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MacMuttonchops
Oct 27, 2008, 09:09 PM
Hello all,

I'm looking to replace my current failing speakers and I'm thinking of getting the old Apple Pro Speakers (with that fancy connector) or the USB ones that came with the G4 Cube.

Griffin had their PowerWave thing a while ago that could amplify the USB speakers because the USB port didn't have enough juice to power the speakers like it did on the Cube. My question is, does anyone know of an alternative USB amplifier that could get the job done? Or a way to convert the Apple Pro Speakers into a usable form? I have the unibody MacBook, is this even an issue anymore, or are the USB ports the same power as the Cube's?

Thanks for the help!



localoid
Oct 27, 2008, 09:34 PM
How to use Apple Pro Speakers as normal stereo speakers (http://www.applefritter.com/node/3904) (from Applefritter's hardware hacks section).

MacMuttonchops
Oct 27, 2008, 10:00 PM
How to use Apple Pro Speakers as normal stereo speakers (http://www.applefritter.com/node/3904) (from Applefritter's hardware hacks section).

Anything ideas less...intrusive?

localoid
Oct 27, 2008, 10:17 PM
Anything ideas less...intrusive?

Apple Pro Speakers are old, obsolete tech that used an Apple proprietary interface. I'd suggest buying a pair of powered speakers (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Powered_speakers) if you want to avoid hacking or searching for old products (iFire, etc.) that support the Apple Pro Speakers. There a hundreds of models to choose from in a very wide price range.

MacMuttonchops
Oct 27, 2008, 10:23 PM
Apple Pro Speakers are old, obsolete tech that used an Apple proprietary interface. I'd suggest buying a pair of powered speakers (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Powered_speakers) if you want to avoid hacking or searching for old products (iFire, etc.) that support the Apple Pro Speakers. There a hundreds of models to choose from in a very wide price range.

Yeah that's why I'd prefer the G4 Cube speakers that ran off of USB.

macbilzi
Dec 10, 2008, 11:18 AM
The first speakers you suggested are apple pro and are apple minispeaker tipped, hence the different connector. tey will only work with that input jack output jack, mostly now obsolete.
Apple USB speakers from the old Cube, complete with a plug for 'phones, work fine on macbooks and other newer Apple units when you select them in the Sound Preference Pane's output tab.

Steve Bilzi
Sr. Tech
Bilzi Consulting
Wilmington, NC