M-Audio Studiophile AV 40 Hands on Review

M-Audio Studiophile AV 40 | Chuck F.

If you have a pair of M-Audio Studiophile AV 40 speakers, you’re either a distinct breed of music geek or you make music. Likely both.

For those just in the market for a decent set of powered speakers, these may not be your first choice.  While they would make your portable music player, CD player, or iPod sound great, the AV 40s really are more like smaller studio monitors than large PC speakers.  With a combined weight of 28 lbs, the AV 40s are going to take up a substantial amount of desktop space in your home office.  Each speaker is 8 ½ inches tall, 6 inches wide and 7 ¼ inches deep.

Each AV 40 speaker is encased in a matte-finished vinyl–coated, medium-density fiberboard (MDF) and sports a plastic face and black metal grill that protects its 4-inch woofer and 1-inch tweeter.  The front of the left speaker houses the blue, LED-lit volume control knob, a 1/8-inch input/aux jack and a 1/8-inch output/headphone jack.  The back of the left speaker contains the power switch, a Bass Boost switch, a connector for the power cable and two sets of stereo inputs – one set for ¼-inch TRS connectors, the other for RCA connectors.  The AV 40s come with a 6-foot long speaker cable, one adhesive, non-slip pad for the bottom of each speaker, an 1/8th inch to RCA cable for connecting your computer or other gadgets and accessories, and a handy, detailed user manual.

M-Audio Studiophile AV 40 Back

Considering good studio monitors are going to cost you in the range of $700 – $1,000, the $150 price tag on the AV 40s makes this speaker package worth a good look.  Now, the lows on this set of speaker can become very full and boomy, especially if the Bass Boost feature is activated.  also, the highs aren’t as crisp and clear as some may prefer, but the overall performance and availability of features for this particular set of speakers makes the M-Audio’s Studiophile AV 40 a pretty good package indeed.

M-Audio Studiophile AV 40 Front

If you are on a tighter budget, but still want that awesome M-Audio sound, check out the M-Audio Studiophile AV 40s.


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