Am I being thick - Monitor with speakers

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  1. Harrythespida macrumors newbie

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    In reviews, I repeatedly read "don't let the fact that a remote monitor has no speakers put you off buying it"
    I intend purchashing a 22" monitor for my macbook pro, the primary use will be editing videos. A remote monitor without speakers will not serve me well, or will it? I have read that some have a 3.5mm socket (for earphones ?)
    Confused, fed up, annoyed, lost and pissed off ,help pse.
     
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    In reviews of what? You posted this in the MacBook Pro forum. Do you have a question regarding the MBP?
     
  3. Harrythespida thread starter macrumors newbie

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    In magazine reviews of which monitor to purchase to use as a remote monitor with macbook pro
     
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    Do you have a question on specific monitor, or are you complaining about reviews in general?

    Since this is about monitors, I'll move this thread to the correct forum.
     
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    To answer your question, aside from my general comments.

    No speakers on an external monitor will be of little benefit. I have an external monitor with no speakers and its not something that is deficient. What's the purpose of speakers - to plays sounds. As long as you have a way to hear from the computer, there's no reason why the monitor needs speakers - just my $.02
     
  7. Trusteft macrumors 6502

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    It depends on your exact situation.

    First of all, having monitor(s) with speakers is not a bad thing on its own, but neither it is a good thing.

    Cases where you might want to have monitor(s) with speakers...if you want to hear your edited footage from a variety of setups. (which should be the case if you are serious at all about video editing). Don't rely only on professional level speakers(ie sound monitors, nothing to do with VDUs) for the sound of your edited footage.
    Having said that, if you plan on relying solely on the monitor(s) (VDUs) speakers for your professional editing, it will be a mistake. So, having a monitor (VDU) with speakers is a nice bonus, but don't rely on it in any way.

    Having said that. It's best when you are shopping for a video editing monitor to make sure you choose the right monitor on other aspects and not on its speakers. You can always connect any third party speakers you want to your computer to test your video.
    Choose monitor on its capabilities as a monitor (for example color accuracy).
     
  8. Fishrrman macrumors G4

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    Generally, monitors with built-in speakers produce marginal sound quality.

    Some are "ok", but few (if any) are really good.

    If you want excellent sound quality, buy a pair of self-powered speakers (small "studio monitors" will give a smooth, flat response).

    You can then use these, whether the display has built-in speakers or not.
     
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    Any speakers built in to the monitor will be mediocre. That's all I have and it is fine for general computer usage and YouTube videos... that sort of thing. But if you want good sound, you are going to want to get some quality external speakers. And yes... you can just attach those external speakers to either the MacBook directly or to that 3.5mm jack on the monitor.
     
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    I have a monitor with built-in speakers (they receive sound via DisplayPort) but I use external speakers anyway. They sound much better.
     

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