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adding subwoofer, but keep using internal speakers

scott911

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Aug 24, 2009
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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...
 

scott911

macrumors 6502a
Original poster
Aug 24, 2009
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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.
 
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keirmeister

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Jan 15, 2007
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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 Air....now it just brings the sound out to exactly what I like.

Plus one less USB port being used!
 
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Sergey Khvatynets

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Feb 1, 2020
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App Loopback just do the trick. I use build-in speakers with external DAC and it works flawlessly. But using internal speakers with bluetooth speaker causes delay in sound.
 
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