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Alesis Elevate 3 Studio Monitors   (Open Box)
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OVERVIEW

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.

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

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 95 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (41)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (35)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

85%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (76)
  • Good audio (76)
  • Easy to use (69)
  • Lightweight (55)
  • Versatile (29)

Cons

  • Poor sound quality (10)
  • Limited functions (6)
  • Not durable (3)
  • Unreliable (3)

Best Uses

  • Home studio (68)
  • Amateur recording (45)
  • Professional recording (10)
  • Computer speakers (4)
  • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (52), Professional musician (25), 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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4.0

Good performance for what they are...

By 

from New York City

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Compact
  • Ease of making connection
  • Easy To Use
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Alesis Elevate 3 Studio Monitors:

      For their size and sound output, I consider them well within expectation in term of performances. This is by no mean the very best monitors out there. But for my need, I'm perfectly happy with them.

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      4.0

      I would recommend this product.

      By 

      from CA

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Compact
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • None so far

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio

      Comments about Alesis Elevate 3 Studio Monitors:

      Use it for small home studio in conjunction with other monitor spkrs

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      5.0

      Elevate 3 Studio Monitors

      By 

      from Hurley Va

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio

        Comments about Alesis Elevate 3 Studio Monitors:

        I've use these for recording guitar practice sessions and they work great.

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        5.0

        Fantastic little powerhouse monitors, for a great price!

        By 

        from essex jct, vt

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Compact
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio

          Comments about Alesis Elevate 3 Studio Monitors:

          Great monitors, just plug and play!!!

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          5.0

          Great

          By 

          from Illinois

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Studio
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Alesis Elevate 3 Studio Monitors:

            Big fan of Alesis, and the price was excellent.

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            4.0

            Good sound for size and price

            By 

            from Detroit, Michigan

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • decent sound for the price range and size

            Cons

            • could use a little more power

            Best Uses

            • Home Studio

            Comments about Alesis Elevate 3 Studio Monitors:

            Good quality product, lives up to description, great price

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            4.0

            Gret stuf!

            By 

            from Hickory, Nc

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home Studio

              Comments about Alesis Elevate 3 Studio Monitors:

              I use these in my classroom. I love them!

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              5.0

              Musician, audiophile. Great bang for buck, subwoofer needed.

              By 

              from San Diego, Ca.

              About Me Professional Musician

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home Studio

                Comments about Alesis Elevate 3 Studio Monitors:

                Impressive for the size. But really, it is all about that BASS. So, I added a Yamaha YST-FSW050. Pretty impressive sound for my computer system. Not a PA system @ 120 db with 15"subs, but kickin' perfect for the bedroom computer. I clocked in a very clean 102 db @ 30" centered, with 36" speaker seperation. And yes, the 2-3 hr. break in period is real. Why? Who cares, just wait. I get it isn't practical for the Mfgr. to do this prior to sale.

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                2.0

                Requires sub

                By 

                from Cape Coral, Fl

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                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Compact
                • Easy To Use

                Cons

                • Needs subwoofer
                • Not a full monitor

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Home Studio

                Comments about Alesis Elevate 3 Studio Monitors:

                I didn't need big studio monitors so I found these at a deal and bought them cheap. Price was good - sound was bad. It wasn't a horrible sound it just wasn't complete. The low end was lacking so badly that I realized the sub out which they said was an option..... well it's more like a requirement. If u want a full sound u have to add a sub.

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                2.0

                Better than computer speakers...

                By 

                from Windy Northern Arizona

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Easy To Use

                Cons

                • Lacks clarity & vibrance needed for musical work
                • Poor Sound Quality

                Best Uses

                • Computer Sound

                Comments about Alesis Elevate 3 Studio Monitors:

                I bought these because I needed a good set of monitors to replace the computer speakers I used for video editing. But before I installed these I ended up getting a great deal on a pair of M-Audio AV-40 monitors and used them instead. I kept these for use with my laptop for when I'm in the field (anything is better than the built in speakers on the laptop!), and as a spare if I ever needed them.

                Well, I needed them! The AV-40s developed a buzz when the room temp went into the low 80s and above, so I had to send them back for warranty service.

                Plugging these into my editing workstation after using the AV-40s was like going back in time to when I was using computer speakers! It was compelling enough that I decided to write this review. While I had noticed that these monitors were somewhat duller than I expected when using them with the laptop, I was usually out in the field in less than ideal listening conditions and they still beat the laptop's speakers.

                But using these Alesis monitors on the same material and in the same environment as the AV-40s, I was surprised at how much clarity and vibrance was now missing from the material I was working on.

                Don't get me wrong, they do a somewhat better job than the computer speakers I had been using before, and on the laptop they are so much better than the built-in speakers. But having used a far superior set of monitors for almost a year (the AV-40s), I can not understate my disappointment with these monitors!

                Spend the extra money for a better set if you aren't on a tight budget. And if you are working with music, pass these up entirely. The most notable difference between these and the AV-40 was in the music that I often times need to add to the video I'm working on. When I plugged the AV-40s into my editing system and played my video logo that's added to then end of each video I work on, it was like hearing the music part of the logo for the very first time!

                These Alesis monitors simply don't match to that!

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