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Mackie CR4™ Creative Reference™ Multimedia Monitors

2-way powered studio monitors with 4" woofer and 3/4" tweeter

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Our take on the Mackie CR4™ Creative Reference™ Multimedia Monitors

Mackie built the CR4 Creative Reference monitors tough to play loud, but kept them small enough to work in even the tightest spaces. Don't be fooled by their modest dimensions or price. These pint-sized monitors deliver rich, powerful sound thanks to a combination of premium quality components and solid, all-wood cabinets. Each boasts a rugged, poly-coated woofer enhanced by a custom-tuned, rear ported enclosure for smooth, even bass extension. Their 3/4" silk dome tweeters feature a smooth waveguide design for improved sound dispersion and stereo imaging. Whether you're creating your next album or simply enjoying your tunes and videos, the CR4 monitors will deliver the goods.

Big on sound, not on space

Mackie built the CR4 Creative Reference monitors tough to play loud, but kept them small enough to work in even the tightest spaces. Don't be fooled by their modest dimensions or price. These pint-sized monitors deliver rich, powerful sound thanks to a combination of premium quality components and solid, all-wood cabinets. Each boasts a rugged, poly-coated woofer enhanced by a custom-tuned, rear ported enclosure for smooth, even bass extension. Their 3/4" silk dome tweeters feature a smooth waveguide design for improved sound dispersion and stereo imaging. Whether you're creating your next album or simply enjoying your tunes and videos, the CR4 monitors will deliver the goods.

Convenient features and flexible connections

Mackie CR4 Creative Reference Multimedia Monitors

The CR4's amplification, connections and controls are all found on the powered monitor, which connects to the passive monitor using the supplied 6' speaker wire.

Setting up your CR4 monitors is easy. The speaker's left/right selector switch lets you choose which side of your work station gets the volume knob, headphone output and auxiliary input jacks. (Thanks Mackie, a lot of us really do have a preference!)  Your choice of balanced 1/4" TRS or unbalanced RCA rear-panel inputs are ready to handle line-level monitor signals from your PC or mixer. The front-panel volume knob makes setting volume levels a snap, and allows you to turn the monitors on and off. An illuminated ring around the volume knob lets you know when the monitors are powered up and ready to play.

Product Highlights:

  • 4" polypropylene-coated woofer and 3/4" silk dome tweeter
  • Class A/B amplifier with 14 watts x 2 RMS (25 watts x 2 peak)
  • frequency response: 70-20,000 Hz (-3dB)
  • peak SPL: 100 dB
  • front-panel volume knob with power ring LED display
  • left/right speaker placement switch lets you decide which side of your workspace has the volume control
  • MDF bass-reflex cabinet with custom-tuned rear port
  • connections:
    • stereo balanced 1/4" TRS line-level inputs
    • stereo unbalanced RCA line-level inputs
    • front-panel 1/8" stereo auxiliary input
    • front-panel 1/8" headphone output
  • included isolation pads minimize vibration and provide up or down tilt for more focused listening
  • includes 6' speaker cable to connect the left and right speakers together
  • 6-1/8"W x 8-13/16"H x 7-5/16"D
  • weight: 12 lbs. (pair)
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Powered multimedia monitor speaker
  • Passive multimedia monitor speaker
  • 6.5' Speaker cable
  • 5' Stereo minijack cable
  • 5' Stereo minijack-to-RCA cable
  • 2 Isolation pads
  • Owner's Manual

I am happy with the Sound Quality of this Mackie CR4 Speakers. Great Bass, Detailed Highs. They worth every penny. Highly Recommended Speakers.

Mr.O Rivera, San Juan, PR

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Features

Two-Way Speaker Design: Each Mackie CR4 multimedia monitor speaker features a two-way driver design with one 0.75" ferrofluid-cooled, silk-dome tweeter and one 4" polypropylene-coated woofer with rubber sound. This combination of premium drivers provides a rich and natural studio-quality sound.

Built-in Amplifier: All drivers are powered by a built-in 28W RMS/50W Peak Class AB amplifier which provides clean, articulate stereo sound and an ultra-wide frequency response of 70Hz to 20,000Hz.

Bass Reflex MDF Enclosure:  The CR4 multimedia monitor speakers employ a bass reflex enclosure with custom-tuned rear-firing ports for smooth, even bass extension. These all-wood MDF cabinets provide a natural sonic character superior to low-grade plastic designs. The CR4 speakers do not included grilles.

Convenient Controls: A convenient front-panel volume knob with lit power-ring give you On/Off/Volume control and power indication. There is a rear-panel speaker placement switch which lets you choose which side of your desk gets the speaker with the volume knob.

Balanced & Unbalanced Analog Inputs: The CR4 multimedia speakers give you a choice of analog inputs including stereo 1/4" TRS jacks (balanced or unbalanced) and stereo RCA jacks (unbalanced) on the back panel, plus a 3.5mm aux input (unbalanced) on the front-panel. A stereo minijack cable and a stereo minijack-to-RCA cable are included.

Speaker Cable: Because the amplifier is built into only one of the CR4 multimedia monitor speakers, you'll need to connected the included 6' speaker cable between the two loudspeakers rear-panel spring-clip terminals.

Headphone Jack: A dedicated front-panel headphone jack (3.5mm) 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.

Isolation Pads: The two included professional-grade isolation pads minimize unwanted bass buildup and allow you to tilt the monitors up or down a bit for more focused listening.

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Why did you buy this?

I have the cr3 and they are great but I want a little more power. [ Ronney  Jul 14, 2018 ]
Goes with the Mackie Onyx. [ ISO/Topeka  Mar 01, 2018 ]
Wanted a studio monitor for my office, something good but not expensive. These speakers have great reviews so for the price I figure I can try it out. [ John  Dec 24, 2017 ]
Your email recommendation for best desktop speakers (value). [ Nele  Oct 29, 2017 ]
checked many desktop speakers & reviews, called the manufacturer about the amp issue, Crutchfield advice about the CR3 vs. 4, & Crutchfield 60 day return policy plus reviews of company. [ Susan  Apr 13, 2017 ]
excellent sound ,great price [ James  Nov 17, 2016 ]
Sound quality, price point, and basic functionality. [ Scott  Aug 27, 2016 ]
These monitors have strong positive reviews from Crutchfield and other sites along with value within my price range. [ Kurt  Jul 28, 2016 ]
Crutchfield's review of the product at the online sight as well as the customer ratings that have purchased the speakers. I have used Crutchfield for numerous past purchases and have always been pleased with the products and service. [ Cecil  Jul 16, 2016 ]
Very Good Price.. And Too many good reviews.. [ Thom  Feb 06, 2016 ]
I checked out many on line reveiws & felt these are the best bang for the buck! [ Stanley  Feb 01, 2016 ]

4 questions already asked

I use the Bose Quiet Comfort 35 headphones with the Mackies and they sound excellent to my ears. True stereo soundstage seems to be maintained quite well. I think you would really enjoy these CR4's. [ H O  Jan 08, 2018 ]
These were purchased for a 2nd grade classroom. I have not actually heard the speakers myself. [ GEOFFREY  Jan 08, 2018 ]
I don't think that you can hook up a subwoofer directly to the CR4s. However, there may a way in which you can still use a subwoofer with them. You may wish to consult a Crutchfield sales representative regarding using a subwoofer with them. For my taste, however, the CR4s themselves provide sufficient bass. I love these speakers. You may wish to look at my review of the CR4s dated 6/11/2015 on Crutchfield. [ Alex  Apr 17, 2017 ]
Not that I'm aware of Paul. Perhaps, double check with Mackie. [ Michael  Apr 15, 2017 ]
If you are referring to an Xbox One, it only passes audio via optical or HDMI. You would need to look into an adapter that would convert the digital to analog. If you have a 360, I believe it has a 3.5mm audio jack that will connect directly to the CR4s [ BRIAN  Feb 13, 2016 ]
I dont know the answer to that. I would assume so. They can be hooked to a PC. Keep digging...for some small speakers they rock! [ chvyetr  Feb 12, 2016 ]
Power cord is 6 feet long. Speakers sound good. [ JOSE  Sep 30, 2015 ]
The power cord is about five feet long. [ WILLIS  Sep 29, 2015 ]
About 63 inches [ Otis  Sep 28, 2015 ]
Willard, I went to Mackie's website but could not find that spec. It appears to be 6-8 ft. I hope this helps. Best, MT [ Michael  Sep 28, 2015 ]
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