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Limited-edition bookshelf studio monitors in red.

The AV 40s use technology that is trusted by top musicians, engineers and composers across the world. Featuring premium woofer and tweeter components for rich lows and clear highs, wave guides for clarity and detail, and wooden cabinets for tight, punchy sound, theyre perfect for creating all kinds of media, and also let you get the most out of your CDs, MP3s, DVDs, and games. The festive red finish will be available in limited quantities for a limited time.

FEATURES
  • 4" polypropylene-coated woofers
  • 1" ferrofluid-cooled silk cone tweeters
  • OptImage III tweeter wave guides
  • 20-watt-per-channel amplifier with Class A/B architecture

If you were driving these down a highway, you'd definitely get pulled over. Order today.

SPECIFICATIONS

STUDIOPHILE AV 40 Red Edition

  • Enclosure type: two-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: 85 Hz “ 20 kHz
    Crossover frequency: 2.7 kHz
    RMS SPL: 101.5 dB @ 1 meter
    Signal-to-noise ratio: > 90 dB (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: 20 watts continuous, per channel into 4 ?
    Input impedance: 10 k ? unbalanced, 20 k ? balanced
    Input sensitivity: 100 mV pink noise input produces 90 dBA 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/50/60 Hz, 220-240V/50/60 Hz; powered via attached 2-conductor line cord
    Cabinet: vinyl-laminated MDF
    Dimensions: 8.75" (H) x 6" (W) x 7.25" (D) / 22.2 cm (H) x 15.2 cm (W) x 18.4" (D)
    Weight: 14 lbs. / 6.34 kg
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M-AudioSTUDIOPHILE AV 40 Red Edition
 
3.9

(based on 17 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

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  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

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77%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (10)
  • Easy to use (9)
  • Compact (8)
  • Lightweight (6)
  • Durable (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Amateur recording (8)
  • Home studio (8)
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    • Experienced (11)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Colored sound, but only red

Overall they're great. I looked a long time before picking these up. I almost ended up getting larger monitors a few times because I didn't know if these would seem powerful enough. I've...Read complete review

Overall they're great. I looked a long time before picking these up. I almost ended up getting larger monitors a few times because I didn't know if these would seem powerful enough. I've found they have plenty of volume and the bass isn't bad either. The front volume and 1/8 aux input brought me back to these since I was primarily running these in a desktop setting. For the modest hobby musician / audiophile these are a great fit.
Many great features. 1/4 in and RCAs on the back, 1/8 mini jack in and out on the front along with easy to reach volume. I hook about eveything up to these, sometimes all at once; they have never dissappointed me. Works great for my modest desktop setup.
They are heavy and the fit and finish is great. Seems like the attention to detail what not forgotten. Also the red set adds a cool look to a sometimes drab duotone desktop.
For the quality of these speakers I can't see finding them any cheaper.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not good as keyboard speakers

I had my Kawai MP6 keyboard originally plugged into a set of Mackie monitors, but when I decided to move the Mackies onto my computer desk, so I got these AV 40 monitors to...Read complete review

I had my Kawai MP6 keyboard originally plugged into a set of Mackie monitors, but when I decided to move the Mackies onto my computer desk, so I got these AV 40 monitors to take their place as my keyboard speakers (for my music room, not for live sound).

Unfortunately, soon after plugging them in, I found that when I played loud chords on the piano, I heard a crackling from the AV 40's. It wasn't even extremely loud--just loud enough to approximate the sound of a real piano being played strongly. But these speakers just couldn't handle it. The bass also wasn't very good (although I wasn't expecting them to sound as good as the bass from my Mackies).

I returned these, and then got a pair of the M-Audio BX5 D2 active monitors. The BX5 D2's have worked very well as piano keyboard speakers.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Def a great addition, asthetically and musically!!

Comments about M-Audio STUDIOPHILE AV 40 Red Edition:

Overall.... very pleased.
I especially like the fact that there are aux and headphones inputs on the front of the left speaker, as well as the volume control. This is great for easy access.
Although there were many options to choose from, the Studiophile AV 40 Reds came through. The speakers seem decently constructed, having a bit of weight to them. I am very pleased. The red def looks cool on my workstation/desk................. black gets boring.

I mainly bought them to use with my new Tascam GB-10, but music and movies from my computer sound very full and well balanced.
For one on a budget and a hobbyist, this is a great value.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Colored sound, but only red

By Donald Bley

from Atlanta

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Comments about M-Audio STUDIOPHILE AV 40 Red Edition:

Overall they're great. I looked a long time before picking these up. I almost ended up getting larger monitors a few times because I didn't know if these would seem powerful enough. I've found they have plenty of volume and the bass isn't bad either. The front volume and 1/8 aux input brought me back to these since I was primarily running these in a desktop setting. For the modest hobby musician / audiophile these are a great fit.
Many great features. 1/4 in and RCAs on the back, 1/8 mini jack in and out on the front along with easy to reach volume. I hook about eveything up to these, sometimes all at once; they have never dissappointed me. Works great for my modest desktop setup.
They are heavy and the fit and finish is great. Seems like the attention to detail what not forgotten. Also the red set adds a cool look to a sometimes drab duotone desktop.
For the quality of these speakers I can't see finding them any cheaper.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Not too bad!

By D-Wreck

from Oregon

About Me Experienced

Pros

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

Cons

  • Muddy Bottom End
  • Over Powered

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Home Studio

Comments about M-Audio STUDIOPHILE AV 40 Red Edition:

I got a pair, and i don't LOVE them, but i don't HATE them.. I still mix mostly on my head phones and master on the speakers.. I recommend for home studio and beginners.. I recommend KRK speakers OR a higher end M Audio speaker for more experienced users..

(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Not good as keyboard speakers

By JazzPianoTickler

from Dallas, TX

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Pros

  • Inexpensive
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Underpowered

Best Uses

  • Low-powered Monitoring

Comments about M-Audio STUDIOPHILE AV 40 Red Edition:

I had my Kawai MP6 keyboard originally plugged into a set of Mackie monitors, but when I decided to move the Mackies onto my computer desk, so I got these AV 40 monitors to take their place as my keyboard speakers (for my music room, not for live sound).

Unfortunately, soon after plugging them in, I found that when I played loud chords on the piano, I heard a crackling from the AV 40's. It wasn't even extremely loud--just loud enough to approximate the sound of a real piano being played strongly. But these speakers just couldn't handle it. The bass also wasn't very good (although I wasn't expecting them to sound as good as the bass from my Mackies).

I returned these, and then got a pair of the M-Audio BX5 D2 active monitors. The BX5 D2's have worked very well as piano keyboard speakers.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I love these speakers!

By janeat123

from Austin, TX

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Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio

    Comments about M-Audio STUDIOPHILE AV 40 Red Edition:

    I bought these to try and fix the issue I was having with muddy sounding productions. These little speakers opened up a whole new world for me. As soon as I turned them on, I could hear exactly what I needed to do to make things sound clearer and less muddy. I don't know why it took me so long to buy these!

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Very good at the sale price

    By airborne46q

    from Washington, D.C.

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Easy To Use

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about M-Audio STUDIOPHILE AV 40 Red Edition:

        I got them on sale on the stupid deal of the day. Very nice compared to the stock computer speakers I had for monitoring.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        1st set of monitors

        By MikeD5150

        from Baltimore, MD

        About Me Professional Musician

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        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Compact
        • Easy To Use

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording

          Comments about M-Audio STUDIOPHILE AV 40 Red Edition:

          These are the first monitors I've ever owned, though I've worked with many before. I consider them glorified computer speakers verses full on studio monitors. However, for this price range you won't find anything better! I'd recommend them for home studio's for demo and scratch tracking, as well as people with entry level recording programs.

          (1 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Stupid shopping experienece

          By imholdingyourcatransom

          from NJ

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Compact Form Factor
          • Fairly Good Mids
          • Headphones Line In Front
          • Three Stereo Lines In

          Cons

          • Muddy bass
          • No Sub Bass At All
          • Saturated Highs

          Best Uses

          • Basic Piano Monitoring

          Comments about M-Audio STUDIOPHILE AV 40 Red Edition:

          I had read on other sites that the AV40's were entry level monitors, and that really was what I was expecting from the AV40's. Not really too many surprises regarding the speaker quality, these monitors are exactly what I had read elsewhere for the most part. The AV40's have no sub-bass at all, and the bass they do have is muddy. My main interest is noise and glitchy stuff, the AV40's just don't really do much for electronic based sounds. The highs all sounds saturated and shrill, almost any highs with distortion sound awful. But where these shine are with more traditional instruments, I plugged in my mac with NI NY grand piano and was fairly impressed until I played the bottom octave. You can hear the hammer sounds of the piano better than the actual notes in the bottom octave. A regular guitar and drum set sounds fine, but without really clear highs the harmonics just don't exist. I also plugged in my MS2000 and I would say analogue synth is not great for these monitors. What I think I will end up doing with these is just plugging them into a digital piano and using them for practice until I can spend more and get something of higher quality.

          I purchased the AV40's on sale for the stupid deal of the day and was happy about the price I paid before I actually received the monitors. I wasn't expecting top quality, I just needed something basic after hurricane sandy destroyed most of my equipment. The monitors probably would do the trick for me, if they had not been re-packaged and sent to me as a 'new' item. The factory M-audio box was re-taped and the monitors were also re-taped with 2 different kinds of tape... one kind of tape was obviously scotch tape and the other was the same kind used to re-tape the M-audio box. Before even using the monitors I called MF to see what they could do for me,.. not much other than just send them back and waiting for replacements to be re-stocked (re-stocking would take an unknown amt of wait time). I explained that I need something now and it would be an hour and a half for me to drive (total drive time) to a ups or fedex facility, yeah that means nothing to MF in this case. I have major issues with fedex and UPS actually making pickups from my house so I would have to end up driving to a facility to return the monitors. Instead of offering alternatives, MF offered an 'opportunity' to spend more money on an extended warranty, which I will no doubt need if I keep monitors that may have been used under unknown circumstances for an unknown amount of time. So I called M-audio and waited for almost an hour to see if the serial numbers had been registered, btw if you don't have a support ticket you must wait longer so be sure to register and get a support ticket before calling M-audio. I did not have a support ticket because I hadn't registered the monitors because I wasn't sure I would even keep them. M-audio could not verify one way or the other if the serial number on the monitors had already been registered. So at this point I have zero idea what the actual condition that these "new" monitors are in. I called MF again and explained the situation, still nothing was offered other than returning the monitors and wait for restock or I still had the opportunity of buying extended warranty. I ended up spending 25$ on a 3 year warranty because it was not worth my time spent driving to a fedex/ups facility unless the monitors had actually stopped working. But the fact that I was sent re-boxed monitors and then inconvenienced is just simply not worth the "stupid deal" cost difference. Maybe I'll spend 20$ here and there in the future, but I'm very unhappy with my experience with the AV40's and musiciansfriend.

          This is basically my last shopping experience with musiciansfriend. The stupid deal of the day now just seems stupid. so long and thanks for all the fish

          (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Monitors Are Garbage

          By twon92

          from bullhead city, AZ

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

            Cons

            • Cheaply Put Together
            • One Speaker Works
            • Unreliable

            Best Uses

            • If U Want To Waste Money

            Comments about M-Audio STUDIOPHILE AV 40 Red Edition:

            waste of money, one speaker ends up being louder than the other

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Awesome sound!

            By Kitebus

            from Mechanicsville

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            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio

              Comments about M-Audio STUDIOPHILE AV 40 Red Edition:

              Great monitors. Hooked up to yamaha YPG625 digital piano. Nice clean sound. Of course there are better monitors that are louder, but for the cost involved I feel I cant go wrong with these.

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