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Alesis M1 Active 320 USB Studio Monitor Pair   

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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.

SPECIFICATIONS

M1 Active 320 USB Studio Monitor Pair

  • 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
 
4.3

(based on 52 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (31)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (23)
  • Easy to use (21)
  • Good audio (19)
  • Lightweight (16)
  • Versatile (13)

Cons

  • Unreliable (3)

Best Uses

  • Home studio (19)
  • Amateur recording (13)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (18), Professional musician (9), Novice (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

USB Class Compliant = easy installation

So the Alesis M1Active 320 USB powered monitors are USB Class Compliant, so you don't need to install drivers. This makes them compatible with Linux as well as Windows. I know this because...Read complete review

So the Alesis M1Active 320 USB powered monitors are USB Class Compliant, so you don't need to install drivers. This makes them compatible with Linux as well as Windows. I know this because my system is Ubuntu Studio and they work with it as well as with Windows when I used it. This adds to their value in terms of simplicity.

The down side is that the interface is only 16-bit instead of the more common and pro 24-bit. 24-bit interfaces tend to be quieter and more accurate.

I did notice that the sound quality is much better if you plug up the rear bass ports with a sock in each hole. This helps reduce the boominess of the bass especially if you use these close to a wall. Once you do that, the sound quality is reasonable for the price.

I have been able to compose tunes on them that translate to other systems OK.

Aesthetically, they look nice and the build quality is decent.

Other pluses is that they work as semi-portable speakers for a portable media player via the 1/8 " connection.

In softwares, they show up as "USB AUDIO CODEC" which is easy to deal with for selecting inputs and outputs.

On Windows 7 I was able to use ASIO4ALLv2 with them successfully, with acceptable DPC latencies.

On Linux, they worked with both JACK and PulseAudio, though I don't use JACK anymore in Ubuntu Studio. The latency of them within Ubuntu Studio Linux was acceptable.

Overall, I find them good for the price and thankful that the price was not too high.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not bad, but definately not good

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....Read complete review

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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4.0

ALESIS STUDIO MONITORS

By Mastermcz77

from New York

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Durable
  • Easy To Use
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio

    Comments about Alesis M1 Active 320 USB Studio Monitor Pair:

    All these negative reviews I wanted to comment on; I have bought 2 pairs of these thru MF with no problems except the bass boost being too heavy! I am curious since I have had these a couple years now with NO problems!! Have these other users have considered editing the EQ settings in the programs they are running through??? Such as EQ settings in media player or the like? I have to comment on this because other "EDITS" have NOT been mentioned in any complaints! Besides that they inexpensive what do you want for this price POINT, like the complaints mentioned. REALLY GUYS ! Either you are NOT as experienced as you say OR Don't know how to edit your own programming because this would clear up many of the problems in here as far as I am concerned! Tweak these optional settings before giving a negative review cause who knows what your EQ's are set AT !

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    4.0

    Studio monitors

    By Moose lips

    from Savannah Georgia

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Durable
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Performances

      Comments about Alesis M1 Active 320 USB Studio Monitor Pair:

      Very nice for the price

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      4.0

      A decent low-cost monitor

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      By Westmusic

      from Oklahoma

      About Me Experienced

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      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio

        Comments about Alesis M1 Active 320 USB Studio Monitor Pair:

        I use these monitors for my home studio, and they have helped me to get a little better mix on some songs that I had mixed in the past with CAD Audio studio headphones. Once I mix with these and the headphones the mix is a LOT closer to broadcast quality

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        5.0

        Great Sound For The Size

        By Sent4th

        from Bel Air, Maryland

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Great sound for my laptop as my mobile studio

          Comments about Alesis M1 Active 320 USB Studio Monitor Pair:

          These small monitors are great for my laptop when I am working on my music mobile. I want to edit or listen to some of my recording during off hours when I not in the main studio. These monitors sound great, good sounding bass and specially when you adjust the mids and highs.

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          3.0

          Don't waste your money

          By lmccat

          from Las Vegas, NV

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Unreliable

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio

          Comments about Alesis M1 Active 320 USB Studio Monitor Pair:

          The problem I have with these speakers is the left speaker is constantly losing its signal and the drops the sound. They're great if they work, but they're unreliable. I would recommend putting the money into a better set that are more reliable.

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          (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          I really like these studio monitors

          By Disco Dave :-)

          from Salt Lake City, Utah

          Comments about Alesis M1 Active 320 USB Studio Monitor Pair:

          I use the monitors in my home recording studio.

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          4.0

          I am pleased with this first-time pro audio purchase.

          By Loyal shopper

          from Greene, NY

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Compact
          • Easy To Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Studio

            Comments about Alesis M1 Active 320 USB Studio Monitor Pair:

            Quality active monitors that are ideal for my home studio.

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            (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            USB Class Compliant = easy installation

            By electronic composer

            from Des Moines,IA

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight
            • Usb Class Compliant

            Cons

            • 16-bit Not 24-bit
            • Port Sound Better Closed

            Best Uses

            • Computer Speakers
            • Home Studio
            • Playback Systems

            Comments about Alesis M1 Active 320 USB Studio Monitor Pair:

            So the Alesis M1Active 320 USB powered monitors are USB Class Compliant, so you don't need to install drivers. This makes them compatible with Linux as well as Windows. I know this because my system is Ubuntu Studio and they work with it as well as with Windows when I used it. This adds to their value in terms of simplicity.

            The down side is that the interface is only 16-bit instead of the more common and pro 24-bit. 24-bit interfaces tend to be quieter and more accurate.

            I did notice that the sound quality is much better if you plug up the rear bass ports with a sock in each hole. This helps reduce the boominess of the bass especially if you use these close to a wall. Once you do that, the sound quality is reasonable for the price.

            I have been able to compose tunes on them that translate to other systems OK.

            Aesthetically, they look nice and the build quality is decent.

            Other pluses is that they work as semi-portable speakers for a portable media player via the 1/8 " connection.

            In softwares, they show up as "USB AUDIO CODEC" which is easy to deal with for selecting inputs and outputs.

            On Windows 7 I was able to use ASIO4ALLv2 with them successfully, with acceptable DPC latencies.

            On Linux, they worked with both JACK and PulseAudio, though I don't use JACK anymore in Ubuntu Studio. The latency of them within Ubuntu Studio Linux was acceptable.

            Overall, I find them good for the price and thankful that the price was not too high.

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            4.0

            Just what I needed

            By Tennyshoe

            from Fort Worth, Texas

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio
              • Tv Sound System

              Comments about Alesis M1 Active 320 USB Studio Monitor Pair:

              I bought the units as a sound system for my television. They are very powerful for the size & the sound is very good. I'm very satisfied with this purchase and the shipping was very fast

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great little monitors

              By little joe

              from Wilmington Delaware

              About Me Novice

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Alesis M1 Active 320 USB Studio Monitor Pair:

                  If your like me just setting up a small bedroom studio these are great, just the right size and they sound great.

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