The BEST mac speakers

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Melkor, Nov 11, 2005.

  1. Melkor macrumors 6502

    Oct 12, 2005
    Hey I'm new here so please tell me if this is in the wrong place or whatever.

    Anyway, I'm getting a power book soon (see sig :D ) and I was thinking about what accessories I should get for it for Xmas. I've decided on speakers, so I'm looking for the best speakers I could buy as I will be using the PB as my music system for my room.

    Btw, could someone tell me if you have to get certain "mac speakers" or do all speakers work?

    Also, if you've had any good/bad experiences with speakers, please post them here and let me know. Thanks :)
  2. Flying Llama macrumors 6502a

    Flying Llama

    Aug 4, 2004
    Los Angeles
    As far as brand, Altec Lansing seems to be more on the mac side, IMO. (The Apple Store demos mostly A.L speakers).
    The FX6021 is their top of the line model. It will work fine with your PowerBook.

    But wait! Only 2 speakers? I wanted surround! Well, Macs only offer more than 2.1 channel sound through their optical out port. I don't know if your PowerBook has one, plus it will be harder to find speakers with optical in. I would stay with 2.1. Besides, the only way you would really benefit from surround is through games, and maybe a couple of movies. I don't think it's worth it.

    Hope I helped,

    P.S: Congrats on your new PowerBook, have fun! :D
  3. Melkor thread starter macrumors 6502

    Oct 12, 2005
  4. powerboy macrumors regular

    Mar 15, 2004
    If you are looking for 2.1 speakers, the Logitech Z-2300 are supposed to be very good. My brother has them and loves them.
  5. khisayruou macrumors 6502a


    Aug 21, 2004
    You don't have to use mac speakers, any computer speakers will work.

    Here is my two cents as far as speakers goes. If you just want it for music, then I would suggest sticking to 2.1 speakers, 5.1 or more would be slight overkill, but then again there are some who like that surrounded feeling.

    The, thats tough to pinpoint, maybe I will just give you some options. A popular speaker amongst mac users are the JBL Creature II. They look really nice and sound decent, but far from being the best. For the heavy hitters, I personally like Logitech and Klipsch. Logitech Z-2300 and the Klipsch Promedia 2.1 (stay away from the GMX from Klipsch) come to mind. Both sound really really good...come with plenty of power and have a hard hitting bass to boot. If you don't mind going the 5.1 route, then go for the Logitech Z-5450 or Z-5500 or Klipsch Promedia Ultra 5.1.

    My preference has been Logitech just because of its features I needed. In all honesty, you can't go wrong with either two. (I have owned both, Z-2200 and Promedia 2.1)
  6. fanbrain macrumors 6502


    Jan 31, 2005
    So. UT
    I second the Klipsch models. I had a GMX 5.1 and I wasn't very impressed, but the Promedia 2.1 is a very good bargain considering what their home theater equipment sells for. I currently have the Promedia 4.1 set and I love it. Very crisp clean sound and an excellent soundstage. If you close your eyes when you are listening to, say, Norah Jones, you would swear she were singing from the center of your screen.
  7. Melkor thread starter macrumors 6502

    Oct 12, 2005
  8. DaftUnion macrumors 6502a


    Feb 22, 2005
    I second either the Klipsch ProMedia 2.1, 4.1, or 5.1...just look up any reviews on it on google and you'll know...probably the best sounding speakers with the most "body" to them, and fullness, I've tried JBL Creature, Altec Lansing, and Logitech...the only one that comes close is the top model from Logitech compared to the sound from Klipsch...don't take my word for it though, go to some sort of electronics store and try them out for yourself...Klipsch aren't as stylish compared to either JBL Creature speakers or Harman Kardon...but I've seen the Klipsch 2.1 for $100 US and there's no speakers out there that beat that for the price period...believe me, I've got six stereos I own personally so I'm pretty picky when it comes to sound.
  9. khisayruou macrumors 6502a


    Aug 21, 2004
    Powerbooks don't support 5.1 (analog), only 2.1 (actually 2.0 or stereo, I was corrected about this last To get 5.1 you will need an external usb sound card. As yippy said, 5.1 through the optical out is the other option.

    Here is the speaker list:
    Klipsch 2.1:

    Klipsch 5.1:

    Logitech Z-2300:,CRID=2173,CONTENTID=9372


  10. yippy macrumors 68020


    Mar 14, 2004
    Chicago, IL
    Not true, the latest powerbooks (15/17") offer 5.1 surround through an optical out port. So if the speakers have optical in they will work with full surround.

    Don't believe me? Look at Apples page, scroll down to Hearing is Believing.
  11. khisayruou macrumors 6502a


    Aug 21, 2004
    Yea, we already know that as pointed out by Flying Llama. I was indicating about analog...sorry I wasnt clear about that.
  12. MRU Suspended


    Aug 23, 2005
  13. puckhead193 macrumors G3


    May 25, 2004
    Agreed, i have them for mine andthey are awesome. Also you can look Sound Sticks.
  14. pknz macrumors 68020


    Mar 22, 2005
    I recommend the Altec Lansing FX6021 speakers good sound. I have also heard good things about Klipsch speakers.

    JBL Creature speakers are the cheap way for speakers and sound accordingly, albeit better than Powerbook speakers.

    But you are wanting the BEST speakers, so probably go find some custom made ones...
  15. Meyvn macrumors 6502

    Feb 3, 2005
    As far as 2.1, I LOVE LOVE LOVE my Harmon Kardon Soundsticks II. They DESTROY the Creatures in quality. The sub is only 20 watts and the speakers are 10 each, which is wonderful for me since I'm in a dorm and don't want to disturb anyone. If you want to go 5.1 without optical, Griffin is coming out with a device soon called the Firewave which is designed to bring surround to Macs. I personally have loved Klipsch in the 5.1 department, also.
  16. khisayruou macrumors 6502a


    Aug 21, 2004
    I have been following the firewave, it was announced back in January 05, it was suppose to come out in the second quarter yet still hasn't come out!!
  17. SummerBreeze macrumors 6502a


    Sep 11, 2005
    Chicago, IL
    My brother and I both have the Creatures, he uses his for video games on his PC and I use them for movies and music on my mac. They have been working well for both of us, and even though the midrange leaves something to be desired you can fix the sound in the iTunes equalizer. Plus, they only cost me 60 bucks and they look beautiful
  18. GbV76 macrumors member

    Nov 29, 2003
    Ontario, Canada
    While we're on the subject, anyone have any experience with the Klipsch ProMedia Ultra 2.0 speakers? I'd just as soon not have the subwoofer sitting under my table, since it's wide open and already looks like a cluttered mess.........

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