apple pro speakers with powerbooks?

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by excalibur313, Sep 16, 2003.

  1. excalibur313 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 7, 2003
    Cambridge, MA
    Has anyone used the apple pro speakers with powerbooks? It suggests only using them with imacs or powermacs (currently) but i was just wondering if they would work other mac products.
  2. amnesiac1984 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 9, 2002
    Re: apple pro speakers with powerbooks?

    Well, as far as I know, the answer is no. THe Pro speakers are passive, like hi-fi speakers they require an amplifier. That is why there is an extra port for them on Powermac and iMacs. These computers have a built in 20 watt amplifier which the apple speakers use for power. THe Powerbook only has the standard line out/headphone port. you could probably find a way a wiring the speakers to a normal hi fi amp but a decent set of speakers and hi fi amp will be much better anyway.

    I guess the powerbook doesn't have this amp for obvious heat and space reasons.
  3. SBG88 macrumors regular

    Feb 19, 2003

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