how good the the imac speakers? if i plan to use logic express..

Discussion in 'iMac' started by migeru29, Mar 21, 2010.

  1. migeru29 macrumors member

    Feb 28, 2010
    san diego
    and connect my keyboard directly.. are the internal speakers of the imac enough? or i should buy the imac with some good external speakers?
  2. Blaine macrumors 6502a


    Dec 3, 2007
    Abilene TX
    IMO the speakers sucked on the previous gen speakers and even on the LED Cinema display.

    But I've heard that the speakers on the new 21 and 27" speakers have been improved.

    Edit to add clarity: I actually like the speakers on my MBP 15" unibody because the sound it produces is very crisp. It just has no bass.

    The reason why I disliked the iMacs speakers is because the sound wasn't crisp at all. It sounded really muffled.

    Hopefully, the newer ones (as mentioned above) are better.
  3. Hrududu macrumors 68020


    Jul 25, 2008
    Central US
    Built in computer speakers are typically good enough to get by if you really are not looking for bass response and volume. Apple has traditionally included decent speakers in their computers, but an inexpensive 2.1 system will make a world of difference.
  4. mike.coulter macrumors regular


    Jun 10, 2008
    The late 2009 iMac has rather impressive inbuilt speakers. But getting a good 2.1 or 5.1 speaker system couldn't go a miss.
  5. robby818 macrumors 6502a

    May 2, 2007
    They are surprisingly good on both my 24" (2008) and 27" imacs. They are both plenty loud enough for most people. The 27" has more mid range and bass which improves the sound quality a tad. I use an old cheap 2.1 Logitech system with my 24" iMac. The 15" unibody MBP is good for a laptop although it has always sounded a little unbalanced to me.
  6. newuser2310 macrumors regular

    Feb 16, 2010
    if your looking to use logic express, I would recommend some monitors.

    You want speakers with a flat frequency response.
  7. turbineseaplane macrumors 68040


    Mar 19, 2008
    They pretty much suck.

    Get external ones for sure.
  8. mr.thedaniel macrumors regular

    Feb 15, 2010
    Just got my new 27". The speakers are great for built-ins. Fine for listening to music or watching a movie at your desk. For any sort of recording, you'll want external monitors. You really should get actual studio monitors, even if they're cheap ones. M-audio and Yamaha both make some decent cheap pairs.
  9. Badger^2 macrumors 68000


    Oct 29, 2009
    Even a basic $20 3 piece set would sound better.

    Target, bestbuy, office depot, walmart, etc
  10. Sir Cecil macrumors 6502a

    Mar 31, 2008
    If you haven't the budget to go for worthwhile monitors, you must at least get a decent pair of studio quality headphones. The Sony 7506 model is sensitive and works well straight out of the headphone socket of the iMac. I think you can get them online for around $80. These will give you sound quality of a level that would cost many hundreds of dollars to achieve with speakers.

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