Mackie CR Series CR3 – Great Quality for an Affordable Price!

Mackie CR Series CR3

Mackie CR Series CR3

99 $

Overall rating



  • Compact
  • Lightweight
  • Easy to use
  • Versatile
  • Clear, crisp and rich natural sound


  • Lacking some low end

Mackie CR Series CR3 – 3″ Creative Reference Multimedia deliver excellent studio sound quality at an affordable price!

They are ideal for any multimedia creation, entertainment and for any music producer on a budget. 

Actually, they are probably the best choice for any starting music producer that doesn’t want (or can) put a lot of money on a studio set up.

Because when it comes to studio monitors, quality often comes with a price, it’s true…but not always!

It’s difficult to find some quality studio monitors in a price range of less than 250 $ but the Mackie CR Series CR3 is a proof that quality not always has to ruin your budget!

So let’s have a closer look at what these babies have to offer!

Features of the Mackie CR Series CR3

The first noticeable thing about the Mackie CR Series CR3 is their tiny size and weight that can easily embed any small studio setup.

They can fit in one hand but are completely stable, even with the vibration coming from your desk at high volume.

Good overall build quality and cool design with the green lit power ring around the subwoofer, tweeter and volume knob.

They are powered monitors so they don’t need an amplifier to operate and they can easily be upgraded to use an audio interface because they come with a 1/4 inch TRS input that can be connected to any professional audio input devices.

Everything you need out of the box!

Mackie CR Series CR3

Creative Reference Monitors come with a 1/8” stereo RCA cable for connecting your computer’s audio output directly to your monitors, a 1/8” to 1/8” cable for connecting a smartphone right into the front of the monitors and a 6” speaker-to-speaker cable to connect the left/right speakers together.

A nice surprise are the included foam pads.

These professional-grade isolation pads cut the vibration of the desk and minimize unwanted bass buildup. They allow you to tilt the monitors up and down and point your speakers in any direction you want.

So no bad surprises of having to buy extra cables when setting up your speakers… they are ready to go!


Mackie CR Series CR3

In the front of your Mackie CR3 monitors, you will find a 3-inch subwoofer, a Silk Dome tweeter, an On-off switch to control the volume, an aux port, and a headphone jack.


Mackie CR Series CR3

In the back, you will find the controls and inputs on the active speaker. (Both speakers can be connected with by a speaker to speaker cable).

The Left and right speaker selectors allow you to decide what side of your workspace has the volume control and the power (Powered speaker can be put on the left or the right).

Sound Quality

I have to say that that those babies offer quite an Impressive Sound for the price and tiny size!

The sound is nuanced and detailed, crisp and clear and this kind of rich and natural sound is often only found in high-priced studio monitors.

With its ultra-wide frequency range, the Mackie CR3 offers an excellent Stereo Sound for full range multimedia. (Sounds come directly in front of you).

Although they reach much lower than you would expect from the tiny cabinets, for some people and music genres, they might be lacking some of the low end though, which can easily be fixed by adding a subwoofer and is easy to set up if you feel like having that extra low end.


Weight: 6 pounds

Dimensions: 8,5 x 15,3 x 11,5 inches

Frequency range: 80Hz- 20kHz

1/8” stereo RCA cable

1/8” to 1/8” cable

6” speaker-to-speaker cable


The first great surprise when opening the box is that it comes together with all the extra cables you need to set up your monitors so you won’t need to run to the shop for those cables you are missing and the foam pads are definitely a nice extra.

They are so easy to setup and don’t require any complicated cabling and installation, nor an amplifier or audio interface.

The sound quality is pretty amazing for the tiny price! I wasn’t expecting these babies to sound that great but they definitely beat any monitors in the same price range!

They can be used for a variety of purposes such as video editing, gaming and they are a perfect choice for music producers on a budget (especially beginners).

They in even the most limited workspace.

Would I recommend them?

Most definitely!

Actually, I wished I had heard of the Mackies when I started out.

They will definitely be a great add to anyone wanting the sound of studio monitors without wanting to spend too much money on them!


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