Mackie has introduced the all-new Creative Reference Multimedia Monitor Series, which they say delivers the studio-quality design, sound and performance you expect from Mackie monitors in extremely desktop-friendly, compact designs that are amazingly affordable. Here's Mackie's press release with the details:
The series includes two models - the CR3 and CR4 - with 3-inch or 4-inch woofers that pump out an impressive amount of deep, punchy low end and 3/4-inch silk-dome tweeters that deliver smooth, articulate highs. CR monitors also feature a sleek, curved high-frequency waveguide for wide, even dispersion of sound and a well-defined, immersive stereo image. In addition, all-wood cabinets and custom-tuned rear ports provide a natural warmth to the sound that only true studio reference monitors can provide. With a combination of high-quality components and professional build quality, Creative Reference monitors deliver an affordable solution for those looking to step up from cheap, plastic computer speakers or for audio/video professionals looking for compact, but amazing-sounding studio monitors.
"When mixing audio or creating media, it's critical that your audio translate across all the various speakers and headphones listeners will use," commented Matt Redmon, Mackie Senior Product Manager. "Even if you are just enjoying a video or music, our new Creative Reference monitors will let you hear every nuance and detail the producer intended."
Mackie Creative Reference monitors offer some truly convenient features that deliver real flexibility for both professional and personal applications. Unique to the line, a left/right speaker placement switch allows users to locate the volume control on the left or right of their workstation. The front panel includes a on/off/volume knob with a lit power indication ring that will also control the volume of headphones, which can be plugged directly into the front of the monitors. Great for comparing mixes, auditioning files or just enjoying a bit of music or video, there's also a front-panel aux input for simple connection of a media device.
"With smartphones always at our side, you can easily find yourself creating professional multimedia one minute and streaming a video the next," commented Redmon. "With our new Creative Reference monitors, you get the best of both worlds...studio-quality performance, an extremely compact design ideal for smaller workstations and smart features perfect creativity on any level."
Creative Reference monitors come with all the connecting cables needed for the user to get started immediately. As a bonus, there's even a pair of acoustic isolation pads included. Used in professional applications, acoustic isolation pads minimize unwanted bass buildup that can muddy a mix. Plus, the pads' angled design allow the user to tilt the monitors slightly up or down for more focused listening depending on their setup.
"So whether you're a seasoned pro looking for a compact pair of accurate, articulate monitors for work or just looking for a pair of amazing-sounding speakers for entertainment, Mackie's new Creative Reference monitors are an affordable solution that deliver professional results in our most compact form factor to date," concluded Redmon.
Pricing and Availability:
The new Mackie CR3 and CR4 Creative Reference Multimedia Monitors will be available worldwide beginning August, 2014. Sold in pairs, CR3 monitors will have a U.S. MSRP of $129.99 and CR4 monitors will have a U.S. MSRP of $199.99.