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Stunningly accurate for totally reliable monitoring.

The Alesis Monitor 1 MKII Passive Monitors (Pair) gived you great accuracy and flat response at an unbeatable price. The 6.5" polypropylene low-frequency driver has a mineral-filled cone and damped linear rubber surround for tighter, more accurate bass response. Features a redesigned pure silk-dome, high-frequency transducer for smooth, accurate high-end detail and response, and a broad sound stage. Magnetically shielded to allow close proximity to video and computer monitors. The cabinet has also been redesigned with SuperPort venting technology to prevent choking and provide low-frequency response well below comparable near-field monitors. The cabinets have a more attractive finish and they're now mirrored for symmetrical speaker placement.

FEATURES
  • New 6.5" polypropylene low-frequency driver for unsurpassed low-end
  • Redesigned pure silk dome for more accurate high-end
  • Magnetically shielded for close proximity to video monitors

You need to hear what you've actually got on disk, not just what your monitor can handle. Order these phenomenal monitors today and hear it all!

SPECIFICATIONS

Monitor 1 MKII Passive Monitors (Pair)

  • Drivers: Magnetically shielded, 6.5" low frequency drivers with a mineral filled polypropylene cone and a damped linear rubber surround; magnetically shielded, 1" silk-dome tweeter
  • Crossover: 2 kHz, 2nd-order fillers, (12dB per octave)
  • Frequency Response: 45 Hz - 20 kHz +/- 3dB
  • Power Handling: 120 watts program, 200 watts peak (using EI4-426A method)
  • Nominal Impedance: 4 ohms
  • Sensitivity: 88 dB SPL @ 1 watt and 1 meter on axis
  • Construction: Front baffle: powder coating on 1" MDF.
  • Cabinet: Vinyl laminate on 5/8" MDF
  • Connectors: 5-way binding posts on 0.75" centers - can accept heavy-gauge speaker wire, banana plugs, spade plugs
  • Dimensions: 8.5"W x15"H x10"D
  • Weight: 15 lbs each.
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AlesisMonitor 1 MKII Passive Monitors (Pair)
 
4.8

(based on 35 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (32)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (9)
  • Easy to use (4)
  • Versatile (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (6)
  • Amateur recording (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (5), Experienced (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great monitor for pro use on a budget.

These are great speakers for the dollars. I have a masters in recording engineering and have worked with many monitors. These are very good. VERY flat response. They are not $1,000 studio monitors...Read complete review

These are great speakers for the dollars. I have a masters in recording engineering and have worked with many monitors. These are very good. VERY flat response. They are not $1,000 studio monitors but, bery close. You should not expect to use these monitors as computer or stereo speakers or expect a "cabinet tuned" wide dynamic listening response from them. THESE ARE MONITORS NOT GENERAL SPEAKERS!!!! These monitors require a good EQ and some time to tune them to your room. They also require a good amp and a resonable power amp to push them. Don't low-ball your amp or EQ. Don't cheap out! These speakers will take good equipment to make them talk. Don't expect to drive them using your AVR or low quality amp.

They have a VERY flat sound and a very tight bottom end. Very good sound and quality for the money. I don't think you will find a a better nearfield monitor for the price.

If you take some time to tune these speakers (1/3 octive per ch. minimum) to your room and have ample power to drive them, you will not be disappointed.

These monitor are very close to 1db +/- for both highs and lows. It's doesn't take a guru to get these tuned into your room and get them setup for good mix.

None or VERY minimal distortion on the low end. These guys will take a wide variety of music but seem more tuned for rap/pop/R&B but also perform very well with tight bottom rock and 50's 60's style music.

No, I didn't re-discover my music collection when I purchased these but, I did scan though many different styles to demo. I'm pleased.

As long as your mixing tight and loud, you will be pleased.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

tweeter cone damaged on two pairs!

These have great reviews and I have a robust audiophile amp which handles low ohm loads collecting dust so I opted for passive monitors rather than active. The first pair shipped had a damaged...Read complete review

These have great reviews and I have a robust audiophile amp which handles low ohm loads collecting dust so I opted for passive monitors rather than active. The first pair shipped had a damaged tweeter in one of the pair shipped (they are sold in pairs). The tweeter cone was pushed in. I sent them back. I just got the new set and the first speaker I open has a damaged tweeter cone AGAIN. This is coming out of an unopened factor box, twice. This tells me Alesis has poor quality control. I won't waste my time trying a third attempt. They are going back for a refund.

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(9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great monitor for pro use on a budget.

By Nick

from Florida

About Me Professional Musician

See all my reviews

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Easy To Use
  • Great Sound Very Flat
  • Tight Bass Response
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Takes Lots Of Power

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Home Studio
  • Professional Recording

Comments about Alesis Monitor 1 MKII Passive Monitors (Pair):

These are great speakers for the dollars. I have a masters in recording engineering and have worked with many monitors. These are very good. VERY flat response. They are not $1,000 studio monitors but, bery close. You should not expect to use these monitors as computer or stereo speakers or expect a "cabinet tuned" wide dynamic listening response from them. THESE ARE MONITORS NOT GENERAL SPEAKERS!!!! These monitors require a good EQ and some time to tune them to your room. They also require a good amp and a resonable power amp to push them. Don't low-ball your amp or EQ. Don't cheap out! These speakers will take good equipment to make them talk. Don't expect to drive them using your AVR or low quality amp.

They have a VERY flat sound and a very tight bottom end. Very good sound and quality for the money. I don't think you will find a a better nearfield monitor for the price.

If you take some time to tune these speakers (1/3 octive per ch. minimum) to your room and have ample power to drive them, you will not be disappointed.

These monitor are very close to 1db +/- for both highs and lows. It's doesn't take a guru to get these tuned into your room and get them setup for good mix.

None or VERY minimal distortion on the low end. These guys will take a wide variety of music but seem more tuned for rap/pop/R&B but also perform very well with tight bottom rock and 50's 60's style music.

No, I didn't re-discover my music collection when I purchased these but, I did scan though many different styles to demo. I'm pleased.

As long as your mixing tight and loud, you will be pleased.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

MKII Passive Monitors

By Jim

from Hot Springs, AR

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Comments about Alesis Monitor 1 MKII Passive Monitors (Pair):

For the money, you can't beat them. They sound better than speakers costing $$$$ more.
Don't listen to me, try them your self and hear the difference. Just the right blend of treble , mid and base. Like a good mic, you can hear everything.
Built to last
You can't beat the price

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

These monitors sound awesome!

By Sound shack

from Texas

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Compact
  • Easy To Use
  • Very Clear And Accurate

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Alesis Monitor 1 MKII Passive Monitors (Pair):

      I have been recording for about ten years as a hobby and these are the best monitors I have used

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      I am buying another pair

      By Goodsound

      from Chicago, IL

      See all my reviews

      Comments about Alesis Monitor 1 MKII Passive Monitors (Pair):

      I was very skeptical about $200 monitors sounding good, but I decided to take the plunge anyways. When I received the speakers I was pleasantly surprised by the solid look and feel of these monitors. I hooked these up to QSC PLX1602 and the sound is absolutely amazing, clear sparkling highs, smooth midrange and pretty incredible bass for small speakers like these. If you listen to bass rich material (Techno, Hip Hop, THX) then I recommend an 18? subwoofer or two 15? to help these monitors. I am buying another pair for the back today because I really like the sound of these monitors. If you have a good amplifier then these are the speakers to get.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      AMAAAAAAZING

      By Beatwriterz Productionz

      from Ohio

      Comments about Alesis Monitor 1 MKII Passive Monitors (Pair):

      These moniotrs are the best you can get at this price they beat out some top dollar monitors. Wen mixing you can hear everything with these babies from highs mids to lows very great monitors.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great sound at a great price

      By Skilleto

      from D.C.

      Comments about Alesis Monitor 1 MKII Passive Monitors (Pair):

      I've been working with these for almost a year now. Before this I was working with M-Audio BX5A monitors. I found that these are a lot more accurate, and they don't cause the ear fatigue I was getting when I was working with the M-Audio speakers.These are not monitors I would use to mix super bass intensive music, but there aren't many near field monitors I can think of that can do a really good job of getting that sound without a sub-woofer. I can pull all the detail out of my mixes, and I've listened to a lot of stuff to compare my mixes to on them, and they show stuff that most speakers just can communicate. Sure there are better monitors out there, but I haven't seen any for close to this price.

      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Great for normal recording, but...

      By Timeking

      from Fort Pierce, FL

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Durable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio

        Comments about Alesis Monitor 1 MKII Passive Monitors (Pair):

        I've had these for years, and have used them to practice guitar and bass through them, as well as recording ... so they are tough. HOWEVER, for pro level recording, I have learned the hard way that they sound great but if you pump up the bass the way you might like, when you try that mix out a big system or in a car with a good stereo, the bass is way too loud. Result being I had to remix 20 songs, which took 2 weeks, 14 hrs a day. So like other monitors, if you are doing something SERIOUS, you should invest in a subwoofer so you can be absolutely sure you've got the best mix that will stand up. My ears are ringing.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Hard to beat

        By hard2believe

        from Friendswood, TX

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Accurate
        • Clear Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio

          Comments about Alesis Monitor 1 MKII Passive Monitors (Pair):

          For the price, these can't be beat. Got these on sale at Musician's Friend. Free shipping, and they arrived in 3 days. Money well spent. I have these paired with an old 100 watt stereo amplifier in my home studio. They're clear, accurate, with good bass response. When I'm mixing, I can hear every detail. To me, passive monitors are the way to go. Active monitors all run hot and if the amp goes, so does the whole (expensive) speaker.
          Bottom line: get these, you won't be disappointed.

          (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          tweeter cone damaged on two pairs!

          By fender62

          from tampa,fl

          About Me Novice

          Pros

            Cons

            • Poor quality control

            Best Uses

              Comments about Alesis Monitor 1 MKII Passive Monitors (Pair):

              These have great reviews and I have a robust audiophile amp which handles low ohm loads collecting dust so I opted for passive monitors rather than active. The first pair shipped had a damaged tweeter in one of the pair shipped (they are sold in pairs). The tweeter cone was pushed in. I sent them back. I just got the new set and the first speaker I open has a damaged tweeter cone AGAIN. This is coming out of an unopened factor box, twice. This tells me Alesis has poor quality control. I won't waste my time trying a third attempt. They are going back for a refund.

              (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Great Speakers, Great Price

              By Percussionchs

              from Cheyenne, WY

              About Me Professional Musician

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Compact

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Alesis Monitor 1 MKII Passive Monitors (Pair):

                  I am using these in my band room and I wish they had a grill on the front to protect the speakers from inquisitive hands. The sound quality is first rate and they take up much less space then the 1980's speakers that I have been using. Grat sound for the price.

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