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

You Pay: $149.99
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, 220-240V ~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
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    M-AudioAV 40 Active 2-Way Desktop Monitor Speakers (Pair)
     
    4.5

    (based on 72 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (43)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (24)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    97%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (45)
    • Good audio (38)
    • Versatile (30)
    • Durable (23)
    • Compact (22)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home studio (42)
      • Amateur recording (32)
      • Professional recording (14)
      • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (7)
      • Basic systems (5)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Experienced (46), Novice (10), Professional musician (6), Practical (4), Movie enthusiast (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (5)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Inexpensive and Balanced

      I bought these to function as computer speakers for personal listening, NOT for monitoring. As these speakers only have a 4" cone they lack the low end that a larger system would...Read complete review

      I bought these to function as computer speakers for personal listening, NOT for monitoring. As these speakers only have a 4" cone they lack the low end that a larger system would have (necessary for wide band monitoring), but they offer a vey clean and balanced reproduction of the input signal. These speakers have an 1/8" input on the front as well as and RCA and two TRS inputs on the rear to accomodate consumer and professional grade input. The speakers also come with stick on pads to give them traction and marginally de-couple them from a desk surface.

      These are the second generation. The first generation had 5 more Watts of amp (1st gens have ample power) and a bass boost switch. These are cheaper than the first gens.

      Pros:
      - connectivity
      - portability
      - best freq. response in this price range

      Cons:
      - lacks bass response

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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

      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.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • 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.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • 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.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • 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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                            4.0

                            Great Desktop Speakers

                            By Nicodemus

                            from Seattle, WA

                            About Me Experienced

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Clear Sound
                            • Durable
                            • Easy To Use

                            Cons

                            • Right Speaker Hum

                            Best Uses

                            • Amateur Recording
                            • Desktop

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

                            These monitors are glorified desktop speakers, which is exactly what I wanted. I would describe them as below average studio monitors. But I use them mainly as desktop speakers for my PC. They have amazing clarity and range.

                            The right speaker starts to hum as the volume is turned up, as opposed to the left speaker, which stays beautifully hum free. This complaint is why I only gave 4 stars.

                            In the end, the hum is not noticeable at normal volumes. If you crank the volume up, the hum will be only noticeable during very quiet sections of the music. Considering the price, these are great.

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                            1.0

                            Right Speaker cutting out

                            By NC

                            from Ohio

                            About Me Experienced

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Clear Sound
                            • Versatile

                            Cons

                            • Unreliable

                            Best Uses

                            • Amateur Recording
                            • Professional Recording

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

                            Using for studio recording at a school and the right speaker has cut out 2 times. B&H accepted the first pair back and I am about to return the second pair...not sure why this is happening, but I expected better from these.

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                            4.0

                            Good speakers ..poor MacBook connects

                            By gradyone1954

                            from saint louis, mo

                            About Me Novice

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Clear Sound
                            • Durable

                            Cons

                            • Bulky/Heavy

                            Best Uses

                            • Amateur Recording

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

                            speakers performed well when configured with a macbook pro. needed to purchase addition cables with 1/8 inch jack to use for connection to speakers. those with speakers did not fit tight and produced static. speakers are pretty big for a desktop

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                            4.0

                            Incredible Monitors!

                            By Geo

                            from Jacksonville, FL

                            About Me Experienced

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Clear Sound
                            • Compact
                            • Versatile

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Amateur Recording
                              • Home Studio
                              • Professional Recording

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

                              These are used in a bedroom, primarily for listening to an iPod. Occasionally they are connected to a mixer for output monitoring. The compactness of these speaker, considering the quality of the output is very nice. The one thing I would change in the design -- The controls are on the right speaker. It would be nice for the left/right configuration to be switchable accommodate ease of placement to wall power and preferred control sides.

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                              4.0

                              Good sound, solid construction

                              By Bob Martin

                              from Ocean, NJ

                              About Me Experienced

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Clear Sound
                              • Compact
                              • Durable

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Home Studio

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

                                These speakers produce excellent sound for their size.
                                They are also very solid and good looking. My only quibble is that the power switch on the back, which is a bit inconvenient, so I tend to leave it on all the time.

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                                5.0

                                AV40's WOW

                                By RAO

                                from GA

                                About Me Experienced

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Pc Gaming And Music

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

                                    A lot of sound from these puppies. Have them to my son for Christmas, he wasn't expecting something sounding this good for his computer at college. The bass end is so much more then I thought. It really shines when you crank it up. You won't be disappointed

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                                    5.0

                                    These speakers Rock!!!!!

                                    By DG3

                                    from Chicago,IL

                                    About Me Experienced

                                    Pros

                                    • Clear Sound
                                    • Compact
                                    • Durable

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Amateur Recording
                                      • Home Studio

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

                                      I was a little skeptical at first.All that changed when I hooked them up.Don't let there small size fool you.The AV 40 are a good starter monitor.I would definitely recommend these for producers on a budget.

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