External speakers for an iMac?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by snarestud940, Dec 16, 2015.

  1. snarestud940 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 3, 2012
    How many of you guys have external speakers for your iMac? I currently use the ones that in the system, think they are good. But when I arrange music in Sibelius, I have a hard time really hearing the intricate parts of a certain score. Anyone?
  2. AppleDApp macrumors 68020


    Jun 21, 2011
    When I had my iMac I used the Audioengine A5.
  3. MadDane macrumors 6502a

    Apr 5, 2015
    I always use my hifi stereo or some good headphones (Sennheiser HD650). When I use my speakers I AirPlay to my Apple TV and from there use the optical output to send the signal to my aging but still superb Yamaha AX1. I have hooked a pair of System Audio 1280 up to the receiver which I use. I never use the built in speakers on any of my devices.
  4. pescartina macrumors newbie

    Aug 16, 2015
    I use the Mackie CR4 ($150) with my iMac. Good speakers, the bass is solid and the front-facing headphone port is nice.
  5. cycledance Suspended

    Oct 15, 2010
    i do. the internal speakers are crap and the many ppl who are amazed by the imac speakers are clueless.
  6. desmond2046 macrumors regular


    Jun 2, 2015
    Columbus, OH, United States
    I thought my Bose speakers are mediocre. Yet they are ten times better than the builtin speaker of iMac. The sound quality of iMac speaker is similar to the $10 speakers my parents are using...
  7. joema2 macrumors 65816


    Sep 3, 2013
    I have two iMac 27s, one with Harman Kardon Soundsticks III: http://amzn.com/B0042F3K9W

    The other has B&W MM-1: http://amzn.com/B003R6U6HG

    The Soundsticks sound very good, look good (they were designed by Jony Ive) and have a small desk footprint. However if you're an audio purist the B&W MM-1 speakers sound better.

    I have also seen the Roland MA-8 recommended but they are apparently out of production: http://www.rolandus.com/products/ma-8/ You might find some on eBay

    I have several Axiom audio speakers, which are very good. They make some PC-oriented versions:
  8. Seed101 macrumors 6502


    Nov 11, 2015
  9. vng01 macrumors member

    Dec 1, 2015
  10. bassjunky macrumors regular

    Jun 15, 2009
    I use some 8" KRKs on my iMac and they sound awesome. I also do some amateur recording and think the KRKs sound great for reference monitors.
  11. chevalier433 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 30, 2011
    I strongly recommend you to purchase studio monitors.I have krk rokit6 and sound great for work or my rock music library.
  12. ryannel2003 macrumors 68000


    Jan 30, 2005
    Greenville, NC
    I have Bose Companion 2 Series III speakers and I think they sound great. I'm eventually going to upgrade to Soundsticks though.
  13. tgara macrumors 6502a


    Jul 17, 2012
    Connecticut, USA
    I'm using the Bose companion 5 setup for several years. Great speakers for my use. I'm not audiophile, but these sound great with music, conference calls, videos, and games. Besides the good sound, the best part for me is the round controller for volume, instant mute, and headphone jacks.

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