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Old Jul 4, 2013, 03:45 PM   #26
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I have the external output going to an old Rotel receiver which drives a pair of NHT Super Zeros. It's good enough!
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Old Jul 4, 2013, 04:06 PM   #27
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I use the built in speakers in my iMac. Although lacking in bass, which isn't surprising due to the thinness, the overall sound quality is really rather good, and fine for me.

If however I do want to get some bass in my music. I Airplay my music from my iMac and through my Apple TV. My Apple TV is connected to a Soundbar (which contains a sub woofer) and this gives me hifi quality sound.
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Old Sep 10, 2013, 03:34 AM   #28
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Best speaker for iMac

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These days, there are lots high quality options for desktop speakers that are geared toward the audiophile crowd. I would love to use some great speakers with the iMac, but I kind of feel that external speakers defeats the purpose of the all-in-one machine.

Is it common for iMac users to run separate speakers?

What are some high-end speakers you guys are running with your Macs?

Hi,

There is a very nice bluetooth speaker on Amazon---Indierocker
It's pretty cool, APTX = CD quality
Portable size and long time for music playback
Bluetooth 4.0 to support all phones, tablet, pc etc.

Just click http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00E084XRO
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Old Sep 10, 2013, 06:31 AM   #29
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I use the Altec Lansing FX6021 set in combination with my iMac.
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Old Sep 10, 2013, 01:53 PM   #30
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Soundsticks.

Awesome...
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Old Sep 13, 2013, 08:34 AM   #31
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I have used: the JBL Creature III: www.amzn.com/B002TLSTGA

Harman Kardon Soundsticks III: www.amzn.com/B0042F3K9W

B&W MM-1: http://store.apple.com/us/product/TX...-mm-1-speakers

The Creature and Soundsticks are 2.1 systems with a sub, The MM-1 are two-way stereo speakers.

Advantages of the Creature III include relatively low cost, relatively good sound, small visual and physical profile.

The Soundsticks are more expensive than the Creature III, but sound better. The vertical speakers have a small desk footprint and visually blend well with most decor. They were designed by Jonathan Ive who was lead designer on the iPod, iPad, iPhone, iMac, etc.

The B&W MM-1s don't have the bass of 2.1 systems, but better stereo imaging.

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Old Sep 13, 2013, 09:28 AM   #32
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M-Audio Studiophile AV40 (the older version, with the bass switch).
You'll find plenty of reviews on the net.

A bit bulky if you put them on the desktop. But, as others do with their choices, you can hang them on an Airport Express, and use them elsewhere in the house, moving them around as you like.

Besides that, an AppleTV connected to a Home Cinema System.

Plenty of choice; regarding my iMac, I do remember at the time I bought it, the different models also had different specs for the in-built speakers ... and I bought the more powerfull ones. More than enough in the room I use as an office ... the AV40 got into the house to get more "bass" when watching movies.
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Old Sep 13, 2013, 11:23 AM   #33
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These days, there are lots high quality options for desktop speakers that are geared toward the audiophile crowd. I would love to use some great speakers with the iMac, but I kind of feel that external speakers defeats the purpose of the all-in-one machine.

Is it common for iMac users to run separate speakers?

What are some high-end speakers you guys are running with your Macs?
I use a pair of Creative T20 speakers.
http://www.trustedreviews.com/Creati...ipheral_review

The built in speakers in my 27" iMac are excellent on their own. I use the Creatives because I happened to have them from a previous setup.
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Old Sep 13, 2013, 11:29 AM   #34
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No speakers hooked up to my iMac though I do have a nice iHome Airplay speaker that I sometime use from my iMac.

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Though mine is black.
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Old Sep 14, 2013, 11:03 PM   #35
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I use Harman/Kardon Soundsticks II with my iMac. I've had them for seven years and I absolutely love them. Very cool looking and great sound for the price!
I'll second that!
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Old Sep 15, 2013, 09:02 PM   #36
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I use KRK Rokit5 speakers with my iMac.

The built in speakers can't handle some of the instruments I record (bass guitar, synth, etc).
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Old Sep 16, 2013, 01:28 PM   #38
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I use a pair of Yamaha MSP7 monitors with an RME Fireface 800.

What a very strange thread. Everyone has different audio quality needs.
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Old Sep 16, 2013, 01:34 PM   #39
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HK Soundsticks III too

The sound was really the only disappointment unboxing and setting up my iMac, so much that I was online within a hour and ordered these (the old black Logitech speakers I had next to a Dell monitor just wouldn't have looked right )
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I had a set of JBL Creatures that did a nice job for a while. That was until my daughter (3-years-old at the time) discovered there was nothing protecting the speaker face so she poked holes in them with her fingers.

Next I moved on to some JBL Duet Speakers since I had been happy with the brand. These sounded nice, but had this very annoying flaw. They would essentially turn themselves off during pauses or during very quiet parts of sounds. At first I thought it was a defect, but found out is was actually considered an "energy saving feature". They were too troublesome so I ditched them.

For now I am sans speakers and just use the ones built into my iMac.
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