Speakers for iMac 27

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  1. tillsbury macrumors 65816

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    Does anyone have recommendations for decent speakers to match the imac? I was looking at the Bose companion 5 (I think), which were pretty nice. It's there something sexier that fits the imac I should be looking at?
     
  2. cycledance Suspended

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    400 bucks for a 5" subwoofer and a pair of 2" satellites? can't recommend.

    get a pair of active 2way speakers 5-8" size for good sound. u can get some decent ones for 400.
     
  3. kzhlin macrumors member

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    If you're already at $400, the $500 B&W MM-1's are very nice.
     
  4. WilliamG macrumors 604

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    I really like my Corsair SP2500. Nothing comes close in terms of cleanliness of bass for that kind of money, but.. whether you feel they "match" the iMac is another story altogether. :)
     
  5. Icculus macrumors 6502

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    I agree. The MM-1's are probably the last pair of desktop speakers you would buy for a computer imo, they are incredible. Just go to an apple store and listen. I would listen to artists that have a lot of range / layering to get a good sense of high's and low's....and it might not be to your liking, some people don't like the sound of B&W's but that is what I have all throughout my house.
     
  6. cycledance Suspended

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    wnat other bw speakers do you have?

    the mm1 are incredibly distorted +/- 5db center axis at best and roll off in the low end around 100hz. not unexpected for 3" drivers.
     
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    MM-1's are not the greatest speakers ever made, but for the size and usage, it's a great set.
     
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    not for the money tho. for 500 u can get professional monitors.
     
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  12. tillsbury thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thanks for the links. Finding good speakers isn't a problem, but it surprises me someone hasn't made a set that with clips on to the iMac or at least matches it in some way. I don't want to uglify my desk unnecessarily...
     
  13. jji7skyline macrumors 6502

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    Bose actually make great speakers, but you can get a lot of hate for buying them from people who think they know better. They are usually a little more expensive than their competition, sure, that doesn't make their speakers any worse.
     
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    Nothing like it exists as it won't be practical. If you care about looks then Edifier makes some stylish offerings like the Luna Eclipse.
     
  15. Icculus macrumors 6502

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    I have a pair of B&W DM601 S3's that I have had for 9 years, also a B&W Center but cannot remember the model number. I really love the DM601's, and paired with a Marantz amp they sound great to me...
     
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  17. cycledance Suspended

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    that's something i can recommend for computer speakers.
     
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  19. ojcmolloy macrumors newbie

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    Go to a dj shop and buy some studio monitors 400 Australian will get you I nice set of mackies they sound awesome
     
  20. Chippy99 macrumors 6502a

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    Different strokes for different folks! :)
     
  21. iSayuSay macrumors 68030

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    I am using an old audio receiver connected to my iMac by mini TOSLINK, then pair it to a floorstanding stere speakers. Holy F it sounds really great for any genre of music, or even movie/gaming, even so I'm using optical connection so it's a lossless signal.

    Nothing beats the cleanliness of hifi and passive speakers with digital signal transport. But yeah it doesn't look as pretty as multimedia speakers such as BW MM1.
     
  22. tillsbury thread starter macrumors 65816

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  23. forg0t macrumors member

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    I wouldn't. Razer isn't known for making speakers, they make mice and keyboards. Also, stick with a wooden boxed speaker.

    http://audioengineusa.com/Store/Powered-Speaker-Systems

    http://www.m-audio.com/products/view/bx5-d2

    http://www.swanspeaker.com/product/htm/view.asp?id=443
     
  24. Solomani macrumors 68030

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    I have the Harman Kardon Soundsticks III, nicknamed the Jellyfish. I'm quite pleased with it as a desktop (iMac) speaker.

    In fact, my only complaint with it is that the powered subwoofer (aka The Jellyfish) is actually quite large, and does require a bit of space underneath my desk. To some others that might not be an issue.

    As far as design and style? It used to be a perfect design match with the original translucent iMacs (e.g. the Bondi Blues, etc).

    The Amazon price is reasonable enough.

    I was looking at the specs of the MM-1…. umm …. for nearly $500…. it doesn't come with a subwoofer unit? :eek:
     
  25. richpjr macrumors 68030

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    Of all the suggestions here, the Audio Engine A5s are the best bang for the buck.
     

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