Mackie Cr3 vs Cr4
With the growing trend of online blogging, YouTubers and podcasters, Mackie has decided to introduce their creative reference line. These speakers sit in that grey area between your standard computer speaker and studio near-field speakers you would see in a professional studio.
Would I buy these speakers for my professional recording studio? No, but to be honest they aren’t designed for that.
(If you’re looking for something better suited for a pro studio check out my review of monitors under $500)
They are designed for giving the creative computer person of today a quality speaker that cover all their needs and not break the bank. Both the Cr3 and Cr4 are small enough to fit on anyone’s standard computer desk. Both offer the volume control on the front as well as a headphone and aux jack input on the front. Perfect for hooking up the speakers to an iPad. I have to say I do like the green trim as well. The thing to know is that only one of the speakers is active, the other isn’t.
Mackie Cr3 vs Cr4 The back panel
The panel on the 2 are identical as well. You have your standard quarter inch inputs as well as rca connections. You can also select which side you would like the powered speaker to be. I like this feature if you are like me and only have power on one side of my desk. Other then that the back doesn’t offer any passes or volume controls, all that is done on the front (volume that is).
Mackie Cr3 vs Cr4 Conclusion
So the real difference between the 2 is really just speaker size. The 3 inch is great for space but you do lose out on some low end. The Cr3 is only rated for 80Hz to 20kHz. This is great for working on podcasts and YouTube videos but can be a bit tricky if you are missing music. For a bit extra you can get the Cr4 with a 4″ driver. This will give you 70Hz – 20kHz. So for my Cr3 vs Cr4 review I would go with the Cr4. It’s not much more expensive (maybe $40) and it gives me a bit more frequency range to work with.
Now with all that said, if I was to look for a speaker system for my computer for the same price, the Tascam VL-S5 is another really good buy. They are bi-amped so the power is divided to drive the tweeter and woofer. It has both XLR and TRS inputs on the back which is great for connecting to more professional interfaces . It comes with a 5 inch speaker and a 60Hz to 22kHz response.
What I like about these is that they are the same price as the Cr4’s but you get something that you can make a solid mix on. Sure they don’t have a aux jack in the front but I would never use that anyways. So personally the Mackie Cr3 vs Cr4 review, both models are great but the winner I’d say is the Tascam’s….I guess.
If you liked this review check out a few more blogs I did including building a DIY studio desk for cheap.