M-Audio AV42 | 20-Watt Compact Studio Monitor Speakers with 4-inch Woofer (Pair)


  • Frequency response: 85 Hz – 20 kHz
  • Type: Two-way reference
  • 4″ woofers (polypropylene-coated woofers)
  • 1″ tweeters (silk dome)
  • Tweeter wave guides
  • 20 watt-per-channel amp (Class A/B)
  • Magnetic shielding to reduce interference
  • Wood cabinet port design
  • Front-panel controls: 1/8″ stereo aux input, 1/8″ headphone output, volume control


Let’s take a huge step down in terms of price-tags. Listed at #3, this pair of monitor speakers by M-Audio equipment has received numerous positive reviews, all stating its dependability in terms of long-lasting stability and accuracy of sound. For the price of a hundred or two retail you just can’t beat the quality it provides if you’re on a strict budget. We figured we’d provide a more budget-friendly pick when compared to the previous speakers if they weren’t exactly your cup of tea. It isn’t necessarily the most feature-packed speakers and their subs/tweeters aren’t massive or high-end — so if you’re looking for a top-of-the-line monitor continue down our list.

This is best for budgets and geared more towards the home studio and leisure listening. The frequency response is in the upper-average mark at 85 Hz to 20 kHz, but I really wouldn’t complain with the price. 4″ woofers and 1″ tweeters give it a nice feel in terms of low and high frequencies. What I particularly like about the Studiophile AV 40 monitors is the additive RF interference protection, not to mention the temperature help, transient and subsonic filters. The only thing we’d recommend is keeping the speakers off when you’re not using them to save their lifespan. Read our full review of the Studiophile AV 40 speakers for more info.