M-Audio AV42

2-Way Desktop Speaker System

  • Total amplifier power: 20 W
  • Equipped with: 4" Woofer, 1" Tweeter
  • Frequency range: 75 - 20.000 Hz
  • Crossover frequency: 2700 Hz
  • Max SPL: 101.5 dB @ 1m
  • Noise ratio: >90 dB (A-weighted)
  • Inputs: RCA Stereo input and 3.5 mm Stereo jack
  • 3.5 mm Stereo jack Headphone output
  • Input impedance: 10 kOhm
  • Housing: Vinyl coated MDF
  • Dimensions: 148 x 195 x 213 mm
  • Weight: approx. 4.3 kg

Further information

Speaker size 1x 4"
Amplifier power per unit (RMS) 20 W
Magnetic Shielding Yes
Analogue XLR Input No
Analogue Input (Jack) No
Analogue Input (Mini Jack) Yes
Analogue Input (RCA) Yes
Digital input No
Manual frequency correction No
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Good couple for good price

Andy Avanti, 04.08.2017
I wanted to use the AV42 for a small homestudio and was initially very happy with it.
The speakers are surely not the best (as a reference, they were then clearly overruled by the JBL LSR 305!), But I never felt the sound bad or too bad. Also the 20 W make sufficiently loud!
As already mentioned, the boxes are somewhat bassy, ??that is something a pity.
The biggest problem with the boxes was that due to the inputs (only Chinch !!!) the box can never be controlled over the interface. You can only hear the sound from the computer (also via the interface), but never listen to the incoming signal. That's why I decided against it.

But on the whole the boxes make what they should and disappoint not great for this price.
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SUPER, JUST A SMALL BUT ...

Dominique 35, 31.12.2015
- I bought these M-Audio AV42s to replace a broken M-Audio AV30 after 6 years of almost daily operation. I was satisfied with my AV30, so when looking for a pair of replacement speakers, and given the large number of brands available, I finally preferred to stay on the M-Audio brand.

- I use these speakers connected to my desktop PC which is also the family PC, to sound the PC and to listen to music in background sound. Sound background that can be high as soon as I am alone, musician oblige. In precision, it takes a real desk, because these speakers easily take 25 cm of space on either side of the screen.

- The use is very simple, no fuss, no equalizer, it is on the PC that adjusts the sound. The first enclosure contains all the electronic part, the 2nd one is a passive enclosure connected to the 1st. The volume control is on the front panel with 1 auxiliary input to connect an mp3 or other, and 1 headphone output.

- The sound is very good, I insist on this criterion, because it was him and only him that made me return to the M-Audio brand.

- The only downside I have, and this is the explanation of my rating of 4 stars out of 5 in the "Features" section is that the speakers are not protected by a grid, while those of My old AV30 were. I find it really a shame for speakers often intended to be in the hands of young children, for example, or various things that one can dispose on his desk when working, books, open binders ...

- I use these M-Audio AV42 for three months now, and I absolutely do not regret my purchase.
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