1/8 inch stereo line output

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by theovandoesburg, Mar 19, 2004.

  1. theovandoesburg macrumors newbie

    Sep 21, 2003
    New London, CT
    Do Macs have a "1/8 inch stereo line output"? I want to purchase the Monsoon mm-702 speakers, but I only know the im/mm 700s to be compatible with Macs. The requirement for the 702s is this "1/8 inch stereo line output." Does anyone know 702s would work on a Mac or would anyone like to steer me towards a better 2.1 Speaker system?

    On the side, how important is "magnetic shielding"? I am wondering b/c I am also interested in the Creative Labs: iTrigue L3450 speakers, which do not have shielding. :confused:
  2. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

    Jan 6, 2004
    ok first things first, most macs as far as i know have only a 3.5-mm stero headphone jack which is basically standard, i belive, but i could be wrong that the 1/8 inch jacks are the older jacks that are more common on say recievers and studio headphones, however i know that you can find adapters that will allow you to use 1/8 jacks in a 3.5 mm stereo jack so you might want to check that out

    secondly if you want the absolute best for speakers i have heard that Kilipsh is the best...i might be spelling that wrong so sorry, but take a look around on the forums and you will find a couple of other threads on the topic of speakers

    However, if you are on a budget then i would personally reccomend to you Altec Lansing's ATP3 2.1 speakers, they are the best bang for your buck, excellent sound quality for about 50 bucks...

    my best recomendation would to be to go to a store where you can hear different systems next to one another and find the one that you like the best
  3. zimv20 macrumors 601


    Jul 18, 2002
    yeah, that headphone jack is a stereo 1/8" jack
  4. SkudShark macrumors member


    Mar 19, 2004
    While I concur on the ATP3's as being the best bang for the buck under $100, I'd have to say listen to the Klipsch Promedia's and the Logitech series in the same wattage range. The promedia series is getting a run for it's money with the Logitech Z-680's and the 4.1 which escapes my mind for th emodel number, which is bad, cause I own them ;) (400 watt 4.1 THX, Z-580 maybe? Not sure.)

    Side by side, I personally think the Logitech are better, the major factor in this opinion is, that I work at a store that sells both, and the Klipsch break constantly, if not from bad amplifiers, then from the serial controller input on the back for the control box (Volume, bass, etc), the prongs are not soldered in well and the smallest jiggle can start making them pop out of their socket and get stuck in the sub's input, hence no more working speakers, the prong problem I have seen on 5 sets, so far personally, the amplifier problem only on 2, but its been widely acknowledged. Another thing is Logitech's have bananna plugs in the back, you can use better wiring or the plug option for that matter, klipsch has this dinky propriatary cable system.

    Don't get me wrong, they sound great, but the Logitech's are a bit cheaper, and build quality is better in my view. But thats just me, both are great systems. Altec is the best for under $100, the ATP3's have been awesome and been around for about 2-3 years now.

    Hope that helps.

  5. craigdawg macrumors 6502

    Mar 8, 2004
    It would be important if you place the speakers right next to a CRT. The magnets in the drivers will distort the image. I don't think it's an issue with an LCD.

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