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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 51 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (31)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

82%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (23)
  • Easy to use (20)
  • Good audio (19)
  • Lightweight (16)
  • Versatile (12)

Cons

  • Unreliable (3)

Best Uses

  • Home studio (18)
  • Amateur recording (13)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (17), 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

 

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

Studio monitors

By Mooselips

from Savannah

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

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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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                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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