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Alesis M1Active MKII 6.5" 2-Way Studio Monitor (Pair)

B&H # ALM1AM2 Mfr # M1ACTIVE MKII (PAIR)
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Product Highlights
  • 6.5" Woofer
  • 1" Silk Dome Tweeter
  • Bi-Amplified Design
  • Magnetically Shielded

Alesis has combined their experience in reference monitor design and studio amplification to deliver the M1Active MKII Bi-Amplified Studio Reference Monitors. The speakers offer accurate response that translates well to other playback systems. The internal active crossover and custom-designed dual amplifiers ensure an extremely consistent performance under a variety of different studio conditions and program material.

The woofer and tweeter of the monitors were specifically designed to provide a linear, low distortion response. The 6.5" woofer cone is formulated from a non-woven carbon fiber, a material that has been used for the skin of combat aircraft wings. Since it offers high tensile strength and low weight (25% lighter than polypropylene) the driver is able to provide quicker transient response in the low frequency range for good bass response. The 1" tweeter dome is made of pure silk, and offers a natural response that aids in preventing ear fatigue during long mix sessions.

The bass driver amplifiers of the M1Active MKII monitors deliver a healthy 75 watts and the high frequency amplifiers provide 25 watts for the tweeters. The 8th order high and low-pass electronic crossover filters have a crossover point carefully chosen at a low 1.5kHz, that helps produce an extremely wide dispersion zone as well as low midrange coloration. Additionally, time alignment circuitry has been added to the tweeter section of the crossovers that allows the output of frequencies from the high and low drivers to occur in perfect synchronization, thus avoiding time smear. Dual front-mounted ports provided fast, coherent and extended low frequency augmentation.

The M1Active MKII monitors are magnetically shielded and can be mounted in either a horizontal or vertical placement.

Bi-amplified studio reference monitors
6.5" low frequency driver is made from non-woven carbon fiber that provides fast transient response
Pure silk 1" tweeter
Time aligned circuitry allows the output of frequencies from the high and low frequency drivers to occur in perfect synchronization
8th order high and low-pass electronic crossover filters
Magnetically shielded to allow for placement in close proximity to computer or video monitors
Integrated amplifiers provide optimized performance
Easy to set up
Low Frequency Driver 6.5" proprietary non-woven carbon fiber
Mid Frequency Driver No
High Frequency Driver 1" silk soft-dome tweeter with wave guide baffle
Crossover 4th-order, 24dB/octave Linkwitz-Riley @ 2kHz
LF Amplifier 75 watts
HF Amplifier 25 watts
Frequency Range 50Hz to 20Khz, +/-2dB
Impedance Not applicable
Maximum Sound Pressure Level (SPL) >118dB @ 1 meter
Maximum Power Handling Not applicable (already powered)
Controls and Indicators Rear on/off switch
Blue power indicator lamp on front panel
Connectors Combination XLR and 1/4" TS, either balanced or unbalanced
Power 120VAC
Shielded Yes
Size (HxWxD) 15" x 8 1/2" x 10"
Weight 19.5lbs
Alesis M1Active MKII 6.5" 2-Way Studio Monitor (Pair)
  • 2 x AC Power Cords
  • One Year Warranty to Original Owner
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    AlesisM1Active MKII 6.5" 2-Way Studio Monitor (Pair)
     
    4.1

    (based on 10 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    90%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good audio (7)
    • Compact (5)
    • Easy to use (5)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home studio (7)
      • Amateur recording (4)
      • Professional recording (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Experienced (7)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      What a great product!

      I use these speakers with my computer's delta 1010 sound card and they are crystal clear and quite powerful for there size. The styling/design of these speakers is flawless-they look well built and...Read complete review

      I use these speakers with my computer's delta 1010 sound card and they are crystal clear and quite powerful for there size. The styling/design of these speakers is flawless-they look well built and the sound that they produce certainly matches. I did have a little learning to do with the placement of the speakers and using the dual ports on them but thats half of the fun of a new toy. I could see this as overwhelming though to a sound novice. Also, to clarify my comment about the jack, the xlr input is sweet, but can be difficult to match with, it seems you almost always use an adapter but the great thing is that the sound quality will never diminish whether over 10 or 500 feet. All in all, I'm really happy with my product and can't stop listening to these bad boys.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Failed within 3 months of purchase

      These studio monitors were purchased for video post-production at a small marketing company. They are rarely used due to the small confines of the office (mostly edit with headphones). It was a major...Read complete review

      These studio monitors were purchased for video post-production at a small marketing company. They are rarely used due to the small confines of the office (mostly edit with headphones). It was a major frustration when the right speaker died within the first three months of ownership. We sent the speaker to the Alesis repair center to have it fixed under warranty. It came back over 30 days later as discussed in their warranty service email.

      With the repaired speaker back in action we were able to get another 17 months use out of it before the same speaker went bad again. I contacted customer service to inquire about a total replacement or repair and I was told I was out of warranty and therefore I needed to contact an independent service center.

      After some scouring of the internet for further reviews it looks like this is possibly a design problem. I would not recommend these speakers or the Alesis brand. I would hope that an international company would have better products and stand behind them when there was a design flaw.

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      5.0

      Good bang for the buck

      By Mike Sully

      from Chitown

      About Me Audiophile, Pro Audio / DJ

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attractive Design
      • Easy To Set Up
      • Good Power Output
      • Great Sound Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Basic Systems

        Comments about Alesis M1Active MKII 6.5" 2-Way Studio Monitor (Pair):

        For "Entry Level' monitors, these sound great to me, the 6.5in cone is bigger than most other monitors in the price range, which mostly have 5in.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Very Clean and precise!!

        By Ranger Bob

        from Cocoa, FL

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Compact
        • Easy To Use

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Alesis M1Active MKII 6.5" 2-Way Studio Monitor (Pair):

          This is my second pair of these monitors that I've owned. I bought these to replace the 1st pair I bought used from a desperate friend (in need of quick cash) about 6 years ago. They were already beat up and abused when I bought them but still sounded good. The new pair gave me fricking goose bumps the 1st time I played some recent mixdowns through them. I love them!! I'll buy another pair in 5 years. BTW: the old pair is hooked up to my TV and sounds great for casual listening.

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          (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Good for 5 years - then died

          By Mike - videographer

          from Ohio

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Compact
          • Easy To Use

          Cons

          • Breaks Easily

          Best Uses

            Comments about Alesis M1Active MKII 6.5" 2-Way Studio Monitor (Pair):

            Use it mostly for video editing, some music. Small studio. Power wasn't overwhelming, but suitable for the majority of my work. Although I don't do it for a living, I leave my stuff on all the time (old habit, dating back to vacuum tube days, I guess). Left unit died recently. I know stuff isn't designed to last forever but would have been nice to get a little more life out of it. Sounded good while it worked, though.

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            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Everything I expected!

            By J-Fry

            from Eustis, FL

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Clear Sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home Studio

              Comments about Alesis M1Active MKII 6.5" 2-Way Studio Monitor (Pair):

              Just got it hooked up for a test run. Wow!! A clean & full sound at a great price! Looking forward mixing my next CD!

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great Monitors for a Great price!

              By Rooney Tunes

              from Portland, Oregon

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Compact
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Home Studio
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Alesis M1Active MKII 6.5" 2-Way Studio Monitor (Pair):

                These monitors are solid with no frills. They simply do what they were designed to do; give you a good reference base in order for you to craft a final mix that will sound good to anyone else who listens on a car stereo or their computer system. Not only that but they are a great price. These are just right for the bedroom studio.

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                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Good enough considering the price

                By Steve

                from California

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Low cost

                Cons

                • Limited Functions

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Home Studio

                Comments about Alesis M1Active MKII 6.5" 2-Way Studio Monitor (Pair):

                I'm a high school student with several years of professional music and video production experience. I use KRK Rokit's in my home studio and these for video editing. The frequency response is clearly not as accurate as the Rokits but for video they are good enough. Just don't expect an amazingly accurate reference monitor for mastering a soundtrack.

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                5.0

                What a great product!

                By the Ginger Kid

                from Portland, OR

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Compact
                • Versatile

                Cons

                • Only has one jack input

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Home Studio
                • Jammin out
                • Mobile DJ

                Comments about Alesis M1Active MKII 6.5" 2-Way Studio Monitor (Pair):

                I use these speakers with my computer's delta 1010 sound card and they are crystal clear and quite powerful for there size. The styling/design of these speakers is flawless-they look well built and the sound that they produce certainly matches. I did have a little learning to do with the placement of the speakers and using the dual ports on them but thats half of the fun of a new toy. I could see this as overwhelming though to a sound novice. Also, to clarify my comment about the jack, the xlr input is sweet, but can be difficult to match with, it seems you almost always use an adapter but the great thing is that the sound quality will never diminish whether over 10 or 500 feet. All in all, I'm really happy with my product and can't stop listening to these bad boys.

                Share this review

                (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                Failed within 3 months of purchase

                By Spotproducer

                from Oregon

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                  Cons

                  • Breaks Easily

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Alesis M1Active MKII 6.5" 2-Way Studio Monitor (Pair):

                    These studio monitors were purchased for video post-production at a small marketing company. They are rarely used due to the small confines of the office (mostly edit with headphones). It was a major frustration when the right speaker died within the first three months of ownership. We sent the speaker to the Alesis repair center to have it fixed under warranty. It came back over 30 days later as discussed in their warranty service email.

                    With the repaired speaker back in action we were able to get another 17 months use out of it before the same speaker went bad again. I contacted customer service to inquire about a total replacement or repair and I was told I was out of warranty and therefore I needed to contact an independent service center.

                    After some scouring of the internet for further reviews it looks like this is possibly a design problem. I would not recommend these speakers or the Alesis brand. I would hope that an international company would have better products and stand behind them when there was a design flaw.

                    Share this review

                     
                    4.0

                    5 Years On, Still Going Strong

                    By Bishop

                    from Washington, DC

                    About Me Professional Musician

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Clear Sound
                    • Easy To Use

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Home Studio
                      • Professional Recording

                      Comments about Alesis M1Active MKII 6.5" 2-Way Studio Monitor (Pair):

                      I use these in a professional audio engineering studio and have had great performance from these monitors for over 5 years.

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                      (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Not your Dad's monitor

                      By APS

                      from Cleveland, Ohio

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Clear Sound
                      • Compact
                      • Easy To Use

                      Cons

                      • Bulky/Heavy

                      Best Uses

                      • Home Studio

                      Comments about Alesis M1Active MKII 6.5" 2-Way Studio Monitor (Pair):

                      With these monitors, I know what my music will sound like in the club. No more hoping I got the setting right. This gives me max control over my sound.

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