Product Comparison: Behringer MS16 vs Mackie CR3

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General Specifications
About the Product
Compact stereo speaker system ideally suited for home studios, multimedia applications, keyboard and vocal monitoring, etc.
CR3 - 3" Creative Reference Multimedia MonitorsDesigned to deliver the premium sound quality and performance that professionals require, Mackie CR Creative Reference Monitors are the upgrade you've been looking for to take your desktop audio experience to the next level.
Key Specs
Number Of Speakers
Output Power
16 W
50 W
Driver Configuration
4" woofer, 1.5" tweeter
0.75" tweeter, 3" woofer
What customers say about "Key Specs"
Behringer MS16
  • You get a good pair of budget speakers for a cheap price.
  • They are very high quality. If I didn't have the Mackies to use, I would think the Behringer speakers were pretty good.
  • Very good little speakers for the price. I purchased these to use as computer speakers because of the option to mix in two sources.
  • The sound is ADJUSTABLE as to treble-bass, so speech is clear and music is full. Five stars for sure!
  • Annoying noise from headphones, and, eventually, R speaker. However, after less than a year, the R channel noise occurred through the speaker as well.
Mackie CR3 Series 3" Creative Reference Multimedia Monitors
  • Just keep in mind they’re not studio monitors but fantastic for video editing for YouTube, listening to music on your computer.
  • Very detailed sound, classical music sounds great, especially with hi-res audio and DSD recordings. Highly recommend
  • These little small speakers have biggg sound!! I love them! The price was very reasonable and I'm very satisfied. I will be purchasing the cr4 speakers very soon.
  • Amazing! Not pro grade speakers but I wouldnt know that in all honesty.
Size & Weight
5.5 in.
8.2 in.
5.9 in.
5.5 in.
9.5 in.
6.2 in.
7.72 lbs.
9.4 lbs.
What customers say about "Size & Weight"
Behringer MS16
  • Good compact size and good features, i recommend this Studio Monitors.
  • I read all of the five star reviews for these monitors. For their size, the bass is pretty well represented.
  • The sound is great, and they are about 1/3 the size and cost of the MS16's.
  • I do chalk up the sound quality to Behringer MS16 , which is a nice size for a small personal Studio near-field Monitors.
  • I miss my old-cheap JBL desktop speakers, at half the size, they blow these Behringers away, and they don't ever have the interference issues.
Mackie CR3 Series 3" Creative Reference Multimedia Monitors
  • These are killer for small area sound reproduction. High quality and great design.
  • Very suprized with sound from this size speaker and price.
  • They're the perfect size for my bookshelf, had amazing reviews (and rightly so), very easy to hook up, very very good quality sound and look fantastic.
  • Very good amount of bass considering their size.
  • These fit the size bill perfect. The speakers were really easy to get connected and working with the TV.
Min. Frequency Response
80 Hz
80 Hz
Max. Frequency Response
20 kHz
20 kHz
90 dB
97 dB
What customers say about "Audio"
Behringer MS16
  • The audio quality, however, does not disappoint. I was pleasantly surprised by the power as well as the good high and low range response.
  • I would deffinately recommend these speakers for anyone in need of above average audio quality.
  • You will not get an amazing sound from them although if you're doing casual listening they work fine.
  • Arrived in perfect condition and sound great at an awesome price. We're both musicians and highly recommend this product.
  • Regardless of audio quality - which is good for this price range - the right speaker emits a very audible, irritating hum anytime they are powered on.
Mackie CR3 Series 3" Creative Reference Multimedia Monitors
  • I can hear everything I need to for quality mixing in my home studio.
  • A little too much mid range boost and not quite as accurate a sound as I'd hoped, especially from Mackie, but I'm spoiled by studio monitors.
  • Audio is merely a hobby for me, so when my 15 yesr old computer speakers finally gave out, I decided to replace with something I could use with my production set up.
  • My favorite features are the excellent bass (of course) which comes through clear, as well as the fact that these speakers sound great at low volumes.
  • They're really loud. They get a little distorted when the volume is turned up above half volume. (But for me there's no reason to go above that range
Enclosure Material
Cabinet Type
RCA, 3.5mm stereo mini-jack, TRS, Phones, Mic
Balanced TRS, Unbalanced RCA, Spring clip, AUX, Phones
Magnetic Shielding
Volume, Bass, Treble, Power ON / OFF, Desktop Control
Volume, Power Speaker Select, Power ON / OFF
Powerful woofers and high-resolution tweeters, Ultra-wide dispersion, Two-way Active Personal Monitor System, Built-in Mixer
Front-facing controls, Polypropylene-coated woofer, Ferrofluid-cooled silk-dome tweeter
What customers say about "Features"
Behringer MS16
  • The speakers work great with my portastudio, and was pleased the package came with speaker cable and also with a cable that interfaced with my portastudio unit.
  • The quality was very good and they also work good on my computer and HDTV.
  • There are ports for a mike input, separate bass and treble controls, volume control and a headphone port. They are easy to set up.
  • I use them with my DJ equipment, I also play my iPod through them as well! I like the volume control ability. Highly recommend these.
  • If you want a true reference monitor, quiet at all times when quiet, don't buy anything in this price point.
Mackie CR3 Series 3" Creative Reference Multimedia Monitors
  • I use them to supplement a Bose sound system in an area with dead space and they work perfectly. Would be super for a computer, on bookshelves, etc.
  • They do the trick and are relatively clean (i.e. no static) for when I'm just noodling on the computer.
  • Headphones sound OK, but I also have really nice headphones
  • Lots of features, can handle alot if sound with little to no power drain.
  • The extra cable is unnecessary and too short to be useful.
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year(s)
1 year(s)
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