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Mackie CR4 4" Creative Reference Multimedia Monitors - Pair

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Studio-quality design and performance for multimedia creation and entertainment.

Mackie CR4 4" 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
  • Studio-quality design, sound and performance ideal for multimedia creation and entertainment
  • Professional-grade components for optimized sonic performance
  • 50 watts of clean, articulate stereo sound
  • 4³ polypropylene-coated woofer
  • .75³ ferrofluid-cooled silk-dome tweeter
  • Ultra-wide frequency range perfect for full-range multimedia (70Hz - 20kHz)
  • Choose which side of your desk gets the volume knob with CR4'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
  • 1/8³ to stereo RCA cable to connect computer output to speakers
  • 1/8³ to 1/8³ cable to connect a smartphone or media player to front panel of speakers
  • Speaker-to-speaker cable

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MackieCR4 4" Creative Reference Multimedia Monitors - Pair
 
4.7

(based on 34 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (24)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (30)
  • Easy to use (27)
  • Compact (18)
  • Lightweight (15)
  • Versatile (15)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (29)
  • Amateur recording (20)
  • Professional recording (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (18), Professional musician (11), Novice (3)

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(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very Good Value

By JBeckola

from Central Valley, CA

About Me Experienced

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Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Lightweight
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio

    Comments about Mackie CR4 4" Creative Reference Multimedia Monitors - Pair:

    I started researching these, reading comments, comparing, ect, ect. I ended up purchasing them with the (included) free Tascam headphones. I didn't really need the headphones, but that "deal", pushed me into buying them.
    I have a bedroom set up with various components for home recording and these are a perfect fit.
    I didn't understand the guy who commented that he was going to buy a second pair. Now I do.
    These are a RIDICULOUS value for the money. I'm not a professional sound engineer, but I am really happy with the sound. They are great, awesome, super monitors.
    Truthfully, my first thought when I fired them up was, "I need to get a 2nd pair".
    They would be a good value without the headphones. Included was the isolation foam to rest the monitors on.
    I can't see how anyone, especially anyone like myself doing home recording could do better, at this price point.

    (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    AWESOME!

    By XXXSimmonsXXX

    from Staten Island, NY

    About Me Experienced

    See all my reviews

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Mackie CR4 4" Creative Reference Multimedia Monitors - Pair:

      It's rare that I write a review, but in this case I just had to. These speakers are awesome. They actually sound better than the ones I use on my main entertainment system. I bought these strictly for monitoring my mixes. I have them hooked up to the TASCAM DP-008EX Digital 8-Track Pocketstudio. I am currently working on a multitrack project. These things are so responsive. When you adjust the pan knobs you can actually SEE the sound moving from left to right or vice versa. Crisp Hi end, full mids, and an unbelievable bass sound. I am literally blown away at this price. I just ordered a second pair, for use with my laptop, so I can transfer wav files and work on the PC as well as the Tascam. I'm actually considering a third pair for the closet! Yes that's right, the closet. I would hate for this model to disappear, and I want to have a new, unopened pair in the closet for future considerations. I love them that much. They really have that warm analog sound that vinyl junkies are always seeking. Stop thinking about it and click add to cart, and check out with these totally awesome speakers!

      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Pleased.

      By namjunerobot

      from washington

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      See all my reviews

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio

        Comments about Mackie CR4 4" Creative Reference Multimedia Monitors - Pair:

        These have great reviews but I was still a bit worried that they wouldn't be what I hoped for. I was wrong, they're great for what I need. I had some huge alesis mk3's that were just too big for my small recording space. These are perfect though with lots of volume and a balanced sound. What I'm really pleased with is the volume/power knob and headphone jack on the front. They're awesome little utilitarian monitors.

        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Just Right

        By Kyle No

        from The Bronx

        About Me Professional Musician

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        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Lightweight
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio

          Comments about Mackie CR4 4" Creative Reference Multimedia Monitors - Pair:

          I have these in my home studio, they are loud enough and very clear. I connected them to a Tascam DP24 with balanced monster studio cables and haven't looked back. A really good price for a really good product.

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Five Stars

          By Toddrummer

          from North AL

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          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Easy To Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio

            Comments about Mackie CR4 4" Creative Reference Multimedia Monitors - Pair:

            I'm using these speakers for my computer as mixing monitors with my DAW. I'm very happy with the purchase price for the quality Mackie has designed. I have a pair of M-Audio BX-5 D2, and I think these are comparable.

            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Get em while they're hot

            By Guitar Lizard

            from Lockport NY

            About Me Professional Musician

            See all my reviews

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Easy To Use

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home Studio

              Comments about Mackie CR4 4" Creative Reference Multimedia Monitors - Pair:

              We are throwing together a recording studio on the fly. These reference monitors kept us within budget. I may have to fight to get them back their sound is so good.

              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              CR4 4" Creative Reference Multimedia Mon

              By Arc Light

              from LA

              About Me Novice

              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Compact
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Mackie CR4 4" Creative Reference Multimedia Monitors - Pair:

                  Good, solid PC stereo speakers.

                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Very solid monitors, considering their size & price

                  By Dro

                  from Birmingham,AL

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Home Studio

                    Comments about Mackie CR4 4" Creative Reference Multimedia Monitors - Pair:

                    I've had this pair of monitors for years now (they were my first monitors when I decided to delve into audio production), and they still sound exactly like they did when I bought them. That's as much as I can comment on, concerning durability, since I never move them around or anything. But the sound hasn't degraded at all over the past few years. I've since bought some larger, more expensive monitors, but I still have these hooked up too, and I still use them regularly.

                    They produce a very nice, flat sound, that makes it quite easy to ensure that your levels are right, & that you don't have certain frequencies that are too loud/quiet. The only "negative" here (imo) is their lack of ability to recreate the extremely low-end (sub bass) frequencies. It's tough to hold that against monitors that have 4" drivers though. But don't be mistaken, these monitors do a great job with bass-- it's actually pretty impressive how well they handle bass, compared to any others I've heard that are this size. The bass response is accurate (as are the mids & highs- the mids are present & clear, & not noticeably louder than the other frequencies- which I've had issues with on other monitors- & the highs aren't harsh & piercing- which I've also had problems with elsewhere). It's just the deep sub range that these monitors have a harder time with- but again, that's the case with any 4" drivers, as I've yet to hear one that can accurately deliver on the very bottom end (less than 40Hz or so). I primarily work with dance/electronic music, & even a lot of the more expensive, larger monitors tend to have trouble with frequencies that low, which is why I use a separate sub (which is always an option, to use along with any monitors). For non-electronic genres, this isn't as much of a concern, since sub bass won't be a focal point of the music, & those ultra-lows can be cut.

                    And these things do look amazing. Anyone looking for a pair of affordable, well-made, smaller monitors, you found them.

                    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Great speakers!!!

                    By Randman

                    from Norman ok

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Clear Sound
                    • Durable
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Home Studio

                      Comments about Mackie CR4 4" Creative Reference Multimedia Monitors - Pair:

                      These speakers are awesome!!! Couldn't believe how good they sound for the price.

                      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Yes

                      By James

                      from undisclosed

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                      Comments about Mackie CR4 4" Creative Reference Multimedia Monitors - Pair:

                      They work well for what I do with them I am happy

                      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      These are GREAT !

                      By Crazy Davey

                      from New Hampster

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                      See all my reviews

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Clear Sound
                      • Compact
                      • Easy To Use

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Amateur Recording
                        • Home Studio

                        Comments about Mackie CR4 4" Creative Reference Multimedia Monitors - Pair:

                        These replaced some smaller Behrengers that, to be honest, I may have abused past the point of their capabilities. The difference was stunning. I was especially happy to find that a crackle that had been there when my Roland System 1 was set to fast attack nearly disappears using the Mackies. Plus their green speaker detail matches the synth's green accents. What a pair !

                        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Great speaker for the price!

                        By E-cube

                        from Florida

                        About Me Novice

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Clear Sound
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Lightweight
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Home Studio

                          Comments about Mackie CR4 4" Creative Reference Multimedia Monitors - Pair:

                          Been using this speaker for a week. Clear sound good highs and lows...

                          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Great Speakers for a very reasonable Price!

                          By Silver

                          from Oswego NY

                          About Me Professional Musician

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Amateur Recording
                              • Home Studio

                              Comments about Mackie CR4 4" Creative Reference Multimedia Monitors - Pair:

                              I use these speakers to record original songs in a small home studio.,They have excellent bass and true reproduction, an excellent reference point for multitrack home recording. A excellent set of speakers for the price! Great Value........ I doubt you'll find better at this price point!

                              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Good flat response! Right up there with the NS-10s.

                              By DonnyL

                              from Atlanta, GA

                              About Me Experienced

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Clear Sound
                              • Compact
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Versatile

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Home Studio
                                • Professional Recording

                                Comments about Mackie CR4 4" Creative Reference Multimedia Monitors - Pair:

                                I use them in a home studio setting. I especially appreciate the input/output jacks on the front. Nice addition.

                                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Mackie CR4 Monitors

                                By Autumn

                                from KS

                                About Me Professional Musician

                                See all my reviews

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Amateur Recording
                                  • Home Studio

                                  Comments about Mackie CR4 4" Creative Reference Multimedia Monitors - Pair:

                                  I've had these speakers for a couple months now and they've worked very well in our home studio! Bass response is quite good, which was important for us. They seem very durable, but they don't get moved around a whole lot. They are definitely better than your average computer speakers! Highly recommend, especially if you're looking for inexpensive home studio monitors.

                                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  For mixing at home, these are your monitors.

                                  By kyle

                                  from undisclosed

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Comments about CR4 4" Creative Reference Multimedia Monitors - Pair:

                                  Sound great, look great, solid construction. Good buy.

                                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  They Do what they say.....

                                  By Backstage

                                  from Stottville, NY

                                  About Me Professional Musician

                                  See all my reviews

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                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Home Studio
                                    • Professional Recording

                                    Comments about Mackie CR4 4" Creative Reference Multimedia Monitors - Pair:

                                    Amazing sound for a 4" speaker. Crisp highs and great punching lows.

                                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    Great product fast delivery and no sales tax

                                    By Lil don

                                    from Sherwood Ar

                                    About Me Experienced

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

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

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Amateur Recording
                                      • Events
                                      • Home Studio
                                      • Performances

                                      Comments about Mackie CR4 4" Creative Reference Multimedia Monitors - Pair:

                                      I use the speakers for a beat sound its great I recommended this sight highly

                                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                       
                                      4.0

                                      Well worth the price.

                                      By Bill

                                      from San Antonio, Texas

                                      About Me Professional Musician

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

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

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Amateur Recording
                                        • Home Studio
                                        • Professional Recording

                                        Comments about Mackie CR4 4" Creative Reference Multimedia Monitors - Pair:

                                        Simple to use, hook up easily to a recorder or other sound source like an iPhone. Reasonably priced, and like everything Mackie, they give you back exactly what you put into them. That's what monitors ar for, right?

                                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                         
                                        5.0

                                        Incredible Value

                                        By Kmac

                                        from Omaha NE

                                        About Me Experienced

                                        See all my reviews

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Clear Sound
                                        • Compact
                                        • Easy To Use

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Amateur Recording
                                          • Home Studio

                                          Comments about Mackie CR4 4" Creative Reference Multimedia Monitors - Pair:

                                          I was impressed as I unboxed the speakers. They appeared to be built very well and of high quality. I hooked them up to my multi-track recorder and was immediately amazed with the sound. The mids and highs are clean and uncolored and produce a terrific stereo image. I would expect to pay up to twice as much for the sound quality I received with these speakers. The low end is better than I would have expected for a 4" low frequency driver but is more than adequate for mixing down a project.

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