imac speaker sound

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  1. MacRuler macrumors 6502

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    guys and girls, i have had a question about the imac sound for ages i was wondering if i could get a sub woofer and connect that to the imac it self to give it a boost in sound and bass. anyone with ideas let me know. thanks
     
  2. SXR macrumors 6502a

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    I have no idea if a stand alone sub woofer would work. and the speakers in the iMac are good quality but I just purchased a 2.1 sound system , it's a logitech one , I dont know exactly what one off the top of my head, but I like it a lot.

    I would go that route and attach a simple but good sound system , rather than trying to improve the current sound system inside the iMac. but you might want to do it differently.
     
  3. TMRaven macrumors 68020

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    A number of decently priced external sound systems have their own subwoofer, I'd go that route as well.

    One company does well a subwoofer that supposedly improves bass for the macbook, and it's called bassjump-- but the reviews for it weren't too good.
     
  4. stridemat Moderator

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    These have amasing sound and bass. Throughly recommended.
     
  5. SXR macrumors 6502a

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    I truly recommend the logitech 2.1 sound systems, any one of them sounds AWESOME! and the bass is ridiculous
     
  6. MacRuler thread starter macrumors 6502

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    ok well after 5 hours of researching and thinking i realized i want a 2.0 or 2.1 setup, what i need is good strong bass and a good looking set something that is small sleek and stylish. the speakers that everyone have suggested may sound great but im looking for something small and nice. thanks if anyone has any ideas.
     
  7. leftywamumonkey macrumors 6502a

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    I'm sorry but I have to disagree on that. The subwoofer is not too good on the system not to mention that you can not control the balance between the speakers and the bass with the controller. So you would have to blast the volume just to get a nice bass.
     
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  9. leftywamumonkey macrumors 6502a

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    Hmm a good subwoofer while still being small, you might want to look into Bose or if your on a budget take a look at the Logitech Z-2300.
     
  10. rtkane macrumors regular

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    Speaking of Bose, I have these hooked up to my iMac and they sound great and are very small (good bass too):

    Bose Companion 3:
    http://www.bose.com/controller?url=/shop_online/digital_music_systems/computer_speakers/companion_3/index.jsp

    They may be a bit pricey, but I love the way they look and how unobtrusive they are (and of course the sound). This isn't my setup, but it'll give you an idea of the size:

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    Another pic that isn't mine to show you what the sub looks like:

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    The round hockey puck looking thing in both pics is a volume controller that accepts headphones as well as another input (the top rotates to control volume) and is touch sensitive for muting.
     
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  13. MacRuler thread starter macrumors 6502

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    yea those bose companion 3s look sexy but i think the logitech 2300 would be a better deal, you know more 'bang for my buck' if i could find the companion 3s for under 170ish ima buy them, i guess i;ll look around. :cool:
     
  14. Vylen macrumors 65816

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    Two options:
    Using either an external USB or FireWire soundcard.

    Or, using a digital amplifier with optical-in - then just use a Toslink optical cable to connect your Mac to the amplifier and the amplifier to the speakers.

    I use Logitech Z-5500 speakers and for a time i used a toslink optical cable to connect my iMac to the receiver, but it isn't "proper" surround sound (and somewhat annoying to mess with) and so I now use a Griffin FireWave external card for 6ch direct connection. I would suggest the Griffin FireWave if it wasn't discontinued :p But you might be lucky to find one for sale someplace.
     
  15. Fallenman macrumors member

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    Bose doesn't have a very good reputation for value for money. I used to work for a company that distributed "digital home" gear, and it was generally expected that with Bose, the money you paid, wasn't worth the quality you get.

    I haven't experienced this myself - just saying what I was told by Product Managers. :eek:
     
  16. peakchua macrumors regular

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    what about connecting the amplifier to the headphone jack and then with the built in jack, connect the other 2 speakers to each other..
     
  17. Vylen macrumors 65816

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    what?
     

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