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Mackie CR3 3" Creative Reference Multimedia Monitors are designed for multimedia creation and entertainment, delivering studio-quality design and performance in sleek, small-footprint designs. Featuri... Read More

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Mackie CR3 3" Creative Reference Multimedia Monitors are designed for multimedia creation and entertainment, delivering studio-quality design and performance in sleek, small-footprint designs. Featuring 50 watts of power and premium components like a sound-enhancing high-frequency waveguide, Creative Reference monitors ensure pristine, accurate sound for any application. Choose which side of your desk gets the volume knob with CR's speaker placement switch and take advantage of convenient front-panel features like a dedicated input for smartphone playback. Plus, you get all the cables you need to get started right out of the box. With Mackie Creative Reference monitors, you get professional sound quality and features in compact desk-friendly designs perfect for work, play and everything in between.

Features
  • Professional-grade components for optimized sonic performance
  • 50 watts of clean, articulate stereo sound
  • 3" polypropylene-coated woofer
  • .75" ferrofluid-cooled silk-dome tweeter
  • Ultra-wide frequency range perfect for full-range multimedia (80Hz - 20kHz)
  • Choose which side of your desk gets the volume knob with CR3's convenient speaker placement switch
  • Convenient front panel volume knob with lit power ring gives you on/off/volume control and power indication where you need it
  • Plug your smartphone or other source right into the front of the speakers and listen instantly
  • Front-facing headphone jack auto-defeats speaker output and provides tactile headphone volume control
  • A choice of inputs for simple connection to almost any audio source (1/4", 1/8", RCA)
  • Smooth waveguide design delivers unmatched clarity and sound dispersion at all listening levels
  • Custom-tuned rear ports for smooth, even bass extension
  • All-wood cabinet provides a natural sonic character superior to low-grade plastic designs
  • Included accessories
  • Acoustic isolation pads minimize boomy bass build-up and provide up/down tilt control for more focused listening
  • 1/8" to stereo RCA cable to connect computer output to speakers
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MackieCR3 3" Creative Reference Multimedia Monitors - Pair
 
4.4

(based on 13 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (9)
  • Compact (8)
  • Easy to use (8)
  • Lightweight (7)
  • Durable (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (5), Novice (3), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Perfect for Small Spaces

These were purchased as computer speakers for my business office. First off, it's a nice touch that all the necessary cables are included, so I had music playing a few minutes after opening...Read complete review

These were purchased as computer speakers for my business office. First off, it's a nice touch that all the necessary cables are included, so I had music playing a few minutes after opening the box. They feel very well-built and solid, and are small enough to easily fit on the bookshelf above my desk. The sound is very good; they are clean and even-sounding from highs down to low mids. The lows roll off quite a bit (not that I expected sub bass from a 3" driver), but from about 30" away they sound surprisingly full ... very nice for playing Pandora or iTunes while I work. They also work well for evaluating mixes from my home studio as an alternative to the "boom box" check. The CR3's are definitely a big step up from standard computer speakers, and are a great buy at $100/pair.

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Not bad for the size

Much better than computer speakers. Get this if they are on sale. Best bang for the buck. Very good general purpose speaker for your portable laptop. TBH not good for recording n mixing...Read complete review

Much better than computer speakers. Get this if they are on sale. Best bang for the buck. Very good general purpose speaker for your portable laptop. TBH not good for recording n mixing since it lacks lows, add sub but then if defeats purpose of buying it cuz you end up spending more bucks. Good for selecting source sound on the fly. If you plan on doing some serious work, spend more bucks like 100-200, there are more stuff available with better low end projection.

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5.0

Yes, pretty nice , I love the sound and the design

By Da-beat

from Everett

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Compact
  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio

    Comments about Mackie CR3 3" Creative Reference Multimedia Monitors - Pair:

    easy to install, nice performance audio, and great looking green circles design

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    2.0

    Can hear low freq sounds

    By Guitarrista

    from Dallas area

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Poor Sound Quality

    Best Uses

      Comments about Mackie CR3 3" Creative Reference Multimedia Monitors - Pair:

      Need more watts and improve woofer sound.

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      5.0

      yes

      By Andres V

      from guayaquil ecuador

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio

        Comments about Mackie CR3 3" Creative Reference Multimedia Monitors - Pair:

        Great sound
        Good performance

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        5.0

        Sounds Good

        By Cesar

        from undisclosed

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about CR3 3" Creative Reference Multimedia Monitors - Pair:

        I think ist great for the price

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        5.0

        Definitely recommend for budgeted upcoming musicians of sort

        By Panthro_V

        from DMV

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Compact
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio

          Comments about Mackie CR3 3" Creative Reference Multimedia Monitors - Pair:

          Great product, small and compact, loud and clear for its' volume, a bang for the buck

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          4.0

          Size and performance

          By ProblemSolv

          from Los Angeles, Ca

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Compact
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Limited Functions

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio

          Comments about Mackie CR3 3" Creative Reference Multimedia Monitors - Pair:

          For home studio use and for home theatre. Only feature I want now is Bluetooth.

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Mackie CR3 Kicks Butt

          By Dave B

          from Tinton Falls, NJ

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Studio

            Comments about Mackie CR3 3" Creative Reference Multimedia Monitors - Pair:

            I'm using the CR3 as my studio monitors for playback on recording. The sound is awesome. The low-end is tight and the highs are crisp. Very happy with the sound.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great upgrade over computer spekers.

            By Mike

            from Mission Viejo, CA

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Mackie CR3 3" Creative Reference Multimedia Monitors - Pair:

                I was looking for an alternative to the computer speakers on the market. I decided to go with a entry level speaker from a company that is know for great audio components. The Mackie CR3 speakers are the perfect combination of great sound quality and a small desktop speaker.

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                (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                Decent Computer Speakers

                By Danno

                from Dayton, OH

                About Me Novice

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Mackie CR3 3" Creative Reference Multimedia Monitors - Pair:

                    Firstly I am by no means a sound or speaker expert by any means. I bought these to replace a set of generic computer speakers that I had used for years. I was wanting to upgrade the music sound quality that I can get from a computer because anymore it's our main music delivery device in our household.

                    They are very decent speakers for my choosing but do lack in the usable volume department. Anything below a 25% level from the actual speaker volume knob is basically a zero. Anything above the 50% level and it is so muddy it's not enjoyable.

                    With that said the volume between 25%-50% is actually very wide and even at 50% they are plenty loud enough for my personal use and still pretty clear at this level.

                    I will say that I have found myself adjusting the equalizer on just about every single song on my computer to get the best from these speakers. That is something I have never had to do before with 5-6 sets of speakers throughout the years.

                    I suppose this could be the speakers actually allowing me to "hear" for the first time the limitations of listening to music through the MP3 system.

                    The build quality with them is very durable and heavy, by no means are they cheapo plastic computer speakers.

                    The lack of a sub-woofer concerned me prior to purchase but I have not really noticed any lack of bass after a lot of equalizer adjustments.

                    Overall I would say they are worth the price. Probably considered by most to be a value orientated mid price speaker and honestly that would be my exact overall impression after listening to them for 3 weeks.

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                    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    3.0

                    Not bad for the size

                    By 3rd class musician

                    from USA

                    About Me Professional Musician

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Clear Sound
                    • Compact
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight
                    • Very Clear Packs Punch

                    Cons

                    • Lacks Bass

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Mobile DJ

                    Comments about Mackie CR3 3" Creative Reference Multimedia Monitors - Pair:

                    Much better than computer speakers. Get this if they are on sale. Best bang for the buck. Very good general purpose speaker for your portable laptop. TBH not good for recording n mixing since it lacks lows, add sub but then if defeats purpose of buying it cuz you end up spending more bucks. Good for selecting source sound on the fly. If you plan on doing some serious work, spend more bucks like 100-200, there are more stuff available with better low end projection.

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