3 Of The Best Studio Monitors Under 100 – Which One To Get?

Updated: January 25, 2020 by Richard Cole

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Recording at home on a budget. That sentence is enough for some people to roll their eyes and look the other way. Whether this is possible or not depends on the people you ask. Some will tell you that there is no way you will have the kind of sonic fidelity you need with a tight budget.

Others will tell you that it is possible, and that you can get the necessary performance out of equipment that doesn’t cost much at all. One of the main points of conflict when it comes to budget home studios are monitor speakers.

Purists are convinced that you just cant have good enough monitors under $100. We think this is not true. What is true is that you won’t have access to certain features that are great to have when producing music, and the definition of the sound won’t be the best ever.

However you definitely can use these affordable monitors to create good quality music. We came across these three models in our search for the best studio monitors under 100 Dollars.

Check them out ! You might be surprised

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Mackie CR Series CR3

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When it comes to affordable audio gear, Mackie is definitely a brand you can count on to deliver quality performance that doesn’t break the bank. Their CR3 monitors are one of the best sellers in their respective category.

Mackie tried to create a set of monitors that focus on giving you the core experience that you need for music production. Everything else comes in the second place.



Mackie CR3 is are two way monitors that sport a single 3-inch polypropylene coated woofer and a .75-inch fero fluid cooled silk dome tweeter on top. The cabinets are made of wood, and feature a very appealing design in terms of colors and finish. Overall Mackie CR3 is a clean looking set of monitors that will fit in just about any setup appearance wise.

On the back of the main speaker, you will find your I/O panel and sound port. Inputs come in form of L/R unbalanced TRS, unbalanced RCA and passive speaker connections on the right side.

There’s a switch that allows you to choose the position of the powered speaker and a power switch bellow. The volume knob and headphones aux is located on the front side of the powered speaker.

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Mackie CR3 have a pretty decent frequency range that goes from 80Hz to 20kHz. The highs and mids are very clean and defined. The sonic accuracy these monitors offer is pretty decent until you reach the lower end of the frequency range.

They lack the low end definition, although that doesn’t become apparent until you really step deep into the bass spectrum. The sweet spot is very defined and rather small so you need to position them in a way that allows you to stay in this small area while you work.

Alesis Elevate 3 Studio Monitor

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Alesis has a very decent offer when it comes to affordable monitor speakers. Their Elevate 3 series comes with some features that you rarely see in this price range. The speakers themselves look pretty decent and sport a very clean design.

Alesis Elevate 3 are a great alternative for those who want an all black set of monitors that fit well aesthetically with just about any environment.



The transducer configuration Alesis chose for this model is a single 1-inch tweeter and a single 3-inch mid-range driver. The tweeter sits in a small waveguide that definitely helps a bit when it comes to forming a decent sweet spot. The front panel of the powered speaker is where you will find the volume knob and your headphones out. The cabinets are made of wood and sport a decent glossy finish.

The back panel is pretty basic. You have your RCA input, a 1/8-inch stereo/sub out, a bass boost switch, power input, and a line out for the passive speaker. There’s no power button on the back, rather the volume knob found on the front panel acts like a power switch as well.

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Alesis Elevate 3 have a frequency range that goes from 80Hz to 20kHz. As you can probably imagine, the lower end of the frequency range isn’t all that great seeing how you have 3-inch mid range drivers tasked with covering the bass. However, it’s not that bad either.

The mids and trebles have enough clarity and definition to expose subtle details in your mix, while delivering accurate reproduction of what’s going on.

These monitors require a burn-in period once you take them out of the box. If you were to start using them right away, they would sound awful to say the least. After you properly burn them in, you will be treated with a very nicely balanced performance.

Samson MediaOne BT3


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Samson makes some of the best affordable microphones on the market. They also have a decent series of monitor models that offer a great experience for not a lot of money.

One such model is the MediaOne BT3. These monitors are very versatile, and can serve as general listening speakers as well.



The core of these two way monitors are the 1-inch silk dome tweeter placed on top of a 3-inch copolymer woofer. These come with fine metal grills that protect the transducers and improve the overall appearance of the cabinets. Speaking of which, the cabinets are made of wood and have precision tuned ports.

MediaOne BT3 come with Bluetooth support which allows you to pair them with your mobile devices more easily. The front panel is where you can find your headphone sand aux out ports, along with the volume knob. On the back panel you will find RCA ports, a button that activates Bluetooth, power button and line out for the passive speaker

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Samson MediaOne BT3 offer a fairly decent performance. The response is pretty linear throughout the range as they claim on the box. Highs and mids are clinically accurate to a point, while the lows are decent for something that is coming out of 3-inch transducer.

Samson MediaOne BT3 are a bit cheaper than our previous two models, but the performance is fairly similar.


These three models are among the best studio monitors under 100 dollars at the moment. Each one will give you a decent performance necessary for producing music at home.

You will have some trouble with the low end of the spectrum, but that is the nature of just about any speaker with sub 5-inch bass transducers.

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4 thoughts on “3 Of The Best Studio Monitors Under 100 – Which One To Get?”

  1. Finally someone puts the Alesis Elevate 3 on a list without spewing crap about their quality. These monitors rock, pure and simple. I’ve used them for years both at home and at work. Under 100 bucks and pushing it flat is a winning combo. I might get another pair just bcs my main set got shot to hell in an accident.

  2. Whenever I read bluetooth and studio monitors in one sentence, I feel a need to throw up. What

    kind of fucking producer would bluetooth his monitors to a computer!?

  3. Lol, boy it sure sucks when you have to limit yourself to 100 bucks monitors. Been there done that. If I had to choose between all of these, I’d probably take those Mackies. Everything else on the list is pretty much shit tier. Then again, everything under a 100 is going to suck anyway. Save maoney for good gear ppl. It’s worth it.

  4. Those Mackies are great, but holy fuck can they be a hit or miss. I got mine at the same time my friend also bought his pair. The difference was maybe several days. Mine are fine and still kicking, but his are blown. Didn’t even last two months. Idk, I probably wouldn’t get them again but that’s because I’m just pissed about my buddys set.

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