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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
1/8" to 1/8" cable to connect a smartphone or media player to front panel of speakers
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MackieCR3 3" Creative Reference Multimedia Monitors - Pair
 
4.4

(based on 31 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (20)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (16)
  • Compact (14)
  • Easy to use (14)
  • Lightweight (11)
  • Durable (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (15)
  • Amateur recording (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (10), 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

 

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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(8 of 8 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.

    (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Perfect for Small Spaces

    By JON

    from Seymour TN

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

    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.

    (5 of 8 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.

    (4 of 12 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.

      (3 of 3 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.

          (3 of 8 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.

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Big sound small size

              By Gary

              from Arizona

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Compact
              • Surprisingly Big Sound

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Home Studio

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

                Much bigger sounding then their size. Clear and articulate sound. I actually used then at a function for music in a room for 50 people. They held their own really well.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                2.0

                I would hesitate to buy another Mackie.

                By Tom

                from Austin, TX

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Compact
                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • Breaks Easily
                • Unreliable

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Home Studio

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

                Was a great little pair of speakers for the money until I discovered the passive speaker stopped working. Quite annoying that it occurred outside the warranty period. I have an A00 revision, got it one of the first months it came out. Very disappointed, I will see what Mackie offers me for support. Either way I would still consider replacing them with another pair but please get the Guitar Center warranty, this happened just inside two years.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Yes

                By Richard

                from undisclosed

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                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.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                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

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                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

                   
                  5.0

                  Great Value, Great Sound

                  By Bob

                  from undisclosed

                  Verified Buyer

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

                  I have a studio and I brought these speakers for a computer that I have in my living room. I was shocked when I heard these. What great sound for a small speaker? The range was excellent. I have other Mackie items in my studio so I am well aware of good sound. Five stars a great value for the money. Buy these you won't be disappointed.

                   
                  5.0

                  For the price, these monitors are ridiculously good.

                  By Øska Don

                  from Bath, UK.

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Even frequency spread
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                  • Lacks serious low frequency response

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Home Studio

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

                  I bought these as a quick remedy to not wanting to use laptop speakers to produce when I recently moved country and had to sell off my Mackie HR824 monitors. I have to say I have been very surprised with the quality of them, both sound and build wise. I've had them for around a year or so and although a lot of the time I miss the HR824's tight low end, I find that for around £60 for a PAIR of monitors, you're really getting a bargain.

                  SOUND -

                  The clarity is sometimes muddy when running a lot of tracks or if your ear isn't trained to them, but again I think this is quite an endearing feature of them. They require you to learn their flaws rather than try to hide them and after all, if you can get a mix to sound good on these then you'll know you can trust your ears! Overall, the sound isn't bad as such but people seem to be expecting the sound of £1000 monitors on a £50 budget, they're fantastic for what they are and I cannot recommend them enough.

                  BUILD QUALITY -

                  Of course, made out of plastic and I have moved them various times over the year to different houses and locations, always sure that they would break due to the low price of them. Thankfully they never failed and I'm happy to report that after a year of heavy use, they are still pretty much in mint condition (apart from a few small scratches here and there).

                  (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  2.0

                  Behringer

                  By Alec

                  from undisclosed

                  Verified Buyer

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

                  They look great but they sound like trash. The audio ducks with bass drops or loud peaks. I do not recommended for mixing or mastering monitors like they advertise. Not worth the price or the head ache of listening to the levels dip in and out. I'd suggest the ms16's instead.

                   
                  4.0

                  good first pair of monitors

                  By Ant

                  from Philadelphia

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound
                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Home Studio

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

                    It's not a bad pair of monitor speakers. A huge step above simple stereo headphones. Ive been making beats for years and these have good mids. Good for playback mixing and producing. An equalizer is a must for maximum quality!

                     
                    5.0

                    Great products!

                    By Elliott

                    from Minneapolis

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Clear Sound
                    • Compact
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Home Studio

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

                      I use this product in my home studio. Speakers are lightweight and still sound amazing.

                       
                      4.0

                      I would buy these even if they weren't on sale

                      By Jeff

                      from Maple Grove, MN

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Clear Sound
                      • Compact
                      • Easy To Use

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Home Studio

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

                        Great near field speakers for video editing

                         
                        5.0

                        yes!!!!

                        By Kenneth

                        from undisclosed

                        See all my reviews

                        Verified Buyer

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

                        These get the job done on a budget. Just don't expect these to punch hard.

                         
                        5.0

                        Best overall choice for the price

                        By WyMusic

                        from Houston, TX

                        About Me Professional Musician

                        Pros

                        • Clear Sound
                        • Compact

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Home Studio
                          • Professional Recording

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

                          I purchased them to use as small reference monitors for my studio but because of the great sound, I tend to use them most of the time, during tracking and playback.

                           
                          4.0

                          Actually pretty good

                          By Kristian

                          from undisclosed

                          Verified Buyer

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

                          Definitely good for this price

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