best speakers I've seen so far. They are compact and easily fit into my gig bag with my electronic keyboard. Really good sound! They also can be used to enhance the sound of a laptop computer.

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          Dead after 6 months

          By CS

          from Oakland CA

          About Me Novice

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Compact
          • Easy To Use

          Cons

          • Breaks Easily
          • Unreliable

          Best Uses

            Comments about Alesis Elevate 3 Studio Monitor (Pair):

            Worked great for a while. Bought mine back in september 2013. It's now April 2014 and they simply refuse to power on.

            I did purchase the 2 year warranty, and funny enough after getting through to the company that MF does warranties through, they told me to call Alesis instead since it's within their warranty time frame?
            Pretty bad service if you ask me. Now sitting on hold with Alesis in the middle of my work day. You'd think if you hired out your warranty service they'd offer full service instead of passing you around.

            Decent monitors IMO, but you might find yourself wasting a lot of time down the line to address faulty units.
            Get the warranty. Or maybe just buy local instead to save yourself time sitting on hold during weekend business hours.

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Excellent sound! Buy with confidence.

            By Beanbandit27

            from Louisiana

            About Me Experienced

            See all my reviews

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Compact
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio

              Comments about Alesis Elevate 3 Studio Monitor (Pair):

              I bought these on sale and these are one of the best purchases I have ever made. These speakers sound very clear, tight and clean. Whoever thinks the sound quality is poor msut have gotten a defective pair because these sound great to me! Now keep in mind, these are studio monitors. These were designed to reproduce sound accurately. These are NOT designed to rattle your windows, nor are they appropriate for a high powered home theater system. These desktop monitors are good for hooking up to a computer, tablet, iPod, mp3 player, etc. I personally hooked them up to a computer where I mix various techno and trance tracks and these little gems are perfect! The tracks come out clean, tight, accurate and crystal clear. I love these speakers!

              (3 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Great for A-B monitoring

              By kt

              from atlanta

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home Studio

                Comments about Alesis Elevate 3 Studio Monitor (Pair):

                using in combination with larger JBL monitors, switching between them gives a clear picture of what is going on...

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