What speakers do people use for Mac mini?

Jacobi

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Do you just use the headphone jack? Is that the same as an audio out port? Or do people use Bluetooth speakers for computer audio? Just curious.
 

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I use a Schiit Audio Modi Multibit DAC/Magni 3 headphone amp with mine.

When I don't want to use headphones I connect a Bluetooth speaker to my mini.
 

Miat

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Using Logitech Z623 2.1 THX, plugged into the headphone jack.

Great sound, and plenty of volume and bass when needed.

My second set of Logitech 2.1 THX speakers, and very happy with both of them.
 
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I use a Blackmagic ultrastudio thunderbolt interface to connect my Sony professional video monitor for use in Final Cut Pro. The Sony monitor has a terrible little mono speaker, so I use an HDMI audio de-embedder to feed a pair of JBL LSR-305 studio monitors. I also have a couple USB interfaces that can drive the monitors for audio work, but they won't sync with the video when using Final Cut Pro.
 
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Partron22

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All plugged in through headphone port.

Polk Audio 5" midrange and tweeter, and an 8-10" woofer in a box that they call a subwoofer.
Old school 80 watt RMS stereo receiver as amp.
Sound is pretty decent, but not as good as my 12" Infinity speakers downstairs.
The woofer makes a big difference on the low end, 20-150hZ. It pushes enough air to be felt, instead of just heard.
The setup's about $150, plus whatever amp you can dredge up. Look for something with 0.05THD or less.
 
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doboy

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I have a spare Bose Mini II I'm using as a BT speaker. Also have HomePod for AirPlay.
 

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Using Logitech Z623 2.1 THX, plugged into the headphone jack.

Great sound, and plenty of volume and bass when needed.

My second set of Logitech 2.1 THX speakers, and very happy with both of them.
I was just looking at these today. If I want to use my headphones instead, can I plug them into the side of one of the Z623 speakers, and it will be the same sound quality as if I plugged it straight into the Mac? It would save me having to swap between the speakers and headphones all the time.
 

Miat

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I was just looking at these today. If I want to use my headphones instead, can I plug them into the side of one of the Z623 speakers, and it will be the same sound quality as if I plugged it straight into the Mac? It would save me having to swap between the speakers and headphones all the time.
There is a headphone jack on the right speaker. I can't hear any difference between plugging into that, or straight into the Mini's jack.
 

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I've got the Mini plugged in to a huge old Kenwood hifi amp via the headphone output. This amp delivers 125 watts per channel. It is driving two pairs of floorstanding speakers - B&W and TDL transmission line. This setup can make a lot of noise and it's just as well there is no adjoining house on the side of our house with my office.
 

Miat

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There is a headphone jack on the right speaker. I can't hear any difference between plugging into that, or straight into the Mini's jack.
Should add that while there is no difference in sound quality, the max volume from the speaker jack is a lot lower than from the Mini jack.
 
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My LG4kUF Monitor speakers for casual surfing.

USB DragonFly Red Dac/Amp with Sennheiser 650s's for movies and music.
 

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I just use USB speakers so the DAC is outside the Mini. There are a lot of good USB speakers out there, but I'm using Bowers and Wilkins.
 

Partron22

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Presonus Quantum thunderbolt soundcard connected to Equator D8 mkII active studio monitors.
Those Equator D8 mkII's are nice looking speakers. I used to run a similar setup, until one of the amps blew. I take it your Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) is low? Some of the cheaper active speakers come with 10%THD, which sounds like a 1980's car stereo cranked up all the way. I got frustrated not finding distortion numbers for enclosed amplifiers, so went with old style speakers and an old 0.01% THD amplifier. One of these days it'll blow an electrolytic capacitor, and I'll have to buy a nice new Amp on a chip.
 
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Wonderboom from Ultimate Ears (Bluetooth) sometimes or if a want better quality audio : TEAC USB DAC and hifi amplifier.
I am also using a TEAC USB DAC amplifier.

It is driving a pair of old Polk Audio desktop speakers (tiny ones, maybe ten years old, about the size of small satellite surround sound speakers) and an even more geriatric Cambridge Soundworks powered subwoofer.

The Mac mini is connected via USB at 192 kHz/24 bit. Computer sound effects are outputting to my LG 4K monitor's speakers. So my Mac mini is pumping out small but decent audio.

Not being used right now by the Mac mini: Cambridge Audio DacMagic 100 (note: different company than Cambridge Soundworks). That's actually doing the decoding for a MacBook (2017) to another TEAC amp which is driving a pair of KEF bookshelf speakers (no subwoofer right now).

I recently connected a cheapo ($180) Windows PC to my main A/V system but I'm too lazy to move the DacMagic 100 to that setup.
 
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Using Logitech Z623 2.1 THX, plugged into the headphone jack.

Great sound, and plenty of volume and bass when needed.

My second set of Logitech 2.1 THX speakers, and very happy with both of them.
I picked these up earlier in the month... so far, I am loving them.
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Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 THX Certified Computer Speaker System
Hands down, the best computer speakers for the money.
I had these, but the right speaker keeps cutting out... I have had these for about 5-6 years and used them intermittently... sadly, I had to replace them with the Logitech Z623 speakers about 3 weeks ago.
 
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Miat

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I picked these up earlier in the month... so far, I am loving them.
I use them for the whole range of audio, from a single spoken voice, through to full orchestras, including rock, jazz, vocal, classical, movie tracks,...

Those speakers do a good job on all of them.

Only 'complaint' is that the angled front of the satellite speakers collects dust, including on bottom half of the mid-range speaker cone.