speakers for macbook

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by john2006wright, Jun 30, 2007.

  1. macrumors regular

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

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    Just plug them into the headphone socket. Almost anything is better than the stock speakers.
     
  3. thread starter macrumors regular

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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)
     
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    They should sound great. My headphones when left on the desk sound better than the built in speakers. :D
     
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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...
     
  6. macrumors regular

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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 :D
     
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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...
     
  8. macrumors newbie

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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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    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!
     
  10. macrumors 65816

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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
     
  11. macrumors regular

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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/
     
  12. macrumors newbie

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    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.

    - Nigel
     
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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:D only buy the best for your Mac.
     

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