Could someone explain the difference betweent the apple pro speakers?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Maxwell Smart, Dec 18, 2006.

  1. Maxwell Smart macrumors 6502a

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    Hi, I want to buy a pair of apple pro speakers for a second set up of mine because I really like the look. I would be using them with a powerbook G4. Now, I know they came in a minijack version that only works in certain G4s, but my question is that I recently have come across ones with a USB connector:

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    Would this work with any USB based mac? or is it limited to the cube etc. Thanks for the help.
     
  2. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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    They will work with any USB Mac, but they won't produce quite as much volume as they would on a Cube.

    The other version of these speakers, which came with the G4 iMac, are really only superficially similar. The jack on those speakers isn't standard. AFAIK, they can't be used on any other Mac.
     
  3. Maxwell Smart thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=58676/

    I think IJ Reilly is correct, they will just be under powered.
     
  5. Maxwell Smart thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Awesome, now I can pick up a pair, thanks guys :)
     
  6. skunk macrumors G4

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    They can if you bypass the chip which forms a yoke on the leads. It's a 2.5mm jack, for which you can get a £2 2.5-3.5mm adaptor. I've got a spare, if anyone's interested...
     
  7. Maxwell Smart thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    But then I believe you need power, which is one of the reasons why Griffin's iFire is so expensive..haha
     
  8. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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    I think IJ Reilly is correct too, since he owns a pair of these speakers and has plugged them into another Mac on several occasions. :)

    Now, that's interesting. You've tried this?
     
  9. skunk macrumors G4

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    I never got quite that far, but I read up on it extensively in preparation.
     
  10. Joony macrumors regular

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    Sounds just like a iFire, except USB and digital audio...Wonder if the chips inside them are the same.
     
  11. skunk macrumors G4

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    I've checked again: the modification requires removing the little junction with the apple on it and replacing the wiring with a *normal* stereo Y connector. The Apple junction actually contains a chip that acts as a gateway. If the expected signal is not received by the gateway chip, the audio signal is not allowed to pass through to the speakers.
     

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