Speaker assistance

Discussion in 'iMac' started by laryenhilllvr, Mar 13, 2013.

  1. laryenhilllvr macrumors regular

    Dec 29, 2012
    I'm looking for a good set of speakers for my imac. I'm no audiophile, but the speakers on the 2012 imac SUCK! I see a lot of people have the harmon kadon speakers (http://www.amazon.com/Harman-Kardon...UTF8&colid=56Y64SLJR295&coliid=I3OLWIWP4MTXWS) or the b&w speakers (http://www.amazon.com/Bowers-Wilkin...e=UTF8&colid=QPVQFN8ZZPDI&coliid=IVGMKP80X3CN). i'm also considering these (http://www.amazon.com/Focal-Satelli...UTF8&colid=56Y64SLJR295&coliid=I2PPJ6RNW9I2DP) i've read mostly good, but a few reviews that say there are better for the price. any thoughts on these or suggestions for others?

    i'm not very tech savy, but i'm not a complete idiot so a medium amount of installation is acceptable. size is not a huge issue, but i'm not looking for tiny speakers or huge 6 footers either. preferably something that can sit on my dest with a subwoofer underneath.

    oh and my budget is ABOUT $500. thank you all for the help and advice in advance!
  2. phoenixsan macrumors 65816


    Oct 19, 2012
  3. dangerly macrumors regular


    Oct 27, 2009
    European Disunion
  4. trustever macrumors 6502

    Jan 14, 2013
    I assume you have tried all of the 3 models in your initial message, did you?

    I know both the HK and the BW, not the 3rd one you mentioned, and my preference goes for the BW also becasue they do not need a separate subwoofer but I recon that they are not cheap at all!
  5. LaunchpadBS macrumors 6502a

    Nov 11, 2008


    Problem solved
  6. phrehdd macrumors 68040


    Oct 25, 2008
    You'll have your hands full with other people's favorites as suggestions.

    I have used many types of speakers with computers over the years and find that you have to consider -

    how big a speaker do you want next to your iMac
    what type of music do you play (and movies)
    how loud do you want to play your speakers

    The Focals that you mention are pretty impressive in sound and look good.
    The Harmon Kardon Sticks are still a great bang for the buck and are unobstrusive for the most part as well as sound quite decent.
    Klipsch 2.1 has been a tried and true set up

    The list goes on.

    On the more esoteric side you can move to monitor style speakers such as Audioengines (don't require a sub for the most part), M-Audio's M-40's or as another mentioned - try the Orb desktop offering. They are more than decent in sound and output for their size.

    I'll admit a complete disdain for Bose which is interesting since I picked up the middle priced units for about 10 bucks at a garage sale and use them on a system when I want simple audio (beeps and such). Bose makes very strange speakers in that they fake an airiness that people confuse for quality. Sorry Bose lovers, you are honestly getting ripped off with those speakers and the quality of the drivers is more than suspect.

    In your shoes, you might zero on on the Focals if you like them, the Klipsch 2.1 for high end typical sound, the sound sticks if you like the acrylic clear looks (the sound speaks for itself) or go more esoteric. Your budge seems to allow for a lot of room and you are lucky as such. Enjoy the shopping experience!

    As for me - I tend to use my regular AVR with a zone two set for my desktop speakers (older but very thoughtful sounding Energy XL:15's. I can control the AVR through my iPhone and it works similar to airplay.
  7. Htin macrumors regular


    Mar 6, 2013
  8. laryenhilllvr thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 29, 2012
    ok, thank you all for your suggestions...i'll have to do a little more research and read some more reviews!
  9. K0BI macrumors newbie

    Aug 7, 2012
    consider studio monitors?

    I was discouraged when auditioning computer speakers up to the $500 range. I realized for that much money, I should consider other options like studio monitors. Ended up getting a pair of JBL Pro LSR2325P monitors and love them.
  10. stevefo macrumors regular


    Mar 16, 2013
  11. Tomorrow macrumors 604


    Mar 2, 2008
    Always a day away
    The two I've heard very good things about are the Klipsch Promedias and the HK Soundsticks. I can't vouch for the Klipsch set, but the Soundsticks may well be the worst speakers I've ever heard try to produce sound. Just one guy's opinion.

    I'm using an old set of Logitech Z-5500's, and they sound fantastic.

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