Product Review: M-Audio Studiophile AV 30 Compact Desktop Speaker System

 

\The M-Audio Studiophile AV 30 Compact Desktop Speaker System is a 2.0 powered speaker set with  immersive sound that includes a built in amplifier and bass woofer in each speaker with the twist of having all the connections and controls on the left speaker.

Ease of Use, Performance: 23/25
Look amp; Feel: 23/25
Features 22/25
How much I enjoy 23/25

Total: 91/100

With computer speakers easily costing over a hundred dollars you can easily see how people can get excited over some great sounding computer speakers for under that triple digit mark. Topping out at just under $100, $89.99 from Newegg.com currently, the M-Audio Studiophile AV 30 is a great sounding speaker set that does put personal sound at your desktop.

M-Audio specializes in all kinds of audio products including monitors(speakers to us non-audiophiles), microphones, keyboards and music related software. The company is well known for its professional quality audio products both in the studio and on stage as well as in the home.

The M-Audio Studiophile line of personal home speakers in the Reference Speaker Systems includes several systems of varying price to satisfy many music fans. The AV 30 is a pair of speakers with built in subwoofers on each speaker that are magnetically shielded and in a tough fiberboard case.

The one difference you notice right out of the box is the left speaker has the main connections and controls with the right speaker only having the connections to the main speaker. The M-Audio AV 30 system comes with the two speakers, a tinned 6 1/2 foot speaker wire, a 1/8 inch stereo to RCA cable, a 1/8 to 1/8 inch stereo cable, power cord, 2 acoustic adhesive pads and a manual.

Setting up your AV 30 speakers is quite easy even without the manual, connect the right speaker with the included speaker wire and plug the unit in using the power cord. Your input goes to the rear RCA connections using either the included cables or your own RCA cables and turn the system on using the rear power button.

The two adhesive pads are for vibration reduction of each speaker and simply stick to the bottom of each speaker creating a nice padded surface for your speakers. The six feet of tinned speaker wire should be plenty for placing the speakers but if you need more you can simply hit a local entertainment department or Radio Shack and purchase a roll.

You can use the speaker system right out of the box with the supplied parts for most applications and the rear of the unit also has the Bass Boost on/off button. Bass Boost is a feature that is nice but you can decide for yourself if you want it according to your personal choice and particular setup.

I am currently trying the system without Bass Boost on my television and enjoy that a little more than having it on for most of the movies I watch. I recently purchased a new 32 inch Vizio television and am using the M-Audio AV 30 as the main speakers without the internal speakers of the television.

The M-Audio works exceptionally well as a medium sized room speaker system for my home entertainment as well as a desktop speaker system for my computer. I have tried various setups and found that the M-Audio speakers are the best setup for my television viewing and will keep them there for now.

The Vizio HDTV and the M-Audio speaker system plays well together with the television being able to control the volume of the speaker set using the remote for the TV. I have tried a few different setups with the new TV and the various speaker systems I have and find that the M-Audio speakers have the best full sound and bass that movies and television require.

The wide variety of audio from standard DVD movies, Blu-ray movies and regular television viewing with the variety of music, voice and effects are all handled well by the Studiophile AV 30 system. Blu-ray movies are especially good on the smaller speaker system and even not having surround sound works pretty well with the full range of the AV 30 speakers.

Using the speakers with the bass boost adds a bit more depth and beat to the bass but for some movies I found that it gets to be a bit too much so I am trying the system with it off for awhile. I have also used the AV 30 in my home office during regular gaming sessions and watching Blu-ray and regular movies which was great for all of them.

I did not have any problems using the AV 30 system and both music and gaming was fantastic even though the system is not surround sound. Gaming was equally as good as music with my current favorite Battlefield: Bad Company 2 with great sounding effects and nice deep bass.

The system does bass as well as higher notes well without any problems and for a system under $100 you could not get much better. This is the best system I have heard from several companies in the price range and I would easily recommend this as a desktop PC speaker system or for a home entertainment system for general television and movie viewing.

As I said earlier I will be using the M-Audio AV 30 system for my television and general movie enjoyment until something comes along in my reviewing that is better but it will probably be something that costs more. The M Audio AV 30 sounds much better than a system that costs what it does and I do highly recommend this if you’re in the market for either a home entertainment or PC speaker system using just two speakers.

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