Mackie’s new additions to the CR Series Multimedia Monitor line feature Bluetooth music streaming from any capable device. The new CR4BT and CR5BT join the CR3 and CR4, all designed to bridge the gap between professional and personal applications.
The new CR5BT features a high-output 5 inch woofer, delivering added low-frequency response, for extended-range music and A/V post-production. All CR monitors utilize 3/4 inch silk-dome tweeters for smooth, articulate highs. Unique to the line, a left/right speaker placement switch allows users to locate the volume control on the left or right of their workstation. The front panel includes a on/off/volume knob with a lit power indication ring that will also control the volume of headphones, which can be plugged directly into the front of the monitors. Both new models feature a front panel Bluetooth button for easy pairing and connection indication. Bluetooth streaming is great for comparing mixes, auditioning files or just enjoying a bit of music or video. There is an additional front panel aux input for connecting alternate audio source.
“A common expectation of technology products these days is fewer wires, whether in a studio, entertainment system or other multimedia environment,” commented Mackie Channel Marketing Director, Matt Redmon. “In consideration of that evolving customer demand, the new CRBT models provide the same studio-quality design and acoustic performance as the other Creative Reference models, only now with the flexibility of streaming audio wirelessly in environments where high-quality sound is required.”
All Mackie CR Series monitors come with all the connecting cables needed to get started immediately. As a bonus, there’s even a pair of acoustic isolation pads included. Used in professional applications, acoustic isolation pads minimize unwanted bass buildup that can muddy a mix. Plus, the pads’ angled design allow the user to tilt the monitors slightly up or down for more focused listening depending on their setup.
Sold in pairs, CR4BT monitors will have a U.S. MSRP of $259.99 and CR5BT monitors will have a U.S. MSRP of $329.99.