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Avid's M-Audio subsidiary recently updated its popular AV 40 powered speakers, but you wouldn't know it from the company's website. Some retail outlets are referring to it as the "AV 40 mkII" or, simply, the "new version," but M-Audio didn't give it a new model number, and instead refers to the new version simply as the AV 40 ($229.99 list). Regardless of the name, the AV 40 delivers impressive, punchy sound at surprisingly high volumes. But a few running design changes mean M-Audio has dialed back slightly what the AV 40 was originally capable of at its launch in 2008.
Running Spec Changes
The differences between the earlier version and the current model are relatively minor, but still worth mentioning. The biggest change is removing the rear-mounted Bass Boost button in the new model. M-Audio claims that this promotes more accurate monitoring. The voltage selector has also been removed, which shouldn't matter for most U.S. customers.
A third change is perplexing, though. For a while, on its website, M-Audio reported a slight downgrade in rated power output for the AV 40, from 20 watts per channel to 15 watts per channel, which was picked up in product listings around the Web. Our review pair also states 15 watts per channel on both the box and in the printed manual. But M-Audio's website now lists 20 watts per channel once again. We've asked M-Audio about this discrepancy, and haven't yet received a response. For now, the mystery remains—and it's an oddly pointless mystery, because without a total harmonic distortion figure and other supporting information, a printed power rating isn't worth much to begin with.
I bought these because I am just starting out and they really fit my budget. These aren't bookshelf speakers for your dorm room or home theater. They're "near field" speakers, which project high-fidelity audio in a very small, focused direction. Typical stereo speakers (and even 7.1 home theater systems) are designed to project a broad sound wave that will reverberate (echo) throughout the space. Near-field monitors, like the AV-40, are intended to play very high-fidelity sound directly to a very small "sweet spot" a few feet in front of each speaker--and not reverberate in the space at all. (In a studio you have sound-deadening material on all the walls, precisely to eliminate all the reverb your home theater system is designed to project.)
How big a deal is this? In the box with the AV-40 pair is a small instruction booklet detailing how to position the speakers on your mixing desk or workbench to achieve the near-field monitor pattern you'll need to use these monitors effectively.
A number of other reviews have commented on the bass output of these monitors. They're 4" monitors--they will not get you down anywhere near the 20hz frequency that defines the low end of the human hearing range (for example, C1 on a 16' organ pipe rank). Leave the bass boost switch alone--get a subwoofer. That will cost bucks--but you need a subwoofer to get accurate reproduction of your sound.
As you evaluate your recordings, experiment with and without the subwoofer (very few car audio systems have a sub)--but for your initial recording you need the sub.
As a complete music lover these speakers are worth every penny, I luckily managed to find mine priced at £120 so if you're looking for a set of bargain speakers to use with your computer then these aren't the speakers for you, you might as well start looking elsewhere. The price tag on the M-Audio Studiophile AV 40 Desktop Speaker System isn't for bargin hunters. the AV40 system is far from being the cheapest on the market, but you also have to consider what kind of person M-Audio is targeting with this product. The AV 40 carries the company's Studiophile moniker, meaning that they feel right at home within the confines of a music studio where they are favored by top producers, recording engineers and musicians around the world. After spending a few days with these speakers, I can definitely see why they are so renouned.
the AV 40 comes with a pair of 20-watt speakers for a total output of 40 watts (1 + 1 = 2 lol), Although the M-Audio Studiophile AV 40 is compatible with a computer or portable audio player, the stereo
mini jack, RCA and TRS inputs make them work with just about any audio device assuming you don't need surround sound. These are a stereo (2-channel) audio system, not a 5.1 or 7.1. They're definitely built for music lovers or that beginning DJ with his mixer and turntables.
Includes 4 polypropylene-coated woofers, very accurate base.
3/4 ferrofluid-cooled silk dome tweeters for clear amazing quality highs, OptImage III tweeter wave guides bit technical for me but provides precision imaging for balanced stereo field & magnetic shielding which is perfect for multimedia & video work.
Having had these speaker for 5 months now I can full assure anyone that these speakers now not so expensive while still on the dear side of £100 are very much value for money, they have never let me down and now i'm aware of the functions, hopefully fully that'll stop the noise complaints from next door.
At least they couldn't say the music was muffled.
M-Audio is well known across the globe for creating amazing value audio equipment, and these audio monitors continue to please customers. The AV40's are the largest in the range. M-Audio offer two smaller sizes, the AV30 and the AV20.
Compares to most audio monitors in this price range, the looks and build quality of the AV40 are excellent. The actual speakers are placed in a wooden enclosure that delivers the sound nicely. and the drivers are covered with an attractive wire mesh for protection The speakers are also magnetically shielded as not to interfere with any of your other equipment and makes them great for desktop use.
Both of the monitors contain a 4" polypropylene - coated woofer, which produces tight and accurate bass, while the 3/4" ferrofluid - cooled silk dome tweeters create clear and smooth high frequencies.
Each channel produces 20 watts of power. This is generated by an audiophile class A/B Amplifier. As far as the inputs go, the AV40's have both 1/4" TRS jack inputs and Stereo RCA inputs. This allows for connectivity even if you don't have a professional audio interface. There is also a small switch on the back which will provide extra bass if needed.
But these monitors are not just for professional use. These speakers would work perfectly at any computer workstation and has various multimedia inputs and outputs on the front such as the AUX in for an iPod or MP3 Player and a Headphone Jack. There is also a large glowing volume dial that gets brighter as the volume increases (pretty cool).
Overall, these monitors have brilliant build quality and sound amazing, but do not come at a high price.
I purchased these speakers after reading a couple of reviews, and I have to say that as an owner of quite a few pieces of high quality audio components by Adcom, ADS, Polk Audio, Yamaha, Onkyo etc, these speakers sound at least 4 times larger than their size. If you are looking for a small speaker system to use with your computer, LCD TV, MP3 player, or anything with a headphone jack that needs help with audio quality these speakers will fit the bill very nicely.
Amazing detail from all music played thru them, and a build quality second to none. These speakers may cost more than an average "computer" speaker but they are so good they are worth every penny. A new loudspeaker has to be broken in for about 100 hours before you really get an accurate sense of what they will sound like. At this posting, I have about 50 hours logged in, and these gems continue to sound better every time I listen to them. Anyone who wants great sound in a small package will not be dissapointed in these speakers.
With speakers and other music-related products, money needs to be spent to get good quality. Speakers need to have a good range of high, mid-range and low pitches which can be distinctly identified by the listener. This is exactly what these speakers provide. A power outage of 40 watts provides a nice growly bass sound whilst still leaving room for the higher pitches. I play both classical and rock music through these speakers and both sound crystal clear with vocals sounding particularly good. The speakers in terms of structure are solidly built and can be turned up to high volumes without a loss of clarity or without added vibrato. They aren't too conspicuous but still don't stick out if using them for a cd player or computer.
The price for the quality of the speakers is excellent as you can pay several hundred more pounds unnecessarily for something of a similar quality of sound. The only downside from my point of view is the looks but that's just a personal preference. Overall a lovely sounding set of speakers.
These speakers are simply amazing. I am not an audiophile or any sort of sound expert, but I am in love with these speakers. The M-Audio AV40 has a nice solid build and has 4-inch polypropylene-coated drivers with 3/4-inch ferrofluid-cooled silk dome tweeters.
These speakers provide great sound and a nice punchy bass. The bass is not overpowering, but it is not weak either. Before I only used cheap speakers and thought that they were fine. After getting these babys I can TRULY hear the beautiful sound clarity that has been missing. Music sounds so much better through these speakers.
I found a great deal online so I paid less than the retail price. Compared to other speakers in this price range, a lot of people find these speakers to be of better value. With these speakers, I can hear a lot of subtle details in songs and I can really hear the lows, mids, and highs with great clarity.
These speakers have 40 watts of power and that should be plenty for your personal use. I have never even cranked the volume all the way because I am sure my neighbors will complain about the noise. I usually keep the volume knob at a low level and the sound is still very loud. Watching movies and videos with these speakers are great because they have a very life-like sound.
Overall I would recommend these speakers to anyone. Don't spend money on those expensive speaker set ups because these are great and worth the money.