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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 45 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (29)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (20)
  • Easy to use (17)
  • Good audio (15)
  • Lightweight (12)
  • Versatile (10)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (14)
  • Amateur recording (11)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (12), Professional musician (9), Novice (3)

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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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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    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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        1.0

        Good for a Day

        By Johnny

        from Cleveland, Ohio

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Compact
        • Short Term

        Cons

        • Breaks Easily
        • Poor Circuitry
        • Short Term
        • Unreliable

        Best Uses

          Comments about Alesis M1 Active 320 USB Studio Monitor Pair:

          The cons of purchasing any speaker system with an internal amplifier is serviceability. This pair lasted on a few months before one channel shut down. So now it is only throw away because the cost of repair is greater than the value.

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          (3 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Hi-tech for Lo-Fi D.I.Y Producers

          By nudge squidfish

          from 43015

          About Me Professional Musician

          Ask me a question

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Alesis M1 Active 320 USB Studio Monitor Pair:

            Faster, Better & Cheaper are always the right solution. I sandbox my recording systems. I balance Tape & Digital. For me, Digital is best for output. Tape is best for input. I've moved away from the Pro-Tools internet Nexus. Computers can be hacked. Vendors will mess with you! But Tape can't. Pro-Tools is great for editing cut & paste; but isn't worth a hill of beans in "Lo-Fi combat" situation. To me , less is always more. Keep it simple stupid. It's the groove not the tubes that matter in art. Just ask Neil Young!

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Very cool monitors and a good price.

            By RR2000

            from Hesperia, CA

            About Me Novice

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Compact
            • Easy To Use
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording

              Comments about Alesis M1 Active 320 USB Studio Monitor Pair:

              Good price for a good, simple, monitor. Thanks!

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              5.0

              "...and they blew the room away."

              By Mr. Kite

              from Mineral Wells, TX

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Compact
              • Easy To Use

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Home Studio

                Comments about Alesis M1 Active 320 USB Studio Monitor Pair:

                Perfect for my PC based studio.

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                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                Use for PC

                By sandk77

                from PA

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Easy To Use

                Cons

                • Heavy Low End

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Alesis M1 Active 320 USB Studio Monitor Pair:

                  I use them on my computer and they do the job. Better than most computer speakers I have used. For the price they are not bad. Don't expect pro quality for this price. I would possibly recommend if someone was looking for good computer monitors.

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                  (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  1.0

                  Just get headphones

                  By Toxikraft

                  from Martin, TN

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                  • Poor Sound Quality
                  • Unreliable

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Alesis M1 Active 320 USB Studio Monitor Pair:

                    I've been a musician, producer, and audio engineer for about 20 years. I ordered these while I was waiting for some high end monitors because I had some work that still needed to be done. After listening with them for about 1 minute I already knew I made a mistake and I sent them back. Just go get yourself a good pair of headphones or better monitors.

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    2.0

                    Not bad, but definately not good

                    By coppercoingr

                    from Grand Rapids, MI

                    About Me Experienced

                    Ask me a question

                    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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