Mackie Studio Monitor: Is It the Upgrade that You Need?

Mackie Studio Monitor: Is It the Upgrade that You Need?
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Are you stuck in a rut in terms of your sound equipment? Sick of using computer speakers that tend to distort even the simplest of sounds? The Mackie Studio Monitor might just be the answer to your problems.

We are saying might because you have to read until the end of this article to know if these speakers are the upgrade that you need which can elevate your listening experience. When talking about an upgrade, of course, we are referring to having that cinematic experience. At the same time, when you upgrade, the hassle of fumbling with the controls should also be lessened.

With that said, we are going to take a closer look at the Mackie Studio Monitor. Accordingly, we are going to take it up a notch by comparing it to a similar product to see which one will fare better.

Mackie Studio Monitor

First off, the manufacturer’s biggest claims are you are going to get a design that is studio quality, and the performance and sound will be suited not just for entertainment, but for multimedia creation as well. With these claims, one can conclude that these speakers were made for both beginners and professionals.


Here are the things we noticed when we unboxed and tested the Mackie Studio Monitor:

  • Construction and Design

These speakers were built using only high-quality and high-performance components. Additionally, it features front-panel controls that were made to be conveniently used. At the same time, the product can deliver a clear and professional sound quality.

This product has a cabinet that is made of 100% wood. Similarly, it has high-output drivers and a waveguide system that is true to a studio monitor. In this way, controlling the output and other adjustments are accurate. Moreover, the meticulous design of the CR helps it to deliver premium results.

Lastly, not that aesthetics are the main selling point of these speakers, but it does come in a number of designs and colors, which are black, black with blue trim, black with green trim, and black with silver trim.

  • Convenient Features

It has an aux input at its front panel wherein you can connect your headphones, earphones, smartphone, or tablet. At the same time, it has a volume knob which also functions as the on-and-off switch. The left or right speaker placement switch is also handy if you want to customize how the volume control is set up.

  • Connectivity

Bluetooth connectivity is present for both CR4BT and CR5BT. All you just need to do is to pair your tablet, smartphone, and other Bluetooth compatible device with the speakers and you are good to go. More than that, the connections will not be broken even if you are far from the speakers because once you sync them, the connection is unbreakable.

  • Accessories

The Mackie Studio Monitor already comes with almost everything you need for a hassle-free setup. All of its cables and isolation pads are included with the purchase as well as an easy-to-follow instruction manual.


  • Reasonably priced
  • Great customer service
  • Delivers clear sound
  • Easy-to-adjust settings
  • A breeze to set up
  • Has good lows, mids, and highs
  • Good noise reduction
  • Not a lot of distortion
  • Connectivity stay puts
  • Available in different colors
  • Can work with a lot of interior designs


  • CR3s might have a defect on the selector switch
  • No safeguards against overheating
  • Treble might be a little high
  • Bass can be a bit weak
  • Once one speaker breaks down, the other will follow
  • Some inputs confuse their functions with one another


The Mackie Studio Monitor is a set of speakers that come equipped with a lot of convenient accessories that allow its users to set it up and use it without any hassles. Coming in at different colors, it has a simple yet attractive design that can match any home interior. Although it has problems in terms of treble and bass, the sound produced is still clear and the lows, mids, and highs can be easily distinguished.

Its most important and best feature is its Bluetooth connectivity. It might not have exceptional speakers or controls, but once you pair your device with this, it will remain connected. Now that is one feature that even the greatest speaker cannot do.

Comparison with the Edifier R1280T Powered Speakers

The Edifier R1280T Powered Speakers is so much like the ones from Mackie Studio. You might not even distinguish one from the other were it not for the wooden panels of the one from Edifier. Let us now talk about some of the key features that the one from Edifier has that the other does not.

First off, as compared to Mackie Studio, Edifier concentrated on harnessing the inherent power of the speaker to utilize balance between its bass, treble, and default sound. The result is clear, accurate, and resounding sound. It is also integrated with powerful amplifiers and tweeters to support that cinematic sound.

In addition, it can be used by professionals as its settings are complex but still user-friendly. Simplicity and complexity converge with the one from Edifier as you can even have a micro setting for the treble and bass. At the same time, it has a lot of inputs so that you can connect multiple devices.

Lastly, having an active and a passive speaker helps contain the music within the unit. This helps with noise reduction and distortion of some sounds that may prove to be disruptive to the source music. Do expect though that you would spend more when you choose to purchase this over the one we reviewed.


The Mackie Studio Monitor is marketed as the upgrade that you need for your listening experience, but is it really? In a way, it is what you need if what you have are just basic speakers. Meaning, you do not have amplifiers or tweeters.

If that is the case, this is a good option for you, but if you already have those features, this set of speakers will really not make a lot of difference. There is nothing special with how the sound will come out. As for its functionality, there is really little to none when it comes to innovation.

With that said, the Mackie Studio Monitor is the upgrade that you should go for if you need one for everyday and entertainment use only. If you are going to use them in a professional setting, it might just prove to be a letdown.


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