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post #11 of 16
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Got my response fairly quick and packed with information! Still probably going for the AV40's but here's the specs:
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Hello Jesse,

Thank you for your interest in Akai Pro!

Below are the specifications for the RPM3 monitors:

Woofer:
3” lightweight, magnetically-shielded

Tweeter:
1” silk dome

Frequency Response:
58 Hz – 25 kHz

Power:
10W per channel RMS

Signal-to-Noise Ratio:
88dB weighted

Digital Conversion:
16 bit delta sigma, 44.1kHz or 48kHz sampling rate

Weight:
9.5 lbs

Speaker Dimensions:
5" x 6.5" x 7.375" (W x D x H)

Gift Box Dimensions:
14.5" x 8.7"x 10.6" (W x D x H)

MasterPack:
2 Pairs per MasterPack

MasterPack Weights:
20.7 lbs.

MasterPack Dimensions:
15" x 11.7" x 17.8" (W x D x H)
post #12 of 16
I would too. A built in DAC and a tweeter with a frequency response of up to 25KHz. Seems to good to be true for $100.
    
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Akai may not be household name, but anyone in production knows the name. Akai has always made rock solid studio production equipment since the 70's. I still have and use vintage Akai from the 80's in my home sound equipment. Why? Because its just as good as 90% of the stuff made 30 years later. That should tell you something right there.
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Got my response fairly quick and packed with information! Still probably going for the AV40's but here's the specs:

It's amazing to me,that the individual who started this thread is agonizing over which monitors to buy,without first doing some research(such as actually reading the spec-sheet)....which is usually in a PDF file on the company's website),if the sepcs are not listed on the product page.

Perhaps though,at that point in time,the specs were not yet present anywhere on the website,which would explain why that jack**s from Akai,misinformed said individual,by giving him the wrong low frequency spec.

Come on people,do your research-as it's essential....NO $100 PAIR OF STUDIO MONITORS ON EARTH,can produce a LF response of 58Hz..

By the way,here are the correct specs; http://www.akaipro.com/rpm3

As it states on Akai's website,the RPM3's go down to 80Hz(which by the way,is a better LF response than the larger M-Audio AV40's,which is 85Hz).

Also,size is not everything,as there are other factors in the design of a powered speaker cabinet,that contribute to the low end performance....such as a better engineered cabinet and upgrades in driver components.
A prime example,would be a pair of Adam Audio A3X studio monitors,which have 3" drivers as well and the overall frequency response is 60Hz to 50kHz.
post #15 of 16
Can I ask what the actual budget here is?

Also, on a side-note, most of the time you want your speakers to be on the heavier side. Usually means the driver(s) inside are solid.
    
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Can I ask what the actual budget here is?
Also, on a side-note, most of the time you want your speakers to be on the heavier side. Usually means the driver(s) inside are solid.

Speaking of budget....anyone who has $150 to spend,shouldn't mind spending a bit more for a pair of M-Audio BX5 D2 monitors,because BHphotovideo.com has a pair for $186(the normal street price is $300 for the BX5's).
M-Audio speakers are generally overpriced,which is why some retailers have them for less than the normal street price,especially after a year or two has gone by,since their initial release.As for the AV40's,BHphotovideo.com has them for $119-but in my personal experiences with M-Audio,I have found that anything below their BX-series are crap & not even worth considering.

I have the BX5's,the 1st and 2nd generation of the BX8's(in my home theater set-up) and they're amazing for the price,but M-Audio has always cut too many corners in their entry level monitors.

As for judging monitors on quality based on weight,well that''s foolish & implicitly ignorant(no offense intended).Both the AV40's and the RPM3's are fiberboard cabinets with plastic front baffles and have budget-level drivers inside,so essentially,the AV40's only heavier by virtue of being larger in size,nothing more.

Assuming that the low frequency data on the spec sheets of both brands of monitors are an accurate assessment of the actual LF performance,the fact the Akai's deliver a lower LF reponse,is a very good indication that the Akai's are of a better design.

The actual equivalent of the Akai RPM3's size-wise,are the M-Audio AV30's and the AV30's only go down to 90Hz.Think about it,unlike the AV40's,the RPM3's have a RCA left speaker connection,an Audio interface and better low end and best of all,the Akai RPM3's are only $73 at BHphotovideo.com.

All this being said,it would be asinine to choose the AV40's over the RPM3's.I'm not anti-M-Audio or anything,as Like I said,the BX5 D2's are amazing,but M-Audio's entry level monitors are overpriced with piss poor quality.

Perhaps the Akai's are much better sound-wise,but for $73,they're probably the top of the heap,for the price.I'm going to place an order for the Akai's this Friday,so I'll let you guys know how they sound.

Of course though,given many years of experience in the studio,I am restricting the Akai's to just general listening purposes(for listening to MP3's when I'm in my kitchen),but perhaps my review of them will give some folks a bit of insight on their usefulness.[

Another thing that people here should bear in mind,is that a particular brand of monitor's popularity doesn't always account for much and in the case of the M-Audios...well...their level of popularity is mainly attributed to their success of their BX line of monitors,coupled with the fact that they've been in the business of manufacturing studio monitors much longer than Akai.
However though,this is no indication that everything that M-Audio makes is good.

For example,Behringer is equally as popular and well known as M-Audio,but Behringer is mostly popular for them under-cutting the competition with their lower prices and for their consequent defective gear. /B]

Edited by elwoodblues1969 - 7/31/12 at 9:04pm
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