" A knock-out system, offering high resolution, full, rich harmonics, faithful color and texture, all balanced perfectly with substance and musicality. The M4 clearly has the swagger of a much larger speaker."
"The M4 Monitor is something truly special and not to be missed. Don’t let its proportions fool you, this sealed monitor speaker is compelling and full of range, like few ever have been on the market. Do yourself a favor and experience this monitor"
M4 Full Review Here: https://parttimeaudiophile.com/2018/07/20/review-studio-electric-m4/
Another Great Review Here! : https://www.soundstagehifi.com/index.php/equipment-reviews/1229-studio-electric-m4-loudspeakers
And Here Too! Full Review of the M4
And another : full review here!
Video of M4 monitors in a system at Rocky Mountain Audio Fest:
Comments from M4 owners:
HI Dave - I’ve been meaning to write for a while, but too busy listening to music to get it together :) But seriously - the speakers are marvelous. They have a certain “rightness” — they’re vivid but not exaggerated, and beautifully integrated top to bottom. And the bottom is pretty amazing given the size of the cabinets.
Thanks much. -Michael Lurie
"I was recently wowed by the Dynaudio‘Heritage Special’ in a shop, but then brought my pair of M4 monitors to A/B them . And M4 wins! By a clear margin. In the lower bass area, M4s are tighter and clearer. It was the right decision to go with a sealed box! Also vocals have more presence. All the detail is there as well. Amazing!" - Jessy Kerra
"tMy new M4s are he most musical speakers I have ever owned or heard for that matter. I have owned speakers that cost 3 times as much and they don't compare to your M4 monitors. Very well done! - R. Crews
"The M4' s are solid. I could start by using all of the vernacular used when audiophiles describe audio; you know, timber, richness, texter, etc., but I won't. What I will say, is imagine the M4's as the MMA fighters of audiophile monitors, possessing a litany of skills and styles to do everything necessary to deliver a winning performance. Bass, details, soundstage, dynamics.....yes, it's got it and then some. You can search high and low for the right speaker, spend thousands, but while you're in serch of the perfect speakers, get the M4's and you'll forget why you're on that journey and just enjoy listening to your music" - Kevin Welch
"The M4 speakers are helping me discover every track afresh among so many genres. What a joy. Honestly, I am 100% confident that there really is nothing more (or less) I would want from a standmount speaker. Non-fatiguing balance, dynamic, subtle, believably scaled, just out of the park good… and killer value." - Alex Ross
"THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, for making such wonderful sounding speakers!!! I'm enjoying my own familiar music collection like I'm hearing it the first time, picking up new little sounds I'd never noticed. The resonance of a final guitar strum,or the breath of a singer. I am simply enjoying music so much with my M4speakers." - Michael Simon
My m4s are really sounding musical.... I am very impressed! I thought I would be from the time I heard these at AXPONA a couple of years ago. The voices and guitars are so realistic and natural. Plus, to hear them on the soundstage as they should be makes me smile. You have built some excellent monitors. I am pleased. - Bill Kovach, PhD
Comments from M5 owners:
The M5 speakers have really come into their own…They are here to stay, not going anywhere! … in constant use day in day out. Don’t need a sub, something you can’t say about a (Famous British Brand) I tell everyone about them".
My M5 speakers did not disappoint. An American speaker with some of the best characteristics of the high-end British sound. The M5 does this at an affordable price, great aesthetics and room friendly Yes I am very pleased!
On the fith floor at Capital Audiofest 2019 the big news was the Studio Electric FSX Version 2 speakers and their spectacular metal grills. They sounded even better than they looked - Herb Reichert, Stereophile
"Studio Electric has continued to impress.This new FSX floor standing three-way ($9500 - $11,500) is Big, Bold, and Focused, with alarmingly good transients, honest instrumental bloom, in excellently recreated space."- Greg Weaver, enjoythemusic.com
"Convincingly present and thoroughly righteous sound" (FSX) -Art Dudley,Stereophile
Video with listener comments from Capital Audiofest:
FSX and M4 show report from (a very cool online magazine)
"No longer listening to audio equipment, but instead listening once again to the music."
"Absolute control, regardless of material (FSX), made a deep and most recommendable impression."- Jason Victor Serinus - Stereophile / October 2017
The room where I had the most fun, Studio Electric with the wonderful FS1. A true bargain at $5900 a pair. - Dan Schwartz, Copper Magazine / June 2017
Musical, neutral, and refreshingly even throughout all frequencies. - Jana Dagdagon, Stereophile / June 2017
“No-nonsense engineering and great sound.” - Brent Butterworth, Soundstage Global / June 2017
I have to admit the system was a blast...analytical (in typical studio style) but not dry – just very revealing of recording style and balance." - The Absolute Sound - 2016
*Note: The review pair were branded as Benchmark SMS1. This speaker has been branded as both Studio Electric and Benchmark.
"The space and air around the midrange helps these speakers to tackle even the most complex of arrangements while the allied meaty bass means that they will be a good performer within any genre of music." - theaudiophileman.com - 2016
“About as close to neutral as you can get out of a reasonably priced small loudspeaker. Its compact size makes it easy to place, and it is suitable for many kinds of listening environments. Standout characteristics include vocal clarity and imaging. Bass is pretty darn good as well, especially for an acoustic suspension/6.5-inch driver arrangement”. -- everthingaudionetwork.com - 2016
The sound was tactile, detailed, and inarguably musical. Bass transients were especially well served by these sealed enclosures. Sure, monitor speakers may never be full-frequency monsters, but these showed a confidently lifelike presentation down to its mid-40hz limits. My notes here tell me “somewhere between Audio Note and Harbeth with detail!” - partimeaudiophile.com -2014 (SE Monitors)
"The sound was surprisingly convincing despite the speakers’ small size."
- John Atkinson- Stereophile show report Axpona 2013 (SE monitors)
The Studio Electric Monitor was fantastic….it was outstandingly linear and I was stunned at the dynamic range from a sealed box design. Plus they look great .. I want!
The Benchmark gear was accompanied by a pair of Studio Electric Monitors, whose grilles give them a rather retro art-deco look that was delightful. So was the sound. The speakers look more conventional if you remove the grilles, but you won't want to. The steel mesh is from Germany, and it's the same one used on Neumann microphones. It seems to have no audible effect. The look, and especially the sound, suggests a more expensive speaker.
UHF-Ultimate High Fidelity Magizine
" Studio Electrics succeed in particular is in combining reasonable neutrality with an uncanny ability to convey the dynamic energy and “life”.
Robert Harley -The Absolute Sound
"Hi Dave, I am sitting in my music room, listening to music via our modified Transporter and your T3's and I just wanted to be sure that I took the time to congratulate you on building a FANTASTIC speaker. I put them in, initially to compare them. The clue here is that I haven't unplugged them yet and it has been several weeks. Your speaker is one of only two that I feel have compared favorably to my reference system. But, my reference speakers are over twice the price, easily twice the size, and many times the weight. I have to say that I am VERY fond of the T3's."
Dan Wright, modwright.com
"My favorite room at the Audiofest was om. Dan Wright wassame Studio Electric speakers that Chris rooms where people tended to sit for long periods.
"LessLoss is participating in a local high end audio show in mid-November, and need speakers for the show. I really love your T3 speaker and want to show with it."
- Louis Motek www.lessloss.com
"Studio Electric brought something extraordinarily special to this years show (CES Las Vegas)… this remarkable looking and sounding system offered considerably more character and heart than most others…The music absolutely conquered the room like a command performance. I sat rapt for well over three quarters of an hour as David MacPherson (system designer) played his own recordings of Rachmaninoff, Beethoven, and Brahms. My time in front of this system was one of the most enjoyable listening experiences I have had at any show in recent memory."
Greg Weaver - Positive Feedback
"Now...seeing them in person really made me smile. These are really impressive sounding speakers.
Well done STUDIO ELECTRIC!"
Steven R. Rochlin- Enjoy the Music