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Alesis M1 Active 520 75W Active Near-Field Reference Monitor Pair  

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This pair of Alesis M1 Active 520 Near-Field Reference Monitors offers incredible definition and flat frequency response with the help of high-precis...Read More

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Affordable home studio monitors with pro features.

This pair of Alesis M1 Active 520 Near-Field Reference Monitors offers incredible definition and flat frequency response with the help of high-precision drivers and a carefully designed crossover. The rear-port provides deep bass-extension and high SPL output, and the rear-mounted EQ switches allow the user to tailor the speaker to the studio environment. A 1"-thick front baffle minimizes speaker resonance and the acoustic waveguide evenly disperses high-frequency sound. The Bass Density control lets you dial in balanced sound regardless of room or placement. The Alesis M1 520 monitor's top-mounted power/clip indicator lets you know if the speaker is clipping.

FEATURES
  • 2-way, 75W active near-field reference monitors
  • 5" low frequency driver
  • 1" silk dome tweeter
  • Acoustic waveguide
  • Low Frequency Density switch
  • Rear port design
  • Hi, Mid, and Low Frequency EQ switches
  • Top-mounted Power Switch/Clip Light
  • 1"-thick front baffle
  • Magnetically shielded
  • 1/4" TRS connector

Alesis' newly designed affordable, high-precision active reference monitor with Bass Density control and EQ.

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AlesisM1 Active 520 75W Active Near-Field Reference Monitor Pair
 
3.7

(based on 7 reviews)

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4.0

GOOD FOR THE PRICE

By Spacey

from APACHE JUNCTION AZ

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Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Easy To Use

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Alesis M1 Active 520 75W Active Near-Field Reference Monitor Pair:

    For my home computer mini studio. No troubles out of the box.

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    (5 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Can not get rid of the buzz

    By Billy-Joe

    from Destin, Fa

    Comments about Alesis M1 Active 520 75W Active Near-Field Reference Monitor Pair:

    Got a new pair, sounded pretty good but I got a buzz on one side when the bass hits hard, thinking it was overloading I lowered the bass to get the buzz to go away, but the more I use it the more buzz there is. I switched channels and it followed the speaker.I've tried to call tech support at Alesis but I never get through and they do not call back. For quality I give it a low mark because Alesis just isn't helping. I may have done something to them and I'm willing to pay to send them to have them checked out but if they do not call me how am I going to get it fixed?

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    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great features

    By VLZLAB

    from Connecticut

    Comments about Alesis M1 Active 520 75W Active Near-Field Reference Monitor Pair:

    After opening the box, I set them up and did a quick mix using the default settings. I played them back in my car and noticed that the mix was a bit on the bright side. I engaged the treble boost feature...re-mixed the song and got much better results. Great speakers for the money with good features and very user friendly.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Beauty in it's finest

    By Mitymaose

    from Boston, MA

    Comments about Alesis M1 Active 520 75W Active Near-Field Reference Monitor Pair:

    I bought these thinkin that they would be fine. Nothing special cuz I jus hated the monitors I had before. When I got them last night man..... it blew my mind. I thought it took a lot of money to get quality like this. I'm gonna cop a pair of the more powerful set too. These are hot

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    (4 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Owned for years

    By Mike-1ZXi5

    from Indy

    Comments about Alesis M1 Active 520 75W Active Near-Field Reference Monitor Pair:

    The rating I gave these speakers may seem weird to you, as will this review.The speakers, in general, are fine. The blue light changes to red when the speaker clips, which is nice... however these speakers cannot handle a very high SPL. What is odd about this speaker is that I am TOTALLY UNABLE TO MIX with them. Everything I do to the mix sounds good. Why is this a problem? Because when I burn a CD and take it to my car, the mix is utter crap. Utter Crap. So I go back, and I listen to the CD through these speakers and it sounds fine. Ok... So I started writing down adjustments in my car that I needed to make. I make them and the mix sounds better, but it's guess work. You don't get an accurate image with these at all. I have no idea why. I just can't mix with them.Fair warning.

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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Ho..Hum

    By RW-yuqlC

    from Minneapolis

    Comments about Alesis M1 Active 520 75W Active Near-Field Reference Monitor Pair:

    Not a very good set of monitors. It has a high pitched tone when it is on that can be very irritating. Also the power lights dim when the speaker is working at half volume suggesting that it is loading the supply.Alesis tech support says these are not issues and is perfectly normal for this monitor - go figure. Guess they set their product expectations quite low...

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    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    hit the mark and exceeded my expectations

    By RockGearReviews.com

    from Memphis, TN

    Comments about Alesis M1 Active 520 75W Active Near-Field Reference Monitor Pair:

    My home studio needed some quality monitors, but nothing as big and bulky as an 8" Goliath. So I headed on over to the local music store to take a listen to some smaller options. These Alesis speakers hit the mark and exceeded my expectations.Here's what I love about them: after mixing a couple tracks at home and comparing them to tracks done in my commercial studio, I was stunned. The home studio mix was three times better! Unbelievable, I know. But it's the truth. The bass was tighter despite these monitors only having a 5" driveer. And the highs aren't all hyped up like some of the more popular monitors on the market.The best part is the selectable bass control on the back. I needed it because I mix in the corner of a room. The option to roll the lows off and control them more precisely was just what I needed. That option alone makes these the perfect choice for any home studio. Go try them yourself. You won't be let down.

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