Mackie MR10Smk3 Studio Subs Review

The Mackie MR10Smk3 studio subs are part of Mackie’s MRmk3 series, which offers a selection of three full-range monitors: MR5mk3, MR6mk3 and MR8mk3. The only subwoofer in the lineup, the MR10Smk3 is designed to provide powerful, extended bass for the MRmk3 monitors.

Mackie is a reputable name in the sound industry and is known for creating high quality yet affordable studio monitoring systems, such as the Mackie CR Series. While not included in our list of the best monitor speakers, the Mackie CR Series have made it to the list of the best selling studio monitors as of March 2017. So what makes the Mackie MR10Smk3 one of the best subwoofers on the market? Read on to find out.

Features of the MR10Smk3 Studio Subs

Boasting a rugged, all-wood cabinet, the MR10Smk3 studio subs are designed to last a long time—definitely a great investment if you want your subs to last you more than just a couple of years. Housed in this sturdy cabinet is the 10” glass aramid composite woofer that is driven by a 120 Watt Class A/B amplifier. The cabinet also features vibration-absorbing rubber feet that are claimed to minimize unwanted resonances. The frequency response is 28Hz to 220Hz while the maximum SPL is 113dB. There’s also an adjustable crossover from 40Hz to 180Hz, allowing users to set just the right amount of low end for their studio. Another feature is the polarity switch (0 degrees/180 degrees) that will let users ensure that the MR10Smk3 is in phase with their main monitors.

Connections for the MR10Smk3 include balanced 1/4-inch TRS and XLR stereo inputs, as well as balanced 1/4-inch TRS to feed the main monitors.

Performance

The Mackie MR10Smk3 studio subs’ performance is outstanding, making them one of the best subwoofers available today. The sound quality is top notch and the subs produce very solid sound. They fill out and deepen the low frequencies, with the output being clean, tight and crisp. The main monitors are freed up, allowing them to focus more on the midrange and high frequencies. Although tonally neutral, these sub speakers are still able to provide the touch of warmth in the amplification that provides dimension and richness. The vibration-absorbing rubber feet are also effective in preventing vibrations or unwanted resonances, even at the highest volume settings.

Mackie MR10Smk3 sub speakersUsers are very satisfied with the MR10Smk3 sub speakers’ performance, and some have noted that they even sound better than their more expensive subs. And although mainly designed for the Mackie MRmk3 series, they have been used with other monitors, and have been proven to work well with them. If you’re looking for a new pair of monitors to match the Mackie MR10Smk3, you can check out our list of the best performing studio speakers.

These studio subs can provide the much-needed powerful low end necessary for the EDM and hip-hop genres. Some users have even noted that they produce enough bass for large studios and loud music styles.

The only known drawback of the Mackie MR10Smk3 is that it doesn’t have a footswitch, but users have commented that this should not be a problem if the main monitor control has another output section.

Technical Specifications

Passive/Active: Active
Amplifier Class: Class A/B
Woofer: 10” glass aramid composite
Frequency Response: 28Hz to 220Hz
Low Pass Frequency: n/a
Max Peak SPL: 113dB SPL
Power Output: 120 Watts
Input Impedance: n/a
Phase: n/a
Dimensions: 15″ (381mm) x 12.6 ” (320mm) x 15″ (381mm)
Weight: 27 lbs (12 kg)

Other Feedback

The bass output is tight and crisp, and bass frequencies are clean and musical and avoid the cartoony unnaturalness and flub that plague many subwoofers at this price range. While tonally neutral, there is a touch of warmth occurring in the amplification that adds richness and dimension… Harmony Central

They sound great, they have a nice aesthetic, and given their great price point, I feel confident they’d make a great addition to nearly any home studio, whether you’re upgrading from smaller drivers, or equipping your first studio from a standing start… DJ Times

Conclusion

The Mackie MR10Smk3 studio subs are undeniably one of the best subwoofers on the market today at their price point. They offer outstanding performance worthy of praise, with their tight, deep and clear output and ability to help users with their mixing decisions. The build quality is great and doesn’t feel cheap, which is great considering the subs’ price range. They have exceeded the expectations of many and have received a lot of praise both from audio professionals and sound enthusiasts. These studio subs provide excellent value for money and would be a fitting addition to any home studio.

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9 Total Score
Mackie's high performing subwoofer

Another great performer from Mackie available at a very reasonable price.

PROS
  • Price
  • Great sound
  • Clear, tight and deep low end
  • Good build quality
CONS
  • No footswitch
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