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Alesis Elevate 3 Studio Monitors  

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While it's true that the Alesis Elevate 3 monitors are not designed to be a main set of speakers in major recording and prost production facilities, ...Read More

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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 prost 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.

The elliptical waveguide and carefully formed radiuses on each Elevate 3 monitor come together to form what we call Directional Articulation technology. That's a fancy way of saying you get incredible sounding speakers that won't require a second mortgage on your house.

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
  • Precise audio amplification for project studios, video playback, gaming and mobile devices
  • Front baffles and waveguides feature Directional Articulation technology for excellent directivity and stereo imaging
  • Elliptical waveguide creates a wide sweet spot with outstanding stereo image
  • Separate high and low frequency drivers with crossover
  • High-fidelity bi-amplification with 60-watt peak power
  • Custom wood cabinet with dense wood construction for full, warm sound
  • Carefully formed baffle radiuses reduce edge diffraction
  • Magnetic shielding for desktop use next to computer monitors, displays, TVs and other electronic equipment
  • Convenient, industry-standard I/O and worldwide power options

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

SPECIFICATIONS

Elevate 3 Studio Monitors

  • 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 Monitors
 
4.1

(based on 83 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (36)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (31)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

87%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (67)
  • Good audio (67)
  • Easy to use (59)
  • Lightweight (49)
  • Versatile (24)

Cons

  • Poor sound quality (8)
  • Limited functions (6)
  • Not durable (3)
  • Unreliable (3)

Best Uses

  • Home studio (59)
  • Amateur recording (41)
  • Professional recording (9)
  • Computer speakers (4)
  • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (44), Professional musician (21), Novice (13)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great deal for the price

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...Read complete review

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.

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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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5.0

Will Work for Any Experienced Engineers

By djdaigle

from Eunice, LA

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Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Compact
  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Muddy At Higher Volume

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Home Studio
  • Professional Recording

Comments about Alesis Elevate 3 Studio Monitors:

They've worked for me.

To those who have no experience as an audio engineer: Start small. These will work. They will train your ears to pick up harsh highs and mids, because they will probably get muddy. They really are pretty flat, and true to reproduction of most frequencies. The drawback is you can't push them hard, because they do get muddy. I would recommend getting them to learn on, until you can afford a pair in the 300-500 price range, unless you plan on mixing in a large space (They will not be loud enough) Then, you'll have these as a backup/2nd Reference

To those who are experienced with mixing: They get muddy. As second reference they would work fine, As a main pair I would only use them in a smaller space. They do sound very flat/true though, as long as the volume knob isn't twisted past 1 o'clock.

As far as build quality goes, only time will tell if these will last. I mean I've heard they tend to quit working after a year or two, but I've used mine day in and day out in my home studio for about 7 months without any failures.

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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 Monitors:

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.

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4.0

" Low Volume Little Brutes"

By Chippy

from Onaway Mi

About Me Experienced

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio

    Comments about Alesis Elevate 3 Studio Monitors:

    Got the Alesis Elevate 3 Monitors on a gear/horse trade and for the cost/size these are little brutes. Used as low volume mixdown monitors, they perform exceptionally well.

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    4.0

    Nice for small studio

    By ObsessedGuitarPlayer

    from The waves of Montana

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    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Distorts At Louder Volume
    • Limited Functions

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio

    Comments about Alesis Elevate 3 Studio Monitors:

    I'm just starting a home studio. These are small, but pretty accurate at medium volume settings. They really are colorless for studio work, but too flat for easy music listening. I compared them directly with our powered Bose speakers and the difference is dramatic. They definitely lack bass response, but that is only because of their size. There is an optional connector for a single powered sub woofer for those who need it.

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    5.0

    Amazing!

    By EveningSky

    from Syracuse, NY

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    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Compact
    • Easy To Use
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Weak Base Nl For Small M

    Best Uses

    • Computer Speaker Trackin
    • Home Studio

    Comments about Alesis Elevate 3 Studio Monitors:

    Another amazing product from the Alesis company. For price and size of the monitor, simply amazing! I use mainly as computer speaker, a little bit for tracking, mixing. For serious sound editing, I use more serious speakers. Nonetheless, these speakers offer stunning sound for price and size.

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    4.0

    Great for the price.

    By Edipos

    from Florida

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Easy To Use

    Cons

    • none

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio

    Comments about Alesis Elevate 3 Studio Monitors:

    These speakers are great for the price. My only complaints would be that the audio jack isn't great, I would recommend buying yourself a new one along with the speakers. The bass is a little low even with the bass booster on. Definitely the best speakers you'll get for this price, great starter pair if you're setting up a home recording studio for demos or need a pair for your computers that are loud.

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    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 Monitors:

      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.

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      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 Monitors:

        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.

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        5.0

        Awesome!

        By rjantn

        from Nashville, TN

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio

          Comments about Alesis Elevate 3 Studio Monitors:

          They sound awesome! Great starter speakers for a home studio. Hard to beat for the price.

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          4.0

          Great speakers for the price

          By AlDmz54

          from SARASOTA,FL

          About Me Novice

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Compact
          • Easy To Use
          • Great For Pc
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Not Intended For Large Ro

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio
          • In Small Room For Pc

          Comments about Alesis Elevate 3 Studio Monitors:

          These speakers are a great choice for playing music through pc. The small tweeter adds good response to hi's.

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