Mackie has introduced the Creative Reference Multimedia Monitor series, designed to deliver studio-quality sound and performance in desktop-friendly, compact designs that are affordable.
The series includes two models—the CR3 and CR4—with 3-inch or 4-inch woofers that are devised to provide deep, punchy low end and 3/4-inch silk-dome tweeters to supply smooth, articulate highs. CR monitors also are outfitted with a sleek, curved high-frequency waveguide for wide, even dispersion and a well-defined stereo image.
In addition, all-wood cabinets and custom-tuned rear ports provide a natural warmth to the sound.
“When mixing audio or creating media, it’s critical that your audio translate across all the various speakers and headphones listeners will use,” says 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.”
Creative Reference monitors offer convenient features that deliver flexibility. A left/right loudspeaker 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. 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,” notes 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. A pair of acoustic isolation pads are also included that can be used to minimize unwanted bass buildup that can muddy a mix. In addition, the pads have an angled design that allows the user to tilt the monitors slightly up or down for more focused listening depending on their setup.
“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,” concludes Redmon.
The new Mackie CR3 and CR4 Creative Reference 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.