What speakers will work with iMac?

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  1. Lastmboy macrumors regular

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    I have a mid-2011 27" iMac, and I have connected a set of Logitech Z-5500 5.1 speakers to it via digital optical cable. Although it doesn't compete with my home stereo system, the sound is quite impressive. In particular, when playing music, they provide a form of "surround" that is quite nice.

    I have a buddy that has almost the same iMac. He likes my speakers and wants to setup something similar. However, Z-5500's, even though no longer in production, sell at a premium price. I got mine for under $200 many years ago, but I've seen them online now going for anywhere from $500 to $1,000.

    Does anyone know of any other 5.1 speaker system that will work with the iMac (since I'm assuming the only way to connect them is with the mini toslink cable)? I'm assuming that the Logitech Z906 speakers will, but they're a bit out of his price range, too. I'm wondering if any of the cheaper models would work. Would they work as long as they have an optical digital input and have built in DTS/Dolby decoding?

    Thanks for any suggestions.
     
  2. napolean hill macrumors member

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    harmon kardon soundsticks 3, I've got them on my setup and for the price (around 170) they absolutely can't be beat.
     
  3. Tanax macrumors 6502a

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    Except they're ugly as ****.
     
  4. napolean hill macrumors member

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    ugly?! ugly according to who? YOU?
     
  5. napolean hill, Nov 17, 2013
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    whats ugly about that? LOL
     

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  6. Tanax macrumors 6502a

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    Ugly to many people. Everyone have different opinions :p
     
  7. napolean hill macrumors member

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    I will say in all fairness i thought they were hideous at first myself until i go them set up and positioned on my desk and hid all the wiring and then i loved them.
     
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    The translucent Jellyfish blob speakers? Those ones? Yeah, I have them too. Sound is nice. But why does the neon glow-light have to be always on? Oh well, at least it's "Energy Compliant"

    [​IMG]
     
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  12. napolean hill macrumors member

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    yes those, right, don't they sound great? 170 bux, Ive had sets that cost almost 1000 and these sound better. I know the lights annoying, i usually just push the button on the bass to turn it off at night before i go to bed
     
  13. jita1 macrumors newbie

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    Nothing ugly there. Nice, clean, desktop....I'm jealous...LOL
     
  14. Maomaomao macrumors newbie

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    Nice, what mouse is that?

    I have a pair of KRK Rokit RP5 G3. They're amazing.
     
  15. alksion macrumors 68000

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    Am I missing something here or did I not see everyone suggesting speakers that are not 5.1?
     
  16. IA64 macrumors 6502

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    Audiophile = 2 channels
    Home Theater = 5.1 channels
     
  17. mattg3 macrumors 6502

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    Yes they are.Best sounding computer speakers unless you go to their big brother the A5+ which will fill a room with amazing sound.I own both,A2 for the computer and A5+ for my living room.Both connected to Itunes.
     
  18. alksion macrumors 68000

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    Thank you for the insightful fact. That is not what he asked.
     
  19. haddy macrumors regular

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    Yep I have A5+ sub woofer.......brilliant.
     
  20. napolean hill macrumors member

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    lol thanks man!
     
  21. Serban Suspended

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    i think is Magic Mouse with a black stick apple logo
     
  22. Xeem macrumors 6502a

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    Your friend could also buy a USB sound card equipped with 5.1 analog outputs that would allow him to use the cheaper PC surround systems such as the Logitech Z506 that don't have a digital input.
     
  23. Deepdragon macrumors newbie

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    These are exactly the same speakers as I have. They are by far the best looking computer speakers in my opinion. Of course they are quite expensive, but they look so good next to my iMac 27" 2013 model. :D
    I love them :)
     
  24. Htin macrumors regular

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    they sound excellent too!
     
  25. Eduardot macrumors member

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    Very Nice Setup!!!!!

    Very nice setup what did you apply to the mouse and the laptop? where can i buy it?
     

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