Saturday, July 25, 2015

Review: M-Audio Studio Pro 3

Hello everyone and welcome to this week's article!
Today we're going to review a recently discontinued product from M-Audio, that can be still found very often in various music equipment stores, it's one of the cheapest set of monitors you can find, and the street price is around 90€, for the set of 2.

One can tell the quality of an audio monitor according to its "realism", which is the capacity to let us hear what we are working on in our Daw, for example, in a way that, once we have exported the final track and we listen to it with other devices, it "translates" well, without too many differences.

Unfortunately these speakers are not realistic at all, and we can't trust them, when mixing.
Surely they are a very good and cheap tracking device, if we use them just when recording they do a good job, and from a consumer side also, they are pretty decent for movies, games, or just music listening.

The build quality is pretty solid, and each unit features a 3,25 inches woofer and an 1 inch tweeter, and the couple consists into a main unit, with an ac adaptor for power, and a satellite, which is powered by connecting it to the main unit.
One feature that I have appreciated very much is the front aux in: this way you can connect the speakers both to the audio interface and to the computer's internal soundcard, so you can record music and then watch a video, without having to switch inputs, all with the same speakers, and this is pretty rare and very comfortable.

The unit features a bass boost feature to compensate the small dimensions of the speaker and to emphasize certain music genres or films, and the volume is decent for everyday home use, but to be honest there can be moments in which 10watts per speaker are not enough. 
My suggestion when buying multi purpose speakers is to get some with a power ranging from 20 to 40w rms per speaker, in order to never feel the need for "more power".
In the end, yes, these speakers can be used as a small upgrade for the consumer user, but in all honesty I wouldn't suggest them for music production purposes other than sheer tracking.

Specs Taken from the Website:

3.25" low-frequency drivers; 1" high-frequency drivers

Magnetic shielding prevents computer/video monitor interference (RF interference, output current limiting, over temperature, turn on/off transient, subsonic filter)

Internal standing wave acoustic absorption for greater efficiency
Bass Boost switch
RCA rear-panel inputs; convenient front-panel 1/8" inputs

Frequency response: 100Hz – 20kHz ±3dB, Crossover frequency: 2.3kHz
Dynamic range (Maximum Signal-to-Noise Ratio): >80dB (typical, A-weighted)

Input connectors: left and right line input connectors (RCA)

Dynamic power: 10 watts into 4Ω (per channel) at 0.5% distortion

Indicator: blue power LED ring around on/off/volume knob on front panel

Dimensions: 5.5"W x 7.9"H x 5.9"D

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