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Mackie CR3 3" Creative Reference Multimedia Monitors - Pair   

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Studio-quality design, sound and performance ideal for multimedia creation and entertainment.

Mackie CR3 3" Creative Reference Multimedia Monitors are designed for multimedia creation and entertainment, delivering studio-quality design and performance in sleek, small-footprint designs. Featuring 50 watts of power and premium components like a sound-enhancing high-frequency waveguide, Creative Reference monitors ensure pristine, accurate sound for any application. Choose which side of your desk gets the volume knob with CR's speaker placement switch and take advantage of convenient front-panel features like a dedicated input for smartphone playback. Plus, you get all the cables you need to get started right out of the box. With Mackie Creative Reference monitors, you get professional sound quality and features in compact desk-friendly designs perfect for work, play and everything in between.

FEATURES
  • Professional-grade components for optimized sonic performance
  • 50 watts of clean, articulate stereo sound
  • 3" polypropylene-coated woofer
  • .75" ferrofluid-cooled silk-dome tweeter
  • Ultra-wide frequency range perfect for full-range multimedia (80Hz - 20kHz)
  • Choose which side of your desk gets the volume knob with CR3's convenient speaker placement switch
  • Convenient front panel volume knob with lit power ring gives you on/off/volume control and power indication where you need it
  • Plug your smartphone or other source right into the front of the speakers and listen instantly
  • Front-facing headphone jack auto-defeats speaker output and provides tactile headphone volume control
  • A choice of inputs for simple connection to almost any audio source (1/4", 1/8", RCA)
  • Smooth waveguide design delivers unmatched clarity and sound dispersion at all listening levels
  • Custom-tuned rear ports for smooth, even bass extension
  • All-wood cabinet provides a natural sonic character superior to low-grade plastic designs
  • Included accessories
  • Acoustic isolation pads minimize boomy bass build-up and provide up/down tilt control for more focused listening
  • 1/8" to stereo RCA cable to connect computer output to speakers

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MackieCR3 3" Creative Reference Multimedia Monitors - Pair
 
4.5

(based on 17 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (14)
  • Compact (13)
  • Good audio (13)
  • Lightweight (13)
  • Versatile (9)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (15)
  • Amateur recording (10)
  • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (4)
  • Professional recording (4)
  • Performances (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (9), Professional musician (5), Novice (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

No brainer. They work.

Needed to replace near field monitors for my home recording. I figured the Mackie name would give me more reliability over the ones I had before. I don't need anything expensive and the price...Read complete review

Needed to replace near field monitors for my home recording. I figured the Mackie name would give me more reliability over the ones I had before. I don't need anything expensive and the price was right. I am pleasantly surprised at the sound quality, even at low volumes. I am an amateur, so these suit me just fine.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Nice looks, tubby sound

At this price point I wasn't expecting stellar high fidelity, but I figured this powered monitor pair would have to sound at least as good as the small "computer" speakers they were...Read complete review

At this price point I wasn't expecting stellar high fidelity, but I figured this powered monitor pair would have to sound at least as good as the small "computer" speakers they were replacing. I was disappointed. Granted, the upper midrange and highs are OK, but what's with the lower midrange/upper bass? A rough measurement with a calibrated microphone shows a remarkable +17 dB hump between 100 Hz and 180 Hz relative to the 800-1000 Hz level. That would account for the colored, tubby sound. Blocking the bass reflex port on the back of each speaker with a rag shaves about 3 dB off the hump, which is not much help. There does not appear to be any damping material inside the enclosures. The only rationale I can think of for this design is an attempt to get faux deep bass from the little 80 mm woofer, whose suspension seems very stiff with little available travel. This kind of sound doesn't work for me, alas.

It's a shame, really, because they do look good, with a lighted volume control/power switch and convenient front jacks on the powered unit, which can be placed on either side. There may be some applications where the boomy resonance won't matter as much, so I give them two stars.

Reviewed by 17 customers

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5.0

Yes

By Feets

from New Jersey

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Compact
  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio
    • Mobile DJ

    Comments about Mackie CR3 3" Creative Reference Multimedia Monitors - Pair:

    A gift for my grandson and he loves them

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Okay for what it is.

    By TheC

    from Louisiana

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Mackie CR3 3" Creative Reference Multimedia Monitors - Pair:

        Pros:
        Stereo imaging: The best you're gonna get in this price range.
        Mid & high clarity: The best you're gonna get in this price range.
        Frequencies are pretty darn flat from 200hz up.

        Cons:
        Every frequency below 200hz is a train-wreck. Massive (huge, bonkers) boost at around 140hz. The monitors are rated by Mackie to be -3 db @ 80hz, but honestly 80hz is barely audible. Plugging the ports helps with the boost but not by nearly enough. If you have a spare stereo eq that you could dedicate to these monitors, you could get by with these and a sub.

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        No brainer. They work.

        By Histogie

        from Youngsville, LA

        About Me Novice

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Compact
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio

          Comments about Mackie CR3 3" Creative Reference Multimedia Monitors - Pair:

          Needed to replace near field monitors for my home recording. I figured the Mackie name would give me more reliability over the ones I had before. I don't need anything expensive and the price was right. I am pleasantly surprised at the sound quality, even at low volumes. I am an amateur, so these suit me just fine.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          I'm a pro and these are great!

          By Ethan Hurt

          from New York, New York

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Studio

            Comments about Mackie CR3 3" Creative Reference Multimedia Monitors - Pair:

            I write soundtrack theme songs for films and tv. Honestly, inexpensive and very authetpntuc sound quality. Honestly, better than my more expensive speakers/monitors because more realistic to the actual sound heard by the public digitally. Sometimes less ends up being more. This is one of those instances.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Yes I would definitely buy this product again.

            By PrimeTimeTEE

            from Opelousas, LA.

            About Me Novice

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home Studio
              • Performances

              Comments about Mackie CR3 3" Creative Reference Multimedia Monitors - Pair:

              Home studio.

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              These CANNOT be beat for the PRICE!

              By Chris C.

              from Charlotte, NC

              About Me Professional Musician

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Events
                • Home Studio
                • Mobile DJ
                • Performances
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Mackie CR3 3" Creative Reference Multimedia Monitors - Pair:

                I was looking for a small pair of monitors to use for practicing live shows(electronic artists) and the Alesis 3" had many reviews, but not the POWER that I needed. Mackie is a solid company and they include wires AND isolation pads! These little monitors get LOUD! They are not harsh at all, but nothing like my pro JBL's. If you are looking for speakers to listen to music or watch movies these are GREAT!

                 
                5.0

                Great sound!

                By JEO

                from Lake Station, IN

                About Me Professional Musician

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home Studio

                  Comments about Mackie CR3 3" Creative Reference Multimedia Monitors - Pair:

                  They have been a great addition to my home studio!

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Dey Work

                  By A.I.A.J

                  from Ga

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Home Studio
                    • Professional Recording

                    Comments about Mackie CR3 3" Creative Reference Multimedia Monitors - Pair:

                    I love these along with my 6" monitors

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Definitely coming back to buy more gear

                    By Rob

                    from Michigan

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Amateur Recording
                      • Home Studio
                      • Mobile DJ
                      • Performances
                      • Professional Recording

                      Comments about Mackie CR3 3" Creative Reference Multimedia Monitors - Pair:

                      I use this for home recording.

                      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Never go wrong with Mackie

                      By Drankin

                      from Delaware,ohio

                      About Me Novice

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Clear Sound
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Home Studio

                        Comments about Mackie CR3 3" Creative Reference Multimedia Monitors - Pair:

                        Just recently started home recording projects. Have been using headphones to mix down but always seem to have to go back and tweak after burning a cd and listening on a stereo. First time I used these to mix down there was no need to go back and tweak. The mix was excellent.

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