View Full Version : HELP PLease - Apple Mac - IPOD - Speaker set up

Aug 1, 2004, 09:43 PM
Is there a way to hook up a Mac desktop, laptop and/or IPOD to bookshelf size speakers (these are high end) and even surround mini speakers? These speakers do not have their own amp built in.

I am not technical enough to know how to do this without help.

I want to get a new Mac for my girlfrined and I found these very cool bookshelf size speakers I wanted to hook the mac up to for incredible sound.

What do I need to do to make this happen?
Do I need an amp as well?
Do I need special cables?

The main speakers have the following specs

2 Ways Bassreflex, Not shielded
Recommended amp 20-75 watts
Peak Power 150 Watts
Impedance 4 Ohms
Efficiency 88db
Frequency Response 70Hz - 20 Khz

Thanks for the help.

Aug 1, 2004, 10:09 PM
well you could use this ProSpeaker Breakout Cable (http://www.griffintechnology.com/products/prospeaker_breakout/) to connect to the iFire (http://www.griffintechnology.com/products/ifire/) so that you get an amp and can connect it to any mac

Aug 1, 2004, 11:42 PM
What are you using to power the speakers right now?

Aug 2, 2004, 12:47 AM
Nothing yet.

I read somewhere that newer Macs have an amp inside that can be used and I saw the device the other poster suggested which looks like it could solve the

So how does one make this happen with an IPOD or a laptop?

Aug 2, 2004, 06:15 AM


EDIT: that ProSpeaker Breakout Cable is probably what you need though...
Macs have the same "amplification" that any PC soundcard would have. Or CD player. As does the iPod.