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Old Jun 27th, 2008, 10:55 PM   #1
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MacBook speakers?

I listen to old time radio over the net using my MacBook. I could download the stuff I guess, but it's easier to just let it stream.

The problem is that the speakers on my MacBook are not very loud so I want to use external speakers.

I have a suitable set of speakers and have used them with batteries, but I prefer to plug them in. They didn't come with a wall wart.

The speaker says 6V and the wall wart I found is 5V. It works.

Question: is there going to be a problem? I would hate to burn the house down.

Thanks, Margaret
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Old Jun 27th, 2008, 11:17 PM   #2
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Old Jun 27th, 2008, 11:43 PM   #3
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Thank you, I can rest easy now.

I wonder what that particular wall wart was supposed to power - it has long since been separated from it's original device.

Why can't they print the name of the thing on the wall wart so I wouldn't end up wit a box full of mismatched stuff

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The speakers are probably bout the only thing I hate on my macbook. They're way too quiet even when maxed out. It seems the spears are rear facing and are designed to bounce off the base of the laptop lid, which I guess for some people is fine, but horrible for me. As such I always wear headphones.

I guess if I wanted to blow 90$ I could get some bluetooth headphones

Far as the speakers. Voltage is only half the story, its possible to give the speakers a 6V power adapter, and still fry them if the amperage is much higher than the speakers can handle (or the speakers wouldn't work if the amperage range is too low for the speakers).

Kinda like hooking up a camera charge with the same voltage to a cellphone, but digress if the charger happens to use 2.2mA and the phone was only expecting say 0.7.

But basically you'll see The voltage followed by an equal type of sign, then the amperage typically. The same should be on the speaker next to the input. (The equal like sign show the type of current flow, or sometimes the polarity) .
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Old Jun 28th, 2008, 08:37 PM   #6
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I picked up a Boynq Cubite speaker for 10 bucks.
I find the dialogue in some movie/video is too hard to hear through the built in iMac speakers, so I was looking for a simple single unit satellite solution. Sound quality was not an issue, I just wanted something I could place closer to me and crank up/down easily.

Sound is certainly not a quality of the Boynq, it has two tinny speakers. There is a lighted volume knob, separate bass/treble controls (although I question if they are active or just placebo knobs). One cord comes out the back which splits into a usb and a 1/8 audio jack, so the speaker runs off the usb, no power adapter required. It does come with a power adapter, so you can use it as a stand alone for an ipod. Also has 4 usb ports on the front.

I wouldn't pay 20-30 for the Cubite, and I wouldn't use it for music, but for 10 bucks it works for me.
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