Mackie CR Series CR3 – 3″ Creative Reference Multimedia Monitors (Pair)

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Amazon Price: $99.99 $99.99 (as of July 28, 2017 5:00 pm – Details). Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on the Amazon site at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.

Mackie CR3 3" Creative Reference Multimedia Monitors provide studio-quality design as well as performance perfect for multimedia development as well as home entertainment. Developed utilizing just premium, high-performance elements and featuring convenient front-panel controls, Mackie Creative Reference keeps track of deliver professional sound high quality as well as attributes ideal for job, play and also whatever in between.

Customer Reviews

Mackie CR4 + Chromecast Audio = winner winner

148 people found this helpful.
 on December 21, 2015
By nathan
I like listening to music, that’s all. I’m no audiophile or musician, I just wanted speakers that could play music with great quality when I’m hanging out at home (mainly through Pandora, Spotify or Google Music). So my research began and obviously considered all the big name bluetooth and wifi speakers, such as Bose and Sonos. But then I remembered that Google came out with the Chromecast Audio that allows me to connect to any speaker through a headphone jack and cast music from any iOS, Android or computer device. So ultimately I could buy speakers that are better quality at a cheaper price, and so I began looking into the world of studio monitors which I hadn’t considered before.

Home recording or multimedia monitors that are no joke…

9 people found this helpful.
 on June 2, 2016
By JRSIV Music Ltd.
As a songwriter/musician who has experience recording in my home studio and in project/pro studios, I’ve heard many monitors over the years. Classic ’80’s Yamaha NSM-10’s, really nice Genelecs, and I owned some first generation passive Alesis Monitor Ones, and so on.

Great for apartments, small rooms, mama’s house, auntie’s house for mixing and studio monitoring.

11 people found this helpful.
 on November 10, 2016
By Cochise Jones
First let me say, if you have the cash JBL LSR 305 have the better sound overall, although they are around the $270-$290 range for a pair compared to this for $150.

Great Monitors when they work !

53 people found this helpful.
 on August 24, 2015
By NickT
Love the Mackie CR4, can beat the price, really can’t afford $1000 dollar reference monitors. This is a great addition to my home studio.

Great for general usage, two things to aware of if you’re using them for home recording…

9 people found this helpful.
 on July 15, 2016
By Brandon Gregory
Word of caution: although these claim to have everything you need to get started, that may not be true. Since the most prominent connectors on the back are the 1/4″ jacks, I assumed it would come with 1/4″ cables to match. Nope. Just RCA. In layman’s terms, what this means is that it has everything you need if you want to hook these up to your computer, iPod, or anything else with a headphone jack–but you’ll need some additional (cheap) cables if you’re hooking it up to, say, an audio interface. Not a deal-breaker by any means, just something to be aware of. Check the related items for some good options to buy.

And They’re Green.

2 people found this helpful.
 on January 29, 2017
By Chip Roberts
I scoured the internet, and by scour, I mean I compared two speaker pairs within my budget. I was first attracted to the white Yamaha’s in the same price range, but they didn’t have any reviews. The Mackies, however, were praised across the board. $150 ain’t pennies, but it’s not exactly a deal breaker either. That being said, I have been very pleased with these monitors since my purchase of them. I’ve mixed several instrumental songs as well as a number of YouTube videos using these monitors. They’re also fantastic for general listening and gaming. I pair them with a Utech mouse and program it with the green LEDs to match the lights on the speaker. All zero of the people who have seen my setup are very impressed with it. In terms of the frequency response, I don’t claim to know anything about sound even though I play, record, mix, and master music and have a degree in Audio Technology, but from what I’ve read the response is fairly flat and there seems to be an overwhelming amount of people saying that there’s poor bass response. Either these people are smoking an exorbitant amount of crack cocaine, or they want the bass response to peel the paint off of their walls, because I’ve had NO issues making out the bass. If anything, it’s made it more clear to me that I overcompensate the low frequencies when mixing on headphones.

CR3 Amazing clarity and detail at this price.

4 people found this helpful.
 on October 17, 2016
By Kevin McCarthy
Massively impressed even at first use. Neutral response amazing detail depth of soundstage adequate power perfect when paired with my definitive technology prosub 800. Crossover at 12:00 as well as volume. Highly recommend even for small theater set ups. 2.1 done right is quite impressive. Hooked up the left speaker out to the sub. Passing through cross over and back out to left passive monitor. Sounds as well as any larger system I have used. All of the wiring can be a bit messy and slightly difficult for basic users, but can not be beat for this price. Runs a tad warm I suggest leaving them open to the room air, not enclosed in a shelf or compartment. I’m sure these will only sound better with use or burn in. By no means wireless, but I have the experience to optimize the setup. I’m sure basic users would be impressed as well but I definitely think a sub is needed for this most compact and inexpensive option. Sounds great with music as well.

Simply amazing monitors

5 people found this helpful.
 on May 27, 2016
By Jeffrey C. Moline
Wow. That’s all I really can say about these speakers. They sound amazing. The highs are nice and crisp, the mid range isn’t at all drowned out and lost, and there is some decent low end bass. No…these aren’t “subwoofer/shake the entire desk” low end, but they really do bring the entire range together. They are very very loud and look aesthetically pleasing. I wasn’t a huge fan of the neon green accent color (because it clashed with my desk tones) but with a green plant added to my desk…I have really started to enjoy the color. Please don’t hesitate; buy these speakers immediately. You will certainly not be disappointed.

Buy these NOW!!!

5 people found this helpful.
 on July 19, 2016
By Kevin
I was looking for something to fit under/behind my Dell 34″ Ultrawide and these fit perfectly behind them. The sound is absolutely amazing!!! Range, clarity, & power are top notch.:) I upgraded from the Creative D100 speaker and there is no comparison. Having full range speakers are amazing!!