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

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Mackie CR3 3 in. Creative Reference Multimedia Monitors are designed for multimedia creation and entertainment, delivering studio-quality design and ...Click To Read More About This Product

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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

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

(based on 20 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (13)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

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    (1)

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95%

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 (16)

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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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5.0

Great sounds and sleek look

By Kevlar

from Seattle, WA

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Crisp and full sound at all levels
  • Gold trim looks nice
  • Good base for bookshelf monitors without a sub

Cons

  • RCA cable is a little short

Best Uses

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

    Really enjoying these speakers. They look great and have a great sound at all levels. Only complaint is the RCA cable is a little too short for my standing desk (I don't have an actual measurement but it's about 3 feet).

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    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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      4.0

      Good Buy

      By Bull

      from Fayetteville, AR

      Verified Buyer

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

      Very good speakers that I would have given a 5 star rating if they were louder. I use them for a home recording studio.

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      • No
       
      5.0

      Great things come in little packages

      By Dondo

      from Randolph, ME

      See all my reviews

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • home recordings

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

        This does exactly what it is intended for, don't see why I would need to spend more on other speakers unless I'm looking for status or something... Maybe I need more expensive ones to impress my friends. But this impresses me enough to satisfy my needs.

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        • No
         
        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.

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          • No
           
          5.0

          Decent price, great value.

          By Cal

          from Ipswich, ma

          Verified Buyer

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

          I am using these in a small space and they work and sound great.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          5.0

          Great and Very high quality

          By JRRr

          from New york

          Verified Buyer

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

          All i needed to get my Home studio running highly recommended.

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          • No
           
          5.0

          Great Sound

          By Germiina

          from Orlando, Fl

          Verified Buyer

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

          Wish I paid attention to the size but it's perfect n the sound is lod. You could actually have it as only the sound system for a studio or the tv !

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes

          (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.

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