Improving Sound on iMac 24"

Discussion in 'iMac' started by ryanflucas, Sep 27, 2008.

  1. ryanflucas macrumors regular


    Mar 28, 2006
    Milwaukee, WI
    I have a Intel based iMac 24" (latest release). The sound is clear and crisp, but without knowing much about acoustics, it just doesn't feel like it has the oomph that my previous Windows based PC had using external speakers.

    So I'm contemplating an upgrade. Which would be better?

    1.) Adding a external 2.1/2.0 sound system.
    2.) Installing software enhancement like Joesoft's Hear.
    3.) Combination of both
    4.) Do nothing, this is the way it is.

    I'm open to suggestion and recommendations here. I listen to music and play games 75% of the time, and use this as a home based business machine 25% of the time. I like the simplicity and size of small speakers like 2.0/2.1 systems and don't really want to look at anything much bigger. I've seen a nice 2.0 Bose system at stores for $99.
  2. Richard.John macrumors regular

    Sep 1, 2007
    Yurigaoka, Japan
    Harmon Kardon Soundsticks II are simple, elegant and sound great.
  3. carlosbutler macrumors 6502a


    Feb 24, 2008
    London City
    yeah there is a ok 2.0 system from bose. but the real deal (which is still compact and good sound) are bose companion 3 or 5. i went for 5 and they sound great. they are nearly as loud as my parents $2000 home cinema, but more importantly, sound just as good if not better. all for £200
  4. skunk macrumors G4


    Jun 29, 2002
    Republic of Ukistan
    I second this. I have two sets, and find them surprisingly adequate for most purposes.
  5. kevkev macrumors member


    Sep 22, 2008
    Buy some JBL Creature II speakers.
    Got them for £38, and the sound quality is impressive.

  6. richardsim7 macrumors regular


    Oct 17, 2007
  7. ryanflucas thread starter macrumors regular


    Mar 28, 2006
    Milwaukee, WI
    Optical? I see the headphone port, but is that the next port that over that looks like a minijack but has a circle/2 triangles as the symbol?

    What exactly can I use that for?
  8. taylorwilsdon macrumors 68000


    Nov 16, 2006
    New York City
    Optical, or Toslink, is built into your iMac through the regular "headphone" jack. You need an adapter like this (comes with most optical cables) to use it.

  9. Moriarty macrumors 6502

    Feb 3, 2008
    Take a look at the Audioengine A2 and A5 models... have a very good reputation. They're both 2.0 bookshelf speakers with internal amplifiers (basically made for computers), the A2's are quite a bit smaller than the A5 model though.

    And the Audioengine A5 even has a dedicated power outlet on the back of one of the speakers for the Airport Express to stream your music over WiFi, and a USB port for iPod charging :D
  10. Big-TDI-Guy macrumors 68030


    Jan 11, 2007
    Have not regretted this - had them running over 2 years now. EXCELLENT sound, and nothing like 5.1 coming from my iMac.

    The additional inputs are also nice, hooked up to my PS3, TV.... You get the idea.

    Dollar for dollar - can't beat it with a stick. :D

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