iMac and unshielded speakers

Discussion in 'iMac' started by 32gb3gwifi, Aug 8, 2011.

  1. 32gb3gwifi macrumors member

    Jan 29, 2011
    i have an 2011 27" imac and i set up an old sony high fi stereo to it, but my desk is quite small and the speakers have to RIGHT next to it. i know that with the led/lcd screen its a non issue. but what about the hdd and other components inside of the computer.i was thinking that since its a unibody aluminum design it would be naturally shielded, but i would like some more insight, i will add pictures.
  2. mac-ho macrumors member

    Should be not a problem. Newer technology is not sensitive to EDCRG. I can't spell Electromagnetically Directed Cathode Ray Guns. I just gave myself a headache!!
  3. raver001 macrumors newbie


    Jul 23, 2011
    I don't see it being a problem. I have done this in the passed with bug studio speakers. No issues. Post the pics. Interested to see what it looks like :)
  4. karl878 macrumors member

    Dec 8, 2005
    The magnetic field strength of your speakers diminishes inversely proportional to the cube of the distance. So, the external magnetic field would have to be extremely high to exceed the coercivity of the magnetic coating on your HDD. Should be no problem.
  5. sth macrumors 6502a

    Aug 9, 2006
    The old world
    The hard drive is sitting right in the center of the machine so it's probably not a problem.
  6. 32gb3gwifi thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 29, 2011
    this is how i had it, but i moved one under the desk since then, you know, because of the paranoia.:D

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  7. marsmissions macrumors 6502


    Jan 5, 2010
    Washington, US
  8. cawesjmu macrumors 6502

    Apr 4, 2004
    Richmond, VA
    Granted, this was in 2001, but I had a Bondi Blue iMac and similar speakers. I thought it was fine since there was no problem with the CRT monitor, but after a few months my hard drive wiped out. It still functioned physically, but it lost all my information.

    Just make sure you have a back up copy of anything you want to keep. Which is valid advice even without speakers next to your hard drive. Obviously this advice is worth what you paid for it. It may have been a coincidence, but I honestly don't think it was random chance.
  9. 32gb3gwifi thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 29, 2011
    no, i have a huge computer. lol

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