Best speaker for imac?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by vmflapem, Dec 31, 2016.

  1. vmflapem macrumors 6502

    Dec 27, 2013
    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


    Aug 12, 2015
    I have the Harman Kardon Soundsticks. Great sound and way under your available budget.
  3. M3Jedi77 macrumors member

    Jun 30, 2007
  4. Fishrrman macrumors G4

    Feb 20, 2009
    Also consider other small "studio monitors" (you'll have to shop around). You might browse the "" 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


    Apr 27, 2003
    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

    Jun 13, 2015
  7. guy_mac Suspended

    Dec 4, 2016
    Overpriced and overrated.
  8. Pakaku macrumors 68000


    Aug 29, 2009
    Some headphones are comfy, sound great, and you almost never disturb the people around you.
  9. digitalm3 macrumors member


    Sep 10, 2014
    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


    Jul 28, 2012
    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. :)

    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).
  11. g.t. rags macrumors 6502

    Nov 25, 2010
    Long Island
    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

    Jun 13, 2015
    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.
  13. danielwsmithee macrumors 6502a

    Mar 12, 2005
  14. Dukat macrumors regular

    Mar 9, 2012
    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

    Mar 12, 2005
    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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    iBrooker macrumors 6502

    Nov 20, 2016
  17. danielwsmithee macrumors 6502a

    Mar 12, 2005
  18. guy_mac Suspended

    Dec 4, 2016
    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


    Apr 27, 2003
    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


    Jun 2, 2016
    Cornwall UK
    I bought set of these:

    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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