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These monitors are abit excitable in the lower end frequencies and plugging up the bass ports overheats the units. There are no Eq settings on the back of the units, only a volume gain knob which is also very sensitive and is hard to be sure if you have set them both up evenly. That being said, i have yet to a find any monitors that produce a better sound at this price. I use these monitors with my imac and logic pro and they reveal everything in a mix to me. The boosted bottom end only takes a few days to get used to when creating mixes but could also be seen as an advantage if you simply want the monitors to create an awesome sound system. These monitors are powered so you do not need an amp but as a result are abit weighty. They are also extremely loud! So loud in fact that if your mixing in near field you could be deafened if your not careful and shove the volume up full.
Truly awesome bits of kit
I bought a pair of these for my music room as I needed a pair of active monitors for my home studio. Good reference speakers are essential for any home studio and these had got some good reviews. I was not disappointed. They are mounted on wall brackets at ear level, and the fact they are bi wired makes for excellent audio separation. They are well screened too, so laptops and mobiles don't seem to interfere they way they do with consumer gear (although it has to be said these are aimed at the home studio). I run 3 analog synths, an electric piano and an Edirol FW66 and macbook through it via a TAPCO mixer. Sounds great and well worth the money.
I'm using the xlr jacks for low noise.
All in all I'd say these are an ideal low cost solution to audio referencing in the studio - there's not much better for the price.
I have been working in the audio industry for around seven years now and have been lucky enough to try out various monitors. I first tested these monitors at a local studio while testing a Korg Triton, i used these monitors in conjuction with the the Alesis IO2 USB audio interface.
My first impression of these monitors was somewhat unimpressive, the size is small, they arent the most attractive monitors in the world, but when these were powerd up and i started to put them through my usual stress test the quality of build shone through, these speakers are a joy to work with, the balence of these speakers in fantastic with clear bass and crisp high's balenced by a sweet mid range.
These speakers are small but pack a punch, the volume is LOUD when you push it, but you really dont need to. I have since purchased a pair and am using them in my home studio, they utilise balenced and unbalenced XLR and 1/4 jack inputs.
These for the price are hard to beat, if you need a pair of good monitors, you will be hard pressed to find a pair better than this in this price range.
I have had these speakers for about 12 months now and i am very impressed by them.They take about 20hrs or so of use to run them in.The sound quality is fantastic for the price, i am using them in my home studio for producing music.They are very well built and good looking.They are active monitors which means the amp is built into the speaker which saves having to wire them up to an amp,they just plug straight in to my mixing desk.
For the money, this is a great investment for your studio. Hey, if you have no limit on money, I would of course say buy a pair of monitors that are legendary, but if you are on a budget -- the Alesis will do the job with ease.
Sound excellent. They sound transparent but not too thin- music does sound good through them if it's been produced well.You can really tell the difference when listening to the same song on a different set of speakers.They capture all of the frequencies perfectly and give off a nice bass that is not too overpowering.
I did quiet a bit of research before buying these and some people had a few problems with them, i think there may have been a batch sold that had dodgy electrical components, so bear that in mind if you are buying a pair second hand, you may get a dodge pair.Also they could have placed the power switch in a better posistion, it is situated on the back which makes it difficult to locate when switching on and off.
Overall i am impressed by them, i have listened to many other monitors in this price range and can safly say that none of them come close to matching these for sound quality.
I have been working with audio editing for around 5 years now, when i started i began with a pair of basic edirol monitors, despite being classed as monitors these were actually just 'better sounding hi-fi speakers' so as i began to work on more serious projects and reading about how a studio works it was quickly apparent to me that i was going to need to invest in a new pair of actual studio monitors.
If you read any studio setup guide you will notice that they all say the core of a successful recording studio is the monitors that you are listening to the sound out of as if youre hearing a false interpretation of the sound then it is that sound that you will be adjusting by false listening.
I began my research into which pair to buy and in a short amount of time stumbled across a list of 5 one of which being the Alesis M1s, i did a little more digging and quickly found a review from audio super knowledge Paul White (of sound on sound magazine) who after a sturdy test admitted that even he would use these monitors as his main reference monitors in his studio! That was enough to convince me!
My monitors came and i found in no time i could connect them up to my sound card! The back of each monitor simply contains a power cable input, on/switch, input line level and of course the input connection socket which can either have an XLR or 1/4'' jack inserted into it.
As soon as i heard the sound coming from the monitors it was easy to see that these were indeed studio class monitors, the sound felt very well balenced and gave a great stereo representation of the sounds as well as a great bass end, which is missed out on a lot of monitors in this price range i have found.
The monitors feature a fix crossover bandwidth of 2KHz between the tweeter and sub of each unit to give a nice tonal balence as mentioned before,
The only thing i really missed on these monitors which i have seen on previous ones would be a dedicated bass control level, just a knob on the back alongside the line level to control how much low end the units were forcing out. I only really ask for this as its a great little add on to have when making the monitors work comfortably alongside the acoustics of your monitoring room.
Regardless of this last point i would say i am more then pleased with the quality and price of these monitors! They are without doubt the best enhancement i have purchased towards my studio setup and i would definently recommmend them to mixing engineers from all around!