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Alesis Elevate 3 Studio Monitor (Pair)  

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While it's true that the Alesis Elevate 3 monitors are not designed to be a main set of speakers in major recording and post production facilities, they are however an excellent and affordable decisio... Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

While it's true that the Alesis Elevate 3 monitors are not designed to be a main set of speakers in major recording and post production facilities, they are however an excellent and affordable decision for your home computer desktop or small project-based studio. Alesis Elevate 3 monitors come as a stereo-matched pair to provide a clear, full sound for your multimedia content and more. Built using technology adopted from Alesis' award-winning Monitor One and M1 Active professional studio monitors, Elevate 3 Studio Monitors are the perfect way to upgrade your computer or mobile device experience. Each speaker is housed in a handmade, custom wood cabinet that helps provide natural bass and feature an elliptical waveguide with Directional Articulation technology. You'll also have the ability to increase power and bass extension by connecting an optional powered subwoofer.

Exceptional Sound Quality
Elevate 3 Studio Monitors contain powerful, three-inch woofers, crisp, one-inch silk-dome tweeters and dedicated bi-amplified power. Alesis engineers carefully selected and tuned these crucial components to work in concert as a single unit within the custom wood cabinet to deliver full lows, clean highs and a detailed compelling stereo image. Magnetic shielding ensures that you'll never have to worry about placement or interference with displays, TVs and other electronic equipment. And unlike passive speakers, Elevate 3 monitors have a volume knob built right in to the front panel for easy control.

Directional Articulation Technology
Alesis has been creating studio monitors for nearly a quarter century. In that time, they have learned a lot about maximizing sound and sonic clarity. Elevate 3 Studio Monitors leverage Alesis' experience in designing studio loudspeakers by employing custom-designed wood cabinets that stay natural and neutral, regardless of the frequency content or volume.

More importantly, each Elevate 3 cabinet features an elliptical-shaped waveguide set around their high-frequency driver - a feature commonly found on premium speakers far more expensive. Surrounding the high-frequency driver, the waveguide optimizes the throw of sound. Its elliptical shape is wide horizontally, creating a wide listening "sweet spot," so you can move left or right without losing stereo image. And because its shape is narrow vertically, the waveguide reduces reflections off of your computer table, below, and the ceiling, above. This translates to clean, consistent and focused sound every time you turn on your pair of Elevate 3 Studio Monitors.

Convenient I/O
An RCA stereo pair input is onboard, perfect for connecting mixers, interfaces, and virtually any other piece of audio gear. A 1/8-inch stereo connection gives you the ability to switch to headphones easily at anytime, and connecting the speakers is just as easy, requiring just one standard 1/8" cable (included). If you're frequently on the move, Elevate 3 is the speaker for you: they feature a built-in power supply so they'll work worldwide with no wall-wart power supply to lose!

Elevate 3 Studio Monitors are designed to produce natural frequency response. But if you need a little more low-end punch, a convenient bass-boost switch does the trick. And if you need even more power and low-end extension, Elevate 3 features a subwoofer output compatible with virtually any powered subwoofer.

Features General
  • Size: Near-field
  • System type: Active
  • Configuration: 2-way
  • Drivers
  • Low-frequency driver: 3"
  • Mid-frequency driver: Not applicable
  • High-frequency driver: 1"
  • Full-range driver: Not applicable
  • Driver type: Info not available
  • Sound
  • Frequency response: 80Hz – 20kHz
  • Max peak SPL: 101dB
  • Amplifier class: Info not available
  • Output power: 60W
  • Onboard Features
  • Input connectors: RCA
  • Standby mode: No
  • Acoustic space control: No
  • Power indicator: Yes
  • Other
  • Width: 6.4"
  • Height: 7.5"
  • Depth: 5"
  • Weight: 6.3 lb.
  • Enclosure type: Sealed
Specifications
  • Audio Inputs: RCA stereo
    Interconnection: 1/8"
    Subwoofer Output: 1/8"
    LF Driver: 3-inch
    HF Driver: 1-inch, silk dome
    Power, peak: 60W
    Power, continuous: 10W x 2
    Bi-amplified: yes
    Front Baffle Thickness: 15mm
    Magnetically Shielded: yes
    Frequency Response: 80Hz - 20kHz
    Active Crossover: yes
    Voltage (switchable or fixed): Internal power switch
    Box Contents
    Pair of Elevate 3 speakers
    Interconnection cable
    Power cable
    Quick start guide
    Safety and warranty manual
Warranty
MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
One year parts and labor warranty on all keyboards, DAT, and modules.
One year or 1500 hour warranty (whichever comes first) on tape heads.
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AlesisElevate 3 Studio Monitor (Pair)
 
4.1

(based on 60 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (30)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (5)

87%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (13)
  • Easy to use (11)
  • Good audio (11)
  • Lightweight (11)
  • Durable (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (9)
  • Amateur recording (6)
  • Professional recording (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (10), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Low INPUT headroom. But Amazing Clarity!

I give these little monitors a 5 out of 5 stars. Many people are disappointed with the product, when in fact they don't have much knowledge of how technology works.. especially when it...Read complete review

I give these little monitors a 5 out of 5 stars. Many people are disappointed with the product, when in fact they don't have much knowledge of how technology works.. especially when it comes to audio engineering. Many people return them ive noticed, or think they have a "bad pair". The truth is, they just have a lower than expected input headroom. Which in short means that you have to run your input (computer, ipod, whatever) at a lower volume, then use the monitors to amplify them. Otherwise it WILL distort, but more properly the sound will clip. It is very annoying, but you just have to experiment to find the maximum input volume level to properly run your monitors. If you take the time to break them in, at a moderate/low volume, through all genres of music, they will properly function, and you will be amazed at how amazing the sound quality from these little hot rods are. They do not clip/distort if used properly, and are more than enough for a small project studio, or just ipod speakers. And of course you can run them loud and still keep the clarity if you are using them correctly. Keep in mind, They are not just computer speakers, and they are not the same as spending 600 bucks on a pair of monitors. But they are Simply amazing, and well worth the money you spend on them. And with all do respect, people who do not know how to properly operate audio equipment should refrain from doing reviews on products, because they will give the companies who engineer and produce the product a bad name that they don't deserve.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Extreme lack of the Stated 60 Watts

I have been in and out of medium sized to closet studios and the only place for these so called (studio monitors) is desktop stereo speakers for my sons pad to play games and...Read complete review

I have been in and out of medium sized to closet studios and the only place for these so called (studio monitors) is desktop stereo speakers for my sons pad to play games and watch netflix. The only thing these desktop speakers have is the name Alesis. I work daily with studio equipment, and have used Alesis monitors before 100 Watts and they were clean and responsive in bass and high end along with mids. 6 inch real studio monitors. They should not use STUDIO MONITOR on the PnR. If one was to put an actual 60 watts to these desktop speakers they would not handle it, at all. I have a 15 watt guitar amp that BLOWS these so called 60 WATT MONITORS away. I have many Alesis items in my personal small studio. These are not studio quality unless your studio is a 3x3 closet and a powered sub unit. Play games on these but buy real STUDIO MONITORS not these desktop. Im giving these to my son to use on his pad. They cut no mustard in a studio.

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(32 of 33 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Low INPUT headroom. But Amazing Clarity!

By Ryan Farrington

from Medford Oregon

Comments about Alesis Elevate 3 Studio Monitor (Pair):

I give these little monitors a 5 out of 5 stars. Many people are disappointed with the product, when in fact they don't have much knowledge of how technology works.. especially when it comes to audio engineering. Many people return them ive noticed, or think they have a "bad pair". The truth is, they just have a lower than expected input headroom. Which in short means that you have to run your input (computer, ipod, whatever) at a lower volume, then use the monitors to amplify them. Otherwise it WILL distort, but more properly the sound will clip. It is very annoying, but you just have to experiment to find the maximum input volume level to properly run your monitors. If you take the time to break them in, at a moderate/low volume, through all genres of music, they will properly function, and you will be amazed at how amazing the sound quality from these little hot rods are. They do not clip/distort if used properly, and are more than enough for a small project studio, or just ipod speakers. And of course you can run them loud and still keep the clarity if you are using them correctly. Keep in mind, They are not just computer speakers, and they are not the same as spending 600 bucks on a pair of monitors. But they are Simply amazing, and well worth the money you spend on them. And with all do respect, people who do not know how to properly operate audio equipment should refrain from doing reviews on products, because they will give the companies who engineer and produce the product a bad name that they don't deserve.

(14 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great Small room, budget monitors.

By Roderick Moyes

from San Diego, Ca

Comments about Alesis Elevate 3 Studio Monitor (Pair):

OK, first things first... The first review of these wasn't even remotely fair. First of all, they aren't intended to be used in the manner that he was trying to use them, but MOST IMPORTANTLY, he never gave them a chance to get through the CRUCIAL and NECESSARY "Break in period". All quality monitors and headphones generally sound like garbage when first out of the box. Reading the enclosed instructions, would have told this user all about this. Now, let's be realistic, these are small, inexpensive monitors. Keeping your expectations in line with the size and cost, and having allowed them time to break in, these are pretty amazing. The response is crisp, tight and remarkably accurate. You WILL NOT get a lot of volume out of them, however, at a comfortable listening level, these are fantastic for tracking in a small home studio or with a mobile set up like a laptop. If you want a fair representation of your tracks without breaking the bank, and can be OK with the limited power and volume potential, these can not be beat for the price. I am not generally an Alesis fanboy, but I have to concede here that they put together an impressive and remarkably valuable package with these monitors.

(11 of 24 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Returned these.

By Harold Dwyer

from Orlando, FL

Comments about Alesis Elevate 3 Studio Monitor (Pair):

I received the monitors and attached them to a Roland RD-300GX keyboard. Even at low output levels the sound was quite distorted. Only when I turned the volume down to being barely audible did the distortion go away. They have since been returned.

(7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great for the price - ESP. at half off!

By Rory Dardich

from Clearwater, FL

Comments about Alesis Elevate 3 Studio Monitor (Pair):

I just picked these up for $50 during the Presidents' Day sale. Based on the GC reviews I figured it was worth shot & I could always return them. I'M GLAD I GAVE THEM A TRY! Though there isn't a lot of low end they are full and clear. I could hear some slight improvement as I "broke them in" too. I connected them to a sub I already had and I'm thrilled with the combined result! (And this sub is from a cheap surround system I got for $5 at a neighbor's yard sale!) They guy who got distortion either had a bad pair of speakers or was seriously overdriving them somewhere in the signal chain. They're hefty little speakers & seem solidly built. All needed connection wires are included except for connecting a sub, etc. The bass boost switch is ok. With the sub it does add bass response, but it also muddies the mids a bit - I have it off. I wouldn't expect these to ever be found in a pro studio, but, these are a huge step up for my office studio setup.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Project Studio Monitors

By BARRON

from Dahlonega, Ga.

Site Member

Comments about Alesis Elevate 3 Studio Monitor (Pair):

I bought a pair of these for a small project studio we setup in a bedroom while construction is going on in my larger studio. They sound great and I love the fact that they power down when not in use. If you have a small studio and want great sound at a great price, this is the way to go.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great for home use, but nothing more.

By Realmofreal.

from KY.

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Pros

  • Easy to set up
  • Easy to use
  • Features Are Decent
  • Great Flat Radius Sound
  • Great Mid Range
  • Low Price For 2 Speakers
  • Very compact

Cons

  • Lack Low End
  • Not 60 Watts That's Peak
  • Not Top Sound Quaility
  • Rms Is Around 20 Watts

Best Uses

  • Audiovideo Editing
  • Computer Speakers
  • Home Recording
  • Low Price Staring Point

Comments about Alesis Elevate 3 Studio Monitor (Pair):

I bought these speakers to set up a home recording studio. They do what they're supposed to do for that, but don't except to buy these to gig out with. They may state 60 watt, but that 's peak power, not RMS. They work great as computer speaker, much clearer than a lot of speakers designed for computers and have a very flat sound so I can make out different tones easily. They aren't the bassiest speaker, but they do have a sub out if you want extra bass rsponse and a bass boost that helps a little. Since I'm a guitarist I look for more of a good mid range sound which these speakers to provide. They have different output options and I use the RCA jacks for going through my Lexicom Alpha. Once broken in they sound as they should, but nothing ground breaking. I'd recommend these since they're compact and work well as computer speakers and for home recording. If you demand something louder, has more bass or super sound quality I'd say spend the extra money. If you're like me and just want something simple for home recording at a great price I think you won't be disappointed, but they're not for everyone to be warned.

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(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Bang for the Buck

By Michael Palomar

from NY, New York

Comments about Alesis Elevate 3 Studio Monitor (Pair):

I got these monitors on sale and I must say that I'm pretty impressed for what they are. They produce a nice near-field image and have surprisingly smooth mids and highs. Bass response is to be desired for sure and the bass boost helps out a bit. That being said, there's not enough bass response to be accurate with bass heavy music, unless you already have a dedicated subwoofer. But being that I use these for listening to music in my office, these are very nice and better than most consumer stuff at the same price. Definitely use speaker stands or some risers to help isolate and round out the sound.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Cost-effective Improvement Over Computer Speakers

By John Cross

from Oklahoma City

Comments about Alesis Elevate 3 Studio Monitor (Pair):

I purchased these on sale for about $60 (including S&H). They are the perfect step up from standard desktop speakers for a small home studio. The sound is clear, balanced, and accurate. As has been mentioned by others, the bass boost is not particularly useful. The RCA inputs connect to most interfaces, and this pair comes with a stereo 1/8" to RCA cable for easy connection to a standard computer speaker output. However, you should note that headphone outputs are generally hotter than line level. This is likely the cause of the distortion that some users have experienced. Using a mixer or audio interface would allow for the correct line level connection. If you're a bassist, you'll probably appreciate the sub-woofer output for low-end frequencies outside the capabilities of these monitors. I wouldn't count on these as reference quality speakers for professional recording or mixing. But if you're a hobbyist or occasionally record practice sessions, these will be fine. The build is solid, and the speakers have a clean look with no frills or gimmicks to their appearance. With a small footprint, they won't take up a lot of space on a desk used for other tasks.

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Pretty good for the price

By Dave

from Terre Haute, Indiana

Comments about Alesis Elevate 3 Studio Monitor (Pair):

First, let me tell you what I do. I'm mostly an acoustic singer/songwriter. I don't need heavy bass or great power. Having said that, these little guys are what I have needed. I have a small 'project' studio, and have not had anything decent to use as monitor speakers. These were on sale, so I took the chance since they had a 30 day guarantee from Guitar Center...if they are not right for me, I can bring them back. I gave them the 3 hour break-in period using Def Leppard, Disciple, Buckethead, Yanni, Leah Kauffman, and Alabama...so I used a variety of music styles to do the break in. I also used some of my previously recorded material. Simply put...after the MANDATORY break in period...these are great for the price I paid. There is no distortion. I cued up some of my previously recorded material and immediately found flaws in my mix. As other reviews state, the low frequency response on these is somewhat lacking so if you need that, pick something else. But for the acoustic singer/songwriter like myself, these will do nicely. Adding a sub would probably enhance the low frequency response a good deal....but for me these work. You may have seen these reviewed before, and seen that they tend to distort. That may be because the user is driving the input signal too hard. I have my Focusrite interface at about 66% on the output monitor, and tried it with the laptop output at 50%....no distortion. I drove them a bit harder on both the interface and the laptop...still no distortion. They are not 'blow you away loud' but if you are mixing, they'll do the job....at least for me they do. Do not compare these to $500 studio monitors...they are not that good. But I picked something that would do what I needed them to do, and these are perfect. Good mids and highs, less on the lows, but overall I good choice for the 'project' studio that I have. If you are on a budget and don't need a lot of low end, these are a good choice. So in conclusion....MAKE SURE YOU BREAK THEM IN!!! They did indeed sound awful out of the box, but after four hours of various music styles, they sounded great. Make sure you are buying the right monitor speakers for what you are going to use them for...these will not work for heavy low end. I am happy with these...they do what I need them to for the style of music I play and write. They are well built. If you are on a budget and don't need the lows, these are a good studio monitor to start with.

(3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great value for the cost!

By Rick Hunter

from NC

Comments about Alesis Elevate 3 Studio Monitor (Pair):

I just bought these a few days ago and have only heard them a couple of times now briefly (waiting for the weekend to arrive so I can really take'em for a spin). I bought them for use with mixing basic tracks on my Fostex MR8MKII digital recorder on which I record electric guitars, a bass track, rhythm machine drums, and the occasional vocals. So my needs are pretty basic and from what I've heard, I can tell that after the burn-in period, and after I connect a subwoofer, these little speakers are going to be awesome for my needs. In other words, my initial impressions are very positive and I'm excited to get my mixes just right with these little guys. So, four stars based on the sound I've heard so far and the potential for my future projects.

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