The Samson MediaOne BT3 Active Studio Monitors promise wireless “studio-quality audio”. With a RRP of just over £100 this sounds too good to be true. And it is. If you replace the “studio-quality audio” in the marketing copy with “really rather good audio” then you get a closer representation of what the BT3 offer – something bourn out by the pricing of Samson’s actual studio-quality monitors on their website.
However, if you’re dabbling at the entry level of the music production pool, and want a versatile set of monitors that work with gaming, music, sound design and more then the MediaOne BT3 Active Studio Monitors are a great all rounder.
At 15 watts per channel RMS and 30 watts per channel peak of full-range audio, the Samson MediaOne BT3s are powerful enough to get the point across, without being obnoxious. Sounds is flat, stripped down and unadulterated – far more so than a regular pair of speakers in this price range, and excellent for editing audio and such.
Bluetooth is a lossy signal transmission medium but the Bt3s also come with RCA and 3.5mm inputs. Bluetooth is more of a fun optional extra for these – being able to playback something quickly off a phone or a tablet. If you’re doing serious work I imagine you’ll use the proper inputs. There’s also a 3.5 mm headphone output so you can quickly get a range of perspectives on your sound.
The marketing copy gets a tiny bit carried away – these are not professional grade speakers but for speakers to hook up in front of your computer these are excellent.
MediaOne BT3 Active Studio Monitors – RRP £101.99 from Samson