COSTCO.CA Alesis M1 Active 520 USB Studio Monitor speakers $149.97 clearance
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I just received this pair of studio monitor speakers today to use in my basement, free shipping from Costco.ca. I presume the 149.97 price is for clearance items. Didn't see these instore at the Scarborough Warden location.
Two-way, active, bi-amplified pair of reference studio-monitor loudspeakers
Wide, 56 – 20,000 Hz frequency response
60-W system with 30 W per speaker
12,7 cm (5-in.) lightweight polypropylene woofer
2.5-cm (1-in.) silk-dome tweeter for smooth, detailed highs without harshness
Integrated USB audio interface with 16-bit, 44.1/48 kHz recording and playback
Two balanced 0.6-cm (0.25-in) inputs
Stereo, 0.6-cm (0.25-in) headphone output
Alesis website sells them for $179.00 (?USD)
http://www.alesis.com/products/view/m1a ... ticky-dest
Sweetwater website sells them for $199 USD (site w/ reviews)
http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/ ... aQodu3gONw
Couldn't find any Canadian stores that sell them. You likely won't be able to find them to listen to them in store.
Reviews online seemed to be mostly positive.
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/pro-audi ... o-monitors
https://www.amazon.com/Alesis-M1Active- ... B001T9O5UM
Good bang for the buck for entry level studio monitors.
Very solid heavy build to them, comes with a XLR plug that is a bit short at about 4". Speakers are max 3' apart when connected.
Clear highs, rich mids, appreciable lows (don't expect room thumbing bass from these).
After listening to a bunch of speakers at Bestbuy and Canada Computers for comparison (didn't get a chance to listen to other studio monitors yet), and also comparing the sound from my Audiotechnica ATH-M50 headphones, I was very impressed with the quality of tones and the nice sound stage these speakers put out. While they don't seem to do too well with very loud songs (Barns Courtney - Fire), other songs that I found online for speaker testing were stellar (Stevie Ray Vaughan - Tin Pan Alley, Rebecca Pidgeon - Spanish Harlem, Lou Reed - Walk on the wild side). While I tend to like my bass (coming from a old logitech 2.1 200W system and almost buying the newer Klipsch 2.1 speakers), I found these had decent bass for a small room. There is a bass boost switch in the back as well. There is a very slightly hum/buzz to the main powered speaker, but once the music starts you won't notice it.
Since I plug it in to my iphone to play mp3s, I bought a separate 3.5 mm TRS to Dual 1/4 in TS, 10-Feet from amazon for $13 which works fine.
https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B005HG ... UTF8&psc=1
So if you're looking for a decent pair of entry level studio monitors for a medium sized room, basement or garage studio, give these a try (and return to them costco if you don't like em!)