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NAMM 2014: M-Audio unveils M3-6 monitors

Three separate drivers deliver a combined 160 watts of power - not bad for a six-inch monitor!
Three separate drivers deliver a combined 160 watts of power - not bad for a six-inch monitor!

NAMM 2014: M-Audio rolled out its eight-inch M3-8 three-way monitor just last year and, hot on its heels, comes the six-inch incarnation, the M3-6.

Designed for desktop monitoring where space is at a premium, each M3-6 has a six-inch woven Kevlar LF driver, a five-inch midrange driver and one-inch silk tweeter. Each driver is powered by its own Class A/B internal amplifier, meaning the M3-6 can offer three-way monitoring in the same footprint as a two-way speaker.

Prices look competitive, with the M3-6s costing around $249.99 USD/ £199.99/€249.99 per monitor (street price). Check out the press release below for more info...

M-Audio M3-6 monitors press release

Innovative tri-amped coaxial monitors deliver precise, immersive sound for the audio professional.

Cumberland, RI, USA - January 22, 2014. M-Audio (www.m-audio.com), industry-leading manufacturer of award-winning computer interface and studio integration solutions, announces the addition of the M3-6 to its acclaimed 3-way studio reference monitor series. The M3-6 joins the larger M3-8 3-way 8-inch studio monitor introduced in Fall 2013.

The M3-6 is a premium 3-way monitor for space-challenged desktop workspaces. The woven Kevlar® 6-inch low-frequency driver and 5-inch midrange driver are mounted coaxially, taking up no more room than a traditional 2-way speaker.

The 1-inch natural silk dome tweeter is equipped with internal waveguides for improved clarity. Inside, three separate Class A/B amplifiers—one for each driver—deliver a combined 160 Watts of power.

Features:

  • Three-Way Active Studio Monitors
  • Superior audio detail from three individually amplified drivers
  • Inline mid & high drivers deliver world-class acoustics in a compact size
  • 1" silk dome tweeter with integrated waveguide
  • Resilient woven Kevlar drivers (6″ low / 5″ mid)
  • Tri-amp Class A/B power, 160 Watts total
  • XLR and 1/4" balanced ins; RCA unbalanced in
  • 3-band EQ with bypass; switchable low-cut filter
  • 40 Hz - 22 kHz frequency response

M3-6 monitors are sold individually, with an estimated street price of $249.99 USD/ £199.99/€249.99.

M-Audio will unveil the M3-6 in Hall A, Booth 6700, at the 2014 NAMM Show, January 23- 26 in Anaheim, California. For more information, visit: www.m-audio.com/wnamm2014

Matt is a freelance journalist who has spent the last decade interviewing musicians for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar, NME.com, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched CreativeMoney.co.uk (opens in new tab), which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.