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Alesis M1 Active 320 powered monitor speakers make a lot of sense on your studio desktop and for field recording and other traveling audio engineers. The Alesis monitors connect via USB to your laptop or computer for plug-and-play listening. These...
Alesis M1 Active 320 powered monitor speakers make a lot of sense on your studio desktop and for field recording and other traveling audio engineers. The Alesis monitors connect via USB to your laptop or computer for plug-and-play listening. These compact speakers are equipped with I/O for connecting a keyboard, mic preamp, guitar effects, mixer, and other audio components for easy computer recording.
M1 Active 320 monitor speakers deliver 16-bit/44.1-48kHz audio quality through a USB 1.1 port--without the need for special drivers. A Bass Boost switch increases the low-end for monitoring in big spaces. Besides the USB cable, the I/O includes quality 1/4" plugs and standard RCA jacks, a TRS headphone output, two unbalanced 1/4" phone jacks inputs, a stereo 1/8" mini-jack input, and stereo RCA inputs. Another nice benefit is that each monitor speaker is magnetically shielded, so you won't have to worry about placing them near TVs or computers.
As a musician just getting started in recording from home, I needed to do everything on the Cheap! These fit the bill. I thought I'd get ripped given the price but these hit the spot!
The greatest thing is this: 1. It has a built-in bass-boost switch when you're just wanting to listen to your favorite tunes and 2. It has every conceivable means for connecting them to your equipment.
I honestly don't know a whole lot about speakers, but I know that I like a good relation between speaker size and volume and these definitely fit in that category. "Klein aber fein" as we say in Germany.
I used to mix out of these and wondered why all of my mixes suffered on the low end; for three years, I ruined my sound with these! I have no one to blame for my ignorance.
These are ported with bass boost, and anyone who does some serious studio work knows that any monitors with excess boosts are geared towards consumers and not producers; these will pretty much ruin any mix.
However, for easy listening, these are quite powerful for their small size and can easily fill the room at half volume before the sound is distorted.