Alesis M1 Active 520 USB

5" Powered USB Studio Monitors and 16-bit/48kHz USB Audio Interface (pair)
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Studio Monitors and USB Interface in One!

The Alesis M1Active 520 USB is both a professional monitoring system and a USB audio interface. Just plug the USB 1.1 cable into your computer, and with no special drivers you can start listening to your mixes. Plus, you have real 16-bit/44.1 or 48 kHz audio that you can record into your favorite core-audio DAW. You'll take care of two essential studio needs with the affordably priced Alesis M1Active 520 USB.

Alesis M1Active 520 USB speakers at a Glance:
  • Speakers and interface in one
  • Optional bass boost switch
  • Lightweight, portable design

Speakers and interface in one
The Alesis M1Active 520 USB speakers make the most of your desktop space - they are an all-in-one professional monitoring and recording solution. On the monitor side, they boast a wide 56Hz-20kHz frequency response through a 5" woofer and 1" silk-dome tweeter. Plus, these monitors send your audio directly into your computer via USB, so you can get to work building songs inside your favorite DAW.

Optional bass boost switch
Listen back to your favorite tracks with a little bit of extra low end "oomph" - the Alesis M1Active 520 USB features a bass boost, so you can kick up the bass a bit when you need it and pull it back when you don't.

Lightweight, portable design
Meant to be portable, take these speakers with you wherever you need to record and listen to your mixes. Perfect for the laptop musician, the Alesis M1Active 520 USB speakers are small enough to fit in your backpack - and, with their plug and play capabilities and minimal cable mess, you can take them to any computer and start working right away.

Alesis M1Active 520 USB Monitors and Audio Interface Features:
  • 5" Active Monitors
  • Plug and play
  • 44.1/48 kHz, 16-bit audio
  • USB 1.1 connector
  • Two 1/4" inputs
  • 1/4" Headphone output
  • Includes XLR interconnection cable
  • Volume knob/power switch
  • Blue LED power indicator
  • Bass boost option: 4.8dB at 100Hz
  • 3" lightweight, magnetically-shielded
  • 1" high frequency driver
  • 30 watts per channel
The Alesis M1Active520 USB speakers are a compact recording and playback solution!

Additional Media

Audio Interface Buying Guide
Studio Monitor Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Powered Yes
Power Configuration Full Range
LF Driver Size 5"
LF Driver Type Cone
LF Driver Material Polypropylene
HF Driver Size 1"
HF Driver Type Dome
HF Driver Material Silk
LF Driver Power Amp 30W/Channel
HF Driver Power Amp 30W/Channel
Frequency Range 56Hz-20kHz
Crossover Frequency 2.8kHz
Enclosure Type Sealed
Input Types 2 x TRS, 1 x XLR
Output Types 1 x XLR
USB 1 x Type B
Height 10.625"
Width 7.25"
Depth 8.75"
Weight 13 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number M1Active 520 USB

Customer Reviews

4/5
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5/5

You Gotta Get a set of these

I loved my original passive M1's and had been mixing on them for 30 years. One of the tweeters blew and I searched for another one online, but I was never sure if it would be a perfect match. I ordered a pair of the Element 5's and was disappointed. After talking to my salesman (Dave Brow), he suggested these (M1 Active 520 USB). The next day Fed Ex showed up with them and took back the Element 5's. Free shipping and some candy! Wow, Sweetwater rules! I plugged in the M1Active 520 USB's. For the first time I felt like I was hearing the music without hearing speakers. The transparency and clarity is stunning. I recommend these to anyone who needs to hear what they are mixing. Thaks Dave, thanks Sweetwater. After 12 years of great service, you're still the best.
Music background: Producing singer/songwriters since 1985
5/5

Alesisi M1

Great for what I needed them for SWeetwater Rocks.
Music background: Musician and sound company owner
5/5

Best read the name "Monitor"

I never understand some of the reviews I read, but my lab tested these speakers after 50 hours of use and four them nearly flat from 58 Hz to 16,000 Hz which is the bandwidth for most music. If a person wants a listening speaker, then may I suggest the Fluance SX6 "budget audiophile".
Music background: Pro Sound Engineer
5/5

Great Monitors!

These things are perfect for my needs. I needed some monitors to double for my pc and korg sv-1 without needing a separate device in between. I was skeptical about the built in usb interface, but it works great. Very flat and clear sound. I am really not sure what the other reviewer's reference point is. These aren't genelecs, they are 200 dollars and do wonderfully at that price.
Music background: Aspiring pianist.
4/5

Alesis M1 Active 520 USB

Very happy with the 520 usb. I don't even use the bass boost switch, just the right amount of bass without it. The mids, the highs, seem to be all here. I get my sound close with my headphones, then fine tune the mix with the 520 s. In use in a small studio(11x12) just the perfect set of monitors for me. For $200.00 and three payments, awesome.
Music background: Hobbyist, Part Time Musician
See also: USB Interfaces, Alesis, Alesis USB Audio Interfaces, Alesis Active Monitors