Mackie Introduces Two New Bluetooth-Capable Monitor Speakers

Mackie has introduced two new models to its CR Series Multimedia Monitor line — the CR4BT and CR5BT. Both new models feature Bluetooth music streaming from any capable device, adding source flexibility for auditioning comparison tracks.

Mackie’s CR5BT features a high-output five-inch woofer, delivering added low-frequency response, perfect for extended-range music and A/V post-production. All CR monitors utilize ¾-inch silk-dome tweeters for smooth, articulate highs.

Unique to the line, a left/right speaker placement switch allows users to locate the volume control on the left or right of their workstation. The front panel includes an on/off/volume knob with a lit power indication ring that will also control the volume of headphones, which can be plugged directly into the front of the monitors.

Both new models feature a front panel Bluetooth button for easy pairing and connection indication. Bluetooth streaming allows the comparing of mixes, auditioning files or listening to video soundtracks. There is an additional front panel aux input for connecting alternate audio sources.

“A common expectation of technology products these days is fewer wires, whether in a studio, entertainment system or other multimedia environment,” said Matt Redmon, Mackie’s channel marketing director. “The new CRBT models provide the same studio-quality design and acoustic performance as the other Creative Reference models, only now with the flexibility of streaming audio wirelessly in environments where high quality sound is required.”

All Mackie CR Series monitors include a pair of acoustic isolation pads. Used in professional applications, the pads minimize unwanted bass buildup that can muddy a mix. The pads’ angled design allow the user to tilt the monitors slightly up or down for more focused listening depending on their setup.

The new Mackie CR4BT and CR5BT are now shipping worldwide. Sold in pairs, CR4BT monitors are priced at $259.99 and the CR5BT monitors cost $329.99. 

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