Product Comparison: Mackie CR4 vs M-Audio AV42

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General Specifications
About the Product
Designed for premium sound that won't break the bank, CR Multimedia Monitors deliver the performance you expect from a Mackie studio monitor in designs ideal for home studios, multimedia creation, AV post-production and broadcast.
The acoustically-inert MDF cabinets eliminate clarity-robbing resonances. Inside, Class A/B amplification provides 20 Watts of power per channel. The two-way design features an optimized bass reflex design and OptImage IV waveguides to deliver extended bass and crystal-clear highs.
Key Specs
Number Of Speakers
Output Power
50 W
40 W
Driver Configuration
4" woofer, 0.75" tweeter
4" woofer, 1" tweeter
What customers say about "Key Specs"
Mackie CR4 Creative Reference Multimedia Monitors+Headphones
  • They were bad, right up until they died, four months after they arrived.
M-Audio AV42 Compact Studio Monitor Speakers with 4-inch Woofer (Pair)
  • Fantastic quality, and great features for low power consumption and ensuring longevity of the product. I purchased these and got an external sound card for my iMac, and LOVE the results.
  • Great looks and sound. Only detractor is power button behind dedicated left speaker is really hard to reach and push without sliding speaker around or knocking the damn thing off my desk.
  • Anyway, for the size and power they do as expected. Do not expect to rock the house, that is not the porpise.
  • They are awesome and clear in games as well as powerful and full of sound when listening to music.
  • These speakers have a single power switch in the rear of the unit. This is pretty inconvenient to get to so they have a built in power saving feature that puts the speaker into a low power mode when no input is received.
Size & Weight
8.8 in.
8.4 in.
6.1 in.
5.7 in.
7.3 in.
7.4 in.
12 lbs.
7.6 lbs.
What customers say about "Size & Weight"
M-Audio AV42 Compact Studio Monitor Speakers with 4-inch Woofer (Pair)
  • I was really surprised at how under-powered these were. The part of my house where my home studio is set up I like to keep the noise down and night so I was looking for something small
  • The have great clarity and imaging for their size. I find myself listening o music longer as I am hearing details that I never noticed before.
  • Surprisingly good for the size and price, with solid bass and clear highs.
  • These speakers deliver great sound quality for their price and size. They look simple and do their job well, would absolutely recommend.
  • Anyway, for the size and power they do as expected. Do not expect to rock the house, that is not the porpise.
Min. Frequency Response
70 Hz
75 Hz
Max. Frequency Response
20 kHz
20 kHz
Input Impendance
10 kOhm
10 kOhm
100 dB
101 dB
What customers say about "Audio"
M-Audio AV42 Compact Studio Monitor Speakers with 4-inch Woofer (Pair)
  • These things have a great bass frequency, and make listening through your iTunes library like new again.
  • The woofer can play really low frequencies up to 37 Hz. I love these. Music sounds amazing through these. But the thing I find missing is a bass knob. It has only one setting.
  • Clear high and mid frequency monitors with a treated room
  • I usually use computer speakers and the computer speakers sound like a tin can with no 20Hz to 20kHz frequency response.
  • The frequency range on these is fairly accurate (freq. range in the 80-20k range), with surprisingly tight, non-exaggerated bass response.
Enclosure Material
Vinyl-laminated MDF
Cabinet Type
2x Unbalanced RCA, 2x Balanced TRS, AUX
Unbalanced RCA, Phones, AUX, Spring clip
Magnetic Shielding
Volume, Power Speaker Select
Volume, Power ON / OFF
Silk dome tweeter, Polypropylene-coated woofer, Ultra-wide frequency range, Bluetooth enabled
Output current limiting, Turn on/off transient, Blue power LED for aligning wave guide
What customers say about "Features"
M-Audio AV42 Compact Studio Monitor Speakers with 4-inch Woofer (Pair)
  • Best part is that they have their own analog volume control on the speakers, so you can adjust both via the digital input (on your computer), and on the speaker itself.
  • No problems except no remote control. Good sound from small speakers. Look good on my computer desk. Recommended.
  • Only thing i would change is the amount of inputs into the audio connections, as there is only one of each audio insert (red,white) other than that, great overall
  • It was a little wierd having to connect the wires with the clips, but that might be normal. These are my first large speakers so I dont know.
  • The volume control doesn't cover the headphone jack as well.
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year(s)
1 year(s)
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