Mackie CR3-XBT is a 2-way Powered Bass Reflex Bookshelf speaker by Mackie. Mackie CR3-XBT's built-in amplifier provides 25-watt RMS( 50-watt Peak). The built-in power amplifier saves space & eliminates the need to connect Mackie CR3-XBT to a stereo receiver or external power amp. It features a 0.75" Dome Tweeter and 1 x 3" Polypropylene Woofer. The speaker has a frequency range of 80-20k Hz. Mackie CR3-XBT has an MSRP of 120$ per pair.
What are the speakers in Mackie's CR Series?
Mackie CR3-XBT is a member of Mackie's CR series of Powered speakers. Below you can see the main specs of these speakers.
Mackie CR Series Speakers
||Watts RMS||Max Depth / Sample Rate ||Woofer
||25-watt||N/A/N/AΩ ||1 x 4"
||25-watt||N/A/N/AΩ ||1 x 3"
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What is the Frequency Response of the Mackie CR3-XBT speaker?
Mackie CR3-XBT has a Frequency response range of 80-20k Hz. At a minimum frequency of 80 Hz, it is hard to expect a strong bass response from Mackie CR3-XBT. Unfortunately, the Mackie CR3-XBT doesn't have a subwoofer out so it is not possible to pair it with a subwoofer to extend the bass response of your system.
Here we have a comparison of how Mackie CR3-XBT's Low and High frequency values compare with the average, max and min Low and High frequency values in its class.
Mackie CR3-XBT comes with a handheld remote which is obviously very useful to control your powered speakers from a distance.
Mackie CR3-XBT employs Built-in 4.2 Bluetooth for wireless music streaming from your Bluetooth-enabled devices such as Apple iPod/iPhone/iPad, Android smartphone/tablet, Windows PC, Mac computers/laptops. Mackie CR3-XBT can playback up to N/A / N/A with compatible devices.
Inputs and Outputs
- RCA Input
- Headphone Jack: 3.5mm
Mackie CR3-XBT External Dimensions and Weight
Mackie CR3-XBT has external dimensions of (Height x Width x Depth) 8.125 x 5.5 x 7.5inch (206.4 x 139.7 x 190.5mm ).
Base Surface Area
Base surface area of a loudspeaker may become a determining factor when the space in your room or desk is limited.
The base area of Mackie CR3-XBT is approximately 266.1cm2 / 41.2inch2.
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How does the Mackie CR3-XBT compare to the Mackie CR4-XBT?
One of the natural alternative to the Mackie CR3-XBT is the Mackie CR4-XBT which is located one step higher in Mackie's Powered Bookshelf selection.
Check the Detailed Comparison of Mackie CR3-XBT vs Mackie CR4-XBT for more details.
Cabinet type and Materials
Mackie CR3-XBT has a Bass Reflex
type cabinet. Bass Reflex type loudspeakers (aka Ported, Vented or Reflex Port) have enclosures that uses a port, hole or vent cut into the cabinet. Ported designs are generally more efficient than the Sealed designs.
Mackie CR3-XBT is a rear-firing port speaker so you have to make sure you leave enough space between the back of the speaker and wall or bookshelf so that it has room to breathe.
Mackie CR3-XBT doesn't sport any built-in mounting bracket, so you need an external structure to mount it on walls.
What's in the Box of Mackie CR3-XBT?
Here are the items that are included inside the box of Mackie CR3-XBT:
Powered monitor w/ attached 5.5-feet power cord (C7 unpolarized)Passive monitor6.5-feet Speaker wire5-feet Stereo mini to RCA cableQuick Start Guide
Here is a list of accessories that we think you may need for the Mackie CR3-XBT.
- Vibration Isolators: IsoAcoustics isolatorsmore affordable options too.
- Acoustic Panels and Treatments: Your room is as important as your stereo equipment so acoustic treatments goes a long way in improving the overall performance.
- Speaker Stands: Stands bring your bookshelf speakers to ideal height (rule of thumb is to have the tweeter level with your ear in your listening position), helps stability and acoustical isolation.
1 Year of parts warranty and 1 Year of labor warranty is generally provided by the manufacturer.