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Behringer MS40 - 2-Way 40-Watt 24-bit/192kHz Hybrid Nearfield Monitors - Pair

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The Behringer MS40 is a pair of shielded 2-way monitor speakers with an Active Main/Passive Satellite system design. The speakers are powered by 20 Watts per channel of internal amplification, and offer TOSLINK and Coaxial SPDIF digital input capability with full 24-bit/192kHz D/A converters.

The 4.75" woofers and unusually large 2.5" tweeters of the MS40's are housed in a tuned, ported bass-reflex cabinet. Treble, Bass and Volume controls are easily accessed on the front panel of the Main speaker, and a standard stereo 1/4" headphone output is available as well. All controls and connectors, except for the Passive Satellite cable input, are located on the Main speaker, along with the amplifier.

2-way active studio monitors for computer studios, audio and multimedia workstations and electronic keyboard monitoring
Front-ported bass-reflex cabinets, Active Main/Passive Satellite speaker system design
TOSLINK and Coaxial SPDIF digital inputs with 24-bit/192kHz D/A converters
Magnetically shielded 4.75" woofers and 2.5" tweeters for close proximity use with computer and video monitors
Built-in high-headroom 40-watt stereo (20W per channel) amplification
Treble and Bass tone controls, separate Volume controls for input Line 1 and Line 2
1/4" Headphone output, standard RCA and 1/8" Stereo Mini inputs
UPC: 689076359962
Low Frequency Driver 4.75"
Mid Frequency Driver No
High Frequency Driver 2.5"
LF Amplifier 40 Watts (20W per ch.)
HF Amplifier No
Crossover Not Specified by Manufacturer
Frequency Range 50 Hz - 25 kHz
Impedance 20 kOhms(inputs)
Maximum Sound Pressure Level (SPL) Not Specified by Manufacturer
Controls and Indicators 2 x Volume Knobs
1 x Treble Control Knob
1 x Bass Control Knob
1 x Power Switch
Connectors 2 x RCA Phono Line 1 In
1 x 1/8" Stereo Mini Line 2 In
1 x Coaxial SPDIF Digital In
1 x TOSLINK Optical In
1 x 1/4" Stereo Headphone Out
1 x RCA To Left Speaker Out
Shielded Yes
Dimensions (HxWxD) 11 x 6.8 x 9.6" (279 x 173 x 245mm)
Weight Right: 10.8 lb (4.9 kg)
Left: 7 lb (3.2 kg)
Specialties 24-bit/192kHz D/A Converters
Optical and Coaxial SPDIF Digital Inputs
Main/Satellite System Design
Packaging Info
Package Weight 21.0 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 25.5 x 13.0 x 9.5"
Behringer MS40 - 2-Way 40-Watt 24-bit/192kHz Hybrid Nearfield Monitors - Pair
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    BehringerMS40 - 2-Way 40-Watt 24-bit/192kHz Hybrid Nearfield Monitors - Pair
     
    4.5

    (based on 37 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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    97%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to set up (17)
    • Attractive (15)
    • Great sound quality (15)
    • Good power output (14)
    • Easy to mount (9)

    Cons

    • Heavy / bulky (3)

    Best Uses

    • Basic systems (15)
    • Smaller rooms / apartments (11)
    • Home (8)
    • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (5)
    • Recording (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Practical (10), Tech savvy (8), Experienced (6), Pro audio / DJ / mixing (5)
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Does the job and does it well

    These two mid-sized speakers provide clean and clear sound through digital hook up. they support up to 192kHz which is the highest most of us will ever need. The wattage is sufficient for most...Read complete review

    These two mid-sized speakers provide clean and clear sound through digital hook up. they support up to 192kHz which is the highest most of us will ever need. The wattage is sufficient for most applications such as gaming, playing music and checking our your digital recordings. Don't be supprised if you begin to notice the limitations of your mp3 and m4a files. These puppies are meant for the highest quality audio from cd's and recorded with high-end sound recording audio interfaces. It works well with my entry-level EMU 0404 usb 2.0 audio interface device. (although i'm not sure i would recomend this device but thats not what this review is about). Expect booming bass and crystal clear treble and to really hear the difference between compressed audio and the best sampling. These are somewhat heavy and will arrive in a rather large box about 4-4.5ft by 2.5ft by 2ft (ruff estimate). they weigh like 25 pounds together

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    worth the price

    I use these speakers for video editing. I needed something with good sound and volume. These speakers delivered. I also like that you have 2 inputs and seperate volume control if you wanted...Read complete review

    I use these speakers for video editing. I needed something with good sound and volume. These speakers delivered. I also like that you have 2 inputs and seperate volume control if you wanted to mix 2 different sounds. The sound is good and crisp for the price range. Nice look too. Only thing bad about them is the air that pushes through, but that is only if you are really cranking them up. Tested them out with [@] and CD. Outside of that these speakers are solid.

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    5.0

    Forget headphones for editing, these are great

    By aj52

    from Westport, CT

    About Me Tech Savvy

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • DJ / Mixing
      • Smaller Rooms
      • VIdeo Editing

      Comments about Behringer MS40 - 2-Way 40-Watt 24-bit/192kHz Hybrid Nearfield Monitors - Pair:

      OK, you probably still need to make a final pass at audio on headphones and other reference systems, but these are great in a small studio for getting the audio "right" when I edit video. I found that I was straining to hear with my old Bose speakers or the Apple speakers in my 27" monitors. These are clear, seem to be super-accurate, and powerful enough to enjoy for all audio sources in my room (from editing on FCPX to watching TV on a break. I love that they have digital input, too. I've used them for several hours every day in the last week or two, and I can't think of anything I would change. I wish I had made the move a year ago.

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      4.0

      Solved my delay problem on XBOX ONE

      By EJPII

      from Connecticut

      About Me Practical, Tech Savvy

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attractive Design
      • Decent sound quality
      • Easy To Set Up

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Smaller Rooms

        Comments about Behringer MS40 - 2-Way 40-Watt 24-bit/192kHz Hybrid Nearfield Monitors - Pair:

        I used these monitors to solve a delay problem using Rocksmith with the XBOX One through HDMI. I used the optical out from the XBOX ONE direct into the MS40's. Problem solved. I wish they were a little bigger with more power, but these are the only powered monitors with a optical in solution.

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        5.0

        Awesome

        By GT

        from Brooklyn

        Comments about Behringer MS40 - 2-Way 40-Watt 24-bit/192kHz Hybrid Nearfield Monitors - Pair:

        I had perviously owned the MS16's and these are a pretty awesome upgrade.

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        3.0

        Good speaker set, but chose others

        By DVision productions

        from Boulder, CO

        About Me Tech Savvy

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Adjustments Options

        Cons

        • Annoying Hum
        • Dull Midrange

        Best Uses

        • Basic Systems
        • Home
        • Smaller Rooms

        Comments about Behringer MS40 - 2-Way 40-Watt 24-bit/192kHz Hybrid Nearfield Monitors - Pair:

        I tested these head to head with a pair of M-Audio AV40 speakers. Although the Behringers have more adjustment features, I thought they had a pretty dull midrange and an annoying hum when no audio was playing. I chose the M-Audio AV40s due to better overall sound, no hum and a slightly smaller footprint.

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        5.0

        Fantastic Value!

        By kolive

        from Yakima, WA

        Comments about Behringer MS40 - 2-Way 40-Watt 24-bit/192kHz Hybrid Nearfield Monitors - Pair:

        This is a great entry level studio monitor for the home recording studio. Power, clarity and clean sound in an affordable package.

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        4.0

        Good for the price, good features

        By James video editor

        from Los Angeles, CA

        About Me Practical, Pro Audio / DJ, Tech Savvy

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attractive Design
        • Easy to Mount
        • Easy To Set Up
        • Good Power Output

        Cons

        • No Front 18
        • No Front Input
        • Slightly Twonky Sound
        • Slight Twonky Lows Highs

        Best Uses

        • Basic Systems
        • Home
        • Smaller Rooms

        Comments about Behringer MS40 - 2-Way 40-Watt 24-bit/192kHz Hybrid Nearfield Monitors - Pair:

        These are nice compact inexpensive powered speakers with nice features like optical input, 2-band EQ and front headphone output - a good deal for the price - I'm satisfied. I use them as monitors for video editing but I don't do critical audio on them.Though loud enough, the sound quality is just a TINY bit "twonky" or "plasic-y" meaning that it sounds just a little like you can hear that the speakers have plastic cones. That is, it sounds like they do not perfectly reproduce some dynamics (mainly the bass and treble tones are a tiny bit "plastic-y" sounding, but again not annoying) - it's a tiny bit noticeable, though not bad, but they're probably not good as real reference monitors, though they are good for non-critical listening. They're a decent deal for the money and I'm satisfied, but my co-worker's M-Audio AV-40 speakers (their direct competition) sound about 10-15% better, but have fewer features, like no EQ and no optical input. Having EQ control was the main decision point for me. If they sounded as good overall as the M-Audio AV-40's they'd be a better deal than those, but as it is they are both about equal overall for the price. It depends on whether you want to sacrifice 10-15% sound quality to get EQ, optical input, or other non-shared features.

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        5.0

        Nice

        By (845) 332-7227

        from Brooklyn ny

        Comments about Behringer MS40 - 2-Way 40-Watt 24-bit/192kHz Hybrid Nearfield Monitors - Pair:

        Good construction and sound quality. Good beirileds. Love the input options.

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        5.0

        Great product.

        By ER Films

        from FL

        Comments about Behringer MS40 - 2-Way 40-Watt 24-bit/192kHz Hybrid Nearfield Monitors - Pair:

        I use it for sound recording and audio editing for video. Love the multiple input options. Good sound.

        No complains at all

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        5.0

        Great sound in an affordable monitor

        By dastep

        from Cary, NC

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Great Sound Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • VIdeo Editing

          Comments about Behringer MS40 - 2-Way 40-Watt 24-bit/192kHz Hybrid Nearfield Monitors - Pair:

          I'm using these in my home Final Cut Pro X video editing suite. There are certainly more expensive speakers out there but these sound great and have a reasonable footprint. My sound mixing has improved greatly since using these.

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          5.0

          Great Home Studio Near-field Monitor

          By Serious and sincere

          from Santa Cruz, CA

          About Me Producer, Producersongwriter, Songwriter

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attractive Design
          • Easy to Mount
          • Easy To Set Up
          • Flat Response
          • Good Power Output
          • Great Sound Quality
          • inexpensive

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Pro Audio Production
            • Smaller Rooms

            Comments about Behringer MS40 - 2-Way 40-Watt 24-bit/192kHz Hybrid Nearfield Monitors - Pair:

            I use this pair of speakers as near-field monitors in a professional home-based aduio production studio. Their performance is excellent for mixing and for gauging the sonic balance of final recordings.

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            5.0

            Great Speakers

            By Hugo Teo

            from New York

            About Me Pro Audio / DJ, Technically Challenged

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Basic Systems
              • Smaller Rooms

              Comments about Behringer MS40 - 2-Way 40-Watt 24-bit/192kHz Hybrid Nearfield Monitors - Pair:

              Great speakers for the price, I replaced my Alesis small speakers with these ones.

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              4.0

              Nice Product

              By Mark G

              from North State CA

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attractive Design
              • Easy To Set Up
              • Great Sound Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Basic Systems

                Comments about Behringer MS40 - 2-Way 40-Watt 24-bit/192kHz Hybrid Nearfield Monitors - Pair:

                We use this product to boost sound from the computer on a media cart. Much fuller sound than trad computer speakers but still portable. They do the job for us without having spent a fortune.

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                4.0

                Really good speakers

                By CameraManKevLar

                from Sacramento Ca

                About Me Pro Audio / DJ

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Basic Systems
                  • DJ / Mixing
                  • Smaller Rooms

                  Comments about Behringer MS40 - 2-Way 40-Watt 24-bit/192kHz Hybrid Nearfield Monitors - Pair:

                  I bought these for video editing Im super happy for the price there a steal. The highs are a little weak have to turn them up a bit but over all great speakers

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                  4.0

                  Pretty Happy

                  By CameraMan Kev RCTV

                  from Sacramento Ca

                  About Me Audiophile, Practical, Pro Audio / DJ

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Basic Systems
                    • DJ / Mixing
                    • My Office Is 10'x11feet
                    • Smaller Rooms

                    Comments about Behringer MS40 - 2-Way 40-Watt 24-bit/192kHz Hybrid Nearfield Monitors - Pair:

                    These speakers ROCK for real. I didn't expect them to sound so clean for the price.I think theres are the best speaker in there class and are WELL worth the price.I'm using them in a Multi Media room to monitor sound on my video editing.I think the tweeter's are a little on the light side but I just reduced the bass and there perfect .When I play a mp3 its really clean.I ran them overnight a very low volume with mp3's running to "Break" Them I have always done this because you should let woofers bound on a low volume. I would also like to commend B&H for there amazing customer service.

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                    5.0

                    Worth it if you're on a budget.

                    By C-Smitten

                    from Baltimore, MD

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Basic Systems
                      • DJ / Mixing
                      • Home
                      • Home Theater
                      • Smaller Rooms

                      Comments about Behringer MS40 - 2-Way 40-Watt 24-bit/192kHz Hybrid Nearfield Monitors - Pair:

                      Before I had these speakers, I had Alesis M1520 usb monitors. They were great, but I had to sell them unfortunate. As soon as I saved enough money, I decided to give another brand a shot and Behringer, Yamaha, and M-Audio came to mind. After seeing the features and prices of the other brands, I noticed the prices were either high or the features and interface was not as great. So, I chose Behringer and I'm satisfied to get a much more clear sound for my mixes. I can adjust the bass and treble to emulate how it would sound in the car. I even use my monitors for my tv sometimes. It's a great so far me all around, especially when you can go still go analog with the rca outputs. It's worth buying for a musician/producer/engineer on a budget.

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                      5.0

                      Reference speaks NLE

                      By RichCreative

                      from Detroit MI

                      About Me Practical, Tech Savvy

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Behringer MS40 - 2-Way 40-Watt 24-bit/192kHz Hybrid Nearfield Monitors - Pair:

                          I bought these Behringer speakers because I needed an audio reference that I can trust for producing video with Final Cut Pro. I liked the specs. The description looked good. The price was reasonable and the brand seems respected. I am happy with the purchase.I lament that I cannot hear audio the way I see images. I can look at a photo with nothing else to compare it to and tell you everyone that is right and wrong about the value distribution, color balance, etc. However, I am not trained to do so with audio. Only if I hear two samples in succession can I tell that one is superior. So, I am trusting that these Behringer speakers are exactly what I need for a neutral reference They sound better than the Apple Soundsticks (with Subwolfer) that I spent $ . on 12 years ago at almost twice the price of these speakers today.What I like about the Behringer speakers:Fit and finish looks very good.Appears professional to my clients.Appears to be well built.Has multiple inputs including TosLink. (I connect direct to a MacPro via fiber optic link)At 20w/channel, plenty of volume to fill a small room at half scale.Product arrived on time in adequate packaging.Sound is very good as far as I can tell but bear in mind that I am trusting itsince I am not yet an audio expert. So, 5 start with that reservation.

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                          4.0

                          MS40 Behringer

                          By Lise from VGA

                          from Montreal Canada

                          About Me Installation Multimedia

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                          • Heavy / Bulky

                          Best Uses

                          • Class Room
                          • Multimedia Presentation

                          Comments about Behringer MS40 - 2-Way 40-Watt 24-bit/192kHz Hybrid Nearfield Monitors - Pair:

                          For installation in school, HospitalWe used them in class room with Professionals projectors Our customer like them a lot for presentation

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                          5.0

                          So far so good

                          By Eric Buist

                          from Corvallis, OR

                          About Me Video editor

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Set Up
                          • Great Sound Quality

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Basic Systems
                            • Home
                            • VIdeo Editing

                            Comments about Behringer MS40 - 2-Way 40-Watt 24-bit/192kHz Hybrid Nearfield Monitors - Pair:

                            Purchased these to upgrade from computer speakers. It was a HUGE upgrade for me. Great quality speakers on a low budget.

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                            5.0

                            Best you can get for that price

                            By Steve

                            from Clovis, CA

                            About Me Intermediate Musician, Practical, Pro Audio / DJ

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Decent Flat Sound
                            • Not too Expensive

                            Cons

                            • Off center bass holes
                            • Off center tweaters
                            • Weak Bass

                            Best Uses

                            • Basic Systems
                            • DJ / Mixing
                            • Entry level mixing
                            • Home
                            • Smaller Rooms

                            Comments about Behringer MS40 - 2-Way 40-Watt 24-bit/192kHz Hybrid Nearfield Monitors - Pair:

                            They sound good. Bass and treble controls allow you to make them sound ok for listening to mp3s and other computer audio. When it is time to record set the tone controls so the speakers sound flat, the way they should be. Then edit the mixes so they sound good. If you want more bass, you can add a subwoofer, but your mixes might end up muddy with too much artificial sound. The volume can only go up around half way, without distorting the sound, but they are still moderately loud.
                            I like having the headphone jack and the controls on the front.
                            Having the ports on the front is good to keep it from bouncing off the walls and trapping it in a corner. On the face of both speakers, the bass holes are on the right side and the tweeters on the left, but not too noticeable with minor adjustments.
                            Reviewers were right about air leaking out the front plate and headphone jack, but I can't say it does any damage to the sound. But, sometimes they seem to sound a bit like plastic. I would have preferred Kevlar cones. They look nice but a grill would look better and add protection.
                            Put them on foam pads so they don't send vibrations out to the desk, or scratch it.
                            All in all, they are very nice for an entry level home studio.

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                            5.0

                            good equipment if you are not to picky

                            By Lord Plushbottom

                            from Greenville, SC

                            About Me Professional musician

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Compact
                            • Easy To Set Up
                            • Good Power Output
                            • Value

                            Cons

                            • Modest bass response

                            Best Uses

                            • Basic Systems
                            • Desktop composition
                            • On line sample listening

                            Comments about Behringer MS40 - 2-Way 40-Watt 24-bit/192kHz Hybrid Nearfield Monitors - Pair:

                            I use this as a near field monitor at a distance of about 4-6 feet. Don't expect massive bass and you will not be disappointed. It is accurate enough for professional musicians, but probably not for recording studio type use. I like the volume and tone controls and multiple inputs. Can't beat it for the money.

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