Alesis equipment has been a huge player in the game of musical instruments for quite some time now. I’ve always been especially fond of the stability of their gear. The Elevate 5 studio monitor speakers are very solid in terms of bang-for-your-buck price as well as some solid features and specs. This pair of speakers has received some great reviews around the net, so let’s check out what they’re made of.
Main features of the Elevate 5 studio monitors
- Weight: 12.5 lbs
- Dimensions: 8.7” x 7.25” x 10.6” (LxWxH)
- 5″ low-frequency driver (good for rich lows)
- 1″ silk dome tweeters (good for clear highs)
- 40-Watt power output
- Dense wood cabinets with bass porting
- Video shielding
- Magnetically shielded
- Radial-edge for distortion reduction
- Elliptical waveguides (balances and widens listening area)
- Comes with: audio cable, interconnection cable, power cable, guide
- Standard 1/8″ headphone output
- RCA and 1/4″ (6.35mm) inputs
Overall build of the Elevate 5
The build of these are very nice, nothing cheap about them whatsoever. Alesis has always impressed us with the make of their products and the Elevate 5 speakers are no different. They’re only around 13 lbs each, although we really don’t recommend traveling with them as it is in my opinion that these need to be treated well (and I’m kinda paranoid with my gear). If you’re worried about how the build is don’t be — they’ll last you years. However, I like to upgrade my monitors (as they’re an important piece of your setup) every 3 years. A decent length power cord and the power switch is on the back and easy to access. There’s also a front headphones output for convenience. Some have complained about the length of the connection cords being too long, but you can just stuff those away or organize it accordingly.
A big piece of tech included in this is the “elliptical waveguide“, which is a feature that helps balance and minimize unwanted reflections in your mix as well as widen the listening area as a whole. The frequency response is also impressive and we were very satisfied with it. Other than that, the 5″ woofers are relatively standard in size and the 1” dome tweeters do the trick for high frequencies. We listened to some rock as well as heavy hip hop and we had a good experience with them. The only thing we’d complain about is the power being only 40-watts each speaker, but that’s pretty average.
A clean, accurate sound as advertised.
As compared to other competitors
These are comparable to some of the M-Audio studio monitors, such as the Studiophile AV 40. They’re very solid monitors for accurate sound mixing, but if you want better quality studio monitor speakers (especially in pairs) that are better than these, you’ll have to spend at least $200. You’ve seen in our Akai RPM500 and RPM800 review that these have crazy power in terms of wattage and woofer size; however, they’re double the price. Settling with the Elevate 5 wouldn’t be a bad idea if you’re on a budget, however.
If you’re looking for a few more options in terms of speakers, check out our top 10 best studio monitors article for more information.
For the overall price of the Alesis Elevate 5 speakers, we’re giving it an A. As we stated previously, if you want something more powerful you’ll have to spend some more cash. However, these are great for beginners or those on a budget. They get the job done.