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Old Jul 29th, 2019, 03:36 PM   #1
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Apple Pro speakers adapter?

I have the classic clear circle Apple Pro speakers that I used to use with my old lampshade G4. The G4 died and I am not investing any money to fix and repair. I however would like to use the speakers. I have an Amazon echo input which is all the smarts with no built in speaker. I am using some crappy computer speakers at the moment and would like to put these to use.

I am thinking I am out of luck but thought I would ask anyways. My google searches led me to the Griffin iFire which I cannot find. I was hoping it would be as simple as an adapter that plugs in and then makes it a 3.5 mm jack. I do not want to solder anything. Is there any other options for simple plug and play other then the Griffin iFire?
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Old Jul 29th, 2019, 04:41 PM   #2
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How handy are you and maybe this would work??

Using Apple Pro Speakers with a class-d amplifier
https://www.ifixit.com/Guide/Using+A...mplifier/11399

The Radio Shack Stores (now The Source) used to carry small amps that would likely work for about $25-$50.00.


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Old Jul 29th, 2019, 04:47 PM   #3
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How handy are you and maybe this would work??

Using Apple Pro Speakers with a class-d amplifier
https://www.ifixit.com/Guide/Using+A...mplifier/11399

The Radio Shack Stores (now The Source) used to carry small amps that would likely work for about $25-$50.00.


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I think I saw that option in my searching but it is more effort then I really want to put into it. Was hoping someone had developed some easy plug and play solution. I could see spending about $50, amore than that and I would just buy some new speakers.
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Like a lot of Apple stuff, even this OLD comment pretty well sums up the situation, unless you're into the DIY electronics:

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For the cost of this adapter, you could just buy new speakers.

The big problem with the old Apple Pro speakers is that Apple went out of its way to make sure you couldn't use these speakers with anything else but certain G4 Mac models. The connector and subsequent wiring make these speakers very proprietary and limited use without spending gobs of time altering some of the components and purchasing external computer audio amps and connectors.

Apple simply made these unusable on anything but their own hardware at that time.

It's simply not worth the effort.
https://discussions.apple.com/thread/4366732

PS: I would be very surprised if there aren't some reasonably priced speakers you could purchase and just plug and play that would outperform the performance of those speakers as technology has improved so much, as good as they were in their day, I'd be surprised if there wasn't something as good if not better, especially if you avoid the big name, overpriced speakers.

And not forgetting that Apple possibly still supplies and supports their Audio MIDI Setup.app to enhance the Mac's sound even better.



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Old Jul 30th, 2019, 12:03 PM   #5
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Like a lot of Apple stuff, even this OLD comment pretty well sums up the situation, unless you're into the DIY electronics:


https://discussions.apple.com/thread/4366732

PS: I would be very surprised if there aren't some reasonably priced speakers you could purchase and just plug and play that would outperform the performance of those speakers as technology has improved so much, as good as they were in their day, I'd be surprised if there wasn't something as good if not better, especially if you avoid the big name, overpriced speakers.

And not forgetting that Apple possibly still supplies and supports their Audio MIDI Setup.app to enhance the Mac's sound even better.



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It is the Apple way. I can definitely get better speakers for cheap, what Apple does do well is the design and they circle speakers have a unique look and thought if easy to make work they would fit in great. This is just speakers for my workout room so not looking for the best sound. Thanks for the help and suggestions!
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It is the Apple way. I can definitely get better speakers for cheap, what Apple does do well is the design and they circle speakers have a unique look and thought if easy to make work they would fit in great.
Just an alternative thought, but if you have a good electronics repair place in your local area. you may want to check with them for the price to set up a small amp and connectors as some of them really love getting their hands involved in such projects. Just a thought. 😁 ;-)


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Just an alternative thought, but if you have a good electronics repair place in your local area. you may want to check with them for the price to set up a small amp and connectors as some of them really love getting their hands involved in such projects. Just a thought. 😁 ;-)


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Good idea, did not think of bringing to someone to get it done, will look into that.
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It is the Apple way. I can definitely get better speakers for cheap, what Apple does do well is the design and they circle speakers have a unique look and thought if easy to make work they would fit in great. This is just speakers for my workout room so not looking for the best sound. Thanks for the help and suggestions!


I was under the impression Harmon Kardon made those *for* Apple; if so they deserve the Kudos.

That said, there was a set of the speaker with an iFire for $199 on eBay. Not sure if its worth the price.

EDIT: Seems like a reasonably simple surgery: http://www.dremeljunkie.com/2012/01/...idiculous.html or at least no worse than the procedure I did years ago to connect s-video to the luma/chroma inputs on my trust commodore monitor.

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Old Jul 31st, 2019, 12:38 PM   #9
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I was under the impression Harmon Kardon made those *for* Apple; if so they deserve the Kudos.

+1. That was my understanding as well. But to Apple's specs and to work with their proprietary connection method.

Just like Harmon Kardon made the speakers for the original Lifesaver iMacs and some other Mac models I believe.



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