Alesis M1 Active 520 75W Active Near-Field Reference Monitor Pair  

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This pair of Alesis M1 Active 520 Near-Field Reference Monitors offers incredible definition and flat frequency response with the help of high-precision drivers and a carefully designed crossover. The... Read More

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Overview

This pair of Alesis M1 Active 520 Near-Field Reference Monitors offers incredible definition and flat frequency response with the help of high-precision drivers and a carefully designed crossover. The rear-port provides deep bass-extension and high SPL output, and the rear-mounted EQ switches allow the user to tailor the speaker to the studio environment. A 1"-thick front baffle minimizes speaker resonance and the acoustic waveguide evenly disperses high-frequency sound. The Bass Density control lets you dial in balanced sound regardless of room or placement. The Alesis M1 520 monitor's top-mounted power/clip indicator lets you know if the speaker is clipping.

Features
  • 2-way, 75W active near-field reference monitors
  • 5" low frequency driver
  • 1" silk dome tweeter
  • Acoustic waveguide
  • Low Frequency Density switch
  • Rear port design
  • Hi, Mid, and Low Frequency EQ switches
  • Top-mounted Power Switch/Clip Light
  • 1"-thick front baffle
  • Magnetically shielded
  • 1/4" TRS connector
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.
Custome must register purchase online to receive customer registration number and warranty.
(No warranties are sent with product.)


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AlesisM1 Active 520 75W Active Near-Field Reference Monitor Pair
 
3.3

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(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

These are great...boat anchors!

By Joseph Santos

from Detroit, MI

Comments about Alesis M1 Active 520 75W Active Near-Field Reference Monitor Pair:

As a full-time audio professional, I have spent at least 5-6 days a week in several professional studio facilities for the better part of the last 20 years. Having worked with hundreds of studio monitors (Genelec, Dynaudio, JBL Professional, KRK, Yamaha, Event, etc.), I chose the Alesis M1 Active 520 as the main monitoring system for my home project studio because of the Alesis name and the sound quality of these speakers for cost. They sounded great when they worked: neutral and accurate; never any surprises when I heard my work in other studios with much nicer/expensive professional monitors. When I auditioned these in a brick and mortar store, the salesperson at Guitar Center in Southfield, MI called these and their big brother, the M1 Active 620, "boomerangs", because they almost always came back. Unfortunately, I didn't listen to him. I used these for about 6 months and was very happy with them. I stored them in the original packaging in a closet with all of my other equipment when my home studio was converted into a nursery for our baby and moved them to another studio after about 6-7 months. Upon reinstalling them in the new studio, I powered them up and one of them turn-on, but the LED on one of the monitors was red, instead of blue. I called Alesis support and they said that they could not help me as the speakers were a month out of warranty, which is understandable. I asked the tech if this was a common issue and he said an emphatic "no". After getting off the phone, I Googled the problem, and sure enough, it is a common issue with these studio monitors! Take a look at the Alesis website, there is a large supply of these units in the refurb area. Why? Because the quality of these units is lacking! I'm guessing that if these were still under warranty, Alesis may have stood behind their product and replaced or repaired my unit. However, when the market is crowded with many options for low-cost, bang for the buck studio monitors, Alesis should know better than to put a piece of garbage on the market. If you are considering these lemons for whatever reason, stay away! Instead, opt for similar products from Event, M-Audio or KRK; I have worked in edit suites equipped with these monitors that have been in operation for several years and the aforementioned brands have offered bang for the buck just as good as Alesis, with proven durability after being used day after day for years on end. Don't waste your time with these studio monitors, there are many higher-quality alternatives on the market for the same price.

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(25 of 26 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

These kick butt!!

By Tai Davis

from Chicago, IL

Comments about Alesis M1 Active 520 75W Active Near-Field Reference Monitor Pair:

If you're tight on $$ and you need some adequate studio monitors, you just can't go wrong with these Alesis M1s. They deliver great bass response and better highs than some of the more expensive brands! I listened to about 7 pairs of slightly more expensive monitors in-store and couldn't figure out why these more affordable monitors sounded better! But I didn't care, my ears don't lie. I do House/Dance music, so my monitors must be able to handle both great highs ans well as lows and these babies are more than up to the job!

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(19 of 21 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good for a little monitor

By Fuzzball

from Ida, MI

Comments about Alesis M1 Active 520 75W Active Near-Field Reference Monitor Pair:

I could not believe how good these 75-watt monitors were when I tried them out. For the low price they are very to beat. The drivers provide low distortion and smooth frequency response. They also have a low density switch that helps adjust the monitors for the acoustic space. The monitors also handle the bass frequencies quite well. The mid range frequencies are represented fairly well but they could be better. Overall this is an excellent monitor for the price.

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