What 2.1 speaker system for Macbook Pro?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by juulie, Jul 26, 2009.

  1. juulie macrumors newbie

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    Hey guys,

    Im looking for an good 2.1 speaker system on which i can hook up both my Macbook Pro and my Xbox 360 (or an solution which lets me hook up both systems on 1 input port)

    I was thinking about a system that has USB and a regular audio jack, as when i place my Macbook on the notebook stand, i always hook up an usb hub which has my wireless mouse, keyboard, external hard drive and more hooked up to it. So it would be easy to connect the speakers to it too.

    Budget: about $200 to $250
     
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  3. DeusInvictus7 macrumors 68020

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    What about the Logitech Z Cinema? I heard those were pretty decent, and actually quite cheap. The Z4's are really nice as well, although they seem a bit old now, being out a few years...
     
  4. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604

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    Getting one with USB input would be nice, but that limits out a lot of good products. The Logitech Z-Cinema would be my recommendation and it fits in your prince range nicely. They also sound amazing and the bass is great for computer speakers, but...

    The general recommendations are going to be some Bose product that I won't recommend and people will make jokes about. The Sound Sticks which people seem to be giving a lot of credence to these days. I'll recommend the Altec Lansing FX6021 over those, which will lead to another discussion. Then someone will recommend the Logitech Z-2300. At this point, someone will recommend that something from Wal-Mart that costs $25.00 and they will swear it that's greatest thing ever. Someone will then recommend Bose and get flamed, followed by the comment about get yourself a good set of cans (headphones), because those will always sound better. Somewhere along the way the M-Audio's will be thrown around, followed by people like me recommending a different set of pro monitors, followed by another Bose posts. A good chance there will be a discussion about the Logitech-Z5500s, which are a good choice. There are a couple of intangibles: someone might recommend the Klipsch Pro Media 2.1, Creative's T40 or some other Logitech that's probably not as good as the Z-2300s. After about 20 posts or so, the general consensus will be reached by a couple of users, you should probably just go hear them for yourself, making the thread well...you can decide...

    My non-USB recomendation is the Swan M10. To put these in the category of computer speakers is insulting because they are that much better. The main problem with these is that they are impossible to find, but these things are truly on a different level. They even ship with white gloves so that you don't get fingerprints on the speakers. And they are barely over $100.

    Lastly, my thoughts on Bose. Audiophiles will tell you never to buy Bose. People like me, that want to be audiophiles will tell you not to buy Bose. I don't think they sound awful, but when you place the price tag next to them, then they start to sound awful. For the most part, the Bose stuff is mid-range stuff at top range prices. With that being said, if you are satisfied with your purchase, then more power to you. To say that Bose is "junk" is probably a little overstating it, because they are no worse then any of the other companies. But, to say that they are the best, is giving way too much credit. I love my 901s, but I believe that the in-ear headphones belong only in one place, the trash.

    Speakers Discussions Are Rampant:
    A good example of my predictions are found here.
    Here is one thread for $100 USD. Good Discussion.
    USB Speaker Discussion Here
    Here is another discussion
    $200 Discussion Here
     
  5. juulie thread starter macrumors newbie

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    nice copy and paste working :)

    Anyway, the logitech ONLY have usb and no other port (so i cant hook my xbox up too)
    Isnt htere any other solution for using 2 inputs on a single speaker system?
     
  6. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604

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    I change it around to make it relevant, but the epicly long paragraph is really appropriate.

    What you want is this.
     
  7. juulie thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yea already noticed such switches, but id rather want a speaker system that has 2 inputs (Can be both regular audio jacks if there really isnt one which has both usb and audio)
     
  8. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604

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    You could get a USB soundcard, the splitter and then the speakers. I don't think there are (many) computer speakers that have multiple standard 3.5mm inputs.
     
  9. juulie thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Whell i know for a starter that the Edifier S730 has mulyiple inputs

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    Anyone has experience with those speakers??
     

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