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Overview

  • USB 1.1 audio interface
  • 16-Bit/44.1-48 kHz recording and playback
  • Pro-grade 1/4" plugs and standard RCA jacks
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    $199.00
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    $7900

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Portable monitoring and USB audio interface in one!

Alesis M1 Active 320 powered monitor speakers make a lot of sense on your studio desktop and for field recording and other traveling audio engineers. The Alesis monitors connect via USB to your laptop or computer for plug-and-play listening. These compact speakers are equipped with I/O for connecting a keyboard, mic preamp, guitar effects, mixer, and other audio components for easy computer recording.

M1 Active 320 monitor speakers deliver 16-bit/44.1-48kHz audio quality through a USB 1.1 port--without the need for special drivers. A Bass Boost switch increases the low-end for monitoring in big spaces. Besides the USB cable, the I/O includes quality 1/4" plugs and standard RCA jacks, a TRS headphone output, two unbalanced 1/4" phone jacks inputs, a stereo 1/8" mini-jack input, and stereo RCA inputs. Another nice benefit is that each monitor speaker is magnetically shielded, so you won't have to worry about placing them near TVs or computers.

Features

  • USB 1.1 audio interface
  • 16-Bit/44.1-48 kHz recording and playback
  • Pro-grade 1/4" plugs and standard RCA jacks
  • TRS Headphone output
  • Two unbalanced 1/4" phone jack inputs
  • Stereo 1/8" TRS mini-jack input
  • Stereo RCA inputs
  • 1/8" TS output to passive speaker (cable included)
  • Switchable power supply

Take your recording show on the road with this low-cost monitor pair and audio interface setup.

 

M1 Active 320 USB Studio Monitor Pair Specifications:

  • Woofer: 3" lightweight, magnetically-shielded
  • Tweeter: 1" silk dome
  • Frequency Response: 80Hz-20kHz
  • Power: 10W per channel RMS
  • Signal-to-Noise Ratio: 88dB weighted
  • Digital Conversion: 16-bit delta sigma, 44.1kHz or 48kHz sampling rate
  • Dimensions: 6"D x 5"W x 7.5"H (each)
  • Weight: Just under 5lb. (each)
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AlesisM1 Active 320 USB Studio Monitor Pair
 
4.4

(based on 36 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (25)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

87%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (12)
  • Easy to use (10)
  • Good audio (9)
  • Lightweight (8)
  • Versatile (6)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home studio (10)
    • Amateur recording (7)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (10), Professional musician (4)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Lots of power from something so small

    Overall, for the price you would be hard pressed to find better. Keep in mind that you do get what you pay for. If you want something high quality then budget more money....Read complete review

    Overall, for the price you would be hard pressed to find better. Keep in mind that you do get what you pay for. If you want something high quality then budget more money. That said, these are fantastic monitors, they sound great and are fairly durable. They fulfill the purpose I purchased them for.
    I give them an 8 because they are fairly basic so not many features (Basic is not a bad thing). The usb interface makes it so you don't need a sound card to run these on your computer.
    I was amazed by the sound quality and volume that these little monitors put out. They are the size of bookshelf speakers and yet sound like speakers twice their size. The low end is decent for not having separate subs, granted units with a sub will give more bass however they usually cost 3-4 times more than these. They are built fairly well, the volume knob is solid and not some flimsy plastic thing that just hangs there. They are extremely powerful as well, I am running them at 10 oclock and my music is normal listening volume. If I turn them up to 12 they are very loud and I can hear them halfway across the house and that is with the knob at 50%. The only controversial thing that I notice is that you don't really get any sound out of them if the knob is lower than 9 oclock however I don't consider this a bad thing it is just worth mentioning.
    For the price these are a fantastic value. Others have described these as expensive pc speakers which in a way is true because of their size and features. It all comes down to what you are looking for, I bought these because I wanted to do some recording on my pc and wanted a speaker system that was not dynamic (modify the eq to make it "sound better"). These seem to give an accurate representation of how a song or track sounds.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Unbalanced Mess

    I bought these monitors a few years ago, thinking they would suit my dorm. I was in college at the time. I happened across them on MF today and was shocked how well...Read complete review

    I bought these monitors a few years ago, thinking they would suit my dorm. I was in college at the time. I happened across them on MF today and was shocked how well rated they are. These monitors are completely terrible. I have owned and used many quality speakers and monitors over the years, these are certainly not that. The response is completely unbalanced. Imagine listening to music through speakers with broken tweeters. Then, as if that weren't bad enough, add in a huge boost in the low end. I remember eqing iTunes to cut low frequencies by at least 10db and boosting the highs all the same, and still had a hollow sound with slight clarity. These are useless for trying to create a mix, master, or even reference while recording. Definitely avoid them for your home studio.

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    2.0

    Not bad, but definately not good

    By coppercoingr

    from Grand Rapids, MI

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    Pros

    • Compact
    • Durable
    • Easy To Use

    Cons

    • Limited Functions
    • Poor Sound Quality

    Best Uses

      Comments about Alesis M1 Active 320 USB Studio Monitor Pair:

      These are not bad if you just want to have some speakers to have at home to listen to music from your computer or something. But these are absolutely no good for studio purposes. They are quiet and sound sort of muddy. They are also really bass heavy which is bad news for mixing. You get what you pay for. Save your money and get something you can actually use for mixing.

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      5.0

      So far so good

      By the butcher

      from Mason City, Iowa

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Easy To Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Home Studio

        Comments about Alesis M1 Active 320 USB Studio Monitor Pair:

        When I hooked these up to my laptop I couldn't believe how big they sounded. These things get loud if you want them to. Nice and full sounding too. They sound like much bigger monitors to me. There is a bass boost but there is plenty without it so I keep it off. For the money I am very happy with the purchase. I will be getting another set for outdoor music to our patio actually because they are loud enough to get the job done in a big space I believe.

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        1.0

        Unbalanced Mess

        By Boots McJeffers

        from Ohio

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Dull
        • Extremely Bassy
        • No Definition

        Best Uses

        • Landfill Space Holder

        Comments about Alesis M1 Active 320 USB Studio Monitor Pair:

        I bought these monitors a few years ago, thinking they would suit my dorm. I was in college at the time. I happened across them on MF today and was shocked how well rated they are. These monitors are completely terrible. I have owned and used many quality speakers and monitors over the years, these are certainly not that. The response is completely unbalanced. Imagine listening to music through speakers with broken tweeters. Then, as if that weren't bad enough, add in a huge boost in the low end. I remember eqing iTunes to cut low frequencies by at least 10db and boosting the highs all the same, and still had a hollow sound with slight clarity. These are useless for trying to create a mix, master, or even reference while recording. Definitely avoid them for your home studio.

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        5.0

        Alesis Studio Monitors

        By Ryan

        from Pennsylvania

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Compact
        • Lightweight
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio

          Comments about Alesis M1 Active 320 USB Studio Monitor Pair:

          I was surprised by these studio monitors. Great clear sound out of them and they also act as an interface, as well. I have been using them with my iPad for mobile recording, and they work great. I have also run some of my multi-effects processors through them, and they do a great job at reproducing uncolored flat response sound from them as well. At the price that these are at, you simply cannot beat them.

          As usual, speedy and free shipping for musicians friend. You really can't go wrong with these.

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          5.0

          M1 Active 320 USB studio monitor pair

          By LD

          from Land Between the Tunnels, Va.

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio
            • Mobile DJ
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Alesis M1 Active 320 USB Studio Monitor Pair:

            These are great versatile speakers. The only issue I have with them is that the sound quality gets poor if you are not more or less directly in front of them...however given their size they are amazing.

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            4.0

            Good value

            By keys

            from Santa Fe NM

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Durable
            • Easy To Use

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home Studio

              Comments about Alesis M1 Active 320 USB Studio Monitor Pair:

              Very happy with these speakers to enhance laptop sound

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              5.0

              Good speakers

              By Chris J

              from Joliet, IL

              About Me Novice

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Home Studio

                Comments about Alesis M1 Active 320 USB Studio Monitor Pair:

                When I first bought these a received a pair where the left passive speaker's woofer didn't work so I called the customer service and they sent me a new set out that day, it's always a good experience working with musicians friend. All around the speakers are well worth the price, especially for an amateur home studio

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                5.0

                very good

                By middlemonkey

                from new york, ny

                About Me Professional Musician

                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Compact
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Home Studio

                  Comments about Alesis M1 Active 320 USB Studio Monitor Pair:

                  You get what you pay for and these are perfectly priced, excellent quality monitors. I am using them as computer speakers and they bring studio qualities to my most often-used listening post (i.e. detail, non-fatiguing smooth treble, acceptance of no low end so no boom). Probably best used in a studio as modern, inexpensive aurotone replacements... definitely useful.

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                  4.0

                  A/V application

                  By dan12345

                  from Texas

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                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording

                    Comments about Alesis M1 Active 320 USB Studio Monitor Pair:

                    I am using these in an A/V setup, they are fine for that. I don't think they would be useful in a studio environment. Accuracy is lacking, especially in the lower range.

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                    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Excellent, flat response speakers

                    By cwcareaga

                    from Yavapai County, AZ

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                    Pros

                    • Clear Sound
                    • Flat response

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Amateur Recording
                      • Home Studio
                      • Semi-professional Recordi

                      Comments about Alesis M1 Active 320 USB Studio Monitor Pair:

                      Clearly the best flat response speakers on the market in this price range. They absolutely do not compare to speakers costing 400+ each but I didn't expect them to. They ARE self powered, which usually means they have some sort of 'coloring' to the sound. These don't. For recording purposes you need flat response speakers, no coloring...and these do the job. My only gripe is the manufacturer's need to include a bass booster. That's fine if you want to party and rock & roll and have fun but if you want to record and monitor your recordings, leave the bass booster alone.
                      Over all these are great speakers for the price range.

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