So about 4 years ago i begun getting more into recording and mixing music, at the time i only had a small set of pc speakers that came free with the package, good for general usage but not overly very clear, speakers like that usually seem to lack a lot of bass from what it plays and added high end.
So it was time for to venture out and purchase a new set of speakers, i would have prefered buying actual studio monitors like i have now but at the time £300 a speaker was a bit much! I came across a few options narrowing down to a set by Behringer and the MA-15Ds from Edirol, after having a listen in a local music shop i preferred the Edirols and made the investment!
Don't be fooled by the price of these speakers, but do bare in mind that the pair together cost a third of what a typical good SINGLE studio monitor would as well! By that i mean that the quality of the speaker is far better then that of a pc speaker setup as theyre capable of playing more frequencies and have a flatter frequency response (lows and highs play out at a more even level) but they still wont have as flat a playback a studio monitors and will still lack a few frequencies.
The monitors are active so require no external power source. They have four knobs on the front of the right speaker (LOW EW, HIGH EQ, AUX Vol and Main Vol) There is also a headphone port for when things need to a bit quieter! The back of the speaker offer an Aux input for your ipod or whatever else you like, left and right Phono main inputs and a new addition of a 'bass boost' switch, this has two settings which add more bass end to whatever is playing out, dont expect this to really bring out anything from the music it just simply boosts the bass frequencies and can actually make the quality worse in most scenarios!
Overall, and as enhanced desktop speakers not monitors, i would rate them very highly . They definitely show a much better quality then others in the similar field and are without doubt worth a listen!
The Edirol (Roland's Child Brand, specialising in mid-range "pro" audio equipment, ideal for home studios) MA-15D's would be best described as a pair of Performance Desktop Monitors as opposed to Reference Speakers used for mixing and mastering on (Such as the Yamaha NS10's).
I was looking to get a quality pair of speakers to replace the cheap little Dell 2.1 computer speakers which came with my computer; the MA-15D's fit the bill perfectly having both a flatter response and being powered (ie: you don't need a separate amplifier to use them). As a result of the flat response curve, you may want to use the speaker's supplied EQ controls to dial in some top and bottom when listening to music in iTunes or playing games. These speakers pack quite a lot of clout for their price tag and are loud enough for casual use at quarter volume. As the drivers are quite small the low end isn't going to knock your socks off, although Edirol have provided a "Bass Boost" control with two settings on the rear of the left speaker; I choose to disable this setting as I found it muffled the low end, removing clarity, however there is a hookup for a subwoofer should you want to get some more bass from your setup.
The speakers have three inputs on the rear with two discrete channels, this means you can plug in both your computer (either via the supplied stereo minijack to phono cables, or via S/PDIF digital (cable not included)) and another audio source, such as a CD Player or MiniDisk deck. There are some nice touches to be found on the front of the left speaker such as a 1/4" headphone jack and front panel volume controls (one for each input). The speakers are available finished in wood or in matte black - I personally chose the wood clad model as they look great on my desk.
These speakers are perfect for those of us who need greater audio accuracy when using the computer without costing the earth or taking up too much deskspace - sure, these won't be replacing reference monitors any time soon, but you wouldn't come to expect that for their low price.
The MA-15D Stereo Reference monitors are ideal for computer-based recording artists seeking a high-quality, powerful set of reference monitor speakers to use in a relatively confined space. The MA-15D's offer a wide range spectrum and crystal clear audio reproduction.
The MA-15D's offer a built-in Bass Enhancer. The Bass Enhancer operates on psychoacoustics principles that converts low frequencies into a series of over-tones which the human ear cannot distinguish from the original low frequencies. This allows the listener to perceive bass frequencies outside of the normal range of the speaker cone, without over-driving the woofer. With the Bass Enhancer the MA-15D's offer a strong low-end in a very compact set of reference speakers. In addition the MA-15D's offer a Sub-Out port, to connect a sub for isolating very low frequencies.
The MA-15D's offer input from digital sources through either the Coaxial or Optical S/PDIF ports, supporting up to 24-bit/192kHz sources. With this, you can connect digital sources directly to your speakers, keeping an unadulterated audio signal all the way to the power amplifier in your speakers. Hear exactly what you have recorded!
The MA-15D's offer conveniently placed Volume and Tone controls. Adjust the volume and tone directly from the front of the speaker. While a large studio setup typically uses a mixer to control output level to the speakers, compact desktop setups can rarely afford the space a mixer requires. This is no issue with the MA-15D's. You can adjust your output Volume and Tone right on the front of the speaker.
You can also connect two different sources directly into the MA-15D's, allowing you to listen to audio from any two line-level sources. For example, you can have both your computer and your stereo connected to the MA-15D's. The MA-15D's offer independent volume control for each of these inputs, effectively taking the place of a small desktop mixer for monitoring.
You can also plug headphones directly into the MA-15D's and mix without disturbing other people. Plugging in headphones automatically defeats the speakers, allowing you to mix without disturbing anyone, without having to disconnect anything in your setup.
The MA-15D's are magnetically shielded for close proximity to your computer monitor.