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M-Audio AV 30 Active 2-Way Desktop Monitor Speakers (Pair)

You Pay: $79.99
Product Highlights
  • Bass-Reflex Cabinet
  • 3" Polypropylene-Coated Woofer
  • 1" Silk Dome Tweeter
  • OptImage III Waveguide
  • 10W Per Channel Amplification
  • RCA and 3.5mm Inputs
  • 3.5mm Headphone Jack
  • Front-Panel Volume Control
  • Magnetically Shielded

The AV 30 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 3" polypropylene-coated woofer and a 1" silk dome tweeter to provide a wide frequency response. Internal Class-A/B amplifiers provide 10W of power to each channel for strong performance with low distortion.

The rear panel features a stereo RCA input 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 3" polypropylene-coated woofer and 1" silk dome tweeter provide tight, accurate bass and clear treble
Internal Class-A/B amplifiers provide 10W 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
The RCA input and 3.5mm aux input offer 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 Active, 2-Way, Bass-Reflex
Low Frequency Driver 3" (76mm) Polypropylene Woofer
High Frequency Driver 1" (25mm) Silk Dome Tweeter
Amplifier 10W/Channel Continuous into 4 Ohms, Class-A/B
Frequency Range 90Hz - 20kHz
Maximum Sound Pressure Level (SPL) 101.5dB
Crossover 3.3kHz
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 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 100-120VAC, 50/60Hz
220-240VAC, 50/60Hz
Dimensions (HxWxD) 7.9 x 5.3 x 6.3" (201 x 135 x 160mm)
Weight 11.7 lbs (5.3kg)
M-Audio AV 30 Active 2-Way Desktop Monitor Speakers (Pair)
  • Power Cable
  • Speaker Connection Cable
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    M-AudioAV 30 Active 2-Way Desktop Monitor Speakers (Pair)
     
    4.1

    (based on 17 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (12)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (3)

    80%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good audio (11)
    • Compact (9)
    • Easy to use (8)
    • Versatile (7)
    • Durable (5)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home studio (11)
      • Amateur recording (7)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Experienced (12), Novice (3)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      The BEST monitors for the $$$

      A few years ago, I purchased several M-Audio AV-40 speakers for a school that I was working at, for use by the music teachers. The sound was incredible, and despite their small...Read complete review

      A few years ago, I purchased several M-Audio AV-40 speakers for a school that I was working at, for use by the music teachers. The sound was incredible, and despite their small size, they easily filled an entire classroom with beautiful, smooth, accurate, and distortion free music. And best of all: no real need for a subwoofer.

      I wanted a pair for myself, and even thought of using them in a satellite/subwoofer arrangement for my home stereo system. But I had other priorities at the time, and put the AV-40 ideas on the back burner, waiting for a more opportune time.

      Fast forward to the present day: I'm now learning to edit HD video, and wanted a set of monitors that I could use for that purpose. The speakers on my iMac were OK, but I really wanted something better. Since I'm just a video hobbiest, I didn't want to spend a lot of money, but wanted good quality. Remembering my very good experience with the AV-40's, I decided to give the smaller AV-30's a try. The speakers sit only a mere 24" inches away on my desk, and because of that, along with very limited desk space, I thought the AV-40's would be over-kill.

      Well, I'm very glad I went with the AV-30's--they are darn near perfect for my needs. Any audio stream you throw at them sounds incredible, whether it be music, video, or anything else. The sound is smooth, the bass is more than enough even without a subwoofer, and they are very easy to listen to for prolonged periods of time. Piano sounds especially nice. Vocals are incredible, though a touch too much low-mid for my tastes, but it makes Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennet sound amazing. And you've never heard announcer Ted Williams, "The Golden Voice of Love" until you've heard him on M-Audo!

      But most importantly, the sound is very accurate. Again, a bit too much low-midrange and mid-bass, but I have to admit it does add some richness to speakers that one would think would be very tinny sounding because of the small 3" woofer. But these don't sound tinny at all, but full, rich, and smooth.

      When you first pull these out of the box and set them up, they are a bit muffled sounding, treble is somewhat weak. Like any good quality audio product, they will need break-in time, so it's best to give them a few weeks of constant use before judging them. They will sound better and better every day.

      The magnetic shielding, though extremely common now-a-days, is very welcome on these speakers, as my right speaker is snuggled up between my iMac and a 2 TB external drive, but not causing any problems what-so-ever.

      If anyone can find better speakers than these at such a low price (without having to resort to a subwoofer), please let me know...as I can't find anything better than these little guys.

      I would also HIGHLY RECOMMEND these or the AV-40's as external speakers for iPod like devices, or any small audio device. Just connect connect a standard 1/8" male/male cord between the iPod and the Aux In on the speakers, and prepare to be AMAZED. A far better value than those fancier docking solutions that cost a lot more and deliver a lot less.

      Highly recommended.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Great sound... until left speaker failed

      I use these as desktop monitors about once per week for background music at work.

      The sound was great, and I was quite happy with my purchase. I actually bought...Read complete review

      I use these as desktop monitors about once per week for background music at work.

      The sound was great, and I was quite happy with my purchase. I actually bought another set for my garage at home.

      After about a year or so, the left speaker stopped working. After reading the M-Audio community forums, this appears to be quite common with no real support from M-Audio.

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      5.0

      Great product and service

      By Trumpeter

      from Florida

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about M-Audio AV 30 Active 2-Way Desktop Monitor Speakers (Pair):

            I connected these speakers to our TV and they sound great!

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            Great bookshelf/desktop speakers!

            By Cosmo

            from NYC

            About Me Tech Savvy

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Set Up
            • Great Sound Quality

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home

              Comments about M-Audio AV 30 Active 2-Way Desktop Monitor Speakers (Pair):

              I use these on my home office desktop instead of more typical computer speakers. For low to moderate volumes they're great.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              2.0

              Sound great for 18 months

              By sigep93

              from LaPorte Indiana

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Compact

              Cons

              • Breaks Easily

              Best Uses

              • Home Studio

              Comments about M-Audio AV 30 Active 2-Way Desktop Monitor Speakers (Pair):

              I use these on mobile carts with LCD projectors and Blu ray players. They sounded great with plenty of volume for the meeting rooms they were used in. Unfortunately of the five pair purchased only one made it past 18 months of use. Four out of the five pair all had amp failure.

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              5.0

              Excellent sound with unbeatable price

              By Ivancarparis

              from Gainesville, FL

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Compact

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home Studio

                Comments about M-Audio AV 30 Active 2-Way Desktop Monitor Speakers (Pair):

                Well designed, nice desktop size, not compromising space nor
                Sound quality. Nice package and cool design.

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                5.0

                Greatest product for the price

                By Marius

                from Kitchener, ON, CA

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Easy To Use
                • Headphones Outlet
                • No Noise

                Cons

                • Not Prettiest
                • Not The Prettiest

                Best Uses

                • Computer Speakers

                Comments about M-Audio AV 30 Active 2-Way Desktop Monitor Speakers (Pair):

                M-Audio speakers are a professional quality product and the sound is astounding. For the price it's the best deal you could get. This is the second pair, I have bought a pair for me before, this one is for my daughter's birthday. Great service from B&H, they were sent the next day and I got them in few days.

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                5.0

                Well pleased!

                By John

                from Tower City, Pennsylvania

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Compact
                • Durable
                • Easy To Use

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Home Studio
                  • Video editing

                  Comments about M-Audio AV 30 Active 2-Way Desktop Monitor Speakers (Pair):

                  Bought these monitors as part of my home video/photo editing PC workstation. I have purchased the AV30 & AV40's in the past for my church's editing workstations. The AV30 delivers excellent audio in a small footprint. The price was also a factor for my purchase. The Aux in/phones jack in the front is ideal for plugging in iPods, etc to listen to music while working. No problems or cons.

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                  4.0

                  Nice Unit

                  By Wesley

                  from Denver, CO

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound
                  • Compact
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording

                    Comments about M-Audio AV 30 Active 2-Way Desktop Monitor Speakers (Pair):

                    I purchased this product having previously used a long line of m-audio items (usb recording interfaces, headphones, keyboards, larger ministers such as the bx8a and bx5a.)

                    In search for a home entertainment system for my girlfriend, it occurred to me that while many units with passive speaker boxes had some of the features I wanted for her but severely lacked in other areas. This unit in combination with a small Rolls RCA mixer make for a perfect solution for movies, device connection and turntable output.

                    I would highly recommend this product for the audiophile with limited space and a valued album collection.

                    I would give this product 5 stars if it were geared more toward small studio applications as the title suggests however, in a pinch or getting started with audio engineering, these will work.

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                    5.0

                    Pure Enjoyment

                    By Jay007

                    from Los Angeles, California

                    About Me Novice

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Clear Sound
                    • Durable
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Home Studio

                      Comments about M-Audio AV 30 Active 2-Way Desktop Monitor Speakers (Pair):

                      To experience the surround sound of clear pc audio is unmatched when using the M-Audio, AV 30 speakers. Could not be more pleased with the quality of the product.

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                      5.0

                      M-Audio Speakers

                      By Don

                      from Lake Charles, LA

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Clear Sound
                      • Compact
                      • Durable
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Amateur Recording
                        • Home Studio
                        • Professional Recording

                        Comments about M-Audio AV 30 Active 2-Way Desktop Monitor Speakers (Pair):

                        Great sounding speakers

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                        1.0

                        Not the longest lasting

                        By an Editor

                        from Orange County, CA

                        About Me Experienced

                        Pros

                        • Clear Sound
                        • Compact

                        Cons

                        • Pricey / Poor Value
                        • Unreliable

                        Best Uses

                        • Amateur Recording
                        • Home Studio

                        Comments about M-Audio AV 30 Active 2-Way Desktop Monitor Speakers (Pair):

                        The good: They sound great.

                        The bad: I've had two pair of these and both pair burnt out after a year or two. I think it may be an overheating problem, so make sure to turn off when not in use.

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                        1.0

                        Great sound... until left speaker failed

                        By WWolfe

                        from Denver, CO

                        About Me Novice

                        Pros

                        • Clear Sound

                        Cons

                        • Breaks Easily
                        • Unreliable

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about M-Audio AV 30 Active 2-Way Desktop Monitor Speakers (Pair):

                          I use these as desktop monitors about once per week for background music at work.

                          The sound was great, and I was quite happy with my purchase. I actually bought another set for my garage at home.

                          After about a year or so, the left speaker stopped working. After reading the M-Audio community forums, this appears to be quite common with no real support from M-Audio.

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                          5.0

                          I couldn't be more blown away

                          By Cashmillz Beatz

                          from Philadelphia, PA

                          About Me Experienced

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Clear Sound
                          • Compact
                          • Durable
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Lightweight
                          • Versatile

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Amateur Recording
                            • Home Studio
                            • Mobile DJ

                            Comments about M-Audio AV 30 Active 2-Way Desktop Monitor Speakers (Pair):

                            I recently purchased this speakers for mixing at home and they work perfectly. They give a nice crisped sound like no other, But for a little more bass i recommend a sub. So far I wouldn't choose nothing else but the M-Audio AV 30's and you wouldn't either...

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                            1.0

                            I thought they were bigger

                            By Creativo

                            from Honduras

                            About Me Experienced

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Compact

                            Cons

                            • Pricey / Poor Value

                            Best Uses

                            • Home Studio

                            Comments about M-Audio AV 30 Active 2-Way Desktop Monitor Speakers (Pair):

                            are nice but very small
                            the sound is very poor
                            when look I thought they were a little bigger
                            I will stay with them

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                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            The BEST monitors for the $$$

                            By Contemplative Imaging

                            from Chicago, Illinois

                            About Me Experienced

                            Verified Reviewer

                            Pros

                            • Clear Sound
                            • Compact
                            • Durable
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Versatile

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Amateur Recording
                              • Home Studio
                              • Professional Recording

                              Comments about M-Audio AV 30 Active 2-Way Desktop Monitor Speakers (Pair):

                              A few years ago, I purchased several M-Audio AV-40 speakers for a school that I was working at, for use by the music teachers. The sound was incredible, and despite their small size, they easily filled an entire classroom with beautiful, smooth, accurate, and distortion free music. And best of all: no real need for a subwoofer.

                              I wanted a pair for myself, and even thought of using them in a satellite/subwoofer arrangement for my home stereo system. But I had other priorities at the time, and put the AV-40 ideas on the back burner, waiting for a more opportune time.

                              Fast forward to the present day: I'm now learning to edit HD video, and wanted a set of monitors that I could use for that purpose. The speakers on my iMac were OK, but I really wanted something better. Since I'm just a video hobbiest, I didn't want to spend a lot of money, but wanted good quality. Remembering my very good experience with the AV-40's, I decided to give the smaller AV-30's a try. The speakers sit only a mere 24" inches away on my desk, and because of that, along with very limited desk space, I thought the AV-40's would be over-kill.

                              Well, I'm very glad I went with the AV-30's--they are darn near perfect for my needs. Any audio stream you throw at them sounds incredible, whether it be music, video, or anything else. The sound is smooth, the bass is more than enough even without a subwoofer, and they are very easy to listen to for prolonged periods of time. Piano sounds especially nice. Vocals are incredible, though a touch too much low-mid for my tastes, but it makes Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennet sound amazing. And you've never heard announcer Ted Williams, "The Golden Voice of Love" until you've heard him on M-Audo!

                              But most importantly, the sound is very accurate. Again, a bit too much low-midrange and mid-bass, but I have to admit it does add some richness to speakers that one would think would be very tinny sounding because of the small 3" woofer. But these don't sound tinny at all, but full, rich, and smooth.

                              When you first pull these out of the box and set them up, they are a bit muffled sounding, treble is somewhat weak. Like any good quality audio product, they will need break-in time, so it's best to give them a few weeks of constant use before judging them. They will sound better and better every day.

                              The magnetic shielding, though extremely common now-a-days, is very welcome on these speakers, as my right speaker is snuggled up between my iMac and a 2 TB external drive, but not causing any problems what-so-ever.

                              If anyone can find better speakers than these at such a low price (without having to resort to a subwoofer), please let me know...as I can't find anything better than these little guys.

                              I would also HIGHLY RECOMMEND these or the AV-40's as external speakers for iPod like devices, or any small audio device. Just connect connect a standard 1/8" male/male cord between the iPod and the Aux In on the speakers, and prepare to be AMAZED. A far better value than those fancier docking solutions that cost a lot more and deliver a lot less.

                              Highly recommended.

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                              5.0

                              Good balance is key

                              By CollegeRocks

                              from Ottawa, ON

                              About Me Experienced

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Excellent Sound
                              • Versatile

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Amateur Recording
                                • Events
                                • Home Studio

                                Comments about M-Audio AV 30 Active 2-Way Desktop Monitor Speakers (Pair):

                                as a music fanatic and college student, i successfully found speakers that have a nice crisp sound with a decent balance between bass and treble as well as a convenient size for my small college dorm. i am very happy with the sound quality; crisp, clear, and a small bass bang that adds great ambiance to any college party as well as good quality music for people just looking to listen to their music at home. It goes pretty loud as well, and have had a couple of complaints about it at my dorm :S haha

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                                5.0

                                Two thumbs up

                                By riabarrie

                                from Dayton, Oh

                                About Me Experienced

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Excellent Sound

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Events
                                  • Home Studio

                                  Comments about M-Audio AV 30 Active 2-Way Desktop Monitor Speakers (Pair):

                                  I use it for my home studio recording and listening.
                                  The Bass is just right, Over all sound, Great.
                                  I would recommend this to any one.

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                                  5.0

                                  Excellent Value for the money

                                  By Hughtron

                                  from Dixon, CA

                                  About Me Novice

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy setup
                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Excellent Sound
                                  • Low Distortion
                                  • Powerful
                                  • Versatile

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Use with laptop computer

                                    Comments about M-Audio AV 30 Active 2-Way Desktop Monitor Speakers (Pair):

                                    Hooked these speakers up to a tiny preamp unit with internal volume control I purchased from another source to use on my laptop at home. Get tons of distortion free bass and precise mid range with this setup. Not much treble, but that's just fine. Used a short RCA cord I had on hand even though a couple of nice 3.5 mm plug to RCA cord conversions were provided. The installation was a "piece of cake", even though I did check the instructions afterward to make sure I got it right.

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