Product Comparison: Behringer MS40 vs Mackie CR4

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General Specifications
About the Product
The MS40 Two-Way Active Personal Monitor System can tackle these tasks and more, and is the ideal way to upgrade your sound system. This high-performance, 40-Watt compact stereo system features full 24-Bit/192 kHz digital performance with powerful woofers and high resolution tweeters, plus dedicated Volume, Bass and Treble controls for the ultimate flexibility.
Designed for premium sound that won't break the bank, CR Multimedia Monitors deliver the performance you expect from a Mackie studio monitor in designs ideal for home studios, multimedia creation, AV post-production and broadcast.
Key Specs
Number Of Speakers
Output Power
40 W
50 W
Driver Configuration
4.75" woofers, 2.5" tweeters
4" woofer, 0.75" tweeter
What customers say about "Key Specs"
Behringer MS40 Active Studio Monitor Speakers (Pair)
  • The speakers produce a lot of base for their size (ideal for rocket engine sounds) and they also have a good high end sound that makes voice overs clear and distinct.
  • I use these speakers for the audio side of planetarium shows at schools. The dome holds 30 people and the sound quality and volume is brilliant for the confined space.
  • Been using these for a few months now, and for the small room i'm in, they pack a really good wallop, look great, well designed and sound absolutely fantastic.
  • At low level they sound really good, but I think they are let down by poor quality internal componants.
  • All but 1 of the 5 pairs I tried had an annoying buzzing from the right speaker, which really bugged me.
Mackie CR4 4 inch Monitor Speakers
  • The sound filled the whole house and reverberated pleasingly through the walls, which I hoped the neighbours would appreciate
  • I have used every other combination and nothing sounds anywhere near as good, full volume is exactly where it should be, no crackling
  • Love these speakers, for a small set up like mine they are perfect.
  • Very clean and articulated sound, plus striking looks and a nice, soft touch matte black finish make for a splendidly minimal product.
  • Any louder would be totally unnecessary for the size of the room. Clear sound and very decent bass.
  • They were bad, right up until they died, four months after they arrived.
Size & Weight
11 in.
8.8 in.
6.8 in.
6.1 in.
9.6 in.
7.3 in.
17.6 lbs.
12 lbs.
What customers say about "Size & Weight"
Behringer MS40 Active Studio Monitor Speakers (Pair)
  • They are perfect for what I want and they are relatively small in size.
  • Great speakers and for so small size even bass is good.. Used for movies, music and PC gaming.
  • I'm very glad I bought these little speakers which I pop in the back of the car when I'm working away from home.
  • They are quite chunky speakers, the active one with the knobs is very heavy, and the passive speakers is very light.
  • They are a little bigger than I had expected, although I should have read the size information properly.
Mackie CR4 4 inch Monitor Speakers
  • These speakers are green-themed with a green power on led and green accents.
  • They look fantastic with the green accents around the speakers.
  • They are weighty, which makes me feel like they are a high quality product.
  • As a bonus, the green on them matches the turntable itself, which gives the illusion that the whole setup was a well-thought out investment, rather than purchased on a spontaneous whim.
  • Well done whoever you are that made these speakers with funny green circles, second rate name and dancing man logo.
Min. Frequency Response
50 Hz
70 Hz
Max. Frequency Response
25 kHz
20 kHz
Input Impendance
20 kOhm
10 kOhm
80 dB
100 dB
What customers say about "Audio"
Behringer MS40 Active Studio Monitor Speakers (Pair)
  • They sound fantastic, even at quite loud volumes there is no distortion.
  • Not big loud things but very clear and balanced sound, perfect for editing/mixing and/or will fill a small room with beautiful sounds.
  • Excellent sounding product, very loud & clear, big thumping bass in whatever you are listening too.
  • Great sounding active nearfield monitors, a very good choice for the desktop musician/producer with a tight budget.
  • The bass is a bit lacking, and turning that bass knob too much will result in muddy bass with lacking mids, so i would keep that knob down.
Mackie CR4 4 inch Monitor Speakers
  • Im no audiofile but they Sound very full nice bass and clear clarity
  • The overal sound reproduction is relatively good for the size and the price.
  • I love how flat these sound, the mids, and highs help me reduce the hums and hiss I could not hear before, the sound is no longer muddy
  • The stereo field is well defined, the sound balanced and detailed.
  • I'm a Video Editor and from when I turned these on they were excellent, with a good Depth & Range.
  • These speakers sound pretty good when they work, but they have a hardware flaw which will cause them to stop working after a year or so.
Enclosure Material
Cabinet Type
2 x RCA Phono Line 1 In, TOSLINK Optical In, 3.5mm stereo mini-jack, RCA To Left Speaker Out, Coaxial SPDIF Digital In, 1/8" Stereo Mini Line In
2x Unbalanced RCA, 2x Balanced TRS, AUX
Magnetic Shielding
Volume control, Treble, Bass, Power ON / OFF
Volume, Power Speaker Select
Powerful woofers and high-resolution tweeters, Ultra-linear frequency response
Silk dome tweeter, Polypropylene-coated woofer, Ultra-wide frequency range, Bluetooth enabled
What customers say about "Features"
Behringer MS40 Active Studio Monitor Speakers (Pair)
  • The main housing material is very nice - does not pick up fingerprints.
  • The controls on the front of the speaker are perfect. They're not the prettiest in the world but they look quite tech.
  • Sound quality is great overall & have good range of adjustment on bass & treble.
  • You can wire it in easily to both standard 3.5mm analogue and optical for say wireless gadgets and a home entertainment system without having to rewire all the time.
  • A very good sound,fits to my "studio" and I like that buttons are in front, easy to use.
Mackie CR4 4 inch Monitor Speakers
  • Also just chilling hooking up to the Bluetooth was great... and the easily accessible aux in and headphone slot at the front I liked
  • They sound good and multiple inputs mean several devices can be used simultaniously
  • You can connect your phone and watch youtube via youtube and edit video same time. You can hear the sound from both devices. The Bluetooth is easy to set up.
  • The quality is only improved by the isolation pads that are included in the box, shows the company really wants you to get the best from these speakers.
  • IF you are connected to another device via cables aswell as bluetooth, it will play from both sources at once.
  • Where things aren't so good is that the build quality of the speak cable connectors is very poor.
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer Warranty
3 year(s)
1 year(s)
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