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M-Audio Studiophile AV40 Desktop Speaker System

M-Audio Studiophile AV40 Desktop Speaker System
alaScore 87

1046 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1046 reviews from magazines and websites.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Speakers the M-Audio Studiophile AV40 Desktop Speaker System is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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(Based on 1046 reviews)

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M-Audio Studiophile AV 40 Speaker System


Attention speakerphiles: the M-Audio Studiophile AV 40 Speaker System is super. Kind of. .

Delivers full spectrum of sound

Delivers distracting funky buzz, too

Listening to the power funk of Tower of Power’s “Oakland Stroke,” we were impressed by the AV 40s’s ability to deliver the band’s full sonic spectrum, from the belch of Stephen “Doc” Kupka’s baritone sax to the crackle and snap of Dave Garibaldi’s drum...

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M-Audio AV 40


The M-Audio AV 40 remains a solid performer after some running manufacturing changes, and still straddles the line between higher-end home audio speakers and low-end studio monitors.

Clean, powerful sound. Reasonable low-end extension for a 2.0 system. Relatively flat response means you can use these as studio monitors in a pinch. Solid build quality. Plenty of connection choices

Large for powered PC speakers. Slightly recessed high end. Still lack low-end punch compared with similarly priced 2.1 systems. Rear-mounted power switch is a pain

In a series of listening tests, the AV 40 delivered the same clean, crisp sound as the original version. At high volumes, the speakers really come into their own, with plenty of clean level and a solid presentation across the frequency range. Near...

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Do Make Room on Your Desk for M-Audio's Rock-Solid...


M-Audio's Studiophile AV 40 speakers do what the big guys can but take up a lot less space. So what if they weigh 14 pounds -- they're crisp and distortion-free (and are a great value!), so you won't be moving them anytime soon.

Peerless audio quality. Great value.Wake-the-neighbors loud. Magnetically shielded, so you won’t catch abuzz off your cell phone or mess with your laptop’s screen. Handy headphone jack lets you work musicians' hours while housemates snooze

With 6 x 7.25-inch footprints, they do take up room (and at 14 pounds a pair, you won’t be moving them around much).Backside power switch means you're constantly doing a reach-around at bedtime


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M-Audio Studiophile AV 40


Not to sound condescending, but M-Audio's Studiophile AV 40 Desktop Speaker System makes most PC and multimedia speakers seem rather puny by comparison. It's not just their size (the M-Audio speakers resemble desktop studio monitors); if you listen to...

The Studiophile AV 40 is a larger-than-average PC speaker system that makes a bigger-than-average sound; large 4-inch woofer, 1-inch tweeter; 20 watts per speaker; rock solid medium-density fiberboard construction; Bass Boost switch

Large size (for PC/desktop speakers) may be an issue for some buyers

M-Audio's Studiophile AV 40 is a PC speaker for music lovers who care more about sound quality than compact size or rock bottom pricing.

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SlashGear Review – M-Audio Studiophile AV40


I've had my M-Audio Studiophile AV40′s in place for a little while, so I thought that I would share my findings with you. First, let me just say that these are amazing.

Overall, I couldn’t be more impressed with a pair of speakers. The only downfall is their size, which they more than make up for in quality. I’m going to give these 4.5 out of 5 gears.

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Review: M-Audio Studiophile AV 40


If you've got room on your desk (or bookshelf), the AV 40 is an excellent set of compact studio monitors that out-performs the traditional 2.0 computer speakers we've tested, and even bests many 2.1 systems when it comes to overall sound quality.

But there’s another type of 2.0 system out there: studio monitors, which are essentially powered bookshelf speakers designed for use in recording and production studios. Studio monitors tend to be bulkier than traditional 2.0 computer speakers—and...


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M-Audio Studiophile AV40 Desktop Speaker System Review


If you're looking for a set of bargain speakers to use with your budget-minded computer, you might as well start looking elsewhere. The price tag on the M-Audio Studiophile AV 40 Desktop Speaker System is not for the faint of…

Added versatility with inclusion of audio-in jack, RCA inputs, and TRS inputs ; Very solid construction, professional appearance ; Good sound quality, deep bass notes ; Ridiculously easy to set up and use

Too heavy and large for some desks ; Might be a bit too revealing with low quality sources ; Volume knob doesn't turn speakers off ; Power cable is a little short

For the average computer user or even someone looking to play some video games on their television, the M-Audio Studiophile AV40 Desktop Speaker System is high quality, compact, and totally overkill. They're definitely built well with a good amount of...

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M-Audio Studiophile AV 40 Desktop Speaker System


Despite its high costs, this is a 2.0 speaker system to consider.

Excellent sound, designed like a high-end studio monitor


The M-Audio Studiophile Desktop Speaker System is an excellent choice for 2.0 computer speakers. With a design like higher-end studio monitors and fantastic sound qualities, it's worth a consideration. The only catch is the higher price.

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M-Audio Studiophile AV 40 Desktop Speaker System Review


I think everyone appreciates great audio. Having such a system that can deliver audio the right way can make the experience sound satisfying. I've done my fair share of reviews regarding speaker systems and when I reflect on them, there's one common...

Great dynamics and overall sound; Great MDF construction; Good bass; Balanced sound; You can taste the sound

I cannot say enough about the M-Audio Studiophile AV 40 Desktop Speaker System. They are a wonderfully balanced speaker system in all regards. These speakers literally make you taste what you hear.

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Take your audio to the next level.


These are a revelation coming from high end Altec Lansings. I was worried that they wouldn't sound as great because I have them on stands about 10 feet away. False alarm I do miss the party bass of a dedicated sub on some occasions but 99% of the time...

Very crisp, smooth sound. Much more detail than most PC speakers out there, no matter the cost. Classy, understated looks, smaller footprint than many studio monitor-type speakers

Not much to improve here other than the matching sub which costs an arm

Product Specifications

The compact Studiophile AV 40 powered speakers deliver the same proven M-Audio technology favored by top producers, recording engineers and musicians around the world. The combination of 4" polypropylene-coated drivers and 3/4" ferrofluid-cooled silk dome tweeters provides punchy lows, crisp highs and a balanced, uncolored response. Custom cabinets with dense wood construction deliver more accurate bass response than you could ever get from plastic multimedia speakers. And for the highest possible fidelity, the Studiophile AV 40 speakers also feature OptImage III wave-guide technology and a 20 watt-per-channel internal amplifier that utilizes Class A/B architecture. The Studiophile AV 40 reference monitors are the perfect solution for traveling musicians or anyone who wants top-notch sound from their desktop multimedia system.

Dimensions & Weight



Manufacturer:M-Audio/Pinnacle Systems
Model:AV 40/StudioPhile AV 40
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:M-Audio/M-Audio Studiophile

Speaker System

Amplification Type:Active
Audio System Nominal Output Power:40Watt
Connectivity Technology:Wired
Crossover Channel Qty:2-way
Nominal (RMS) Output Power:20Watt
Response Bandwidth:85 - 20000Hz
Speaker System Type:Left / right channel speakers