Altec Lansing USB speakers have less output than my Power Book

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by lbwhou, Sep 16, 2005.

  1. lbwhou macrumors newbie

    Aug 5, 2005
    I recently purchased Altec Lansing XT1 USB powered speakers (no other electrical input needed) to use with my laptop during presentations. The speakers look great and are very portable because of their small size. Unfortunately, they produce less sound than my 12" G4 1.33 Power Book does by itself. The diminished output renders them fairly useless.

    Did I goof on the purchase of USB powered speakers, or does anyone know if there is some way to get more sound out of them?

    Thanks in advance.
  2. yellow Moderator emeritus


    Oct 21, 2003
    Portland, OR
    IMO, the USB power output on laptops (powerbooks specifically, because that what I have the most experience with) is simply worthless. So your USB powered speakers barely work because (I'm guessing) they don't get enough power. The solution? MAYBE a powered USB hub will work, but I don't think so. Otherwise, take 'em back. Maybe someone else will have another idea.
  3. VanMac macrumors 6502a


    May 26, 2005
    Rampaging Tokyo
    Return them.

    If you are doing presentations, you should likely have access to some AC. Buy some powered ones.

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