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Overview

  • Two-way, active, bi-amplified pair of reference studio-monitor loudspeakers
  • Wide, 56 — 20,000 Hz frequency response
  • Five-inch lightweight polypropylene woofer with 50W RMS
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      An affordable studio monitor pair with uncolored audio reproduction and built-in USB interface.

      M1Active 520 USB is a studio monitoring system designed for professional studio use with an internal digital-audio interface. M1Active 520 USB is a pair of active, bi-amplified, two-way reference monitors that play from 20,000 Hz all the way down to 56 Hz to cover nearly all frequencies audible to human ears. You can take digital signal out of your computer via USB and input it to M1Active 520 USB thanks to their digital input. Priced attractively for any studio's budget, M1Active 520 USB perform with linearity, clarity, and neutrality typically reserved for monitors that cost much more.

      Reference Monitoring
      Alesis has built M1Active 520USB around their popular five-inch polypropylene low-frequency driver for full, smooth response in the low end and a one-inch silk dome high-frequency driver for absolute clarity in the highs. A custom crossover avoids the crucial vocal midrange, ensuring that your mixes sound the way you recorded them. The low-resonance bass reflex cabinet features radiussed edges to reduce edge diffraction and a tuned port for bass extension. A bass boost switch offers low-frequency enhancement to further accommodate for room conditions requiring a little more output in the low end.

      Professional Monitoring Options
      When you reach for the convenient front panel volume control, you can be confident that the power you need will be there with M1Active 520 USB's bi-amplified design delivering 25W to the tweeter and 50W to the woofer. Like the rest of the M1Active series, M1Active 520 USB are magnetically shielded, so there's never an issue of placement near computer screen, LCDs, or hard drives. The front-panel stereo 1/4" headphone output mutes the loudspeakers when connected. When you connect headphones, the main volume control automatically switches to controlling the headphone output. M1Active 520 USB feature a large, front-panel, bi-color indicator that indicates presence of signal in blue and clipping in red for instant feedback on system status.

      Extensive I/O
      Professional quality analog input jacks are located on the rear. Two balanced-1/4" inputs enable engineers to connect a stereo source or two mono sources. For convenient recordings, simply connect the stereo output of a mixer. You can create complete recordings with no additional audio interface. The speakers are interconnected using a standard XLR cable for secure, professional connection. For worldwide operation, M1Active 520 USB features a voltage-switchable power supply.

      USB Digital Audio Interface
      In addition to their capabilities as traditional monitor loudspeakers, M1Active 520 USB monitors contain a USB audio interface. Connected audio sources such as mic preamps and instruments can be recorded directly into your computer at 16-bit, 44.1 or 48 kHz. Simply plug the USB cable into your computer. No special drivers required. And when it's time to listen back to your mixes, that same USB cable sends 16-bit, 44.1 or 48 kHz, stereo audio from computer to your M1Active 520 USBs. No more complicated interfaces and messy cable tangles.

      Features

      • Two-way, active, bi-amplified pair of reference studio-monitor loudspeakers
      • Wide, 56 — 20,000 Hz frequency response
      • Five-inch lightweight polypropylene woofer with 50W RMS
      • One-inch silk-dome tweeter with 25W RMS
      • Integrated USB audio interface with 16-bit, 44.1/48 kHz recording and playback
      • Two balanced-1/4" inputs
      • Stereo, 1/4" headphone output
      • Magnetically shielded for placement near TV and computer monitors
      • Low-resonance cabinet with tuned bass port
      • Bi-color signal/clip indicator
      • Switchable power supply ensures worldwide operation

      Includes

      • Two M1Active 520 USB loudspeakers
      • XLR interconnection cable (6 ft)
      • USB cable (6 ft)
      • IEC power cable
      • Quick start manual
      • Safety and warranty guide

      Accurately hear your tracks and get USB connected too! Order today.

       

      M1Active 520 USB Studio Monitors Specifications:

      • Low-frequency driver: 5" lightweight, magnetically-shielded, ultra-stiff polypropylene cone with rubber surround and high power handling voice coil
      • High-frequency driver: one-inch silk dome with magnetic shielding
      • Frequency Response: 56 - 20,000 Hz
      • Power: 50 W / 25 W per channel RMS
      • Signal-to-Noise Ratio: >90dB weighted
      • Digital Conversion: 16-bit delta sigma, 44.1kHz or 48kHz sampling rate
      • Inputs: two balanced-1/4"
      • Polarity: Positive signal on "+" pin creates forward cone displacement
      • Input Impedance: 10k ohms
      • Input Level: -10dBV nominal, balanced
      • Dynamic Range: >80dB
      Customer Reviews
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      AlesisM1Active 520 USB Studio Monitors
       
      4.6

      (based on 16 reviews)

      Ratings Distribution

      • 5 Stars

         

        (13)

      • 4 Stars

         

        (1)

      • 3 Stars

         

        (1)

      • 2 Stars

         

        (0)

      • 1 Stars

         

        (1)

      82%

      of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

      Pros

      • Good audio (10)
      • Easy to use (9)
      • Durable (6)
      • Compact (5)

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home studio (8)
        • Amateur recording (5)
          • Reviewer Profile:
          • Experienced (5), Novice (5)

        Most Liked Positive Review

         

        Alesis M1 Active 520 USB Studio Monitors

        They include an XLR cord to connect the 2 speakers. In my opinion it's not quite long enough.
        Yes it is made heavy-duty and "Industrial-strength", but 4 feet...Read complete review

        They include an XLR cord to connect the 2 speakers. In my opinion it's not quite long enough.
        Yes it is made heavy-duty and "Industrial-strength", but 4 feet long, and you lose some of that
        because they're straight plugs, (never seen an angled-XLR) plugging into the backs of the
        speakers, so you'll barely get 3 feet (1 meter approx.) between them.
        I'm using a longer cord that I had laying around.

        But overall, I would tell anyone to buy them. Fantastic price to value ratio. (Bang for buck).
        Only 1 small thing. The inputs are 1/4" phone plug. That would be okay if they had RCA
        inputs as well. I had to buy adapters from female RCA to male 1/4 phone plug.

        Sure they're cheap, about 2 dolla each. Also available right here, just type "adapters" in the
        search box.
        But the day your studio monitors arrive and you take them out of the box, you kind of want to
        play with your toys right away and I think most of the gear which requires monitors has RCA
        style output jacks.
        Built like a tank. Stout and sturdy. Just heavy enough of construction that lets you know
        this is professional level equipment.

        Well made, no flaws.
        They rival the higher priced. And in a career that spans from the 1970's to the 21st century,
        I learned recording engineering from the finest teachers who worked with big names and
        major labels, and I've worked in smaller studios in the 1980's, down to home studios.

        These Alesis monitor speakers rival anything I've heard in my 42 year career.

        VS

        Most Liked Negative Review

         

        Not really worth the $$$

        We sent them back after 2 weeks for one reason...the sound.

        We are getting just as good of sound out of our Berry Ms16's, really. These are NOT...Read complete review

        We sent them back after 2 weeks for one reason...the sound.

        We are getting just as good of sound out of our Berry Ms16's, really. These are NOT comparable with the non-USB models, not even close.

        Save a little more, or spend less for the Ms16's, but these are not worth it.

        Reviewed by 16 customers

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        5.0

        Big sound for a studio monitor.

        By Tripod

        from Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Compact
        • Easy To Use

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio

          Comments about Alesis M1Active 520 USB Studio Monitors:

          I bought the non-usb model 520 because I wanted both speakers to have both xlr and trs inputs as well as the sparate EQ and gain adjustments. Placement is critical but there is a switch for corner placement and close wall proximity to avoid echo. These speakers are very clear and accurate. Big sound and great for a studio. My studio is small but I could see these speakers doing fine in a larger room.

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          5.0

          None

          By Don't have one

          from Atlanta, GA

          About Me Experienced

          Ask me a question

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Compact
          • Easy To Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Studio

            Comments about Alesis M1Active 520 USB Studio Monitors:

            I wish I received the latest model with the 50/25 amp, but the 30 watts/channel is sufficient for a big accurate sound. Best used for small studio or home recording. The limit is the 3 ft XLR cable, but it's easy enough to get a six ft replacement at any instruments store.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Your lucky if you buy them

            By Don't have one

            from Atlanta, GA

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            Ask me a question

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Compact
            • Easy To Use

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Alesis M1Active 520 USB Studio Monitors:

                For the Behringer freak, those speakers aren't clean monitors. For the rest of us, monitors have no sound of their own. They are critical to allow you to mix your music to sound good in any forum. They aren't Rokit 5s, but they don't cost as much per pair either. Unless you buy the Rokits, these are the next best at the cost and nothing else will compare with them.

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                5.0

                Easy to use

                By 52

                from Eugene ore

                About Me Novice

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Compact
                • Durable
                • Easy To Use

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Events
                  • Home Studio

                  Comments about Alesis M1Active 520 USB Studio Monitors:

                  Super easy plug and play was up and running in seconds

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                  5.0

                  Very good monitors

                  By E. Pellicer

                  from N. Miami Beach FL

                  About Me Novice

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound
                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Use

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Home Studio

                    Comments about Alesis M1Active 520 USB Studio Monitors:

                    These are a good pair of studio monitors. I trusted ALESIS brand, and I wasn't disappointed . They produce a clean , flat sound and they are built for small rooms or garage studios.The USB conection option is good, but I preferred to use the conventional conector via the output of the computer. The only ''cons'' (and I don't think this deserves a less STAR), is that the XLR cable for conecting both speakers is too short (complaint already given by other buyers, as well). You will need to buy a larger XLR audio cable if you want to separate more than 3 feet your speakers (as I had to do ).
                    On the other hand, I recommend this ALESIS monitors.

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                    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    1.0

                    Not really worth the $$$

                    By Smurf

                    from Ohio, USA

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                      Cons

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                          Comments about Alesis M1Active 520 USB Studio Monitors:

                          We sent them back after 2 weeks for one reason...the sound.

                          We are getting just as good of sound out of our Berry Ms16's, really. These are NOT comparable with the non-USB models, not even close.

                          Save a little more, or spend less for the Ms16's, but these are not worth it.

                          Comment on this review

                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Awesome!

                          By jsoave

                          from Norfolk, VA

                          About Me Novice

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Clear Sound
                          • Digital-analog Converter
                          • Easy To Use

                          Cons

                          • Flimsy Tweeters

                          Best Uses

                          • Amateur Recording
                          • Events
                          • Home Studio
                          • Mobile DJ

                          Comments about Alesis M1Active 520 USB Studio Monitors:

                          Outstanding speakers. They required a few hours of break-in but sounded so much better after that. Sound is very clear and I can listen to them for hours and not tire my ears. Swicth is the beck for extra bass comes in handy. I do like the master-slave configuration since I don't have to adjust 2 volumes. The digital-analog converter is also awesome since it saves from having one extra component to deal with.
                          Cons: website rates it at 75W when it's actually 60W (still plenty loud) and the HF drivers seem very fragile. Sound quality is definitely not an issue. Just be careful and do not poke them.

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                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Pleased

                          By dgholmes100

                          from Pensacola, FL

                          About Me Professional Musician

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Clear Sound
                          • Durable
                          • Easy Connect Great Sound

                          Cons

                          • Not Found Any

                          Best Uses

                          • Home Studio
                          • Makes Mix Edit Easier

                          Comments about Alesis M1Active 520 USB Studio Monitors:

                          Flexible connection with USB or analog cables. Very good sound for mixing or listening to pre-recorded music. A good value.

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                          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Much better than expected!!

                          By RAWsoul23

                          from Honolulu, HI

                          About Me Novice

                          Pros

                          • Clear Sound
                          • Durable
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Amateur Recording
                            • Home Studio
                            • Professional Recording

                            Comments about Alesis M1Active 520 USB Studio Monitors:

                            This is my first pair of monitors for my home studio so I don't know much about them. But from right out the box these sound much better than I expected. I'm really satisfied with these. I'll be using these at home and at mobiles as booth monitors.

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                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            great speaker for people just starting

                            By Proverbsjr

                            from Rome, GA

                            About Me Novice

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                            • Bulkyheavy

                            Best Uses

                            • Amateur Recording
                            • Home Studio

                            Comments about Alesis M1Active 520 USB Studio Monitors:

                            I love how the sound and these are my second and the best sounded ones I have had so far.

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