Best Speaker System to go with MacBook Pro

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  1. kingshrubb macrumors regular

    kingshrubb

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    Hey Apple fans!

    I currently have an early 2008 MacBook Pro hooked up to Harman Kardon SoundSticks ii. My cat is the biggest... well.. she knocked the soundsticks over and they broke. I am asking for advice on a new audio system that would sound great with my Mac. As of now I am leaning toward the AudioEngine A-5s. Does anyone have any suggestions? Thanks a bunchn!
     
  2. MikeinJapan macrumors regular

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    I used the bang and olufsen beolab 4 PC speakers for a while and they were great. Some people complained that they had no base but they had their settings wrong. Just great design and sound!
     
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  4. paintballswimgu macrumors 6502

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    z5500s are ok, if you use the toslink out. But the quality is not that great. bowers and wilkins makes some great computer speakers. You could also consider using the toslink out, and plugging it into a reciever hooked up to some nice speakers.

    I have my mbp hooked up to a harman kardon avr 154. Its then plugged into some polk monitor series speakers. The sound is great. One day hopefully, i'll be able to afford paradigm speakers. :)
     
  5. CaptainCaveMann macrumors 68000

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    Depends on how much power you want. Are you looking for a home system or something portable?
     
  6. Jaro65 macrumors 68040

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    Have you seen the new issue of MacLife? They're reviewing there the new Bowers & Wilkins MM-1 speakers. They are a bit on the expensive side though.
     
  7. sadcamper macrumors regular

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    Magico Mini's...retail: $30,000 USD.

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    You didn't specify a budget...

    j/k - Audioengine A2's are good for $200, B&W's are a bit nicer, but jumps you up to $500. The A5's sound better than the B&W's, but don't look as nice and take up more space.

    For a different route - passive + amp, bought used on Audigon, etc.: PSB Alpha's and a Class D amp will (in the ears of the beholder) get you better sound for not too much more than the A5's and less than the B&W's.
     
  8. noodle654 macrumors 68020

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    Highly recommend the Bose Companion 3 speakers. Don't let people talk you out of Bose, they still make some of the best headphones and speakers out there...these things blow away my friends Logitech system.
     
  9. alphaod macrumors Core

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    I use AudioEngine A2s, but if I had more desktop real estate I'd choose the A5s.
     
  10. Rithem macrumors 6502

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    I hear the A2s are really nice for the price. I just got the Swan M10s for 90$ on ebay with free shipping. Definitely impressed with the sound so far but the bass is a little lacking (listen to a lot of techno/house and hip hop).
     
  11. alphaod macrumors Core

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    The reason I went for the A2s over the Swans is I don't have room for a dedicated subwoofer. The A2 is 2.0 system, but the bass is stellar nonetheless.
     
  12. MikeinJapan macrumors regular

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    I am so jealous. I'd love a batman kardon amp but they don't sell them in japan. I have a decent Denon amp but I loved my old kardon.
     
  13. Rithem macrumors 6502

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    I just keep my subwoofer on the ground. I have a 41" desk and somehow found space for it. I might put my speakers on the shelf once I get that up and running.
     
  14. urbanj macrumors regular

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    I got my 13" plugged into a Harman Kardon go + play. When plugged in it sounds pretty good and can get loud enough to get noise complaints while maintaining clear. I can also just unplug it and take it on the go. It also serves as my iPod charging dock so its batt is always topped up.
     
  15. fluffyx macrumors 6502

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    I love, love, LOVE AudioEngines. Listening to music on A5s right now. I hear the A2s are fantastic as well.

    I can't say enough good things about AudioEngine, even their customer service is good.
     

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