Speakers for Mac Pro with Cinema Display (preferably USB)

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  1. ajbrehm macrumors 6502

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    I find my Cinema Display too silent.

    Can anyone recommend decent speakers for a mac pro?

    I'd prefer USB speakers that also draw power from USB as I wouldn't want more cables than strictly necessary.

    Any ideas?

    (Price range: around 100 euros, but I'd pay whatever it takes.)
     
  2. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    I use the the Harmon Kardon SoundSticks II
    They aren't USB, but they sound great

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    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
     
  3. zeeflyboy macrumors regular

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    again, not USB (I think you'll struggle to find a good set of speakers that can take power from usb, let alone connect through it), but I can thoroughly recommend the creative T20 for great sound and value for money!
     

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  4. Luba macrumors 6502a

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    Check out BOSE, uses USB and may be in your price range due to a strong Euro. :)
     
  5. ajbrehm thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Hey, they have a specific Ireland site!

    And there is a "BOSE Experience Center" (sic) located in Dundrum Town Centre. That's just between my office and my house.

    Good tip! Thanks. I'll go there and ask them what I should buy.
     
  6. akm3 macrumors 68020

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  8. akm3 macrumors 68020

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    Oh sorry, I believe they are ~$3,400 a pair.

    They sell them on Amazon, if I recall correctly...be cautious though - they are priced as 'each' on Amazon :)
     
  9. ajbrehm thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks, not quite what I am looking for.

    The 24" Cinema Display is exactly the right size for my living room and I wouldn't want speakers that can fill a much larger room.

    I think I want something in the 100-500 euro range.
     
  10. akm3 macrumors 68020

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    I'm laughing now because I now see in your original post you said ~100E

    ... lets see....

    http://www.amazon.com/Altec-Lansing...f=sr_1_10?ie=UTF8&s=pc&qid=1246590823&sr=1-10

    Not USB powered, but none of the good speakers are.
     
  11. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604

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    Get a USB soundcard/output and then get some monitors :D. Will sound better then anything here and won't be $3400.
     
  12. ajbrehm thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I am very flexible.

    I wouldn't want to spend more than around 100 Euros for a problem that should have been solved by what I already bought. (My iMac was loud enough, why isn't a Mac Pro with Cinema Display?)

    But I would be willing to spend up to around 500 Euros for speakers that are actually better than what my iMac had to offer.

    I was very happy with the sound quality and volume of the iMac. With the Cinema Display I am not so happy.
     
  13. akm3 macrumors 68020

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    No no, not that you only want to spend 100 Euros, but that I suggest $3,400 speakers for someone who explicitly said they only wanted to spend 100 Euros. i.e. I'm a moron.
     
  14. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604

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    So around 100 euros is the actual price range? You could spend $30 USD and have better sound then the cinema display....
     
  15. miniConvert macrumors 68040

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    These are just awesome speakers. They come highly recommended from me. I've recommended them to others, too, and they've always loved them and been pleasantly surprised by the sounds they can produce.
     
  16. TRAG macrumors 6502

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    I've heard good things about Altec Lansing expressionist BASS speakers. I've actually used them once and they get quite loud. I couldn't crank it up to max and test the bass in the Apple Store. I didn't want to blow out the Apple Store. :)
     
  17. GoKyu macrumors 65816

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    I love my Bose Companion 5 speakers - they're USB, and you get a very balanced sound with the subwoofer and two speakers.
     
  18. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604

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    Much better solutions for $400. Like Pro Monitors.
     
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  21. J&JPolangin macrumors 68030

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    ...they meet the criterial: USB, small, minimal wires, surprisingly good sound for their size... I use them on my iMac and all my laptops...
     
  22. Dmac77 macrumors 68020

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    You guys do realize that BOSE stands for Buy Other Sound Equipment, right?

    I second the HK Soundsticks II. I also like the Klipsch ProMedia 2.1's.

    Don
     

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