Expensive speakers with compressed music?

FleurDuMal

macrumors 68000
Original poster
May 31, 2006
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London Town
Hey all,

I'm thinking about getting some new speakers for my Macbook. I already have a pair of JBL Creature II's, however they always sound a little thin and weak for my liking. I'm looking to shell out some cash on a more satisfying sound. However, all the music I listen to is in compressed 192Kbs AAC format. I'm just wondering whether its really worth upgrading my speakers given that I don't have my music in uncompressed Apple Lossless or straight from the CD. Will I actually be able to hear any benefit given the source is compressed anyway?

Feel free to recommend decent 2.0/2.1 systems :)

Thanks.
 

savar

macrumors 68000
Jun 6, 2003
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District of Columbia
Hey all,

I'm thinking about getting some new speakers for my Macbook. I already have a pair of JBL Creature II's, however they always sound a little thin and weak for my liking. I'm looking to shell out some cash on a more satisfying sound. However, all the music I listen to is in compressed 192Kbs AAC format. I'm just wondering whether its really worth upgrading my speakers given that I don't have my music in uncompressed Apple Lossless or straight from the CD. Will I actually be able to hear any benefit given the source is compressed anyway?

Feel free to recommend decent 2.0/2.1 systems :)

Thanks.
Unless you spend $500-600 the compressed music will probably be indistinguishable.

And don't buy Klipsch.
 

srf4real

macrumors 68040
Jul 25, 2006
3,000
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paradise beach FL
The majority of my iTunes library is mp3, much of it recorded live radio at 128kbps. I spent $150 on the Klipsch 2.0 system and it cranks loud and clear... massive bass power too for the price. Can't discern between AAC lossless and mp3 unless recording quality os very poor, around 92kbps. I use OSS 3D to enhance speakers for user environment, and will not ever buy another speaker system for my computers unless this one stops working. (I'm very happy.)

I also play mp3's constantly on my truck audio system of 2000 Watts high quality stuff, without missing any music. If you're only listening to 130 beats per minute thrash metal alternative, you might notice a difference. Not much imop.
 

esaleris

macrumors 6502
Oct 18, 2005
313
3
How high end are you going? If you're going to be using a multimedia speaker system, I'd say you wouldn't be missing too much. Even if you're using the entry-level floorstanding speakers from any of the mass-market stores (Best Buy, Circuit City) you could get away with it. If you're going with floorstanding speakers from a boutique dealer with brands like Paradigm, B&W, Monitor Audio, etc., then the answer is probably yes.

What's your price range? Are we talking $100-$200, $500-$1000, or $1000+?
 

byakuya

macrumors 6502a
Jul 26, 2007
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I, myself own the Logitech Z4-i speakers.
They match my white Macbook perfectly and the sound is great, too.
It also has a controller for volume and the sub-woofer and an extra line in for your ipod. So you can connect your Mac to it and your iPod at the same time. The speakers are also available in black and the price is good too.
Hope I helped a little.

byakuya
 

skunk

macrumors G4
Jun 29, 2002
11,744
4,101
Republic of Ukistan
Having had and returned the Creatures for their "thin" sound, I have been delighted with the HK Soundsticks, which have a much more rounded output and still cost only around £100 if you shop around.