I just got a new eMac a few weeks ago and I'm finding (like a few other people whose posts I've read) that the internal speakers aren't loud enough IMHO even though I'm using them with an iSub. I want to get some good but economical external speakers (i.e. cheaper than SoundSticks) and keep using my iSub. Is this as simple as it sounds or are there some audio compatibility issues with the iSub that I'm not aware of?
I don't think you can use your iSub with other speakers. In the Sound preferences, you have to pick which output you want to use. Don't think there is a way to choose 2.
Sigh...I suspected as much. Better check into this before I buy anything.
What do you want to spend? What do you want to use the speakers for? Gaming? Music? If so do you want LOUD or just low to mid level good quality sound?
I mainly want them for music and I'm looking for mid-range price and quality - say $50.00. It's sort of ironic - I could always play stuff through my stereo which is a mere 10 feet away from the eMac. However, I'd prefer it if the computer audio was a bit more more localized (and that way I don't have to ask myself why I bought the iSub in the first place... )
It might be a little bit too pricey, but I'd say keep your iSub and get a pair of Apple Pros and a Griffin iFire to run them. Unused Pro speakers (but not new) go for $60 or so, and the iFire is around $40 I think.... I have 2 of these setups and they sound a lot better than any $100 aftermarket option including Altec Lansings... AND you get to keep the Apple theme un-bastardized.
...And my setup is definately LOUDER with the iSub attached. Definately.
Interesting idea - I would like to keep the iSub (sounds great and it's a thing of beauty). Supposedly, the eMac internal speakers are identical to the ones used in Apple Pro speakers. Wonder why they're so much quieter...
The eMac speakers aren't the same -- they are much smaller -- and no doubt the internal amp is low-powered. If you go for the Apple Pros, make sure they are the current ones with the white rubber surround and not the black foam surround -- I've A-B'd them and the white ones sound a lot better.
The iSub is a thing of beauty and so are the Pros!
It seems easy to find Pro speakers as people trade them in for a non-Apple sub setup.
Just got home and tried plugging headphones into my eMac's headphone jack while listening to iTunes. The internal speakers went quiet but the iSub kept chugging away. I should have guessed this because the iSub has a separate volume slider and mute switch in the sound preferences pane. So I guess I don't need an iFire but I still might opt for those Apple Pro speakers... [img]graemlins/heybaby.gif[/img]