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Mackie CR3 3" Creative Reference Multimedia Monitors - Pair  

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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... Click To Read More About This Product

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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
 
4.5

(based on 26 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (18)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (17)
  • Easy to use (16)
  • Compact (14)
  • Lightweight (12)
  • Versatile (8)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (16)
  • Amateur recording (9)
  • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (11), Novice (5), Professional musician (5)

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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Nice looks, tubby sound

At this price point I wasn't expecting stellar high fidelity, but I figured this powered monitor pair would have to sound at least as good as the small "computer" speakers they were...Read complete review

At this price point I wasn't expecting stellar high fidelity, but I figured this powered monitor pair would have to sound at least as good as the small "computer" speakers they were replacing. I was disappointed. Granted, the upper midrange and highs are OK, but what's with the lower midrange/upper bass? A rough measurement with a calibrated microphone shows a remarkable +17 dB hump between 100 Hz and 180 Hz relative to the 800-1000 Hz level. That would account for the colored, tubby sound. Blocking the bass reflex port on the back of each speaker with a rag shaves about 3 dB off the hump, which is not much help. There does not appear to be any damping material inside the enclosures. The only rationale I can think of for this design is an attempt to get faux deep bass from the little 80 mm woofer, whose suspension seems very stiff with little available travel. This kind of sound doesn't work for me, alas.

It's a shame, really, because they do look good, with a lighted volume control/power switch and convenient front jacks on the powered unit, which can be placed on either side. There may be some applications where the boomy resonance won't matter as much, so I give them two stars.

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5.0

Great for the price

By Vmar514

from KC mo

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Easy To Use

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio

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

    Recording guitar

     
    5.0

    Yes

    By Richard

    from undisclosed

    Verified Buyer

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

    Works great, nice sound and good bottom end. I use them to practice my bass and the songs I listen to play along are accurate and easy to hear the bass lines.

     
    5.0

    Yes

    By Feets

    from New Jersey

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Compact
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio
      • Mobile DJ

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

      A gift for my grandson and he loves them

       
      4.0

      I would recommend it to someone who's getting started

      By Josh

      from undisclosed

      Verified Buyer

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

      I use this for basic listening sessions and I do make beats with them. The low frequency isn't gonna crazy but if you're looking for something that's good for the house and sounds great with a small form factor this is the way to go!

       
      5.0

      swag

      By Luis

      from undisclosed

      Verified Buyer

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

      yes, dp's beats sound hard on these lol

       
      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

        (2 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        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.

           
          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

             
            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

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            These CANNOT be beat for the PRICE!

            By Chris C.

            from Charlotte, NC

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Events
              • Home Studio
              • Mobile DJ
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

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

              I was looking for a small pair of monitors to use for practicing live shows(electronic artists) and the Alesis 3" had many reviews, but not the POWER that I needed. Mackie is a solid company and they include wires AND isolation pads! These little monitors get LOUD! They are not harsh at all, but nothing like my pro JBL's. If you are looking for speakers to listen to music or watch movies these are GREAT!

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