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M-Audio AV 40 Studio Monitor Pair

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M-Audio studio speakers are music industry bestsellers-and now AV 40 powered montors bring this professional legacy to your home. Unlike plastic mult...Click To Read More About This Product

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Powered desktop bass reflex speakers with magnetic sheilding and premium components.

M-Audio studio speakers are music industry bestsellers-and now AV 40 powered montors bring this professional legacy to your home. Unlike plastic multimedia speakers, AV 40s use technology thats trusted by top musicians, engineers, and composers: premium woofer and tweeter components for rich lows and crystal highs; wave guides for clarity and detail; and wooden cabinets for tight, punchy sound. Theyre perfect for creating all kinds of mediaand also let you get the most out of your CDs, MP3s, DVDs, and games.

Professional components-professional results
M-Audio builds the AV 40s with the same quality materials and precision electronics as acclaimed M-Audio professional studio speakers. The audiophile-grade Class A/B amplifier architecture, ferrofluid-cooled silk cone tweeters, polypropylene-coated woofers, and dense wooden enclosures add up to big, defined sound that defies the speakers' small size.

Clear, cohesive sound
The AV 40 speakers use proprietary OptImage wave guide technology-originally developed for the professional M-Audio speaker line-to deliver superior clarity and detail. Each speaker also features a precision-engineered crossover, which ensures that the sound emanating from the low-frequency driver will blend seamlessly with the sound from the high-frequency driver-so those deep lows transition smoothly into crystal-clear highs.

Extended low end
If you crave bass, AV 40s have you covered. With wooden cabinets and bass reflex design, the AV 40s kick out serious low frequencies-perfect for producing hip-hop and electronic music, or enjoying your favorite CDs, MP3s, DVDs, and games.

Magnetically shielded for desktop use
Many speakers emit stray magnetic flux that can wreak havoc with your computer's video monitor or a nearby TV. The AV 40s are magnetically shielded, so they can coexist with other equipment without interference.

FEATURES
  • 4" polypropylene-coated woofers for tight, accurate bass
  • 1" ferrofluid-cooled silk cone tweeters for clear, pristine highs
  • OptImage III tweeter wave guides for superior imaging and detail
  • 15-watt-per-channel amplifier with Class A/B architecture
  • Magnetic shielding for use near computer video monitors
  • Back-panel 1/4" TRS balanced and RCA unbalanced inputs for connecting gaming systems, DJ gear, mixers, amplifiers, instruments, and more
  • Front-panel 1/8" stereo auxiliary input for connecting your laptop or desktop computer, MP3 player, or other audio sources
  • Front-panel 1/8" headphone output for connecting headphones
  • Front-panel volume control
  • Wood cabinet with bass reflex port design for deep, rich sound

If you want to go beyond enjoying music and videos to creating your own, you need a serious speaker system with accurate sound. Order your AV 40s today!

SPECIFICATIONS
  • Type: 2-way desktop reference speaker
  • Low-frequency driver: 4" diameter, polypropylene-coated, magnetically shielded with high-temperature voice coil
  • High-frequency driver: 1" diameter, magnetically shielded silk cone tweeter
  • Frequency response: 85Hz - 20kHz
  • Crossover frequency: 2.7kHz
  • RMS SPL: 101.5dB @ 1 meter
  • Signal-to-noise ratio: > 90dB (typical, A-weighted)
  • Input connectors: left and right RCA line input, left and right 1/4" TRS input, and 1/8" aux input
  • Polarity: Positive signal at "+" input produces outward low-frequency cone displacement
  • Dynamic power: 15W continuous, per channel into 4 ?
  • Input impedance: 10k ohm unbalanced, 20k ohm balanced
  • Input sensitivity: 100mV pink noise input produces 90dBA output SPL at 1 meter with volume control at maximum
  • Protection: RF interference, output current limiting, over temperature, turn on/off transient, subsonic filter
  • Indicator: Blue power LED ring around volume knob on front panel
  • Power requirements: 100-120V/50/60Hz, 220-240V/50/60Hz; powered via attached 2-conductor line cord
  • Cabinet: Vinyl-laminated MDF
  • Dimensions: 8-3/4" (H) x 6" (W) x 7-1/4" (D) / 22.2 cm (H) x 15.2 cm (W) x 18.4" (D)
  • weight: 14lb. / 6.34 kg
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M-AudioAV 40 Studio Monitor Pair
 
4.4

(based on 15 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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    (1)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (10)
  • Compact (9)
  • Durable (9)
  • Good audio (9)
  • Versatile (7)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (9)
  • Amateur recording (7)
  • Professional recording (4)
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    • Experienced (8)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

They're fine

I really do know good sound. I work at a studio in Mass. working with really great artists and projects. We have a Neve board and some super nice monitors. Going to...Read complete review

I really do know good sound. I work at a studio in Mass. working with really great artists and projects. We have a Neve board and some super nice monitors. Going to Berklee, I know my way around nice studio monitors. These are not for pro use. These are not for home studios even, if you can afford better. These are fun, decent sounding monitors. I first bought these in my first semester at Berklee, and they were half off. It was a steal. I pretty much used them for listening to music and running my guitar rig (as I didn't take an amp to Boston). These things have pretty decent response, can go pretty loud, and don't have drastic EQ changes like (arguably) Bose or any other consumer speaker system. The AV40s are perfect for casual stuff. If you have a home studio, and you can't drop $1000+ on monitors, these are probably fine (although I like the BX5's a lot). I don't mix on these, although it's a heck of a lot better than mixing on laptop speakers, Bose speakers, headphones alone, or even a single high-end monitor. If you're looking for a pair of monitors for less than pro uses, these are your best bet.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

You get what you pay for

Really I don't have anything good to say about these other then they turn on, play audio, and give you an idea of how your mix will translate through horrible transducers. I currently...Read complete review

Really I don't have anything good to say about these other then they turn on, play audio, and give you an idea of how your mix will translate through horrible transducers. I currently mix on B1030A's and love them. I ONLY bought these to reference my mix through a very low quality monitor to help me understand how it may translate in the worst situation. If you mix with these you aren't getting an accurate representation of what you're really doing to your audio. I also feel they aren't worth the price for the set. But of course these are all my opinions and everyone is entitled to there own.

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(7 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

They're fine

By Frank

from Boston, MA

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Pros

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

Cons

  • Not perfect
  • Not Pro Sound

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording

Comments about M-Audio AV 40 Studio Monitor Pair:

I really do know good sound. I work at a studio in Mass. working with really great artists and projects. We have a Neve board and some super nice monitors. Going to Berklee, I know my way around nice studio monitors. These are not for pro use. These are not for home studios even, if you can afford better. These are fun, decent sounding monitors. I first bought these in my first semester at Berklee, and they were half off. It was a steal. I pretty much used them for listening to music and running my guitar rig (as I didn't take an amp to Boston). These things have pretty decent response, can go pretty loud, and don't have drastic EQ changes like (arguably) Bose or any other consumer speaker system. The AV40s are perfect for casual stuff. If you have a home studio, and you can't drop $1000+ on monitors, these are probably fine (although I like the BX5's a lot). I don't mix on these, although it's a heck of a lot better than mixing on laptop speakers, Bose speakers, headphones alone, or even a single high-end monitor. If you're looking for a pair of monitors for less than pro uses, these are your best bet.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

M-audio AV40

By Thomas WHIPP

from Southern Utah

Comments about M-Audio AV 40 Studio Monitor Pair:

Excellent overall.
I am really enjoying these speaker/monitors. They came via free postage and arrived very quickly.
These monitors were required for home use for my video editing suite.
I have mounted them on stands at head height and I am really surprised how well they bring out the highs and lows, especially at quieter volumes. Stereo separation is also really good although left/right balance is very slightly biased to the left, at their price I can live with that.
I had previously been relying on mixing through headphones( Audio Technica ATH-M50) which is not the best situation but those headphones are among the best.
Consequently my AV40s had a bit to live up to. I was pleasantly surprised.
On reflection, when I first set them up I had to play with EQ a bit, but now three weeks later they are burned in and I now use them 'flat' all the time.
I would thoroughly recomend them for a small home style studio/situation.
Very nice build and styling.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best Decision Made

By D. Stump

from Floresville, TX

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Very pleased with these monitors! Now I can properly mix down my songs on my Zoom R24 recorder! Great buy!
Well, considering these are my first set of studio monitors and the fact that I'm on a budget, I believe I bought a pair of gems! The feautures these have are simple. They have TRS right and left input or you can run a regular audio cable (red/white) to them. All inputs are on the left speaker and sound is transmitted to the right speaker with, of course, speaker wire! Anyway, it has a bass boost which is very noticeable and these do not in any way, color the playback of what you record. What you hear in these monitors is what you will hear in a cd player somewhere else.
They have a good weight to them and are not cheaply put together. Nothing has come loose since I have had them and they were in perfect condition when I opened the box!
I would say for any musician on a budget who has a home-studio, these are a great way for a pair of starters or an extra set to place in a separate room for reference to record vocals. I don't think you could beat the price for these considering how well they are made.

(5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

AV 40 past my tests- they are good speak

By SkywaveTDR

from Bensenville, IL

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Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Compact
  • Easy To Use
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio

    Comments about M-Audio AV 40 Studio Monitor Pair:

    I am not sure what these people are complaining about. I just hooked these up and in my setup they sound fine- they produce a good sound and are the right size to fit where I need them to go. I have set up Radio station studios as well as recording studios- these are not expensive speakers so don't expect that. Put them to work where they fit and you will be happy. They come with a nice set of cords that make the job easier to hook up. Keeps me from having to do the job but I am capable of doing it. I am a BSEE and a 40 year Electronics Technician- you can trust my comment- I tell people when they have junk or not. These replaced the junk I was using.

    (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Don't Listen to the bad reviews

    By HallOfHits.Net

    from Lane County, Or

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about M-Audio AV 40 Studio Monitor Pair:

      I have had these monitors for 3 years, I am a music producer.. I sell beats online all the time get great mixes never had it sound bad in other listening environments or on other speakers, sounds good from my tv to my phone and everywhere in between..

      You gotta learn to use them, you will get use to the way they sound and how they translate onto other systems, use sound proofing position them right for your room and you should be good.

      Worth the money,

      --- Hall Of Hits ---

      (2 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      disappointed

      By Boxman-4AREN

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      Comments about M-Audio AV 40 Studio Monitor Pair:

      Caveat emptor....I would definetly steer clear of these.
      In one word...noise. This pairs takes about 20 minutes to "warm up". Tons of distortion. I wish I had done more research (check the m-audio forum) before I had bought these. Seems they had tons of problems with them.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Excellent Value

      By Uncle Ronnie

      from West Of Chicago

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      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about M-Audio AV 40 Studio Monitor Pair:

          These monitors perform surprisingly well considering the price. They handle plenty of volume with surprising clarity.

          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          This is my Second Pair

          By Carol

          from Bay City, MI

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about M-Audio AV 40 Studio Monitor Pair:

            These speakers suit my needs very well. I use them in a class that I teach to amplify the computer output so the students can hear. Some music is involved and they handle the job well.

            (1 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

             
            2.0

            You get what you pay for

            By Velvet Blade Studios

            from Salem, OH

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Acceptable Stereo Image

            Cons

            • Limited Functions
            • Not Great For Mixing
            • Poor Frequencie Response
            • Poor Sound Quality

            Best Uses

            • Referencing A Mix

            Comments about M-Audio AV 40 Studio Monitor Pair:

            Really I don't have anything good to say about these other then they turn on, play audio, and give you an idea of how your mix will translate through horrible transducers. I currently mix on B1030A's and love them. I ONLY bought these to reference my mix through a very low quality monitor to help me understand how it may translate in the worst situation. If you mix with these you aren't getting an accurate representation of what you're really doing to your audio. I also feel they aren't worth the price for the set. But of course these are all my opinions and everyone is entitled to there own.

             
            5.0

            They get the job done

            By electricblues

            from St Paul

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            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Nice Price

            Cons

            • none

            Best Uses

            • Home Studio

            Comments about M-Audio AV 40 Studio Monitor Pair:

            Great speakers for my use. I record and mix my vocals and guitar for promo CD's. For the price, these speakers do the job. Thanks to MF for quick delivery.

             
            4.0

            Not Bad

            By Drastic

            from Sandy, OR

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            Pros

            • Compact
            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Inexpensive
            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Limited Functions

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Comparisons
            • Home Studio
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about M-Audio AV 40 Studio Monitor Pair:

            I use these monitors when comparing mastered mixes. This is a good comparison to a lesser quality home stereo system, so it makes sense to have these in your array. Kind of flat and lacking lower frequencies, but not bad. For the price, you can't beat em'.

             
            5.0

            My second Pair- excellent quality

            By SkywaveTDR

            from Bensenville, IL

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            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about M-Audio AV 40 Studio Monitor Pair:

                These are not only for computers or small studios but can be used anywhere a small speaker system is required. My old CRT TV was starting to buzz due to glue that has detached in speakers. No matter, I routed the sound to this new set and am extremely happy in that I can use lower volume and the frequency range is much better than the TV speakers. This is my secnd set and I might get another for incoming units- I am in the service business. This product is a very cost effective item.

                 
                4.0

                Great Value

                By Bill

                from Ft Myers, Fl

                About Me Novice

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Home Studio

                  Comments about M-Audio AV 40 Studio Monitor Pair:

                  I purchased these to replace a pair of Bose speakers with a similar price and found them to be much bettering sounding. They are a little larger than the Bose but still fit easily on my desk top. For the money you can't go wrong.

                   
                  5.0

                  2 of 'em

                  By JOHN

                  from Texas

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                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Home Studio

                    Comments about M-Audio AV 40 Studio Monitor Pair:

                    These were so good, I bought a second pair.

                     
                    5.0

                    Excellent Value, Fine Monitors

                    By Kitmit

                    from Seattle, WA

                    About Me Novice

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Clear Sound
                    • Compact
                    • Durable
                    • Easy To Use

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Home Studio

                      Comments about M-Audio AV 40 Studio Monitor Pair:

                      For 120 you get a pair of sturdy monitors that fit on desk. Clear sound, good range; if you're thinking of making the jump to monitors for the first time, these will leave you satisfied.

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