Pros - Solid quality, no cheap plastic here
- great sound, neutral but very enjoyable
- great Highs and mids
- bass is good enough for most types of music
Cons - Bass may not be suitable for hip-hop/rap lovers
- Cabel quality could be better (gold plated for example)
Summary I am not a DJ or an audiophile, but I know what sound I like: clear highs, no underpowered mids and a slightly exended bass. I listen mostly to Hip-hop, R&B and Pop+ a little bit rock and dance. For me, the bass is perfect. The bass isn't ground shaking but it's hearable, though I can understand that some people would want more bass, bass lovers and hip-hop producers for example.
the mids are just as they should be, not extended and not underpowered. the highs are very clear and enjoyable. the overall sound is neutral but really enjoyable. If you are a producer or normal listener who wants REALLY high quality or more bass, take the M-Audio BX5A Deluxe or BX8A Deluxe(much to spend? CX5 and CX8!).
Pros Surprisingly wide range and clean sounding
Cons Somewhat bulky and heavy but it is why they are so good.
Summary Amazing sound for their size and cost, just a fabulous value.You listen for hours without fatigue and CNET is full of crap saying that a good HT in a box surpasses these. Maybe on deep bass, which CNET seems to over rate, but AV40's outshine any HT in a box I've heard for accuracy and undistorted sound. Great for any small room you want killer sound in but they can fill large rooms too. I love them!Especially noteworthy is how well they produce vocals and how good oldies sound on them. Sometimes an old song will come on and I swear that $10,000 electrostatics couldn't make a significant improvement. Ballads just soar on them and maybe only large orchestrals show they have limitations but everything sounds satisfying. Some people who have never heard accurate speakers before will be perplexed at how different their music now sounds but my guess is they will adapt to this concept.
Updated on Dec 9, 2009
"Impresionantes"on by ch_diagonal
Pros Excelente relación calidad/precio. Terminación impecable y calidad casi profesional, compitiendo en ganador con productos de más de 400 Euros.
Cons Ausencia de un control remoto físico de volumen (aunque fuera por cable). Es incómodo que solo puedas controlarlo mediante software. Incoherente con su enfoque comercial como altavoces multimedia para cualquier PC.
Summary Un producto bien hecho y pensado, con una terminación y respuesta sobresalientes. Muy satisfecho con la compra. Sorprende una transparencia tan cristalina en los agudos y esa buena pegada en graves, en unos monitores tan pequeños y sin subwoofer, y con tan solo 20 W. ¡Gracias, M-AUDIO!
"Spectacular sound"on by herman328
Pros Sweet mid and high range, lovely sound stage and ambience, extremely high fidelity and detailed sound. Unbeatable
Cons None, except the bass level which however can easily be overcome.
Summary I love these speakers for their clarity, high fidelity and musicality throughout the high and mid range. The sound stage is wide and transparent, and the ambience is beautiful. The speakers simply disappear if you close your eyes. You will hear a lot more in your musics that you will be amazed how much you missed before. The musics are reproduced with such high-fidelity and so beautifully that you just want to listen to them the whole day. However, when the bass boost is turned on, the bass was a little bit harsh with a couple of the jazz numbers I have. I cut an old sock into two halves and stuffed them in the ports at the back of the speakers (as someone in one of the forums suggested), the bass level is perfect now. These speakers are beautiful.There's no question these speakers have fantastic sound. But mine started playing up in month 10, the sound from the right speaker sometimes dims down for no reason, turning the volume control knob could make it right but that creates cracking noises, like there is contact problems inside the volume control. As it's still within warranty period, I returned it and get a new pair after waiting for 3 weeks. But I now noticed the back penal of the left speaker heats up quite significantly. I am thinking about returning this pair for another replacement, but it has just past the warranty period by a few days (it took them 3 weeks to send me the replacement, when I received them the warranty period was over already).
Updated on Nov 12, 2010
The sound of these speakers are so good, that I don't want to get rid of them because of the heat. Can anyone tell me if they have the same problem with theirs? Is it normal? Please reply to me at firstname.lastname@example.org as I may not check back here often.
Pros - Sound quality: I now easily tell the difference between 192kbps encoded songs and 128 or 96kbps songs.
- Value: Compared to anything else in its price range, amazing.
Cons A little big & heavy for typical desktop speakers, but remember these are Studio Monitors. And if you LOVE music, these are worth the desk space.
Summary I love the product, I made sure I did my research to make sure my next speaker investment was the right one. And it payed off big time, the sound quality is the best I've heard. Makes my college dorm parties pop, and watching movies amazing.