looking for speaker for new iMac

Discussion in 'iMac' started by LVEB, Nov 17, 2015.

  1. LVEB macrumors newbie

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    hi,

    Just wondering can iMac have enough power for those studio monitor speaker ?
    etc :
    Presonus Eris E4.5 or E5 Active Studio Monitors
    Yamaha HS50 Monitor Speakers
    Behringer Ms-20

    What will you guys recommended for iMac supported(without any external amp) quality speaker ?
    (usage will be daily surfing net / music / editing video) looking for $150+/- (with bluetooth/aux better).

    Thank you for advice & sharing.
    Cheers !
     
  2. kastorff macrumors regular

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  3. iemcj macrumors 6502

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    Well, it's not a matter of power output, iMac supports 3.5mm headphone and optical digital output. Any speaker setup that's not total garbage will have it's own built in amp so no need to worry there. I can't comment on those exact speakers, anything I would say would be basically ripped from amazon reviews lol.
     
  4. iemcj, Nov 17, 2015
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  5. cycledance Suspended

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    all of them have the amp built in. (called active)
    avoid bluetooth audio.

    from the ones u listed i'd choose them in this order mainly because of bigger is better:

    1) Yamaha HS50 Monitor Speakers
    2) Presonus Eris E4.5 or E5 Active Studio Monitors
    3) Behringer Ms-20

    personally for a 5" speaker i'd go with an external amp and a pair of b&w 686 s2 but that's more like 600 bucks then.
     
  6. LVEB thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I like A5+ but abut out of budget!!!
     
  7. makrom macrumors regular

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    Not sure you'll get that much of an upgrade over the built in speakers at that price point.
     
  8. joema2 macrumors 65816

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    It's a 2.1 system but your best bet in that price range is the Harmon/Kardon SoundSticks III. They were designed by Jony Ive himself, they look great, take up little desk space and sound very good for that price point:

    http://www.harmankardon.com/computer-speakers/SOUNDSTICKS+III.html
     
  9. cycledance Suspended

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    even a 3" stereo speaker setup is a huge upgrade to the built in speakers. and i mean a substantial improvement.
     
  10. makrom macrumors regular

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    With decent monitors with 3" drivers sure, but they should cost more than $150/pair.
     
  11. cycledance Suspended

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    sorry can't agree with that. u can get a decent pair of smallish speakers for 150. nothing special...just good.

    u can either buy monitors that are accurate (which is completely overrated for normal listening and most rooms), or u could find a pair for as low as 30 bucks with a crappy chassis that still sound pretty decent when you make sure they are positioned well. buying second hand would be a good choice too imo.

    what matters most is positioning, size and build quality imo (apart from source of course).
     

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