Multiple speaker set up advice needed

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by thefireboy, Nov 14, 2008.

  1. thefireboy macrumors member

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    Hi I am going to finally get my iMac to myself (Which i was sharing with my mum and younger brothers) and I am looking into getting some decent speakers a friend recomended Logitect X-230 and I found the Edifier M3200 but I might go for the Logitect X-530 but i wasn't sure i could use them on my imac
    I need help for a decision on the best, whether i could just plug and listen because i read somewhere that because imacs only have an optical audio socket i would need an amp or something for the 5.1 but would i need it for the 1st 2 speakers which are 2.1
    Whats the cheapest way to get them all plugged up and which ones should i go for?
    Links to the products on Amazon.co.uk would be extremely helpful
    Cheers Jake
    Edit-Please explain simply as i am a noob when it comes to speaker systems
     
  2. dr. shdw macrumors 6502a

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    For 2.1 it's fine, the analog signal will work. For 5.1 you'd need a speaker system that decodes optical.
     
  3. thefireboy thread starter macrumors member

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    Awesome cheers mate
    still not sure whether to the Logitechs or the Edifiers
    My mate has the Logitechs and there amazing for 30 quid but some reviewers say that the Edifiers are better confused
    Help please
    Cheers Jake
     
  4. dr. shdw macrumors 6502a

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    Neither are great but the Logitechs seem better..
     
  5. thefireboy thread starter macrumors member

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    will i still get stereo sound with the single optical port
     
  6. thefireboy thread starter macrumors member

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    And can i please have a simple desciption of what a decoder does some examples of them and the prices
     
  7. ChrisA macrumors G4

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    How to define "decent"? Actually the speakers built into the iMac are decent. To do better you have to spend well more then $100. and even then they still be just cheap PC speakers.

    What are you using these for? How you use them really does make a difference in what to recommend. Are these for games or music, if music are they to fill a room or just so you can listen while directly in from of the iMac?

    Yes, the optical port contains information, in digital form for ALL channels.
     
  8. thefireboy thread starter macrumors member

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    i want the good sound quality at high volume and good for games too
     
  9. dr. shdw macrumors 6502a

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    You might need to get better speakers...
     

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