New Imac Bass Problem -- What's your solution?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by smoking monkey, Dec 4, 2012.

  1. macrumors 6502a

    smoking monkey

    Mar 5, 2008
    I do watch a lot of movies and TV shows on my iMac so the loss of bass is a bit of a problem with the new machine (when I actually get it!). I was wondering what everybody was going to do about this?

    Should I get an external speaker system or should I just go for something like this?

    The price seems okay. 100 bucks is about the most I'd want to pay for speakers.
  2. macrumors regular

    Jun 18, 2012
    The reviews I've read so far actually said that the sound was improved, I wouldn't buy anything before I tested the imac at home.
  3. macrumors 68000

    Dec 8, 2009
    Sydney, Australia
    My iMac is plugged into my Yamaha amp though the optical out. My sub solves any bass issues lol.
  4. macrumors newbie

    Nov 15, 2012
    BassJump 2 looks like a good solution. Would love to hear 1st hand user impressions.
  5. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 3, 2009
    My issue with the BassJump thing is that I'll always have its software running in the background on my computer. It's not an issue most of the time, but when I start a long render, I want all the CPU cycles to go to the task at hand, and I don't want to have to kill and restart the process.

    I think it's important to just get the iMac and test it out first, though.
  6. macrumors regular

    Jul 20, 2011
    you can get far better 2.1 systems for that price range... try with edifier s330d!
  7. macrumors 601

    Jun 29, 2010
    Ditto, not yet but will eventually have it hooked up to my onkyo 7.1 system:p
  8. thread starter macrumors 6502a

    smoking monkey

    Mar 5, 2008
    Thanks. I checked that out, but just too big for me. I don't really have room on my desk or around it to put speakers.

    That's why the bass jump 2 seemed like a good idea. But I'll keep looking around and wait until I actually get the machine and test it out.
  9. macrumors regular


    Mar 19, 2012
    PERTH, Australia
    If you are a music person can't imagine would consider using any internal speaker setup.

    Regardless how good or bad the speaker may be. How could you not want a decent set of external speakers with a nice sub.

    Digital out put to them.

    Defiantly go external.

    Logitech Z5500 Awesome speakers you will never go back

    other wise less room go for logitech 623,
    just single pair with sub small foot print.

    worth he space it takes though
  10. macrumors 68040


    Aug 6, 2007
    I agree totally.
  11. macrumors 68000


    Feb 11, 2009
    I dont mind mediocre sound. But I hope the 27" will have a bit better bass and sound than the 21.5"....would make sense, since its a bigger device.
  12. macrumors 6502a

    Feb 27, 2010
    Same here. Yamaha RX-A810. Got a nice fat Outlaw 12" sub and some Energy V-minis setup in 5.1 that the iMac is connected to. Don't think I've ever used the internal speakers at all on my 2011 iMac.
  13. macrumors 68020


    Nov 5, 2009
    I never knew imac had bass to begin with.

    I wouldn't get any 'sub' unit for it. Just get a nice pair of 2.0 speakers. Entry level 2.1 speakers sound very bad for their price.
  14. macrumors 6502

    Nov 12, 2012
    iMac's speakers were always pretty nice on mids and trebles reproduction. and lets not forget about the lack of desk space many of us are experiencing.
    some mid-level woofer like that BassJump would be pretty good addition to already nice iMac's speakers. lets hope they'll produce a model for iMac specially.
  15. macrumors 6502a


    Dec 25, 2010
    New Jersey
    I like these speakers a lot. I already pay a premium my computers, why not for the sound too?

    Bose Companion 5

    Hopefully I don't get flogged for liking Bose lol!
  16. macrumors 6502a

    Oct 5, 2011
    Southern California
    A 2.1 system is what i'm using. I have an old Logitech one that's THX-cert'd i think. Simple and solid sound. Been about 7yrs running, no issues.
  17. macrumors 68020


    Jun 18, 2009
    FEMA Region VIII
    If desk space is an issue, then I'd take a close look at wireless RF headphones.
  18. apedance, Dec 5, 2012
    Last edited: Dec 5, 2012

    macrumors member

    Sep 1, 2012
    Good stereo speakers with impressive bass.

    99€ -> 129,6801 US-Dollar


    They also offer good 2.1 systems with subwoofer.

    You won't be disappointed. Impressive speakers for affordable money! (I use 3 different Teufel systems)

    BEST price-performance ratio i've every experienced.

    Logitech, bose - never again.

    They sell their products on eBay as well.
  19. macrumors 68020


    Nov 5, 2009

    They have nice mids and treble as in at least they can produce some mids and treble. Let's not forget they're just glorified laptop tweeters thrown into a larger chassis.

    There are small space saving 2.0 speakers out there like the Audio-Engine A2. I'm sure there's some cheaper too. For what it's worth, all the lesser 2.1 systems and cheap bass boxes with their 3 inch woofers sound like mud.

    I personally use headphones (hifiman he-400) when at the computer and I need a good audio source. Headphones are a great option for good audio while at the computer as well, if the op wants to go that direction.
  20. macrumors newbie

    Nov 21, 2012
    Is there a wireless solution because to me an AIO means no desktop clutter.
  21. macrumors regular

    Jun 18, 2012
    Teufel sounds really good, my brother has one of their surround systems. But they only ship within the EU.
  22. macrumors 6502a


    Mar 10, 2010
    Toronto, Canada
    I purchased a BassJump 2 based on its looks, small size and previous satisfaction with Twelve South products. It is expensive for what it is, welcome to the world of iMac.
  23. macrumors 601


    Mar 18, 2008
    California, United States
    Another thumbs up for the BassJump 2 here. I've had the first BassJump and liked it very much. If you want the most minimal 2.1 setup with the tiniest footprint and the best design to match an iMac, this is it in my opinion. One USB cable and your done.

    I think it only has a 4" driver so just don't expect to shake your room with this thing. I don't think the iMac has a built in subwoofer (certainly not the 2012 model!) like the Thundberbolt Display has so this will just round out the sound better with additional low end so your iMac doesn't sound tinny. And that's a good thing.

    Of course if your looking to feel the bass in your seat, then you might want to check other, more powerful options.
  24. thread starter macrumors 6502a

    smoking monkey

    Mar 5, 2008


    Thanks for the confirmation and insight. This is exactly the type of thing I'm looking for. Tiny footprint, similar imac design and just a bit more oomph.

    I will wait until I get my mac but I think this will do the job.
  25. macrumors regular


    Mar 27, 2012
    " New Imac Bass Problem -- What's your solution? "

    Wait for the next version of imac to roll out

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