How do they stack up? The  Mackie CR Series CR3 - 3" Creative Reference Multimedia Budget Studio Monitors vs the  Yamaha HS5 Powered Studio Monitor

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Let's get started by taking a close look at the  Mackie CR Series CR3 - 3" Creative Reference Multimedia Budget Studio Monitors.

Next let's have a look at the  Yamaha HS5 Powered Studio Monitor. Yamaha HS5 is a power house of a speaker in every aspect. With a 5-inch quality cone subwoofer and 1-inch tweeter, this has the top 2 Way bass. The frequency range is also generous with the lowest frequency being 54 Hz and the highest 30 kHz. When you are buying a Yamaha product you can be sure about the quality and for that reason, this particular product is good value too.

Taking a closer look at the features of the  Yamaha HS5 Powered Studio Monitor

This one is room friendly too and has high trim response controls. It accepts both balanced and unbalanced, XLR and TRS inputs. You get 45 W LF and then 25 W Bi Amp coming in it at 70 W in total which is ample for recording and mixing. Yamaha has improved the transducers on its HS series which means more accurate signal reproduction. Also thanks to the noise reduction technology, you get awfully clear sound.


 Mackie CR Series CR3 - 3" Creative Reference Multimedia Budget Studio Monitors

 Yamaha HS5 Powered Studio Monitor


+ Quality sound
+ Ease of use
+ Bluetooth and aux connectivity for mobile or tablets


+ Powerful bass
+ Accurate and clear sound signals
+ Flexible controls


 This pair of speakers is also a looker besides being loud and clear. The all black speaker box with green accents look quite trippy. They will make a great addition to any room.

 These pocket-friendly workroom scanners from Yamaha are technically advanced with features designed to improve the overall audio experience you will have from the speaker. It takes into account the constraints faced by workroom speakers and creates the top solutions.

The Bottom Line

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