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conner954
Mar 10, 2013, 10:44 PM
Hi, I have an iMac and would like to be able to play to a pair of Mackie MR8 Mk2's (http://www.kraftmusic.com/mackie-mr8mk2-monitor-speaker-studio-essentials-bundle.html) and a 12-inch powered Sub (http://www.amazon.com/Polk-Audio-12-Inch-Powered-Subwoofer/dp/B000092TT0/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top). What's the best way to be able to play from my iMac to both? I'm guessing I would need some sort of mixer/amp. What would be the best and most cost effective way to do this? Thanks for the help.



conner954
Mar 12, 2013, 10:08 PM
Anyone? I was also considering buying AudioEngine A5+'s which have the connection to easily go from the speakers to the sub. That's a plus and they're cheaper, however not as nice as the Mackie's. Any thoughts?

spoonie1972
Mar 12, 2013, 10:32 PM
maybe a different approach, but i went with a krk 10s sup to go with my full-range speakers - i set it on a separate on/off monitor switch and did no eq changes to my mains.

i rarely use it (mostly because my mains go down to 41hz, and is that 5-6hz of extra frequency range really worth the trouble of another crossover and balancing act?)- you may find that the crossovers on consumer gear fare quite poorly to even the least expensive of the 'prosumer' market bits like the rokit krk pieces. this thing works despite its pedigree. sadly its' phase options are limited so positioning is critical.

YMMV

conner954
Mar 13, 2013, 07:39 PM
maybe a different approach, but i went with a krk 10s sup to go with my full-range speakers - i set it on a separate on/off monitor switch and did no eq changes to my mains.

i rarely use it (mostly because my mains go down to 41hz, and is that 5-6hz of extra frequency range really worth the trouble of another crossover and balancing act?)- you may find that the crossovers on consumer gear fare quite poorly to even the least expensive of the 'prosumer' market bits like the rokit krk pieces. this thing works despite its pedigree. sadly its' phase options are limited so positioning is critical.

YMMV

I like the KRK's, but the problem is they're really expensive. I like the Polk sub because it has fantastic reviews, is 12 instead of 10 and a good deal cheaper. I want the best system for the money, and feel like I'd be wasting some money with the KRK's, unless they're that much better?

gannonsamuel
Mar 13, 2013, 07:58 PM
tbh the money would probably be better served investing in acoustic treatment for your room

conner954
Mar 13, 2013, 08:05 PM
tbh the money would probably be better served investing in acoustic treatment for your room

How would you go about that? I don't want to do any major renovation or construction...

gannonsamuel
Mar 14, 2013, 09:23 AM
Check out the gearslutz forums, theres a whole section over there on acoustics...

but to put it really simply, you make a wooden frame and fill it with rockwool


It also depends on the size of your room, you may find that, in a smaller room, subs will end up causing more problems then they solve, if you dont spend the money on a sub or treatment you could look at some speakers that can go down to say 40hz or so anyway and you wont need a sub, again, check out the gearslutz forums, there are lots of knowledgeable people on there who can give you great advice

To answer the original question about getting the sound to all speakers...

i'm using a samson c-control http://www.samsontech.com/samson/products/processors/c-class/ccontrol/ which i got second hand for about 50 it has an output that can be configured for a sub.