Mackie CR4-XBT is a 2-way Powered Bass Reflex Bookshelf speaker by Mackie. Mackie CR4-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 CR4-XBT to a stereo receiver or external power amp. It features a 0.75" Dome Tweeter and 1 x 4" Polypropylene Woofer. The speaker has a frequency range of 65-20k Hz. Mackie CR4-XBT has an MSRP of 170$ per pair.
What are the speakers in Mackie's CR Series?
Mackie CR4-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
|Max Depth / Sample Rate
|1 x 4"
|1 x 3"
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What is the Frequency Response of the Mackie CR4-XBT speaker?
Mackie CR4-XBT has a Frequency response range of 65-20k Hz at ±3dB. At a minimum frequency of 65 Hz, it is hard to expect a strong bass response from Mackie CR4-XBT. Unfortunately, the Mackie CR4-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 CR4-XBT's Low and High frequency values compare with the average, max and min Low and High frequency values in its class.
Mackie CR4-XBT comes with a handheld remote which is obviously very useful to control your powered speakers from a distance.
Mackie CR4-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 CR4-XBT can playback up to N/A / N/A with compatible devices.
Inputs and Outputs
- RCA Input
- Headphone Jack: 3.5mm
Mackie CR4-XBT External Dimensions and Weight
Mackie CR4-XBT has external dimensions of (Height x Width x Depth) 8.75 x 6.125 x 8.5inch (222.3 x 155.6 x 215.9mm ).
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 CR4-XBT is approximately 335.9cm2 / 52.1inch2.
To get a better perspective on the real life size of Mackie CR4-XBT, let's compare it with a standard size Compact Disc which has a diameter of 4.7inch (120mm).
Here we place the Mackie CR4-XBT virtually next to a standard width amplifier and turntable on a BDI Octave Media Cabinet to get a better idea about the size.
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Cabinet type and Materials
Mackie CR4-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 CR4-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 CR4-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 CR4-XBT?
Here are the items that are included inside the box of Mackie CR4-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 CR4-XBT.
- Vibration Isolators: IsoAcoustics isolators more 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.