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Open Box Mackie CR3 Limited Edition Gold Trim 3 in. Multimedia Monitors (Pair)

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Mackie CR3 3 in. 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 ...  Click To Read More About This Product

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Mackie CR3 3 in. 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 in. 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 in., 1/8 in., 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 in. to stereo RCA cable to connect computer output to speakers
  • 1/8 to 1/8 in. cable to connect a smartphone or media player to front panel of speakers
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MackieCR3 Limited Edition Gold Trim 3 in. Multimedia Monitors (Pair)
 
4.6

(based on 26 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (4)

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82%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (4)
  • Compact (3)
  • Good audio (3)
  • Lightweight (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Amateur recording (4)
  • Home studio (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Value for Home Studio Creators

First pair of monitors for my desk; these are replacing a cheap pair of standard computer speakers.
Extremely surprised by the balance of both bass and mids that these provide given the...Read complete review

First pair of monitors for my desk; these are replacing a cheap pair of standard computer speakers.
Extremely surprised by the balance of both bass and mids that these provide given the price and size! They are great for smaller desks.
Plenty of volume for a 1,000ish square foot apartment, and should be the same case for a treated room.
From the little expertise I have in audio production, these are a vast improvement over both the higher-end pair of headphones and standard PC speakers that I own. Highly recommended for audio interfaces as well...running 1/4" cables with no issues!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Stopped works my day 1

Tried a pair of these as secondary small monitors. Sound was relativly uncolored. However, they stopped working just a few hours after being taken out of the box. I don't like junk and...Read complete review

Tried a pair of these as secondary small monitors. Sound was relativly uncolored. However, they stopped working just a few hours after being taken out of the box. I don't like junk and now have to take the, back to the store.

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(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Value for Home Studio Creators

By Alex

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Mackie CR3 Limited Edition Gold Trim 3 in. Multimedia Monitors (Pair):

First pair of monitors for my desk; these are replacing a cheap pair of standard computer speakers.
Extremely surprised by the balance of both bass and mids that these provide given the price and size! They are great for smaller desks.
Plenty of volume for a 1,000ish square foot apartment, and should be the same case for a treated room.
From the little expertise I have in audio production, these are a vast improvement over both the higher-end pair of headphones and standard PC speakers that I own. Highly recommended for audio interfaces as well...running 1/4" cables with no issues!

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Superb Magic!

By Keith

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Mackie CR3 Limited Edition Gold Trim 3 in. Multimedia Monitors (Pair):

Mackie has always been the brand I go to for my audio essentials. I am a DJ so I also use Mackie for my speakers when doing events. These speakers sound great, and I got them for a great price. They have a very slick look to them, especially with the gold limited edition trim that they have now. I would highly recommend this pair, and especially at a great affordable rate too. Mackie has always been the first source I go to for high end audio specifications. DJ Kizra

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Good flat EQ response. I would recommend this product

By Ken

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Mackie CR3 Limited Edition Gold Trim 3 in. Multimedia Monitors (Pair):

I was looking for a more accurate "flat" eq sound for my home studio. I've been using an old Altec Lansing system with a sub woofer that sounds great but the CR3 gives me a another perspective when it comes to the EQ of my projects. Not as flashy I was expecting but after 2 weeks of working with them I'm very pleased and would recommend them for your home studio. I hooked my AL system through my headphone amp and combine them with the CR3 for my own listening pleasure.

The old adage of "You get what you pay for" works here. For the price this is a good system. I would do it again. Very happy with the purchase.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Product is x-cellent

By Score

from Freeport, New York

Verified Buyer

Comments about Mackie CR3 Limited Edition Gold Trim 3 in. Multimedia Monitors (Pair):

No amp needed. Plug in and u good. That's word

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome bang for the buck

By BRIAN

from undisclosed

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Verified Buyer

Comments about Mackie CR3 Limited Edition Gold Trim 3 in. Multimedia Monitors (Pair):

I love these monitors. Just as the reviews said. Great product.
Highly recommend.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

AMAZING Little Boxes of SOUND!

By BOGO

from Lincoln, NE

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • For their size they put out great sound!

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Desktop PC Studio Monitors

    Comments about Mackie CR3 Limited Edition Gold Trim 3 in. Multimedia Monitors (Pair):

    For their size I was thinking they would sound like so so speakers. I was blown away when I hooked them up. They put my surround system setup to shame. I almost blew out my ears with how clean and clear they sound. Lots of bass for these units. Have them setup for my TV speakers too and wow who needs big AV Receivers when you get these little guys.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    These are fantastic speakers.

    By Knoecklein

    from Boston, MA

    Pros

    • Beautiful sound

    Cons

    • No Subwoofer control

    Best Uses

    • Studio sound, music playback

    Comments about Mackie CR3 Limited Edition Gold Trim 3 in. Multimedia Monitors (Pair):

    These speakers have a wonderful crisp clean sounds. The bass is loud for such small little cabinets. I would highly recommend these for anyone looking to get into studio production, or someone looking for a high quality playback system for listening to music. My one complaint is the absence of an on board Sub-woofer controller, but that can easily be solved with a digital EQ.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Exactly what I needed

    By Eric

    from Chicago, IL

    Comments about Mackie CR3 Limited Edition Gold Trim 3 in. Multimedia Monitors (Pair):

    Sound is very clear, strong bass, and speakers can get very load. I used these for my record player in a small area where I didnt want to have a receiver and bunch of cords.. These worked very well.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    speakers

    By Stacy

    from undisclosed

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Mackie CR3 Limited Edition Gold Trim 3 in. Multimedia Monitors (Pair):

    They are a little smaller than we thought they would be, but my Son is very happy with them for his desk top

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Worth every penny!

    By Earl

    from undisclosed

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Mackie CR3 Limited Edition Gold Trim 3 in. Multimedia Monitors (Pair):

    Excellent price, excellent value. I purchased this set to act as monitors for my home studio and I am extremely pleased.

    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Perfection

    By Sambo

    from Houston Tx

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Mackie CR3 Limited Edition Gold Trim 3 in. Multimedia Monitors (Pair):

    I hate that Mackie never gives any discounts, but I quess it's worth it. You get what you pay for. These monitors are awesome. I would highly recommend them to anyone.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great little monitors with a heavy sound.

    By Kramdogproductions

    from Fairfield, Iowa

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    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Mackie CR3 Limited Edition Gold Trim 3 in. Multimedia Monitors (Pair):

    The media and headphone ports on the front are a bonus on these polyprop driven monitors. Solid lows and extreme highs make them great affordable studio monitors, or you could just use them to jack the sound on your pc or home stereo with 50 watts of power.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great studio monitors.

    By Adam

    from undisclosed

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Mackie CR3 Limited Edition Gold Trim 3 in. Multimedia Monitors (Pair):

    These speakers sound great and are pretty loud. I think they will work real good for mixing.
    These are the limited edition of the CR3. The only difference between this and the Non limited edition appears to be that the trim is yellow in stead of green.

    I am quite happy with them so far. These were on sale so I saved money over buying the non limited edition as well.

     
    5.0

    I would definitely buy this again and recommend it to others

    By Corris

    from undisclosed

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Mackie CR3 Limited Edition Gold Trim 3 in. Multimedia Monitors (Pair):

    Great product! Great price!

     
    5.0

    I would buy this product 100 times over

    By Jovahny

    from undisclosed

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Mackie CR3 Limited Edition Gold Trim 3 in. Multimedia Monitors (Pair):

    VERy good product and im very happy with my purchase thanks to guitar center and it's associates.I will be shopping again very soon.

     
    5.0

    Great monitors from a great company!!!

    By TOM

    from undisclosed

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Mackie CR3 Limited Edition Gold Trim 3 in. Multimedia Monitors (Pair):

    Well with my gear rewards I only paid 38 dollars for these but even at 99 bucks they are worth it. I play guitar and use these to listen back and to jam with backing tracks. All frequencies sound great, they are not boomy or to shrill. I crank em up and get a huge sound for a 3inch speaker. I like the looks as well and makes for a nice clean tight work area. Oh and everything you need comes in the box, no need for anything else. Setup was 5 minutes and I like the front headphone port. Great monitors for a lover of music that wants to listen louder than pc speakers can do.

    My only complaint is Guitarcenter shipped them in the original box with no shipping box. Somebody just slapped on the shipping label to thin product box and mailed them. Huge hole in box and was raining but no damage luckily but for 38 bucks it wasnt worth it to me to return just to get a new box. I did reach out to Guitarcenter by email and never heard anything back.

    I still have the box with the shipping label stuck to it for proof.

     
    5.0

    Small size with big sound.

    By George

    from undisclosed

    See all my reviews

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Mackie CR3 Limited Edition Gold Trim 3 in. Multimedia Monitors (Pair):

    These worked out perfect for me. I just needed something small to use for home recording. From some of the other reviews I was concerned about bass response , but these speakers have plenty of bass and they sound good for my purposes.

     
    5.0

    If they stand up to the test of time then Yes I would buy.

    By Meatball, Thunderball

    from New York

    See all my reviews

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Mackie CR3 Limited Edition Gold Trim 3 in. Multimedia Monitors (Pair):

    As described,fast delivery,good price,nice studio reference speakers , so far so good,work great,Thanks.

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Stopped works my day 1

    By Mistersmart

    from Las Begas, NV

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Breaks Easily
    • Unreliable

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording

    Comments about Mackie CR3 Limited Edition Gold Trim 3 in. Multimedia Monitors (Pair):

    Tried a pair of these as secondary small monitors. Sound was relativly uncolored. However, they stopped working just a few hours after being taken out of the box. I don't like junk and now have to take the, back to the store.

     
    4.0

    Nice, Compact Monitors For Compact Home Office

    By Evan

    from Michigan

    About Me Novice

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Compact
    • Easy To Use

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio

      Comments about Mackie CR3 Limited Edition Gold Trim 3 in. Multimedia Monitors (Pair):

      Recently built a little desk station to convert our den into a home office/ workstation. I have a USB audio recording in/out that's acted as a headphone amp when not serving as a recording interface, but thought about picking up some actual monitors. First I found the "standard" CR3, but wasn't keen on the bright green trim rings around the speakers...then stumbled upon the "limited edition," which appears to only differ in terms of trim color.

      Absolutely love the size -- even on the foam pads included for isolation, they fit nicely on my desk and don't take up very much space at all. The gold accents actually look more silver-ish to my eye, which I'm also alright with. Setup is also a breeze.

      I really dig the way these sounds. Even at low volumes these things really crank...and sound quite good doing so. I'm impressed with the sound quality, although as a fan of bright, jangly music, they're probably a little too bass-forward for my personal taste (wish there was an EQ knob or crossover switch; probably too much to ask at this price/ size/ etc). What I'm perhaps MOST impressed with is the sound imaging...these things are placed about a foot apart from either side of my computer and my chair, and they really fill the space wonderfully with sound...feels as if the sound stage is directly ahead of me. Really impressed.

      Might not be what you want/ need for more professional/ higher-end mixing duties - I don't do that sort of work, so couldn't tell you one way or the other - but if you're looking to fill a smaller work area with great sound, these are a great buy.

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