What speakers to buy?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by jive, Jun 6, 2006.

  1. jive macrumors 6502a

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    I've got a 17" intel iMac and I'm just wondering if anyone has any suggestions for good speakers - I had a quick glance at the Apple store and they only had one kind of speaker.... So, yeah, any ideas?
     
  2. beatle888 macrumors 68000

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    i was just about to ask the same thing.

    also, are computer speakers a good way to go or is it better to have a stereo with speakers? i guess with a separate tuner i can add other components.

    i guess im debating to get a computer speaker system or slowly build a traditional stereo system. it just seems that computer speakers like apples solution puts me in the game at $300 which seems high. so if im going to spend that much wouldnt it be best to put that money towards a real stereo? or are computers phasing stereos out?
     
  3. puckhead193 macrumors G3

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    do a search...but some are the sound sticks 2, altec lansing FX6??? something, also the creatures from JBL
     
  4. Stridder44 macrumors 68040

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    Sound Sticks 2 are awesome. My friend has them. You might want to check out Best Buy or something along those lines. I've noticed that the Apple Store's selection isn't exactly breathtaking.
     
  5. tobefirst macrumors 68040

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    I have the Klipsch ProMedia 2.1. (I think that's the name of them.) I recommend them. Very good, and very powerful.
     
  6. DMPDX macrumors 6502

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    Depending on what kind of sound you want, you would want different things. If you want any bass at all...dont get sound sticks. But still you should get a set up that has a separate sub woofer (2.1, 5.1, 6.1, 7.1) Klipsch makes some very good speakers to compliment computers, so does HarmonKardon (-soundsticks) Logitech has some affordable 5.1 options that produce good bass and pleasant midrange. Give best-buy or crutchfield a try.
    -dsm
     
  7. khisayruou macrumors 6502a

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    This is my opinion, which of course will change depending on whether you want 2.1s, surrounds (5.1+), digital input, and/or needing a home theater environment.

    For 2.1s...

    If you want great sound and something that can shake the ground, then go with the Klipsch Promedia series. Otherwise, Logitechs higher end speakers are not that far off behind Klipschs.

    If you want mac-like looks, decent sound, and a small footprint, go with the HK soundsticks or the JBL Creature IIs.

    beatle888: Rule number 1, don't buy speakers with an Apple store price tag. You can get far better speakers below $300. I also don't recommend a reciever/speaker setup unless you plan on truly taking advantage of the power and/or will be utilizing it in a home theater. Using powerful speakers that may take up half of your deskspace in front of an iMac just for mp3s/you tube doesn't make much sense to me. And computer speakers will never phase out real speakers.
     
  8. tomokun macrumors member

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    I love my JBL Creature II's, I use them for my iPod.
     
  9. realityisterror macrumors 65816

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    What's your price range jive?

    As others have said, your best bet is probably the Creatures or the SoundSticks. They're the most popular for a reason, and either way, you'll get much better sound than from your internal speakers.
     
  10. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    I have a set of Bose Companion 3 speakers and I love them- highly, highly recommended.
     
  11. Keebler macrumors 68030

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    audioengine

    Hi,

    A few weeks ago, i bought the bose sounddock for my ipod. it sounds good, but not great. i know this won't impact your imac, but i ended up ordering the audio engine speakers from http://audioengineusa.com/

    they can be used for computers as well since they are shielded. they are supposed to sound amazing and they have a unique feature which may come in handy for you later (I know it will for me :) - you can plug a airtunes express right into the back!

    So, perhaps more value down the road.

    Cheers,
    Keebler

    PS. for what it's worth, I had the jbl creatures and i thought they were terrible - very tinny and weak sounding.
     
  12. AvSRoCkCO1067 macrumors 65816

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    I have the Harmon Kardon Soundsticks II as well...

    ...they sound fantastic, and can get plenty loud.

    Their sound remains crisp, even when the volume is loud - the bass is also very acceptable.

    Plus, they look great! The only downside is that they're a bit expensive.

    They do sound better than my 5.1 Logitech system that I had before, though...
     
  13. beatle888 macrumors 68000

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    just got back from the apple store


    whats with the apple hifi? after hearing the JBL creatures and the Harmond, the apple hifi sounded weak. i couldn't even listen to it. the JBL and Harmonds are fine for a small apartment or bedroom but i can tell they lack real power...though in the right living space they would be perfect and since the JBLs are so much cheaper than the Harmonds i would say the JBLs are a better value. you can find them online for around $79 which includes shipping.
     
  14. jive thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I'm thinking of getting the creatures (I don't want an uber expensive system) but I have a few questions.


    Are they wireless?
    How big are they?
    If they are wired, how long is the cable?
    Any other comments?


    jive :]
     
  15. gloss macrumors 601

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    I've got a set of these on my PC. Fantastic speakers. The treble's a little sharp until you break them in.
     
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  17. 2ndPath macrumors 6502

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    Do the sound sticks still have a mac-like look? Didn't the transparent plastic look die with the iMac G3 and Powermac G4?
     
  18. khisayruou macrumors 6502a

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    Yes I think it does, once a mac, always a mac.
     
  19. beatle888 macrumors 68000

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    does anyone know what these specs mean? are the altec vs4221 speakers better than the jbl?

    please note: the jbl doesnt list max watts.

    JBL (larger subwoofer):
    Specifications:
    Speaker System section
    Input impedance: >5K
    Signal-to-noise ration: >80dB
    Frequency response: 50-20kHz
    Input sensitivity: 400 mv rms for rated power output
    Voltage input: 120 VAC
    Satellite section
    Drivers: One Odyssey Plus transducer
    Power rating: 8 watts per satellite at 10% (THD+N)
    Dimensions:
    - Height: 3 in./7.62 cm
    - Width: 3 in./7.62 cm
    - Depth: 3 in./7.62 cm
    Subwoofer section
    Drivers: One 4.00-inch Magnum transducer
    Power rating: 24 watts at 10% (THD+N)
    Crossover frequency: 180Hz
    Dimensions:
    - Height: 9 in./22.86 cm
    - Width: 9 in./22.86 cm
    - Depth: 9 in./22.86 cm


    Altec (smaller subwoofer):
    SOUND PRESSURE LEVEL (SPL):98 dB
    TOTAL CONTINUOUS POWER:
    35 Watts RMS
    • Front Speakers:8 Watts/channel @ 4 ohms @
    10% THD @ 160 Hz - 20 kHz 2 Channels Loaded
    • Subwoofer:19 Watts @ 8 ohms @ 10 % THD @
    40 - 160 Hz Single Channel Loaded
    SYSTEM RESPONSE:
    40 Hz – 20 kHz (-10dB)
    SIGNAL TO NOISE RATIO @ 1 KHZ INPUT:
    > 80 dB
    DRIVERS (PER SATELLITE):
    Two 28mm full-range and one 3" mid-
    bass driver
    DIMENSIONS:
    4.5" (W) x 4.6" (D) x 10.3" (H)
    115 mm (W) x 118 mm (D) x 262 mm (H)
    SUBWOOFER DRIVER:
    One 6.5" long-throw woofer
    DIMENSIONS:
    7.9" (W) x 9.6" (D) x 13.4" (H)
    200 mm (W) x 245 mm (D) x 340 mm (H)
    TM
     
  20. Sesshi macrumors G3

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    I use various speaker systems with Macs.

    On the iMac I have in my office-apartment I use the M-Audio DX4. If you don't need the style to match, it's a good choice. The DX4 is an entry-level studio monitor, i.e. proper speakers. Really good sound for the price, nice balance of sound overall. Good lows for something quite compact and better than some 2.1 systems (many .1's just thud).

    $150 typical
    http://www.m-audio.com/products/en_us/DX4-main.html

    The other two systems at home are $4000 and $29000 respectively so I assume they are not relevant to your search :D
     
  21. Glenn Wolsey macrumors 65816

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    I have the 17" Intel iMac and plan to purchase the JBL Encounter 2.1 speakers to go with it.
     
  22. znih macrumors newbie

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    What about digital input speakers

    I'm glad I found this thread I'm in the process of buying speakers to replace the ones I have that are about 10 years old (Sony SRS-PC50's, they sound great, just time to upgrade).

    I have a PowerMac that has digital output. Is it worth getting speakers with digital input? Are there any available in the $150.00 price range, most of them that I can find are close to $300.00. For a desktop system that is just used for home use is analog output/input sufficient?

    I read some reviews of the Logitech Z-5300e 5.1, Altec Lansing MX5021 2.1, and Harmon Kardon ProMedia 2.1 and they all seem like good speakers. Is 5.1 worth it for a small room? I don't watch movies, just play music through iTunes and the kids play some games.

    I'm thinking about going with the Harmon Kardon ProMedia.... any additional pros/cons?

    Thanks
     
  23. Ryan5505 macrumors regular

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    Harmon Kardon Soundsticks II, Sound Great and look great. Perfectly Clear and clean design. Great bass also from sub.
    [​IMG]
     
  24. risc macrumors 68030

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    Here's a 3rd vote for these.
     

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