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Alesis M1 Active 320 USB Studio Monitor Pair  

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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... Click To Read More About This Product

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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 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.

Features
  • USB 1.1 audio interface
  • 16-Bit/44.1-48 kHz recording and playback
  • Pro-grade 1/4" plugs and standard RCA jacks
  • TRS Headphone output
  • Two unbalanced 1/4" phone jack inputs
  • Stereo 1/8" TRS mini-jack input
  • Stereo RCA inputs
  • 1/8" TS output to passive speaker (cable included)
  • Switchable power supply
Specifications
  • Woofer: 3" lightweight, magnetically-shielded
    Tweeter: 1" silk dome
    Frequency Response: 80Hz-20kHz
    Power: 10W per channel RMS
    Signal-to-Noise Ratio: 88dB weighted
    Digital Conversion: 16-bit delta sigma, 44.1kHz or 48kHz sampling rate
    Dimensions: 6"D x 5"W x 7.5"H (each)
    Weight: Just under 5lb. (each)
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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AlesisM1 Active 320 USB Studio Monitor Pair
 
4.3

(based on 77 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (49)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (6)

79%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (22)
  • Easy to use (19)
  • Good audio (17)
  • Lightweight (14)
  • Versatile (11)

Cons

  • Poor sound quality (3)
  • Unreliable (3)

Best Uses

  • Home studio (18)
  • Amateur recording (12)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (16), Professional musician (10), Novice (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Incredible sound, well worth it at this low of a price.

Quick and effortless plug-n-play monitors. I record with a home studio in Audacity, and the M1Active was recognized alongside my Behringer Xenyx which also has a USB interface (I have a laptop with...Read complete review

Quick and effortless plug-n-play monitors. I record with a home studio in Audacity, and the M1Active was recognized alongside my Behringer Xenyx which also has a USB interface (I have a laptop with Windows XP). The change is definitely there because I used to be dealing with my comp's built-in speakers. Everything sounds like it should, and I'm even hearing nuances I've never noticed before. Great flat response for accurate mixing. The Bass Boost feature is phenomenal, too - not overwhelming like you'll get with a lot of these units. Listened to a U2 playlist on my computer today and the sound was massive. Wow! Granted, I am in a medium-scale apartment, so this is more suited for that kind of intimate application. These obviously won't put out the loudest sound but they work very well for what I do.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Dont waste your money

These monitors are junk, there's simply no other way to describe them. The sound quality is flat and lifeless, the highs are muffled and the bass is distorted and flubby. I didnt have...Read complete review

These monitors are junk, there's simply no other way to describe them. The sound quality is flat and lifeless, the highs are muffled and the bass is distorted and flubby. I didnt have much time to evaluate these, as the right channel/speaker blew out less than a week after I bought them. Summation: Very poor quality masked by a good name. I expected a lot more from Alesis. My local GC made everything right. GC has a great return policy, but if not for that, this purchase would have been a total loss.

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1.0

Don't Waste Your Money or Time

By MusiqMan13

from Houston TX

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

    Cons

    • Poor Sound Quality

    Best Uses

      Comments about Alesis M1 Active 320 USB Studio Monitor Pair:

      These are simply not good speakers/monitors for any type of production work. The sound is horrible. I wouldn't even buy these for children.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      ALESIS STUDIO MONITORS

      By Mastermcz77

      from New York

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio

        Comments about Alesis M1 Active 320 USB Studio Monitor Pair:

        All these negative reviews I wanted to comment on; I have bought 2 pairs of these thru MF with no problems except the bass boost being too heavy! I am curious since I have had these a couple years now with NO problems!! Have these other users have considered editing the EQ settings in the programs they are running through??? Such as EQ settings in media player or the like? I have to comment on this because other "EDITS" have NOT been mentioned in any complaints! Besides that they inexpensive what do you want for this price POINT, like the complaints mentioned. REALLY GUYS ! Either you are NOT as experienced as you say OR Don't know how to edit your own programming because this would clear up many of the problems in here as far as I am concerned! Tweak these optional settings before giving a negative review cause who knows what your EQ's are set AT !

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Studio monitors

        By Mooselips

        from Savannah

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Durable
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Performances

          Comments about Alesis M1 Active 320 USB Studio Monitor Pair:

          Very nice for the price

           
          3.0

          Don't waste your money

          By lmccat

          from Las Vegas, NV

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Unreliable

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio

          Comments about Alesis M1 Active 320 USB Studio Monitor Pair:

          The problem I have with these speakers is the left speaker is constantly losing its signal and the drops the sound. They're great if they work, but they're unreliable. I would recommend putting the money into a better set that are more reliable.

           
          4.0

          I am pleased with this first-time pro audio purchase.

          By Loyal shopper

          from Greene, NY

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Compact
          • Easy To Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Studio

            Comments about Alesis M1 Active 320 USB Studio Monitor Pair:

            Quality active monitors that are ideal for my home studio.

            (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            USB Class Compliant = easy installation

            By electronic composer

            from Des Moines,IA

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight
            • Usb Class Compliant

            Cons

            • 16-bit Not 24-bit
            • Port Sound Better Closed

            Best Uses

            • Computer Speakers
            • Home Studio
            • Playback Systems

            Comments about Alesis M1 Active 320 USB Studio Monitor Pair:

            So the Alesis M1Active 320 USB powered monitors are USB Class Compliant, so you don't need to install drivers. This makes them compatible with Linux as well as Windows. I know this because my system is Ubuntu Studio and they work with it as well as with Windows when I used it. This adds to their value in terms of simplicity.

            The down side is that the interface is only 16-bit instead of the more common and pro 24-bit. 24-bit interfaces tend to be quieter and more accurate.

            I did notice that the sound quality is much better if you plug up the rear bass ports with a sock in each hole. This helps reduce the boominess of the bass especially if you use these close to a wall. Once you do that, the sound quality is reasonable for the price.

            I have been able to compose tunes on them that translate to other systems OK.

            Aesthetically, they look nice and the build quality is decent.

            Other pluses is that they work as semi-portable speakers for a portable media player via the 1/8 " connection.

            In softwares, they show up as "USB AUDIO CODEC" which is easy to deal with for selecting inputs and outputs.

            On Windows 7 I was able to use ASIO4ALLv2 with them successfully, with acceptable DPC latencies.

            On Linux, they worked with both JACK and PulseAudio, though I don't use JACK anymore in Ubuntu Studio. The latency of them within Ubuntu Studio Linux was acceptable.

            Overall, I find them good for the price and thankful that the price was not too high.

             
            4.0

            Just what I needed

            By Tennyshoe

            from Fort Worth, Texas

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio
              • Tv Sound System

              Comments about Alesis M1 Active 320 USB Studio Monitor Pair:

              I bought the units as a sound system for my television. They are very powerful for the size & the sound is very good. I'm very satisfied with this purchase and the shipping was very fast

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great little monitors

              By little joe

              from Wilmington Delaware

              About Me Novice

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Alesis M1 Active 320 USB Studio Monitor Pair:

                  If your like me just setting up a small bedroom studio these are great, just the right size and they sound great.

                   
                  1.0

                  Good for a Day

                  By Johnny

                  from Cleveland, Ohio

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound
                  • Compact
                  • Short Term

                  Cons

                  • Breaks Easily
                  • Poor Circuitry
                  • Short Term
                  • Unreliable

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Alesis M1 Active 320 USB Studio Monitor Pair:

                    The cons of purchasing any speaker system with an internal amplifier is serviceability. This pair lasted on a few months before one channel shut down. So now it is only throw away because the cost of repair is greater than the value.

                    (3 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Hi-tech for Lo-Fi D.I.Y Producers

                    By nudge squidfish

                    from 43015

                    About Me Professional Musician

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Amateur Recording
                      • Home Studio
                      • Professional Recording

                      Comments about Alesis M1 Active 320 USB Studio Monitor Pair:

                      Faster, Better & Cheaper are always the right solution. I sandbox my recording systems. I balance Tape & Digital. For me, Digital is best for output. Tape is best for input. I've moved away from the Pro-Tools internet Nexus. Computers can be hacked. Vendors will mess with you! But Tape can't. Pro-Tools is great for editing cut & paste; but isn't worth a hill of beans in "Lo-Fi combat" situation. To me , less is always more. Keep it simple stupid. It's the groove not the tubes that matter in art. Just ask Neil Young!

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