Mackie CR3 - 3" Woofer Creative Reference Multimedia Monitors (Pair)

Mackie CR3 - 3" Woofer Creative Reference Multimedia Monitors (Pair)

Mackie CR3 - 3" Woofer Creative Reference Multimedia Monitors (Pair)

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  • 3" Polypropylene Coated Woofer
  • 0.75" Silk Dome Tweeter
  • Bi-Amped Class AB Amplifier
  • Custom-Tuned Rear Port Tube
  • 1/4" TRS, 1/8" TRS, and RCA Inputs
  • LED Power Ring Around Volume Knob
  • Stereo Headphone Output
  • Plug Mobile Device Into Front Panel
  • Passive Second Speaker Terminals
  • Includes Cables and Isolation Pads
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Mackie CR3 overview

  • 1Description

The Mackie CR3 - 3" Woofer Creative Reference Multimedia Monitors (Pair) are a compact and portable solution for providing audio playback in home and studio environments for multimedia work such as mixing music or doing sound for film. The pair consists of one passive un-powered speaker and one Class AB amplifier powered speaker that connect with an included 6' stereo cable. The monitors use 3" polypropylene-coated woofers and a rear port tube for the low end and 0.75" silk dome tweeters for the highs to deliver a frequency response of 80 to 20,000 Hz with a maximum SPL of 97 dB.

A switch allows you to select whether the powered speaker will function as the left or right speaker which is helpful when having to position the speakers near power outlets or when deciding which side is preferable for the volume knob. A front panel LED power ring illuminated on/off switch and volume knob allows you to control level and a dedicated front panel headphone output that defeats the main speaker output can be used to expand the system's monitoring versatility.

A front panel 1/8" stereo input and included 1/8" to 1/8" cable allows you to connect your smartphone or other mobile device directly to the monitors. Other equipment such as audio interfaces, CD players, or mixers, can be connected to the rear panel 1/4" TRS, 1/8" TRS, or RCA inputs. The monitors also come with an 1/8" stereo to RCA cable for connecting to a computer as well as isolation pads for reducing the transmission of structural vibrations and allowing the monitors to be tilted slightly up or down for a better listening angle.

UPC: 663961044751
In the Box
Mackie CR3 - 3" Woofer Creative Reference Multimedia Monitors (Pair)
  • 1/8" to Stereo RCA Cable
  • 1/8" to 1/8" Cable for Connecting Smartphone to Monitor
  • 6' Speaker to Speaker Cable
  • 2 x Monitor Isolation Pads
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Mackie CR3 specs

    Frequency Response -3 dB: 80 to 20,000 Hz
    -10 dB: 70 to 20,000 Hz
    Maximum SPL 97 dB
    Crossover Frequency 3,000 Hz
    Low Frequency Driver 3" (76 mm) polypropylene coated woofer
    High Frequency Driver 0.75" (19 mm) silk dome tweeter
    Rated Power 28 W rms
    50 W peak
    Amplifier Class AB
    Input Type Balanced/unbalanced 1/4" TRS (rear)
    Unbalanced RCA (rear)
    1/8" TRS (front)
    Input Impedance 20 kΩ balanced bridging
    10 kΩ unbalanced
    Output Type 1/8" stereo headphones (front)
    Power Requirements United States: 120 VAC, 60 Hz
    Europe: 220 to 240 VAC, 50 Hz
    Korea:220 VAC at 60 Hz
    Japan: 100 VAC at 50/60 Hz
    Power Consumption 72 W with music loud mix
    Design Rectangular
    Enclosure Material Solid MDF
    Finish Black vinyl wrap
    Port Configuration Custom-tuned rear port tube
    Damping Adiabatic batting
    Display & Indicators LED power ring around volume knob
    Operating Temperature 32 to 104° F (0 to 40° C)
    Dimensions (H x W x D) 8.2" x 5.5 x 6.2" (208 x 140 x 155 mm)
    Weight Pair: 9.4 lb (4.1 kg)
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    Package Weight 10.6 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 16.0 x 11.0 x 8.0"

    Mackie CR3 reviews

    CR3 - 3" Woofer Creative Reference Multimedia Monitors (Pair) is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 30.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unbelievable Sound Quality For The Price Got these to connect with my laptop and external monitor for video editing and general audio, since my monitor doesn't have built-in speakers. All needed cables are included, which is nice. I simply connected the 1/8" to 1/8" stereo cable between my monitor's output and the speaker's input. I then searched YouTube for some audiophile music samples to test them out. Man! I was blown away by the clarity and frequency response of these little dynamos! My 56-year-old ears haven't been this excited in decades. I am super happy with this purchase and would highly recommend these speakers to anyone looking for the best quality on a budget.
    Date published: 2018-08-05
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Sound, As Expected I use this for personal use in a 200 square foot room attached to my computer with no DAC (to be fixed soon) or amp. I typically use it or music, but will also watch the occasional movie or YouTube video. This is perfect for my needs. Fits well on my desk, produces MUCH better sound that the cheaper an much older Logitech 2.1 system it replaced. I decided to take these over the CR4s because space was a concern, and I didn't think I needed all that bass response. That was almost entirely true. My only complaint about the sound is that a bit is missing on the low end. As well, the isolation pads that came with the speakers left a bit to be desired. I thought they'd be sloped so that I could angle them upwards to my ears. That isn't the case, but I made a workaround. That being said, everything else is top notch: build quality, ease of setup, inputs, and response int he mids and highs. Highly recommended for a small room or office.
    Date published: 2015-09-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Impressed active speakers I have Audioengine D1 amp and I want to find a pair of good speakers. After comparing with several pairs of high end active speakers, I decided to go for Mackie CR3. It doesn't consider the high end, but close to the high end class. The build of the speakers are solid. Cable connecting is easy as 1-2-3. I did not use the included cable/wires for connection. I brought a monster RCA cable and 1/4 phone adapters for a little bit better sound. Bass is not very thick in this speaker, and yes, most people commented this as well. Mid-range and treble are pretty balance and decent. If you want a pair of speakers for your desktop but doesn't want to spend more money, this is the pair for you.
    Date published: 2016-11-20
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing for the price My first pair of studio monitors and I am BLOWN AWAY! I don't think I can go back to normal PC speakers. I like that I can control power by both a back switch and the volume knob. Input flexibility is quite nice. Obviously they're way bigger than normal speakers. Since I use multiple monitors, I had to get wall mounts and angle them downward. You obviously need the right angles to get the best sound out of them. I work with what I got. They sound great for media and audio/video editing. Best audio investment I've made in a long time. No obnoxious pops or electrical noise when powering on.
    Date published: 2017-04-30
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Ummmm I use the speakers as reference monitoring devices for a video editing workstation. Although I cannot compare them to another speaker set, I believe they color the signal a bit. I may send them to my TV as better than stock audio speakers. Calling them reference monitors may be misleading.
    Date published: 2016-10-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great speakers for the $$$ I was turned on to these by a friend and I use them in a small home recording studio. They, work, look and sound great and I like that they have the 1/4 outputs on the back. It made it very easy to add them to my mixing board. The speakers didn't come with those cords but they do come with others making them an easy add to a computer or mobile device.
    Date published: 2016-07-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Perfect Small Speaker Solution Could not be happier. For the features, sound and price, I have to give the CR3-3 five stars. You have to decide what you are using these speakers for. In my case I needed speakers for viewing videos that we produce for online marketing and training and also listen to music and surfing the internet. In addition to the RCA inputs, there is also one more nice feature that Mackie provided that you do not see on smaller speaker under $100, 1/4" TRS inputs so that you can connect them to an audio interface or mixers as you upgrade your system to start recording and work with other devices. If you are looking for that perfect sound level and balance, remember a nice set of headphones is nice addition to your listening experience.
    Date published: 2018-07-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice Sound These speakers sound nice. I bought them for my computer. For the price they add a lot to my computers sound system. I use them at low to medium volume and they preform very well. They are easy to set up. You can set the left or right as the master speaker. The speakers are connected by speaker wire so you can place them as far apart as you like. Over all nice sound, good price, well made, and easy to setup. Whats not to love.
    Date published: 2017-12-29
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