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Mackie CR3 Limited Edition Gold Trim 3 in. Multimedia Monitors (Pair)

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Same great desktop speakers, with a limited-edition gold trim.

Mackie CR3 3 in. 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 in. 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 in., 1/8 in., 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 in. to stereo RCA cable to connect computer output to speakers
1/8 to 1/8 in. cable to connect a smartphone or media player to front panel of speakers

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MackieCR3 Limited Edition Gold Trim 3 in. Multimedia Monitors (Pair)
 
4.6

(based on 26 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

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96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good sound (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

No Best Uses
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (21)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Very happy with these!

Love the overall sound and was willing to give up a subw. to save space. Excellent bass for their size and mids/highs are quite clear. Signal path goes like this: iMac...Read complete review

Love the overall sound and was willing to give up a subw. to save space. Excellent bass for their size and mids/highs are quite clear. Signal path goes like this: iMac > Sony CD/MD deck > Headphone Out > Mackie CR3s. (The headphone out serves as a kind of EQ.) No matter if source is the iMac or the CD/MD deck, the Mackies sound just terrific. And they are priced really right. They also look great and they don't take up too much space on desktop. Easy set-up. These CR3s have successfully replaced and improved on a couple of Optimus Pro X77s coupled with a Cambridge Soundworks powered sub. I would not hesitate to look to Mackie(and Musician's Friend, recommended by a musician co-worker) if I ever need more monitor-style speakers!

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CR3 Speakers

Bought specifically to use with the Digitech Trio +, per the recommendation of a Digitech Rep. Sadly these can't put out enough volume to even compete with the smallest guitar amp. I don't...Read complete review

Bought specifically to use with the Digitech Trio +, per the recommendation of a Digitech Rep. Sadly these can't put out enough volume to even compete with the smallest guitar amp. I don't need earth shattering volume, just something for the bedroom playing level, but these things get drowned out instantly. Most reviews use these for computer/tv speakers and while I am sure they would be decent at that task, they did not work for me.

And it is simply cost prohibitive to return them so now they go on the shelf of regret purchases.

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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Speakers

By Pat

from Columbus,Ohio

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Great Sound, Perfect desk top size.

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

  • Computer Speakers

Comments about Mackie CR3 Limited Edition Gold Trim 3 in. Multimedia Monitors (Pair):

A great replacement for computer desk top speakers, I use them with Guitar Rig 5 and they work very well, Great volume and tone for inexpensive speakers, easy hook up.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing Studio Monitors

By A Bryan Bro

from Helotes, TX

Verified Buyer

Comments about Mackie CR3 Limited Edition Gold Trim 3 in. Multimedia Monitors (Pair):

I use these monitors for home recording and I also use them with my tv and phone to play music and watch movies. I bouught the first pair for my home studio and liked then so much I got a second pair for general use. These have amazing clarity. For the price you can't beat them.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

great sound

By jbc

from brooklyn, ny

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • various good features, good looking, good size

Cons

  • needs tone controls

Best Uses

  • for computers or for listening to recorded music

Comments about Mackie CR3 Limited Edition Gold Trim 3 in. Multimedia Monitors (Pair):

I use them in my backyard and on my desk. Great sound at all frequencies.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Very happy with these!

By Agua Caliente

from Reading, MA

Verified Buyer

Comments about Mackie CR3 Limited Edition Gold Trim 3 in. Multimedia Monitors (Pair):

Love the overall sound and was willing to give up a subw. to save space. Excellent bass for their size and mids/highs are quite clear. Signal path goes like this: iMac > Sony CD/MD deck > Headphone Out > Mackie CR3s. (The headphone out serves as a kind of EQ.) No matter if source is the iMac or the CD/MD deck, the Mackies sound just terrific. And they are priced really right. They also look great and they don't take up too much space on desktop. Easy set-up. These CR3s have successfully replaced and improved on a couple of Optimus Pro X77s coupled with a Cambridge Soundworks powered sub. I would not hesitate to look to Mackie(and Musician's Friend, recommended by a musician co-worker) if I ever need more monitor-style speakers!

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great speakers

Comments about Mackie CR3 Limited Edition Gold Trim 3 in. Multimedia Monitors (Pair):

I purchased these speakers to be used in conjunction with a turntable. The speakers sound fantastic, and I can hear many of the wonderful nuances in the recording. Given that, I would think that these speakers would serve very well to be used with one's own recordings. I like the option that you can plug in both headphones and other media directly into the speakers. I also like how you can keep the power button in the back on at all times because there is the on/off option on the front through the volume knob.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

CR3 Speakers

By Friend of a Musician

from Earth

Verified Buyer

Comments about Mackie CR3 Limited Edition Gold Trim 3 in. Multimedia Monitors (Pair):

Bought specifically to use with the Digitech Trio +, per the recommendation of a Digitech Rep. Sadly these can't put out enough volume to even compete with the smallest guitar amp. I don't need earth shattering volume, just something for the bedroom playing level, but these things get drowned out instantly. Most reviews use these for computer/tv speakers and while I am sure they would be decent at that task, they did not work for me.

And it is simply cost prohibitive to return them so now they go on the shelf of regret purchases.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great "Bang for the Buck!"

By LRO2W

from Bloomfield, NJ

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Asthetically Pleasing
  • Compact
  • Good Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Personal Listening

    Comments about Mackie CR3 Limited Edition Gold Trim 3 in. Multimedia Monitors (Pair):

    I have read some negative reviews about these speakers and as a result, thought I needed to post a review.
    First, I have a pair of Studio Monitors that have done well for me for some time however, I was tired of getting in the car and finding out the mix was off. So, I am in the process of broadening my listening arsenal at my desk, so based on the price, I thought I'd take a chance on these. Second, I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND THESE SPEAKERS FOR YOUR MAIN MIXING. They just sound too good. A lot of people say they are Bass heavy and when I first tried them, I felt they were right.(For the size of these speakers, I am amazed at the low end.) Being a bit disappointed, I played some music from my iTunes on my Mac. WOW! Really nice sounding speakers. I have a set of Bose Companion that I've been using as my "Computer Speakers" and these blow them away. (I originally played a Static Mix I am working on and yes, the low end was heavy and finding this out before mixing down, was the goal for these speakers.)
    Anyway, basically, for this kind of money, I don't see how you can go wrong or where you're going to get a pair of decent speakers for that price. No, I really wouldn't call them "Monitors". They enhance the sound too much but after all, that's pretty much what I'm looking for in set #2. I have a single speaker for Mono and Mids on it's way.
    In conclusion, if you're looking for a decent set of speakers for your computer set up, or for a comparison mix, these are for you!

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    • No

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Perfect beginning for a home digital recording studio

    By Psycho Bob

    from Salt Lake City, UT

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Great flat response for a good beginning EQ.

    Cons

    • None.

    Best Uses

      Comments about Mackie CR3 Limited Edition Gold Trim 3 in. Multimedia Monitors (Pair):

      I use these speakers in the beginning of the recording process. Once all tracks have been completed and the final EQ process has begun, these speakers are great for identifying higher frequencies that can create problems at the end of the mixing process. At first I thought that they were too hot on these higher frequencies but quickly realized that Mackie had actually done me a favor. When beginning the EQ process these monitor speakers help eliminate wasted time searching for frequencies that cause trouble in the final EQ.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Good sound good price

      By D Train Sabine

      from Cape cod Mass

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Mackie CR3 Limited Edition Gold Trim 3 in. Multimedia Monitors (Pair):

      Accurate tone and compact

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      One of the best deals around.

      By Southern Yankee

      from Nashville Tennessee

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Lots of power out of these speakers
      • Sounds very clear

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • computer speakers
        • great for small recording studio
        • Listening to personal music

        Comments about Mackie CR3 Limited Edition Gold Trim 3 in. Multimedia Monitors (Pair):

        I love how these speakers push out so much power for such a compact speaker. They are perfect for listening to music from your computer or just for plugging in your phone to listen to music.

        They have a decent bass sound but I added a sub woofer and now I am in heaven!

        I am getting ready to order a second pair for my wife for her computer room.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Deal

        By Dondo

        from Randolph, ME

        See all my reviews

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good sound
        • Price
        • quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home recording

          Comments about Mackie CR3 Limited Edition Gold Trim 3 in. Multimedia Monitors (Pair):

          I bought this for doing my recordings and by far there is an amazing difference to using these speakers compared to using regular speakers. I am on a budget and find these do the job very well. Compared to more expensive monitor speakers... I would not be able to say. All I can say is that if you are looking for monitor speakers that will do the job and keep you from busting the bank or even going without due to next to no money, these speakers are great.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Very Nice

          By hsjfender

          from Prairieville, LA

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Mackie CR3 Limited Edition Gold Trim 3 in. Multimedia Monitors (Pair):

          Very Nice

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Perfect spacesaver

          By Port City Audio

          from Muskegon, MI

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          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Mackie CR3 Limited Edition Gold Trim 3 in. Multimedia Monitors (Pair):

          Exactly what I needed for space saving and amplification w/o having to house a receiver or amp

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          oh yeah, way better than what I had

          By toby

          from Davenport, Florida

          See all my reviews

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • nice bass
          • sound is great

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Mackie CR3 Limited Edition Gold Trim 3 in. Multimedia Monitors (Pair):

              I was impressed with range. They are much better than thr behringer monitors I was using. I chose the mackies because I own a pair of 824s that I use with my recording and mastering. Even than, I wasn't expecting the clarity of sound, which I do need because my hearing isn't what it used to be.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes
               
              4.0

              So far so good. I'll update review in a month or so.

              By Jrod

              from Hesoeria,ca

              About Me Novice

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Compact
              • Easy To Use

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Home Studio

                Comments about Mackie CR3 Limited Edition Gold Trim 3 in. Multimedia Monitors (Pair):

                I have a home studio,nothing to crazy. I was using some older PA speakers for my sound while writing and mixing. Since I got these mixing has so much easier. I can hear the high hat across my living and into the kitchen.perfect for what I need them God

                 
                4.0

                A good speaker for a low price

                By Talos

                from Beavercreek, Oregon

                See all my reviews

                Verified Buyer

                Comments about Mackie CR3 Limited Edition Gold Trim 3 in. Multimedia Monitors (Pair):

                The first pair I receive did not function and had to be returned. As they were part of a bundle I was supposed to send the entire bundle back just to get the speaker's replaced. Since they were shipped in their own box by themselves Musician's Friend made an exception and allowed me to ship them back on their own. The second pair worked flawlessly and came with a number of chords to hook the speakers up to multiple applications. I have been very satisfied with the sound quality and the headphone connection provided on the front of the speakers as well.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No
                 
                5.0

                I would buy this product again

                By JKool

                from Fort Worth, TX

                Verified Buyer

                Comments about Mackie CR3 Limited Edition Gold Trim 3 in. Multimedia Monitors (Pair):

                Studio speakers

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No
                 
                5.0

                This was one great buy!

                By Bruce P.

                from Bath, Maine

                Verified Buyer

                Comments about Mackie CR3 Limited Edition Gold Trim 3 in. Multimedia Monitors (Pair):

                I use these speakers for home recording monitoring. I based my purchase on the stellar reviews here at Musician's Friend--and the price. The sound quality blew me away (especially after my last monitors, also bought at MF, which were awful). The audio response of these new monitors is remarkable up and down the range. Full and rich up and down, with no bias anywhere that I can hear.

                The factory packaging was exceptional. Somebody has taken the time to figure out each and every step to make these speakers as simple out of the box as possible. Obvious as this may seem, in my experience, this part of the process always seems to get the shortest shrift. Kudos to that team. I never had set-up so easy.

                If there is any "problem" with them, as mentioned in another review here, it's that they sound TOO great, which I thought an odd idea at the time. Listening to mixes on every other system I have, though, everything sounds at least a notch or two less fine. So this must be taken into account at some point in the listening chain. Still, that can hardly be called a criticism.

                I wouldn't pass up these fine speakers for anything.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No
                 
                5.0

                Very easy to plug,great sound,luv it ;)

                By Pilou

                from Lameque,New-Brunswick,Canada

                Verified Buyer

                Comments about Mackie CR3 Limited Edition Gold Trim 3 in. Multimedia Monitors (Pair):

                Use as monitor for kareokee system,sound great !!!

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No
                 
                5.0

                Great value! Great small speakers!

                By LpZee

                from Southern Oregon

                Verified Buyer

                Comments about Mackie CR3 Limited Edition Gold Trim 3 in. Multimedia Monitors (Pair):

                I bought to use in a small space with my Traktor s2. Perfect for practicing mixing. Aux input is very convenient. Good looks...

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                • No

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