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Edirol MA-20D Digital Stereo Micro Monitor Pair
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The attractive near-field Edirol MA-20D Digital Stereo Micro Monitor Pair boasts impressive sound capabilities with 2 - 20W amplifiers and stylish bl...Click To Read More About This Product
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The attractive near-field Edirol MA-20D Digital Stereo Micro Monitor Pair boasts impressive sound capabilities with 2 - 20W amplifiers and stylish black and silver design. Treble and bass controls, 2 independent volume controls, S/PDIF digital input, and a headphone out. Each speaker in a MA-20D pair is individually powered with its own amplifier. 4-3/4" woofer for good punch and excellent bass response. 24-bit/96kHz capable S/PDIF connections.
Superb response for unparalleled sound quality in its price range
20W x 20W power in a 2-way bass-reflex design
Power amp in each speaker for uniform stereo sound
4-3/4" woofer for good punch and excellent bass response
24-bit/96kHz capable S/PDIF connections
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It seems some of the reviews for this particular Edirol product are coming from those who thought they would be amazing production monitors. Well, you get what you pay for in pro audio and these are labelled as "high-end consumers" - and that's Edirol's own description! I happen to master music, but in a different studio designed for this function. In my apartment, these monitors are perfect for semi-accurate sound and getting my ideaas down (before I take them into the studio with Alesis and Event monitor setups). These are not professional monitors that you should be making you final mix on. With that in mind, these are perfect for all other applications and I do recommend them especially for their price-to-feature ratio.
If these cost one-fifth of what I paid for them here, I shouldn't be surprised, but this is a high price to pay for something of this inferior a quality. I suspect that some customers may be attracted to the coloration, but this coloration seems to me tawdry, meretricious, cheap-sounding, and in questionable taste. The main thing, however, is that studio monitors should color the sound as little as possible, and these color the sound markedly. For the same reason, you shouldn't normally use bass and treble controls on studio monitors. I don't object to them being here, but I can't rate them highly as a feature. Not only is there no pan control or individual volume controls, but the signal is not reaching both speakers evenly--there is no way to compensate. I bought these mainly because I wanted a digital input, which seems to be rare, but there is no point to that really unless the signal is kept very clean, and here it clearly isn't--a large mistake. These speakers easily distort in various obtrusive ways, and I regret buying them.
These monitors are perfect for home recording studios. I needed relatively small monitors since my studio space is very tight with little room on my studio desk and me sitting very close to the monitors. Of course we all want perfectly reproduced sound along with all the other requirements of space and features. These monitors are the perfect fit. They have both digital and analog inputs. I use both the anolog and digital simultaneously. You can also use two analog sources simultaneously. The two separate line inputs have their own separate volume control on the front of the right monitor. The bass and treble controls are also on the front along with the headphone jack. I use all these features. The 20 watts of power is more than enough for a small studio. The sound reproduction is rich with bass response and clear with mids and highs. I use the digital input connected to the digital output of my E-MU PCI card and the sound is crystal clear. I call this "best in its class."
The worst thing about these speakers is that certain timbres (very many) cause them to "whistle", that is they play high-frequency pitches that aren't there in the source signal. Don't get the idea that this is some kind of subtle effect. It's loud and blatent and extremely unpleasant. The speakers distort considerably at very low volumes, taper off markedly on both the the high and low ends, and sound very canned. There is no panning or "balance" control. They only thing favorable about them I can honestly report is that the wood cabinets are attractive to look at.
This monitor pair seems to be a good choice for a simple computer home recording setup. Good quality and workmanship all around. The bass response is acceptable with mid and highs are very pronounced. The bass can seem a little muddy at times. These monitors would probably be much better if they were biamplified. Versatile connection options on the back and convenient front mounted controls for power, volume, tone and headphones.
These monitors have served me well. Great functionality, structural integrity, operating range of frequency, and good looks too! Easy to integrate digital or analog audio sources...technology that was super expensive only a few years ago is now affordable. These speakers are affordable....however, do not associate affordability with low quality in this case. Just read the engineering specs at edirol.com.