adding subwoofer, but keep using internal speakers

Discussion in 'iMac' started by scott911, May 16, 2016.

  1. scott911 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 24, 2009
    just got a new 27" retina imac.

    The internal speakers are actually better than I thought they would be, except for the bass. Blame physics.

    Question is: can I supplement the built in speakers with a powered subwoofer?

    A search of google indicated this wasn't really possible in the older systems (audio would be all internal - or all routed external) I wonder if that's still the case, anybody know?

    I know the best option is the go full third party with external speakers all the way, but for my purposes, I'd like to try to just add sub-woofer and retain the clean desktop look...
  2. hfg macrumors 68040


    Dec 1, 2006
    Cedar Rapids, IA. USA
  3. scott911 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Aug 24, 2009
    thanks hfg.

    That item did catch my eye - and I spent some time looking at it's reviews to see if someone would reference a bigger solution for a competitor. I found nothing. hello kickstarter?

    That particular item is power by usb (so a couple watts) , and has a 3" paper "woofer" - so it's design is all about portability with your notebook.

    But I value your opinion that it does add some meaningful bass in your imac set up - so I'll check it out.
  4. dmrowley macrumors 6502


    Aug 4, 2010
    Dortches, NC
  5. keirmeister macrumors newbie

    Jan 15, 2007
    Hoboken, NJ
    I recently upgraded from a 2011 21.5" iMac to the late 2015 27" 5K. I used the 12South BassJump with the 21.5" iMac and found it to add just the kick I needed.

    But once I set up my 27", I found that it had enough bass in it so that I no longer needed the subwoofer. However I also now use Boom 2, which worked wonders on my old Macbook it just brings the sound out to exactly what I like.

    Plus one less USB port being used!

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