Best speaker for imac?

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  1. vmflapem macrumors 6502

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    My usage is watching movie, listening to lecture recordings, playing games, and listening to music.
    Can someone recommend me a good speaker? My budget is ~$600.
     
  2. Woodstockie macrumors member

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    I have the Harman Kardon Soundsticks. Great sound and way under your available budget.
     
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  4. Fishrrman macrumors G4

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    Also consider other small "studio monitors" (you'll have to shop around). You might browse the "gearslutz.com" forum for speaker recommendations).
    Also check the "Digital Audio" forum here at MacRumors.

    One other possibility: Klipsch "ProMedia" speakers and subwoofer.
     
  5. MacGizmo macrumors 6502a

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    I bought a $79 no-name brand speaker system (large base box for the floor, plus two desktop tower speakers). Great sound even at the loudest setting. Had them for about 10+ years. Don't be suckered into believing you have to spend a bunch of money on tech accessories.
     
  6. jerwin macrumors 65816

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    Overpriced and overrated.
     
  8. Pakaku macrumors 68000

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    Some headphones are comfy, sound great, and you almost never disturb the people around you.
     
  9. digitalm3 macrumors member

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    I know ppl will say over priced and rated for theses but... I love my Bose Companion 5's, they sound great and a great match for my Mac.
     
  10. v0lume4 macrumors 68000

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    Though you said your budget is $600, I highly recommend these speakers. I just got some myself. Big sound for such a small package, and they look slick on a clean desk beside an Apple product. :)

    https://www.amazon.com/Kanto-YU2-Po..._2?ie=UTF8&qid=1483368219&sr=8-2&keywords=yu2

    Though you didn't ask for headphone recommendations, I also have Audio Technica ATH-M50's for when I want a more immersive listening experience. I don't think there's a better headphone out there--ESPECIALLY not for $130 anyway (they used to be about $200 if I recall correctly).

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HVLURL8/ref=psdc_5524096011_t3_B00HVLUR86
     
  11. g.t. rags macrumors 6502

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    I've been using klipsch 2.1's for the last 4+ years.... best 150 I've spent on speakers ever
     
  12. jerwin macrumors 65816

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    I love my Klipsch B20 speakers. I like them because there's no low end "hump" to muddy up the vocals. 62 Hz and 5.25 drivers may mean that bass response is a little subdued, but the midrange is clear. I have them connected to a cheapish integrated amplifier.

    The stereo imaging may be a little subdued compared to that of a nearfield monitor-- though I haven't visited music stores to discover if this is indeed the case,

    I don't like small satellites, even if paired with a good subwoofer.
     
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  14. Dukat macrumors regular

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    I also use the Companion 5's and they're superb for their size.

    If anyone has tried the Audio Engine A5's and the Bose Companion's how do they compare? Can the A5's be plugged directly into the laptop or should they go through a DAC addon?
     
  15. danielwsmithee macrumors 6502a

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    From my experience the Audioengine speakers sound better than Bose. They are a level above as far as sound and build quality.

    The A5's can be plugged directly into the headphone jack.
    The A2's can be pugged into the headphone jack, or via USB for an improved DAC.
    The HD3s and HD6s, add bluetooth and improved sound so you can play wirelessly directly from your Mac.
     
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    I bought my altec lansing's for like $12 a few years back and they sound pretty darn good. 2.1.
     
  19. MacGizmo macrumors 6502a

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    In my earlier post I mentioned that I'v had a great "no-name" brand of speakers that worked great for over 10 years... I couldn't think of the name until I saw your comment. They were Altec Lansing. I have since passed them on to my wife's iMac in the other room and was too lazy to go look.
     
  20. elf69 macrumors 68000

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    I bought set of these:
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    USB powered and often get told off they too loud or bassy.
    USB for power and 3.5mm for sound.

    I sometimes hook them up to my tv and power them via usb of the tv.
    awesome for war/car films

    Think paid £30 few years back
     

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