Father's Day Gift: 27" iMac 2.66Ghz i5; Speaker Quality

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Kerf, Jun 14, 2010.

  1. Kerf macrumors newbie


    Jun 14, 2010
    Yorba Linda, California
    Hey, today we are most likely going to our local Apple Retail Store to pick up a 27" iMac for Father's Day. I was wondering how the speaker quality is, and if there are any recommendations for some good 2.1 external speakers if deemed necessary, as this may often be used as a media center. Thanks.
  2. Shaun.P macrumors 68000


    Jul 14, 2003
    Omicron Persei 8
    The iMac sound quality is descent, but I'd recommend the Harmon Kardon Soundsticks. I've had mine for over 4 years and the sound quality is excellent.

    You can still buy them new and most of the reviews are good. I believe the Apple Store stocks them too.
  3. Eduardo1971 macrumors 65816


    Jun 16, 2006
    Lost Angeles, Ca. usa
  4. bprice macrumors member

    May 28, 2007
    LA, Ca.
    These ARE NOT consumer brand monitors ..... they are MUCH MUCH better!... with a small foot print.Blue Sky is revamping their studio monitor line so I bet there are a LOT of great deals out there.

    These monitors are MADE to accurately represent what was recorded .Until you get to twice this most consumers monitors won't come close.Blue Sky has excellent customer support these speakers are well worth it even at regular prices.

    This is a link to show you them but check around I've seen them go for almost half this!!.definitely the best monitor deal out there with pro quality.


    did I mention it can also be upgraded to a 5.1.......!! Now I HAVE to have one !!

  5. mtbdudex macrumors 68000


    Aug 28, 2007
    SE Michigan
    Wow $795 seems high for what the OP asked for "good external speakers", I see they are studio monitor, are they overkill for his usage?

    how old are these?

    The statement about shielded speakers led me to think early 2000's?

    Almost nobody uses CRT's anymore
  6. bprice macrumors member

    May 28, 2007
    LA, Ca.
    my point is they have a new product line.Ive seen those $795 Media Desk go for as low as $400.He said GOOD 2.1 which there are NONE I know of that are consumer until it gets into audio file well into the upper k's.

    These are studio monitors.They sound great! w excellant clarity,depth, stereo seperation,sub integration, crossover etc..Even at $795 there is nothing in the consumer that can compare to them.They have a lower line(EXO..never heard them but essentialy the same but lower powered) that goes down to $350 list...

    If someone is going to pay a premium for a computer like an iMac may as well complete the package and this is a TOTALY reasonably (i.e GREAT ) deal!.
  7. Jaro65 macrumors 68040


    Mar 27, 2009
    Seattle, WA
    What premium? You mean as compared to them getting a Packard Bell desktop tower?
  8. Stan Mikulenka macrumors 6502

    Nov 20, 2009
    Calgary, Canada
    Hi Kerf,
    I would highly recommend the AudioEngine 2 speakers.
    This is what Stereophile mag. said about them:
    Review - AudioEngine 2 in Stereophile Mag:
    I have never been more impressed with or more stunned by a component I've reviewed for Stereophile than I was with the Audioengine 2.Also, I'm using them with my Mac & I have to agree with the review.(As opposed to people that read some stats somewhere and tell you to buy this or that...)
    They're selfpowered with 15 w/channel & come in white or black finish.(I got the black ones.)They are $200 with free shipping in the US.
    Here is the pict:

    Attached Files:

  9. Dmac77 macrumors 68020


    Jan 2, 2008
    Wow, suddenly I feel as if the Eric Clapton tickets I got my dad are a sucky gift...

    But yes, the HK Soundsticks are good speakers for the price.

  10. Vylen macrumors 65816

    Jun 3, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    It seems a bit insane to buy studio monitors for your father.

    Is he an audiophile? Does he have good hearing? Important questions cause, well, what's the point of buying your father top-notch speakers if your father is half deaf.

    And while you can get help here, I would also suggest looking up reviews of the common brands - Logitech, HK, Altec Lansing, etc... Zdnet should be a good start...
  11. bprice macrumors member

    May 28, 2007
    LA, Ca.
    what's premium?? father is half deaf...you guys are cracking me up.:rolleyes:

    If you want to suggest to the OP some crappy computer monitor speakers to go with his brand new rippin iMac .... great.I made very reasonable suggestions that quality to price blow away any computer speakers,home stereo under 1k for half the price.The Blue Sky's are true 2.1(and 5.1) not some POS boommy box bass with squeaky tweeters.

    some of you guys need to pull the earbuds out of your iPods and hear what music sounds like through REAL monitors.

    btw I'm 54. I have monitors (Dynaudio Bm5a...cost 1k I go them for $550)you could hear a fly fart with clarity.I've been a musician all my life and I'm not even approaching half deaf.There's a whole world of real sound quality out there and they aren't uncommon brands.
  12. Vylen macrumors 65816

    Jun 3, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    Hey, I'm asking legitimate questions that will help narrow in a set of requirements - aside from price vs "quality."

    My father is half-deaf, and just a couple years older than you. He uses hearing aids. If I wanted to buy him speakers, I'd get him something that can handle high volumes and doesn't distort.

    Makes sense yea?

    As for this whole earbuds and iPod crap.

    I'm happily enjoying my Logitech Z-5500D's thanks.

    Other questions: You said it's probably going to be used as a media center. What media? Mostly playing music? Or watching Movies? What sort of music/movies? Lots of action movies? So you need speakers that can handle the big boom. Slow classics? So you need speakers that are crisp and clear. You don't need speakers that can handle everything... Just speakers that are right for what your father needs them for.

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