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Edirol MA-15D


Product Shot 1 The Pros:Sub-woofer output. Many input options (2 analog, 2 digital). Two independent source inputs with dedicated volume control.

The Cons:Slightly directional. Cabinet / protective grill can resonate slightly at lower-mid frequencies. Lacking in lower-end bass.

The Edirol MA-15D stereo multimedia speakers are designed for accurate sound reproduction, especially when used as studio monitors. Designed to be used as monitors, the MA-15D are will more accurately reproduce sound with little coloration, as opposed to many multimedia speakers that have a frequency response tuned to please the listener.

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Product Shot 2 Retailing for around $179 (MSRP $220), these powered speakers deliver 15 Watts of power per channel, and have a multitude of input options. There are two independent input source channels with 4 input options including: 1) 1/8" stereo analog, 2) RCA stereo analog, 3) digital coaxial, and 4) digital S/PDIF optical.


  • 4" mid-range driver, 1" tweeter, 2 tuned bass ports
  • power: 15 Watts RMS / channel
  • inputs: 1 x RCA, 1 x 1/8" stereo, 1 x optical, 1 x coaxial
  • magnetically shielded
  • 1/4" headphone output
  • bass enhancer circuit that can be turned on or off
  • controls (on front): volume (line 1, line 2), treble, bass
  • sub-woofer output


User Reviews (29)

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    Sub-woofer output

  • 9

    Many input options (2 analog, 2 digital)

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    Two independent source inputs with dedicated volume control

  • 9

    Headphone output

  • 7

    Optical S/PDIF input reduces the chance of any noise introduced by your computer

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    Includes a bass enhancer circuit with toggle

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    Concise, accurate sound quality

  • 4

    Slightly directional

  • 3

    Cabinet / protective grill can resonate slightly at lower-mid frequencies

  • 2

    Lacking in lower-end bass

  • 1

    Not accurate to call these "reference speakers"

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    Requires you use an EQ to get music to sound "right" - boost the bass, and highs

  • -2

    SPDIF input chokes on 5.1 encoded signals

  • -3

    Can't be turned up very loud

Comments (12)

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Tom: #edirol_ma_15d Has anyone here connected up the suboutput? Would obviously need to be a powered sub with a volume control but what would be the cross-over frequency? Any preferred sub?
Also, I cannot find any tech specs on google - frequency response graph, signal/noise ratio.
Thanks, Tom Oct 1, 12
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Anonymous: #edirol_ma_15d Question: Do these work as speakers for a wireless microphone? I will be using them to speak to a crowd of 100 in a restaurant - hooked up to wireless mic Aug 17, 11
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Steve Kim: #edirol_ma_15d Question: Do these work as speakers for a wireless microphone? I will be using them to speak to a crowd of 100 in a restaurant - hooked up to wireless mic. Aug 17, 11
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    Anonymous: Question: Do these work as speakers for a wireless microphone? I will be using them to speak to a crowd of 100 in a restaurant - hooked up to wireless mic Aug 17, 11

rudy: #edirol_ma_15d the spdif chokes because you need to do a ton of stuff to set it up. something about passthrough... something... i forget. took some googling though. Apr 25, 11
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flappskin: #edirol_ma_15d I am by no means a professional musician, or engineer, but I do care about sound quality. For a musician on a budget, trying to record at home, the Edirol MA-15D is a pretty good choice for monitors. Not pro quality, but only a fraction of the price.

I've seen a lot of bad reviews for these things lately. And they pretty much all say the same things. The bass is not strong enough. Then you aren't looking for monitors. You don't need booming bass for reference. People apparently think the idea of an EQ on them is a joke. First off, if you are using both inputs, as I am, this can be very practicle. Secondly, what's wrong with using an EQ to find the sweet spot? As long as you know your setup, and how it will sound, there's nothing wrong. If it's setup the same every time, then you can use it for reference. It's all about knowing how it will sound on other systems.

I've heard it said that if it sounds good on NS10's, it'll sound good on anything. That isn't exactly a gleaming recommendation for their sound. It's like saying, you have to work really hard to make it sound good, but then it'll sound great on anything.

It may not be accurate to refer to these as 'reference monitors', but it's also not fair to compare them to monitors costing thousands of dollars. They may not be the BEST thing around for reference, but the price can't be beat. If you're planning on building a professional recording studio, these are definetly not the way to go. But if you're just recording at home, and need some decent speakers for it, these aren't bad. Mar 25, 09
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triplefox: #edirol_ma_15d I got these today and am so far very pleased. They are a definite upgrade from consumer speakers, which color and bias too many frequencies. Having options to tune and adjust frequencies and bass response is a great convenience for a mixdown - if you're doing things the right way, you try a lot of settings and get the mix to work at all of them.

The bass won't get super heavy for parties, but if one really needs that, subwoofer output is included.

I also don't doubt that more accurate/detailed options exist: But detail isn't really helpful for production purposes if your final master is going to cheap stereos, PA systems and headphones. Sep 16, 08
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sebchorney: #edirol_ma_15d Hey Erik, that is quite a bit of boost on that EQ ;-)

I have a pair of Yamaha NS-10s and Genelec 8050s, which I would recommend you consider for your next set of monitors, especially if you find yours to be flat and tinny without EQ. (they should sound GREAT without any EQ at all)

Incidentally, since the NS-10s and Genelecs are used in so many recording/mix studios these days, listening to music on them is like "recalibrating" your ears: you're probably hearing the song EXACTLY as the studio engineer heard it on the day they mixed it.

BTW are you using the digital or analog inputs? Sep 5, 08
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Erik: #edirol_ma_15d Here is how I have my EQ setup in Winamp to get the best sound out of these speakers:


I listen mostly to Indie rock (think Arcade Fire, Modest Mouse). With the EQ off, the speakers sound very flat, and tinny. Sep 4, 08
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Erik: #edirol_ma_15d I finally made a decision about my new computer/monitor speakers and I got these. It basically came down to price, quality and the number of input options available. It was either these or the M-Audio Studiophile AV40s. So far I am very pleased.

I have them hooked up to SPDIF digital optical out. At first I was having problems with the signal, then I realized that these speakers are finnicky about 5.1 digital signal vs. stereo digital. I changed the output to stereo and the sound came through crystal clear.

The bass enhancer toggle is useful for everyday listening and there are actually two levels of bass. I prefer the medium setting.

The front 1/4" headphone jack is convenient and the sound on my Sennheiser HD 280s is amazing. No signal noise whatsoever, just pure sound.

Recommend. Nov 5, 07
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sebchorney: #edirol_ma_15d To avoid any confusion on the part of your readers, I think it's worth pointing out that these are truly NOT "reference speakers". Even the Edirol website calls them "High Performance Desktop Monitors".

The Edirols may be competent speakers for gaming, or other light audio or video editing, but it's definitely inaccurate to call them "reference monitors" in the same product category as the Genelec 1031, for instance, on which a great number of studio albums of the last 10 years have been mixed, and which you'll readily see in most every professional recording studio today.

By the way, the Yamaha MSP5's are a great value in this category and their sound is quite acceptable. Oct 27, 07
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Discwog: #edirol_ma_15d I bought these to use in a small conference room to play audio from a laptop and/or mp3 player. They sound great and do a great job filling the room with sound. The input options are plentiful! Oct 22, 07
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Erik: #edirol_ma_15d I'm drooling over these. I love having a ton of input connections, and I love that these have both optical and coaxial inputs. Most standard sound cards have digital out, so you can guarantee that your sound is as clean as possible by doing the D/A conversion in the speaker instead of the electrically-noisy environment inside your computer.

If you're doing any audio recording or video editing on your PC, I would suggest you consider these speakers. Not too expensive, and the multitude of connectivity options including a headphone output will keep you happy. Oct 18, 07
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