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Mackie CR3 Creative Reference Multimedia Monitors (Pair)


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Built using only premium, high-performance components and featuring convenient front-panel controls, Mackie Creative Reference Multimedia Monitors deliver professional sound quality and features perfect for work, play and everything in between.

Studio-Quality Design
Creative Reference monitors deliver a combination of high-quality components and professional build quality that is typically only found on more expensive studio monitors. From the studio-quality sound of the premium drivers to the rich, natural sound enhanced by the all-wood cabinet design, these monitors are professional in every way.

After all, when creating media, it’s critical that your audio translate accurately across the myriad of speakers people will use to listen. Even if you don’t create media, you want to hear exactly what the product intended. Hear every nuance and detail in a complete full-range experience that only studio monitors can provide.

At a glance:
  • 50 watts of clean, articulate stereo sound
  • 3" polypropylene-coated woofer
  • .75" ferrofluid-cooled silk-dome tweeter

Features Galore!
The front panel volume knob also allows you to turn the monitors off, which is better than reaching around back each time you use them. There’s even a lit power ring around the knob to let you know when the monitors are ready to rock (or jazz, or whatever it is you’re into).

An auxiliary input is perfect for connecting your smartphone or other media device to audition previous mixes or other comparison media. Plus, if you want to quickly watch the latest video your friend shared on Twitter, you can just plug in and enjoy.

A dedicated headphone out provides the opportunity to quickly listen to a different source, which is great for any professional. Plugging in phones defeats the speakers for truly silent work and you can quickly adjust levels with the main volume knob.

Its All Here:
There’s nothing worse than getting some cool new gear only to realize you have to head back to the store to get the cables you need to make it all work. That’s why Creative Reference monitors come with absolutely everything you need to get started working or playing right out of the box… and then some. Here’s what’s included:

•1/8" to stereo RCA cable for connecting your computer’s audio output directly to the monitors
•1/8" to 1/8" cable for connecting your smartphone right into the front of the monitors
•6' speaker-to-speaker cable to connect the left/right speakers together
•(2) Professional-grade isolation pads that minimize unwanted bass buildup and allow you to tilt the monitors up or down a bit for more focused listening

  • Studio-quality design, sound and performance ideal for multimedia creation and entertainment
  • Professional-grade components for optimized sonic performance
  • Ultra-wide frequency range perfect for full-range multimedia (80Hz – 20kHz)
  • Choose which side of your desk gets the volume knob with CR3’s convenient speaker placement switch
  • Convenient front panel volume knob with lit power ring gives you on/off/volume control and power indication where you need it
  • Plug your smartphone or other source right into the front of the speakers and listen instantly
  • Front-facing headphone jack auto-defeats speaker output and provides tactile headphone volume control
  • A choice of inputs for simple connection to almost any audio source (1/4”, 1/8”, RCA)
  • Smooth waveguide design delivers unmatched clarity and sound dispersion at all listening levels
  • Custom-tuned rear ports for smooth, even bass extension
  • All-wood cabinet provides a natural sonic character superior to low-grade plastic designs

Get your Mackie Creative Reference Multimedia Monitors today at the guaranteed lowest price from Sam Ash Direct with our 45-day return and 60-day price protection policy.

Things You Will Get:

    (2) 3" CR Active Multimedia Monitors
    1/8" to Stereo RCA cable
    1/8" to 1/8" Cable
    6' Speaker-to-Speaker Cable
    (2) Pro Isolation Pads
    Owner's Manual


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This was a perfect buy for me or anyone


from Dallas Texas

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Comments about Mackie CR3 Creative Reference Multimedia Monitors (Pair):

The CR3 are absolutely amazing for the price you can not beat it! I needed some good speakers for clarity and these fit that description. For the price you truly can not beat it. They are wood, study sound and awesome. I would recommend this for anyone starting out recording. I have read complaints about these speakers not having a huge range but if you need that step up and pay more. That is my plan when I am ready I will get the CR5 which offer even more range and have blue tooth capability. For the price you can not beat the quality of the CR3. For recreational speaker system they sound great for any purpose! Truly a great set of speakers. I ordered them from Sam Ash and they even came a day early. I am a very happy customer :)

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great speakers great price


from ky

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Comments about Mackie CR3 Creative Reference Multimedia Monitors (Pair):

these speakers are a great step above regular one and a half inch CPU speakers.
the really show inconsistencies in music on youtube which is something you have to get use to.
good low end not great but good enough.

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EXCELLENT InvEstMent -InFiniteAtLaz


from Las Vegas

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Comments about Mackie CR3 Creative Reference Multimedia Monitors (Pair):

Use CR3 Mackie if you prefer Quality Listening!

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Terrific little speakers with great sound


from Los Angeles, CA

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  • Clear Mids and Highs
  • Great Construciton
  • Plays Loud
  • Punchy bass


  • Moderate Bass Levels
  • No bluetooth

Best Uses

  • Computer Speakers
  • Small Room Speakers

Comments about Mackie CR3 Creative Reference Multimedia Monitors (Pair):

I own these speakers, and I listened to them at a nearby Sam Ash store while deciding between these and the Samson BT3 speakers. While the Mackies lacked Bluetooth, their sound was clearly superior with a classical track (Handel) and a hip hop track (Beastie Boys). Not only was the bass punchier and clearer, but the mids and high were more distinct and pleasing. Lastly, the Mackies with their 50W amplifier played louder and had more headroom without distortion that the Samson. If only the Mackies had Bluetooth- most likely they will in the next iteration.

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Series CR
Model CR3
Frequency Response 80 Hz - 20 kHz
Type Active
Enclosure Type Ported
LF Driver Size 3"
MF Driver Size N/A
HF Driver Size .75"
LF Driver Material Polypropylene-coated woofer
HF Driver Material Ferrofluid-cooled silk-dome tweeter
XLR Input No
1/4" TRS Input Yes
RCA Phone Input Yes
Stereo Mini 1/8" Input Yes
Power 50 Watts
Additional Controls/Features Auxiliary input for connecting smartphone or other media device; Front panel volume knob; Dedicated headphone out
Weight 9.4 lbs
Dimensions 8.2"H x 5.5"W x 6.2"D
Combo XLR/TRS Jacks No
Warranty Info:

The following Mackie products have drivers that are guaranteed for TWO YEARS and electronics guaranteed for THREE YEARS:
Loudspeakers, power amps, and powered mixers; all SRM, DLM, HD, and C Series speakers; all PPM Mixers; and all HRmk2 studio monitors.

The following Mackie products are guaranteed for one year:
Thump and S500 Series Speakers, all Onyx Mixers and Recording Interfaces, all DL, VLZ3, VLZ4 and ProFX Mixers, all MRmk2 and MRmk3 Studio Monitors, Big Knob, all MCU Pro Series, SP260, all FRS Series Amplifiers, Mixer Bags/Covers/Hardware, Loudspeaker Bags/Covers/Hardware

This warranty excludes damage from misuse, abuse, and contains other exclusions.