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Alesis Monitor One MKII Studio Monitors (Passive)

by Alesis

Price: £135.00 FREE UK delivery.
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  • Critical reference monitoring for recording and mixing
  • Excellent bass transient response
  • Flat frequency response for accurate mixes that translate to other playback systems
  • High power handling, high output
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Item Weight7 Kg
Product Dimensions21.6 x 38.1 x 25.4 cm
Item model numberMonitor1 MKII
  
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ASINB0002A2RTU
Best Sellers Rank 6,440 in Musical Instruments (See top 100)
Shipping Weight19 Kg
Date First Available30 Jan 2008
  
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Includes full 12 month manufacturers warranty

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Monitor One became an instant favorite among professional engineers and studio owners, as well as earning it a place in countless home studios. Obviously, there was only one thing left to do. Make it even better. Better design, for improved performance. With such a successful platform to build on, Alesis' engineers wisely settled for incremental improvements designed to coax even better performance from our monitors. They started with a new 6.5" polypropylene low-frequency driver for tighter, more accurate bass response. Then matched it with a newly redesigned, 1" pure silk-dome, high-frequency transducer for even smoother, more accurate detail and response, and a broader sound stage. They improved the overall frequency response (changing from 45 Hz - 18 kHz, to 45 Hz - 20 kHz +/- 3 dB) and coupled it with more efficient power handling. They also provided magnetic shielding to allow use in close proximity to video and computer monitors. Surface improvements that go more than skin deep. Perfectionists that they are, however, our engineers didn't just settle for tinkering under the hood. The cabinet was redesigned for a new and more attractive professional finish, and are now mirror image; left/right pair for symmetrical speaker placement. But more than just cosmetic improvements, the new Monitor One also features radiused edges for reduced edge diffraction, along with improved porting - thanks to the next-generation of our exclusive SuperPort venting technology - to eliminate the "choking" effect of smaller, shorter ports. The result is a low-frequency response which extends well below comparable near field monitors.

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By Tavish on 16 Oct 2014
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Excellent pair of monitors. Don't doubt the money spent at all. For near field monitors they definitely fill a decent sized room with a wide frequency range with unquestionable low shelf (bass) frequency response.

Of course being two-way, not three-way, monitors the mids are filled in with the 6" sub and the 1/2" tweeter, but regardless they still are fantastic. Alongside a Samson Servo 200 Stereo Amp that I bought with them, they deliver their full potential.

Great value for money and I would recommend them to anyone who is starting off with some studio reference monitors.
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I bought these because I've listened to a mates system and they were lovely to listen to, so when they finally arrived it was a joyous occasion! These are my first pair of monitors and I couldn't fault them, they have great depth in the bass department and colourful mids/highs.

Buy these, seriously. Best value for money on a pair of passive monitors.
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By P. Nelson on 25 April 2014
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Bought as passive monitors to go with TEAC AH01 stereo amplifier for stereo mix down of multi tracks. Couldn't be more pleased.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
Likely the best monitors under $1000 - and these cost under $200! 10 Sep 2010
By Gnobuddy - Published on Amazon.com
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The Alesis Monitor One Mk2 monitors surprised me with really good sound quality and stereo imaging. Listening to these makes it evident that the engineers who worked on this product really made an effort to sweat the small details that make for truly good sound. The crossover network (the electronic circuit that transfers high frequencies to the tweeter and low frequencies to the woofer) is one of the most critical components in a good loudspeaker system, and it's not easy to get it right in a passive loudspeaker system - but the Alesis engineers managed to do it. The result is smooth imaging and sound dispersion through the midrange and into the high frequencies, which makes the sound seem "larger than the box" - you never hear a little wooden box, instead you hear a glorious expanse of sound filling the entire sound stage.

I'd recommend these Alesis monitors not only to home recording engineers, but also for general music and TV listening. If you're used to muffled consumer-grade speakers, these monitors will sound a little bright at first - and then you'll notice how much more detail you're hearing in the music, detail that is obscured by lower quality speakers.

The Monitor One's have good bass response for their size, but this is inevitably limited by the 5" effective piston diameter of the woofers. I added a budget Velodyne VX-11 subwoofer to extend the bass response of the Monitor One's. The subwoofer is set to roughly a 70 Hz crossover frequency, and about 8 o'clock on the sub volume knob. The Velodyne integrates very smoothly with the Monitor One's at these settings, and the overall sound is nothing short of superb - for a total budget of about $300 for both monitors and subwoofer! Outstanding sound on the cheap!

I have not heard anything that sounds audibly better than these Alesis Monitor One's until you get to the Mackie HR 824's in the $1300 range - more than *seven times* the Amazon price of the Alesis Monitor One's!

As an aside, these passive Alesis Monitor One's sound much better than the active Alesis M1 Active Mk II monitors do. The active monitors use the same woofer and tweeter, and the active crossover network is even smoother, but unfortunately the M1 Active's have very sloppy, boomy, undefined one-note bass that ruins the otherwise smooth balance of their sound. A real pity.

In summary, if you're looking to spend under $1300 for a pair of monitors, check these Alesis Monitor One Mk 2 out. There's a lot to love about them, and not much to critique.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
The Starving Musician's Best Friend! 14 July 2006
By RN-2008 - Published on Amazon.com
I purchased the MK2s for my home studio and was very impressed with the sound quality. These bad boys give you a true sound and really help you tune those drums coming off your samplers. The price is a steal. I remember when it cost a lot of money to own quality studio equipment that would produce a prefessional, industry standard, sound. The MK2 makes the starvin musician sound like the hit makers.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Unbelievable speakers, great price. 4 Oct 2012
By Jesse Caldwell - Published on Amazon.com
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I am by no means an Audiophile, but I can tell you that I'm the kind of guy that's willing to spend $100+ on earbuds because I can't stand the terrible sound quality that prevails in the lowest price tiers of the market. I have built my own speaker cabinet, and done my reading on acoustic engineering so I also don't consider myself a complete noob either.

I'm not running these through any state-of-the-art amp, but rather just this little 40W amp: LP-2020A+ Lepai Tripath Class-T Hi-Fi Audio Mini Amplifier with Power Supply

These speakers truly make listening to music a completely different experience. They have very even response, even at low volumes and the sound quality is like nothing I've ever heard. Even with my tiny 40W amp they can still easily get to volumes that are comfortable for me to play drums over, and never distort in the slightest.

Whether I am listening to jazz, classical, folk, rock, punk, or even death metal, every instrument is perfectly articulated. No matter what type of music I can always pick out each instrument independently without having to try. They respond to EQ changes dynamically and intuitively.

No complaints here. They were easily worth every penny and are sure to be a lasting part of my home studio.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
UNBELIEVABLE SOUND AT A GREAT PRICE! 16 Jun 2011
By Rolling Wheels - Published on Amazon.com
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I had been using some Yamaha monitor speakers in my home studio for many years, and thought I was happy. Then I heard some powered Alesis monitors and was intrigued. I knew I was missing something. I started doing some research and it was clear based upon all the positive reviews that the Alesis Monitor One MK2 speakers had something special. I ordered them (how could you not at such a low price!). When I received them I had the thought that if they didn't work out, showing a clear advantage, I could return them. On first listen, I was startled! Was that really my favorite music? But, wait a minute, listen to all that detail.....oh, oh, I was hooked. Then I REALLY ran them through the paces. I am driving them with a MacBook Pro, Logic Pro, ART SLA1 100 watt studio amp. Oh, boy, now I understand why my mixes always came out different on my monitors than how they sounded through other systems. All I can say is, the Alesis monitors are incredible, just amazing. I listen to them at a fairly high volume, and honestly cannot get used to the clarity. It seems I am stepping into the music, and can find EVERY part now clear as a bell. It's like I just took my listening experience out of a muffled room, and came into the open for the first time. Just a very, very nice experience. I'm looking forward to using these for many years. I would buy them again, without hesitation. Alesis has always been a good value, and with these monitors, they continue to impress.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
whoa! 7 Jan 2011
By wig - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought (2) Alesis Monitor One Mk2 studio reference speakers on Amazon.com and I am VERY happy with my purchase. I have heard about these speakers for years. Putting together a personal recording studio ....my research discovered that these speakers were in use by million dollar studios for mixing down final recordings and even mastering projects. I was amazed at the clarity of the sound even at higher listening levels. I could have saved some money and buy used Alesis speakers, but I decided to go for the brand new ones complete with full warranties. I was also amazed by the professional craftsmanship that went into producing these exceptional speakers. With them being shipped from the factory, they were professionally packaged for the trip and arrived with absolutely ZERO damage. Testing them with a very high-dollar 2,400 watt professional amplifier and running it from .5 watts up to a full 200 watts, these speakers sounded beautiful and acting as if they could take a lot more power. But I played it safe and never went above 200 watts RMS. Test1,539.00ing them side by side with my JBL LSR4328P/PAK Studio Reference Monitors I was still very impressed with the Alesis monitors. Even tho the JBL LSR4300 Series speakers are professional studio monitors with computer connectivity, networking, and automatic room compensation .....in my control room, the Alesis monitors held up just fine to the JBL's. With price tags as follows... The Alesis Monitor One Mk2's (a pair) at $220.00 brand new and the JBL LSR4328P/PAK Studio Reference Monitors (a pair) going for $1,539.00 also brand new. I could find many uses for $1,300.00 savings buying the Alesis monitors ......maybe upgrading some amps and improving room acoustics are just two ideas.
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