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M-Audio AV 40 Active 2-Way Desktop Monitor Speakers (Pair)

B&H # MASPAV402G MFR # MA99006514000
M-Audio AV 40 Active 2-Way Desktop Monitor Speakers (Pair)

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Product Highlights

  • Bass-Reflex Cabinet
  • 4" Polypropylene-Coated Woofer
  • 1" Silk Dome Tweeter
  • OptImage III Waveguide
  • 20W Per Channel Amplification
  • RCA, 1/4" TRS, and 3.5mm Inputs
  • 3.5mm Headphone Jack
  • Front-Panel Volume Control
  • Magnetically Shielded
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The AV 40 Active 2-Way Desktop Monitor Speakers (Pair) from M-Audio provide high-quality audio for even the smallest of workspaces. Ideal for use with a home or mobile recording studio, the wooden bass-reflex cabinets each feature a 4" polypropylene-coated woofer and a 1" silk dome tweeter to provide a wide frequency response. Internal Class-A/B amplifiers provide 20W of power to each channel for strong performance with low distortion.

The rear panel features stereo RCA and 1/4" TRS inputs for wide compatibility with both consumer and professional devices. The front panel offers a 3.5mm aux input for connecting an MP3 player or CD player. OptImage III waveguides on the front baffles help to improve detail and clarity, as well as provide an accurate stereo image. A 3.5mm headphone jack offers private monitoring, while the front-panel volume control lets you make convenient adjustments. The speakers are magnetically shielded for use near video monitors.

Pair of compact powered desktop monitors
Wooden bass-reflex cabinets provide deep, rich sound
The 4" polypropylene-coated woofer and 1" silk dome tweeter provide tight, accurate bass and clear treble
Internal Class-A/B amplifiers provide 20W of power to each channel for a strong performance with low distortion
OptImage III waveguides improve detail and clarity while providing an accurate stereo image
There are stereo RCA and 1/4" TRS inputs, plus a 3.5mm aux input for wide compatibility with a variety of devices
The 3.5mm headphone jack offers private monitoring
The front-panel volume control lets you make quick adjustments
Magnetically shielded for safe use near video monitors and other electronics
Type Two-way desktop reference speaker
Low Frequency Driver 4" (102mm) Polypropylene Woofer
High Frequency Driver 1" (25mm) Silk Dome Tweeter
Amplifier 20W/Channel Continuous into 4 Ohms, Class-A/B
Frequency Range 85Hz - 20kHz
Maximum Sound Pressure Level (SPL) 101.5dB
Crossover 2.7kHz
Signal to Noise Ratio > 90dB Typical, A-Weighted
Input Impedance 10 kOhms, Unbalanced
20 kOhms, Balanced
Input Sensitivity 100mV Pink Noise Input for 90dBA SPL, Volume Control at Maximum
Connectors Left Speaker:
1 x Stereo RCA Input (2 Jacks, L/R)
1 x Stereo 1/4" TRS Input (2 Jacks, L/R)
1 x 3.5mm Aux Input (Front Panel)
1 x 3.5mm Headphone Jack (Front Panel)
1 x Spring Terminal Output to Right Speaker
Right Speaker:
1 x Spring Terminal Input from Left Speaker
Controls and Indicators 1 x Power Switch
1 x Volume Control (Front Panel)
Indicators Blue Power LED Ring Around Volume Knob
Cabinet Vinyl-Laminated MDF
Protection RF Interference, Output Current Limiting, Over Temperature, Turn On/Off, Transient, Subsonic Filter
Shielded Yes
Power 100-120V ~50/60 Hz, powered via attached 2-conductor line cord
Dimensions (HxWxD) 8.75 x 6 x 7.25" (222 x 152 x 184mm)
Weight 14 lbs (6.34kg)
M-Audio AV 40 Active 2-Way Desktop Monitor Speakers (Pair)
  • Power Cable
  • Speaker Connection Cable
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    M-AudioAV 40 Active 2-Way Desktop Monitor Speakers (Pair)
     
    4.5

    (based on 87 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (53)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (28)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    96%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (48)
    • Good audio (41)
    • Versatile (30)
    • Compact (24)
    • Durable (23)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home studio (42)
      • Amateur recording (32)
      • Professional recording (15)
      • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (7)
      • Basic systems (5)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Experienced (46), Novice (10), Professional musician (6), Practical (4), Quality oriented (4)
        • Primary use:
        • Personal (5)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (17)
        • Computer Platform:
        • Mac (3), PC (3)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Great Speakers

      I use these for video editing. They replaced my Creative speakers. I really like the M-Audio as they are more percise sounding for accurate audio editing.

      I use these for video editing. They replaced my Creative speakers. I really like the M-Audio as they are more percise sounding for accurate audio editing.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Nice sound, except for the hum

      I got these to use as desktop speakers with my PC. The sound is quite nice compared to any set of 2.0 speakers I've heard and seems very precise and accurate compared to most...Read complete review

      I got these to use as desktop speakers with my PC. The sound is quite nice compared to any set of 2.0 speakers I've heard and seems very precise and accurate compared to most inexpensive satellite+sub combos. The problem I have is a low-frequency hum. The sound is barely audible, but for someone (like me) who has spent a lot of money "silencing" their computer, it is annoying and hard to ignore. The hum (which sounds similar to a ground loop hum) occurs whenever the speakers are turned on, regardless of whether they are connected to a source. I don't think that my speakers are an exception... many forum posts seem to indicate that this problem is commonplace (expected even) on AV-40s.Anyway, the sound is excellent for a [$] set of computer speakers, but if you're sensitive to background noise or distortion, do NOT get these. As I'm an international customer (Canada) it would cost a significant sum to return these, so I'm doing my best to ignore the hum and enjoy the music.

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      4.0

      Very good for the price

      By Paul

      from Brooklyn, NY

      Verified Reviewer

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            Comments about M-Audio AV 40 Active 2-Way Desktop Monitor Speakers (Pair):

            I use these speakers for music (classical and jazz, vocal and instrumental) and tv watching. Sound is very good if a bit dry to my ears. Definitely worth the price. The speakers precision/clarity was greatly improved by resting them on Herbies (brand) soft fat dots to minimize extraneous vibrations.

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            • No

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            4.0

            Great monitors for the price

            By Alex

            from Boston

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Media Monitoring
                • Video editing

                Comments about M-Audio AV 40 Active 2-Way Desktop Monitor Speakers (Pair):

                This is my 2nd set of AV40s. The powered speaker on my first set randomly died on me. Probably fixable by swapping out some capacitors, but to be fair, I used those speakers continuously for about 3 years and they were rarely turned off. There's nothing earth shattering about this set, but they have clean audio and they are good for smaller spaces.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Good Speakers for the price

                By Russ

                from Washington DC

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Great sound
                • Right price
                • Simple

                Cons

                • no bass adjustment
                • Slightly large

                Best Uses

                • Gaming
                • General use
                • Music

                Comments about M-Audio AV 40 Active 2-Way Desktop Monitor Speakers (Pair):

                I use these to listen to music, play games, etc. General use. They are a bit large but can go quite loud. Don't expect super bass but they do a great job for no subwoofer. I like that you can plug in an input via the front as well so I can play my computer and phone through the speakers at the same time.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Love 'em!

                By Chris B

                from Chicagoland

                Verified Buyer

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                      Comments about M-Audio AV 40 Active 2-Way Desktop Monitor Speakers (Pair):

                      Compact, but solid and chunky, with (most importantly, of course) a great sound. I use them for editing video on a Macbook pro. Really makes a difference in balancing the audio over generic computer speakers. And for the price, I feel I have professional-quality audio gear.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Great starter monitors for mixing

                      By Kyle

                      from Bronx, NY

                      Verified Buyer

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                            Comments about M-Audio AV 40 Active 2-Way Desktop Monitor Speakers (Pair):

                            Got these to start using monitors while mixing. I live in a small apartment and these are perfect.

                            Great price great sound. Would recommend for small studios and beginners or anyone on a budget.

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                            • No

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                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            4.0

                            AV40's Rock!

                            By KD Edit

                            from Chicago

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Great Sound Affordable

                            Cons

                            • Volume Somewhat Limited

                            Best Uses

                            • Video editing

                            Comments about M-Audio AV 40 Active 2-Way Desktop Monitor Speakers (Pair):

                            These speakers are great, especially considering their cost. I have an older pair of DX4's that I have loved from day one, but these babies pump out a beautifully clear signal from a compact space. The inclusion of the front auxiliary input is a great addition... this way you could change the input to the speakers right from the front. I highly recommend them for use as monitors in smaller video editing studios, or just for listening to your music.

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                            • No

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                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Great playback sound!

                            By Taconite

                            from Duluth, MN

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • easy to use
                            • Great sound

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Music Production
                              • Musicvideo Production
                              • Video Production

                              Comments about M-Audio AV 40 Active 2-Way Desktop Monitor Speakers (Pair):

                              For the price I think these little monitor speakers give great sound feedback.

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                              • No

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                              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Wow

                              By jusTEN

                              from Washington, DC

                              Verified Buyer

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                                    Comments about M-Audio AV 40 Active 2-Way Desktop Monitor Speakers (Pair):

                                    A couple times a year I come across an item that I would recommend without hesitation or proviso. This is one of those items from 2014.

                                    For their purpose as close-range studio monitors, there is nothing to say against these speakers. If you know you want high quality, big sound at your workstation but you don't need to pop plaster off the ceiling, save yourself some time and look no further.

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                                    • No

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                                    4.0

                                    Great Speakers for the Price

                                    By SpayceMan

                                    from Winston-Salem, NC

                                    Verified Buyer

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                                          Comments about M-Audio AV 40 Active 2-Way Desktop Monitor Speakers (Pair):

                                          Great set of speakers, lacks a little on the low-end bass rumble - but good high quality speakers nonetheless. Would have gave it 3-stars but the value is what took it up to 4. A great buy.

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                                          • No

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                                          5.0

                                          Great clarity, accuracy and value

                                          By Joe

                                          from Los Angeles, CA

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                                                Comments about M-Audio AV 40 Active 2-Way Desktop Monitor Speakers (Pair):

                                                For the money, you're not going to find better monitors for a home studio.

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                                                • No

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                                                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                                 
                                                5.0

                                                AV 40 Review

                                                By Art

                                                from Elmira, NY

                                                Verified Buyer

                                                Pros

                                                • Great sound
                                                • Nice looking
                                                • Not too big
                                                • Priced right

                                                Cons

                                                  Best Uses

                                                    Comments about M-Audio AV 40 Active 2-Way Desktop Monitor Speakers (Pair):

                                                    These are just really great desk top speakers, not sure how they would be in a studio but on your desk top these rock!!!! Don't listen to the mixing room snobs! You want nice computer speakers these are it!

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                                                    • No

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                                                    3.0

                                                    Just average

                                                    By Mo

                                                    from Novi, MI

                                                    Verified Reviewer

                                                    Pros

                                                    • price

                                                    Cons

                                                    • Boomy Bass Sizzly Treble

                                                    Best Uses

                                                    • Casual Listening

                                                    Comments about M-Audio AV 40 Active 2-Way Desktop Monitor Speakers (Pair):

                                                    Not sure why so many rave about the sound of these monitors. I find the frequency response pretty lumpy and in need of a lot of EQ to tame the treble and fat upper base. For the price, they're OK I suppose, but great sound? Nah.

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                                                    • No

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                                                    5.0

                                                    Incredible quality, great price

                                                    By Eddie

                                                    from Troy, MI

                                                    About Me Value Oriented

                                                    Pros

                                                    • Compact Design
                                                    • Great Sound Quality

                                                    Cons

                                                      Best Uses

                                                      • Home Recording
                                                      • Professional Recording

                                                      Comments about M-Audio AV 40 Active 2-Way Desktop Monitor Speakers (Pair):

                                                      Very powerful sound. Great blend of mids and treble, and the bass is perfect. It's not over or underwhelming. Overall, incredible purchase and speakers, especially for around $

                                                      • Primary use:
                                                      • Personal
                                                      • Computer Platform:
                                                      • PC

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                                                      5.0

                                                      Power audio on your desktop

                                                      By Max Vegas

                                                      from Henderson, Nevada

                                                      About Me Quality Oriented

                                                      Verified Reviewer

                                                      Pros

                                                      • Compact Design
                                                      • Easy To Use
                                                      • Great Sound Quality

                                                      Cons

                                                        Best Uses

                                                        • Home Computer
                                                        • Music and Movies
                                                        • Office Computer

                                                        Comments about M-Audio AV 40 Active 2-Way Desktop Monitor Speakers (Pair):

                                                        Small footprint, great sound, lots of power, looks great too. RCA phono aux inputs, and TRS balanced line inputs. Set it up in 5 minutes. Such a deal at this price. You will love the sound.

                                                        • Primary use:
                                                        • Personal
                                                        • Computer Platform:
                                                        • PC

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                                                        5.0

                                                        Great Sound!

                                                        By Xandra

                                                        from San Antonio, TX

                                                        About Me Value Oriented

                                                        Verified Buyer

                                                        Pros

                                                        • Easy To Use
                                                        • Great Sound Quality

                                                        Cons

                                                          Best Uses

                                                          • Home Computer

                                                          Comments about M-Audio AV 40 Active 2-Way Desktop Monitor Speakers (Pair):

                                                          These speakers are a dream. Just what I was looking for when it came time to setup my home recording studio. They produce a fantastic sound!

                                                          • Primary use:
                                                          • Personal
                                                          • Computer Platform:
                                                          • Mac

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                                                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                                           
                                                          4.0

                                                          Great Speakers

                                                          By Mark 29

                                                          from ATL, GA

                                                          About Me Quality Oriented

                                                          Verified Buyer

                                                          Pros

                                                          • Compact Design
                                                          • Easy To Use
                                                          • Great Sound Quality

                                                          Cons

                                                          • Pop Sound When Turned Off

                                                          Best Uses

                                                          • Music and Movies
                                                          • Office Computer

                                                          Comments about M-Audio AV 40 Active 2-Way Desktop Monitor Speakers (Pair):

                                                          I use these for video editing. They replaced my Creative speakers. I really like the M-Audio as they are more percise sounding for accurate audio editing.

                                                          • Primary use:
                                                          • Business
                                                          • Computer Platform:
                                                          • PC

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                                                          5.0

                                                          Awesome speakers!

                                                          By Grad Student

                                                          from Long Beach

                                                          About Me Quality Oriented

                                                          Verified Buyer

                                                          Pros

                                                          • Easy To Use
                                                          • Great Sound Quality

                                                          Cons

                                                          • None

                                                          Best Uses

                                                          • Home Computer
                                                          • Mobile Device
                                                          • Music and Movies

                                                          Comments about M-Audio AV 40 Active 2-Way Desktop Monitor Speakers (Pair):

                                                          I bought these as a gift for a friend who is starting out in the music industry and he loves them. They sound clean and crisp and are excellent for the price. I really recommend these, you won't be disappointed!

                                                          • Primary use:
                                                          • Personal
                                                          • Computer Platform:
                                                          • Mac

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                                                          5.0

                                                          Excellent Audio

                                                          By REINHOLD 3

                                                          from BROOKLYN, NY

                                                          About Me Quality Oriented

                                                          Verified Buyer

                                                          Pros

                                                          • Compact Design
                                                          • Easy To Use
                                                          • Great Sound Quality

                                                          Cons

                                                            Best Uses

                                                            • Home Computer
                                                            • Music and Movies
                                                            • Tv System

                                                            Comments about M-Audio AV 40 Active 2-Way Desktop Monitor Speakers (Pair):

                                                            Can't beat the price and quality of build combination. I use them as the audio source for my TV and they are great. They have a great range. Also they are very reasonably priced and very well built.

                                                            • Primary use:
                                                            • Personal
                                                            • Computer Platform:
                                                            • Mac

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                                                            4.0

                                                            This is good speaker

                                                            By Jinsoo

                                                            from Hicksville, NY

                                                            About Me Technically Challenged, Tech Savvy

                                                            Verified Buyer

                                                            Pros

                                                            • Easy To Set Up
                                                            • Great Sound Quality

                                                            Cons

                                                              Best Uses

                                                              • Basic Systems

                                                              Comments about M-Audio AV 40 Active 2-Way Desktop Monitor Speakers (Pair):

                                                              This is simple Monitor speakers

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                                                              • No

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                                                              5.0

                                                              AV 40s - Good Start for College

                                                              By Matty Moe

                                                              from saint louis

                                                              About Me Movie Enthusiast, Practical

                                                              Verified Buyer

                                                              Pros

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

                                                              Cons

                                                                Best Uses

                                                                • Basic Systems
                                                                • Home
                                                                • Home Theater
                                                                • Smaller Rooms

                                                                Comments about M-Audio AV 40 Active 2-Way Desktop Monitor Speakers (Pair):

                                                                Monitors were easy to set up and sound great. Their size makes them a reasonable addition to a desk top set-up .. and they can be moved with very little hassle to double as TV speakers.

                                                                I've had no issues with them and would recommend them as a good start as entry level monitors for musicians seeking to record their own music.

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                                                                • Yes

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