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Alesis Monitor 1 Active MKII Powered Monitors  

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    Crisp, clean, biamplified sound, taken to the next degree.

    Improving on an award-winning formula, Alesis reengineered the speaker components of their famous M1 Active to produce the powerful Alesis Monitor 1 Active MKII Powered Monitors. And they didn't boost the price. Internal active crossover and newly designed dual amplifiers ensure a broad, extremely accurate frequency response, clear imaging with a wide sweet spot, high power handling and detailed highs and mids. 6.5" woofer cone is high tensile strength, low weight, non-woven carbon fiber providing quicker transient response in the low frequency range and more detailed upper mids. 1" pure silk dome tweeter for natural response and less ear fatigue. Internally mounted phasing plug and ferrofluid cooling. 75-watt woofer amp and 25-watt tweeter amp with 8th-order high-and low-pass electronic crossover filters. 2kHz critical crossover to improve mid-frequency response and midrange coloration. Time alignment circuitry maintains synchronization of the high and low drivers.

    Cab offers smooth radiused corners for reduced edge-diffraction and magnetically shielded drivers for use near computer and video monitors. Horizontal or vertical placement.

    Features
    • True biamplified reference monitor
    • Accurate response, excellent imaging, flat-frequency range
    • 6.5" non-woven carbon fiber woofer
    • 1" silk-dome tweeter
    • Audiophile-quality internal 75W (LF) and 25W (HF) amplifiers
    • 2kHz crossover point
    • Offset dual ports
    • Magnetically shielded

    If you can't hear it right, you can't GET it right. Make the investment now and improve your recordings forever.

     
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    AlesisMonitor 1 Active MKII Powered Monitors
     
    4.4

    (based on 26 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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      (6)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (5)
    • Good audio (5)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur recording (4)
      • Home studio (3)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Durability and Sound

      Had these iin my studiio for eleven years and they where on the whole time. Shut them off a few months ago for the first time and when I fired them back up one...Read complete review

      Had these iin my studiio for eleven years and they where on the whole time. Shut them off a few months ago for the first time and when I fired them back up one died. So I am getting ready to buy another pair and see if they last as long. Great speakers for the money. You get what you pay for and these are a little pricey but not bad. They sound great and they are versitile. If you think they are to bassy just plug one of the bass out put holes with a rolled up wash cloth, as per the instructions that come with ithem and you have reduced the bass responce. I highly recomend these for the mid level to higher end studio production. Of course a lot depends on personal taste, but you can't go wrong with hese monitors.

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      Problems after 10 hours use

      After about 10 hours of use one of my monitors started cutting out after pushing it a little, I don't know if its a auto shut off for overheating or what but even after...Read complete review

      After about 10 hours of use one of my monitors started cutting out after pushing it a little, I don't know if its a auto shut off for overheating or what but even after I played them quitely for a while they were still shutting down at low volume, I'm pissed, I gotta ship them back to alesis to get them fixed at my expense, if they wouldn't cut out they would be great! Hey sound awsome, excellent imaging and bass response, they just cut out all the time!

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      5.0

      Best bang for your buck

      By guitardude599

      from Oklahoma city, OK

      About Me Professional Musician

      Ask me a question

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Easy To Use
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • Bulky/Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio

      Comments about Alesis Monitor 1 Active MKII Powered Monitors:

      First of all these are very versitile. I use them for anything from classic rock, too jazz. I don't know how they are for rap, but I'm willing to bet they sound great there too! Plenty of bass, plenty of top end. That said, I love the sound of the 1" silk tweeter's. In fact I'm listing to music on them right now. As i put in the con's they they were bulky, they are, but I'm not sure how much smaller they could get? Overall great sound, great value, great speakers.

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      5.0

      This is what I'm talking about

      By Eddie K

      from Statesville NC

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Compact
      • Easy To Use
      • Good Clear Audio
      • Loud Clear Volume
      • No Extra Amp Needed

      Cons

      • None That I Can Hear

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio

      Comments about Alesis Monitor 1 Active MKII Powered Monitors:

      I already use a set of alesis studio speakers. A passive set that I traded for. I liked the sound I got from them, but had to have an external amp. I was thinking of putting a set of subs under them, now with these new speakers, I don't need subs. Great sound, built in amp, and tone all in one package. try them you won't be disappointed. good job Alesis!

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      4.0

      Outstanding

      By vonMatt

      from NY

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Easy To Use
      • Flat Respsonce
      • Great Price

      Cons

      • Resonances

      Best Uses

      • Casual Listening
      • Monitoring
      • Recording

      Comments about Alesis Monitor 1 Active MKII Powered Monitors:

      Great, Great loudspeakers. Amazing price. Now a days, powered speakers are so convenient, especially in a studio or home setting. A clean crisp sound! The tweeters respond brilliantly and there are no over-exaggerated lows. In my specific pair, there is a slight low mid resonance, but every speaker is different. However, for the price, I couldn't ask for more. Plus they look freaking awesome!

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      (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great sound!

      By TimCrawford

      from Anchorage

      About Me Novice

      Ask me a question

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Easy To Use
      • Great Sound

      Cons

      • NONE YET

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Pleasure listening

      Comments about Alesis Monitor 1 Active MKII Powered Monitors:

      I was using cheap computer stle speakers and than a pair of Bose 101's. I decided to upgrade to monitors to see the differance and didnt want to spend to much. For my hearing and equipment these monitors are perfect. I even use them to listen to itunes when I am in my studio missing around. I actualy trashed the computer speakers. The Bose's went to work to be desk speakers. I am going to use these speakers till they break. I was going to replace them with an upgrade but after listening to them they are serious keepers. For the price you cant beat them.
      They are not LOUD speakers. They are low to medium volume speakers. The only "funny" thing is, unlike more expensive monitors that have "knobs" for adjusting bass, these monitor tells you to stick CLOTH in one or both of the bass holes to correct for speaker replacement. I tried it and yep changes bass responce! I am using a PreSonus 22VSL to connect these to my computer.

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      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Durability and Sound

      By combatguitar

      from Colorado

      About Me Professional Musician

      Ask me a question

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Extremely Durable

      Cons

      • Bulky/Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Alesis Monitor 1 Active MKII Powered Monitors:

      Had these iin my studiio for eleven years and they where on the whole time. Shut them off a few months ago for the first time and when I fired them back up one died. So I am getting ready to buy another pair and see if they last as long. Great speakers for the money. You get what you pay for and these are a little pricey but not bad. They sound great and they are versitile. If you think they are to bassy just plug one of the bass out put holes with a rolled up wash cloth, as per the instructions that come with ithem and you have reduced the bass responce. I highly recomend these for the mid level to higher end studio production. Of course a lot depends on personal taste, but you can't go wrong with hese monitors.

      Comment on this review

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      drummer/guitarist degree in music

      By Carol Badiny

      from somewhere over the rainbow.

      Comments about Alesis Monitor 1 Active MKII Powered Monitors:

      as usual shipping was fast, customer service was great, and when i opened the box, i could smell the aroma of success.
      Super monitors. After using head sets, and my car sterio to listen to the final mixdown on c.d.. i finally bought these after carefull study. They are exactly what i imagined, and better. I'm so glad i wised up and bought these. Now my friends and family can hear me mix down, and i dont have to have my ears blown out with head phones.
      top grade stuff....unless you wanna spend $3,000 on pro gagets.
      can't go wrong for 300 bucks.

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Best Monitors for the price

      Comments about Alesis Monitor 1 Active MKII Powered Monitors:

      I like these monitors so much, I just purchased another set.
      Power switch and volume in the rear. The blue light in the front is not annoying or too bright. The power cable is quality. Does not include audio cable. Make sure you buy the right cables for your setup.
      These monitors are made solid and have a clean look. In my opinion the sound is true. My mixes have improved alot since using these monitors. When people hear my setup they always comment on how great the monitors sound first. I have compared these with similar monitors, these by far are the best.
      I brought my first set of these in 2004 and they look and sound just as good as the day I brought them. So I brought another set.

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      (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      awesome monitors

      By Jarod Reichle

      from chico, ca

      Comments about Alesis Monitor 1 Active MKII Powered Monitors:

      for the price i don't think you can get a better pair. I was looking into the m-audio bx8a's but liked the sound of these better and they're cheaper! Great buy!
      Great sounding speakers. I've had them for a couple months and they're very clear and accurate. A lot of reviews said that these were pretty bass heavy but the bass seems really accurate in my setup, maybe my room helps with the acoustics.
      Very well built, strong, heavy, solid construction
      awesome monitors for the money

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      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      good for the price range

      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about Alesis Monitor 1 Active MKII Powered Monitors:

      had these in my home studio for years heavy on the bass response yuoll need to back off on the bass in mixes try plugging one of the holes should help can get very loud if you want too good solid dependable monitors

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      (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Best in class

      By ARC10U

      from NY

      Comments about Alesis Monitor 1 Active MKII Powered Monitors:

      Been using these for two years now and Ive loved them enough to write this review. Simply put - you wont find a better monitor for the price. Forget all the useless hype about other monitors - these have real low end response and crystal highs. The bass is really unbelievable on these - so much so you don't need a subwoofer for smaller rooms. They are very durable and have been solid for as long as I have had them - and Ive moved them around quote a bit. Their room coverage is awesome and I can put them in virtually any room and still have a great wide sweetspot. They dont fatigue the ears very easily which is great after 4hrs of mixing. I cant say the same about the KRK rokit 5's. Overall - for what Alesis asks for these - you arent going to find a better pair of monitors. These are often used in radios and studios along with other monitors costing 10x as much - yet they still hold their own.

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