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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 43 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (29)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

81%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (18)
  • Easy to use (15)
  • Good audio (14)
  • Lightweight (11)
  • Versatile (9)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (12)
  • Amateur recording (10)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (11), Professional musician (8), 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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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.

        Comment on this review

        (3 of 6 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!

          Comment on this review

          (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.

              Comment on this review

              (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 1 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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                    5.0

                    So far so good

                    By the butcher

                    from Mason City, Iowa

                    About Me Experienced

                    Ask me a question

                    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.

                      Comment on this review

                      (1 of 3 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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