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12 Days of Gifts - Day 7

December 13, 2011 - Dave Hecei
Super Sounds. Depending on which Mac you own, you may already have good speakers. Late model iMacs have decent speakers built in, but Mac laptops, towers, and the mini lack quality speakers. Even if you have an iMac, you might want to sweeten the sounds coming out of your Mac (or even iPod/iPhone/iPad or other portable devices). The problem is that there are hundreds of speaker systems to choose from. Here are two different systems to choose from for your mini, iMac, Pro, or MacBook/Air/Pro laptop.

Multimedia speakers come in all shapes, sizes, and configurations. The basic configuration is two speakers – what we call stereo sound. You can add a subwoofer for ultra-low bass output, which is called a 2.1 system – 2 main speakers and the ‘dot one’ is the subwoofer. You can go even further and get 5.1 and 7.1 systems. Most Macs are really not set up for surround output so I usually don’t recommend these systems.

One of the best sounding multimedia stereo speakers is the Creative Labs GigaWorks T40 Series II. These are designed for desktop use, but can also be used with a small flat panel HDTV. They are also not the cheapest stereo speaker kit you can buy, but the sound they produce is amazing. If you want thumpy bass, get a 2.1 system, but for clean, clear, rich sounding music, the GigaWorks T40 Series II are well worth their street price ($120).

If you like to game or watch movies on your Mac, then having a subwoofer is an essential piece. If you like lots of bass in your music then a subwoofer is a no-brainer. The Logitech Z623 is a THX certified 2.1 speaker system with 200 watts (RMS) of power so you can hear and feel your music or movies. Pricing is around $150.


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