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

You Pay: $149.00
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

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 79 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (48)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (25)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    96%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (47)
    • Good audio (39)
    • 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 (9)
        • 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.

      VS

      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.

      Reviewed by 79 customers

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      4.0

      Great Speakers for the Price

      By SpayceMan

      from Winston-Salem, NC

      Verified Buyer

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          Best Uses

            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.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            Great clarity, accuracy and value

            By Joe

            from Los Angeles, CA

            Verified Buyer

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              Cons

                Best Uses

                  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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                  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!

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • 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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                            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

                                • Was this a gift?:
                                • 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.

                                  • Was this a gift?:
                                  • Yes

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                                  5.0

                                  Awesome sound for the price!

                                  By Scott

                                  from Colorado Springs, CO.

                                  About Me Audiophile

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                  • NONE

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Basic Systems
                                  • Home
                                  • Smaller Rooms
                                  • Sound For Video Editing

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

                                  These monitors provide an extremely high-fidelity reproduction of sound for the price! I'm incredibly impressed - a lot of monitors lack the range that these have. I would highly recommend these monitors if you're doing any work with music or dialogue.

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                                  • No

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                                  4.0

                                  versatile little gems

                                  By bvocal

                                  from Troutville

                                  About Me Audiophile, Movie Enthusiast, Practical, Tech Savvy

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • DJ / Mixing
                                    • Smaller Rooms

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

                                    I reviewed many pairs of small active monitors a few years back, after a few hours I felt these M-Audio AV40s were the all around winners, handling a wide variety of music types well and rarely, if ever, failing, All the other speakers in the room eventually came up less.The character of the sound from these is very good and often surprises me with just how good they sound.The wide range of analog inputs is great, easy to connect to a PC, Laptop, Phone, Tablet, Mixing Board... anything.You can get better speakers, but I reckon you have to triple the price, at least.

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                                    • No

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                                    5.0

                                    Quality Sound

                                    By Blanche

                                    from Bellingham, WA

                                    About Me Movie Enthusiast, Practical, Technically Challenged

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

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

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Basic Systems
                                      • Home
                                      • Smaller Rooms

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

                                      I couldn't be happier with my AV 40 speakers! I live in a small space and my computer is my source for music. The previous speakers I was using were not good quality and died one month after their warranty expired. A friend recommended the AV 40 speakers and I can't thank him enough. The sound is clear, the speakers are small enough to fit my space, and they were very reasonably priced. I highly recommend them.

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                                      • No

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                                      4.0

                                      Outstanding performance at a good price

                                      By Mickey Dougal

                                      from Daytona Beach, FL

                                      About Me Practical, Pro Audio / DJ, Tech Savvy

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Great Sound Quality

                                      Cons

                                      • Weak Bass

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Basic Systems
                                      • Home
                                      • Home Theater
                                      • Multiple Rooms / Whole House
                                      • Smaller Rooms

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

                                      I do some music recording, mostly at my church. But then I bring it home to sweeten and edit it on my computer. I had been using a small set of external speakers with a small subwoofer. But it turned out that when some of the CDs I had produced were played on better equipment, they didn't sound as true as they could. I picked the M-Audio AV 40s for two reasons: a LOT of excellent reviews and B&H's great price. I now use them as external speakers combined with the same subwoofer I already had. Outstanding quality, even if I want to crank them up! I put "weak bass" as a con in this review, but to expect a big bass from these speakers would be a bit unreasonable. Very, very satisfied.

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                                      • No

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                                      5.0

                                      Tom's Hardware Review Was Right !

                                      By Buckeye Mini-ITX Build

                                      from Aberdeen, OH

                                      About Me Experienced

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Clear Sound

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

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

                                          Built a personal Mini-ITX system with these speakers coupled with an Asus Xonar sound card. I am overly impressed with the quality of the sound.

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                                          5.0

                                          Great speaker, best price!

                                          By Markuss

                                          from Ocala, FL

                                          About Me Novice

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Clear Sound
                                          • Durable
                                          • Easy To Use

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Amateur Recording
                                            • Home Studio

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

                                            These speakers add great sound with deep bass for a PC, whether gaming or just listening to iTunes. Just what I was looking for.

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                                            5.0

                                            Great Speakers

                                            By Davethesoundguy

                                            from Munster, IN

                                            About Me Professional Musician

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Clear Sound
                                            • Durable
                                            • Lightweight

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Home Studio
                                              • Professional Recording

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

                                              These are actually better than I thought they were going to be. I had ordered them as a temp before my "professional ones" arrived. These actually out performed the other ones and so I sent them back.

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                                              5.0

                                              Great Speakers. Awesome value for money

                                              By AJ19

                                              from Austin, TX

                                              About Me Novice

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

                                              • Clear Sound

                                              Cons

                                                Best Uses

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

                                                  I use the AV40s as regular desktop speakers and up till now they have worked perfectly for me. Though they might not provide the room shaking sound of a higher end speaker, I have found no difference between the sound quality of the [$] bose speakers my room mate owns and the AV40s in the normal loudness range.

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