Mackie CR Series CR3-3” Multimedia Monitors Review

Mackie CR Series CR3 - 3
  • Editor Rating

  • Rated 4.5 stars
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Review Summary:

The widely-acclaimed Mackie CR3 Creative Reference Multimedia Monitors, which is part of the Mackie CR Series, continue to fascinate the professionals in the various fields of entertainment, whereas its near competitors lag behind. The immense features these monitors are made of have not been equaled by some of the most recognizable brands. A truly amazing brand!


Mackie CR Series CR3 - 3

Mackie CR Series CR3 – 3″ Creative Reference Multimedia Monitors (Pair)

 The Mackie CR Series CR3-3” Multimedia Monitors came out in the Amazon market before the summer of 2014 and it easily conquered some of the most prolific personalities in the studio recordings, television and filmmaking and other similar industries and some individual audio enthusiasts because of its versatility, quality and the fair price tag.

 The CR3 is a member of the Mackie CR Series of Multimedia Monitors primarily designed to address studio-quality monitoring and multimedia creation system which gives professionals the best sound available. A top rater in its own right, the CR3 is currently the talk of the town as it is enjoying 92% approval/satisfaction rating among its more than 500 customers who made the purchase since its Amazon introduction.

The CR3 is also ranked among the top 100 musical instruments, number 1 in studio equipment category and 13th among the best in video and audio accessories, still under Amazon’s Best Sellers Rank. Fasten your seat-belt and continue knowing what this multimedia monitors, which come in pair, have done to make it as one of the top-raters in its category, only here:

Product Features

Mackie CR Series CR3 - 3

Mackie CR Series CR3 – 3″ Creative Reference Multimedia Monitors (Pair)

1. Wide Frequency Range

To optimize the best audio performance, the Mackie CR3 multimedia monitors have been designed to have an ultra-wide and perfect full-frequency range (typically from 80Hz to 20 kHz) very conducive for multimedia applications.

2. Professional Quality Components

Optimizing sonic performance, the CR3 monitors is consist of professional-grade components integrated into a system to produce quality stereo sound which uses only 50 watts of power to deliver clean, clear and high-fidelity audio. The monitor has a 3” polypropylene-coated woofer and 0.75” Ferro fluid-cooled and silk-domed tweeter. Ferro fluid allows for a smooth and efficient function of audio speakers as it improves audio response and the best possible power handling.

3. Versatile

By using the CR3, you could choose which angle or side of your table gets the volume knob of the speaker placement switch is convenient for your reach. The front panel is placed strategically for on/off/volume control with lit power ring and power indicators practically wherever you need it.  This front panel could be used to plug in your smartphone and other similar devices where appropriate and you could listen right there and then. Really smart!

The tangible headgear volume control could be provided via headphone plug in front of the speaker monitor which automatically defeats (auto-defeat feature) the output, enabling an instant headphone listening. The varying sources could either be 1/4”, 1/8” or RCA, a simple connection of your choice. Talk about multi-tasking, indeed!

4. High-quality Wood Material, Acoustic Isolation

The CR3 Multimedia Monitors is an all-wood cabinet style and rectangular shape speaker system providing superior sound-quality than plastic-made ones like those of other brands. Wood material is proven to amplify sound better than most of other low-grade plastic designs. The system has acoustic close-off pads that minimize roaring bass accumulation and this allows for an up and down control for more pristine listening.

5. Compact and User-friendly

Although the CR3 is use not only by professionals but also individuals who want to hear beautifully amplified sound, it is designed to be user-friendly where its utilization does not need laborious effort. It is virtually compact in design and lightweight that is why it is easy to move and place anywhere you like.

6. Product Weight and Dimensions

This speaker system has the following dimensions (each identical unit): 8.50 X 15.30 X 11.50 inches and weighs only 6 lbs. (combined weight). These Mackie multimedia monitors are just really light; bringing them home from the studio (and vice-versa) will not overload your car and they will not occupy much space.

7. All Cables All-in

All cables needed for quick start are all inside the package when you order this product. The cables include: 1/8” to stereo RCA cable for connection of the computer output to the monitor/speaker, 1/8” to 1/8” cable for connection to a smartphone and other similar devices and media players at the front panel and the other cable is a 6 feet speaker-to-speaker cord for integrating the left and right speakers. These cables enable you to start immediately once your package arrived and you don’t have to buy any cable.

Pros & Cons


  • Ideal also for hobbyists and enthusiasts: Much as this device is so user-friendly, not only the professionals could enjoy its wonderful features, but also those who want to enjoy good music, soundtrack listening, as home theater sound system and home recording and others.
  • Advisable for sound mixing: If you want to hear as if you are recording live, the CR3 is also excellent for sound mixing where you don’t need to go back and tweak.
  • Both Powered and Active Speakers: The great thing with the Mackie CR3 Multimedia Monitors is that they do not need external amplifier because one of the speakers is a powered speaker and the other is passive. You just need to connect them together by cable as we have stated above to realize an awesome sound amplification.
  • Balanced sound even in low volume: The CR3 is still great in sound balance even in low volume during the night without filling the whole room with mumbling sub whooper.


  • Can’t use the passive speaker alone: Since the system comes always in pair, the passive one can’t stand alone, meaning, it can’t be used without the other. However, the powered speaker can be utilized alone in case there is problem with the other one, whilst the sound quality will not be as good when using both pair.


Professionals and novices alike have one thing in common when it comes to the best speaker systems. They tend to lean more on the sound quality they produce and the competitive price. On this regard, the Mackie CR Series CR3-3” Multimedia Monitors simply comes in mind. This multimedia monitor, though small, is virtually affordable, versatile and could really create fantastic multimedia and entertainment as well.

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