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Old Jun 30, 2007, 03:19 PM   #1
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speakers for macbook

Is it possible to hook up external speakers for the MacBook? If so, what do people recommend?

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Old Jun 30, 2007, 03:25 PM   #2
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Just plug them into the headphone socket. Almost anything is better than the stock speakers.
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Old Jun 30, 2007, 03:37 PM   #3
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Just plug them into the headphone socket. Almost anything is better than the stock speakers.

So would the JBL Creature II 2.1 speakers that apple sell be a good purchase? I want them for watching movies and listening to music (not gaming)
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Old Jun 30, 2007, 03:44 PM   #4
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They should sound great. My headphones when left on the desk sound better than the built in speakers.
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Old Jun 30, 2007, 03:52 PM   #5
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The Creatures aren't anything special. In fact, you'll never get anything particularly decent when it comes to 2.1 speakers. If style is what you want though, I recommend the Sound Sticks. They're the best that I've heard around that price range...
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Old Jul 2, 2007, 04:41 AM   #6
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If your on a budget check out the logitech X210, 20 at the moment online (amazon) and instore at staples. Amazing little things for the price
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Remember that until Apple releases a patch/fix for OS X 10.4.10, they will pop every few seconds when connected to the laptop, which is very irritating after a while...
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Old Jul 2, 2007, 06:23 AM   #8
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I can recommend the speakers from Audioengine. They are a bit more expensive but they are exceptional. I had a few problems when I got them delivered but the customer service was excellent and I am now very happy with them.
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Old Jul 2, 2007, 06:46 AM   #9
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I'd recomend these fantastic laCie Firewire speakers, awsome!! they plug into your FireWire port and not the headphone jack and look fantastic next to a MacBook!
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Old Jul 2, 2007, 10:22 AM   #10
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altec lansing has the best speakers hands down...if you can find some of those with some subs then you're in business...I picked up a brand new set for $1 (had some coupons, but they were marked down to $25) at office depot yesterday...their bass and quality are always superb IMO
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Old Jul 2, 2007, 10:33 AM   #11
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Don't know why my post didn't go through before.....

Do not use the Macbook's headphone jack as if it were a real line out. The sound quality will suffer. Get a Griffin iMic if you want to stick with cheaper speakers.

http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/iMic/
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Old Jul 2, 2007, 12:48 PM   #12
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So would the JBL Creature II 2.1 speakers that apple sell be a good purchase? I want them for watching movies and listening to music (not gaming)
John: I just went through the exact same thing last month, and ended up getting a white pair of brand new JBL Creature 2's from Buy.com for $35 ($45 - $10 Google Checkout coupon + free Budget shipping). I had them in 4 days and couldn't be happier. Yes, there are much better sounding speakers out there than this (maybe the SoundSticks?), but they also cost 3 times as much, or even more.

I've mainly used the Creatures for listening to iTunes music/radio/podcasts and they sound great. Sure, the mid-range is a little lacking, but at the Buy.com price, you are essentially getting a $100 speaker system for a third of the price.

IMHO, it all works best with the sub-woofer on the floor, while keeping the small satellites on your desk. Plus, they look really good with the white MacBook I have.

I also hooked them up to my HDTV, and was very impressed. The only downside is that they aren't remote-controlled for the volume......otherwise I'd be buying another set!

To sum up, the first time my girlfriend heard them, she got straight on my Mac and ordered the Aluminum-coloured ones for her HP desktop.

Give them a try. I don't think you'll regret it.

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Old Jul 2, 2007, 01:25 PM   #13
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Creature speakers sound very good, and they add a bit of style to your desk. I would say that they are probably the best speakers one can get for the money, as they can be found cheap if you shop around a bit. Of course, there are many better speakers out there, but you'd have to go over $100 to get them, which just isn't worth it for most people (creatures can be found for about $50 online).
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I think your Mac would sound great with a pair of Altec lansing speakers only buy the best for your Mac.
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