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Alesis M1 Active 320 USB Studio Monitor Pair  

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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
Description & Specs
  • MSRP:
    $199.00
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  • On Sale Today:
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  • Sale Price:
    $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 41 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (28)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

84%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (16)
  • Easy to use (14)
  • Good audio (12)
  • Lightweight (10)
  • Versatile (8)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home studio (12)
    • Amateur recording (10)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (11), Professional musician (7)

    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

     

    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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    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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      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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          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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            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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              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.

                Comment on this review

                 
                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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                  (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  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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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    M1 Active 320 USB studio monitor pair

                    By LD

                    from Land Between the Tunnels, Va.

                    About Me Experienced

                    Ask me a question

                    Verified Buyer

                    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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