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Speaker Recommendations for a new iMac
« on: October 14, 2011, 01:44:43 PM »
Hi there.

I just got a new iMac and have been using Audacity to do my post editing and tracking. I love the Mac, but the speakers just don't pull enough sound or quality of sound that I would like to have for editing.

I am on a budget, but wondering what you use for your editing on your computer. Or, if there is already a thread on this topic could you direct me to it?

Thanks guys. Much appreciated!
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Re: Speaker Recommendations for a new iMac
« Reply #1 on: October 14, 2011, 01:59:26 PM »
Hi there.

I just got a new iMac and have been using Audacity to do my post editing and tracking. I love the Mac, but the speakers just don't pull enough sound or quality of sound that I would like to have for editing.

I am on a budget, but wondering what you use for your editing on your computer. Or, if there is already a thread on this topic could you direct me to it?

Thanks guys. Much appreciated!
~Heath

I use a set of Sennheiser cans... 

If you want to use monitors, I would recommend a USB external DAC > Preamp > powered Monitors.  I've been looking at one of these for a while:  http://www.nuforce.com/hp/products/iconhdp/index.php

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Re: Speaker Recommendations for a new iMac
« Reply #2 on: October 14, 2011, 04:57:17 PM »
I have tried KRK VXT4's and they are a real nice monitor for their size and price range. 


Also made a special trip to audition a pair of Genelec 6010A's and was not impressed with them at all, 6010a's are underpowered and freq response does not go low enough.  Stepping up to the Genelec 8000 series 8020b's or 8030a's is a different story but much more expensive.



Bowers & Wilkins MM-1 These are computer speakers and not designed as reference monitors but have come highly recommended from several listener sources but I've yet to audition them...

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Re: Speaker Recommendations for a new iMac
« Reply #3 on: October 14, 2011, 05:50:24 PM »
Thank you, to both of you! Good looking stuff  ;D
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Re: Speaker Recommendations for a new iMac
« Reply #4 on: October 14, 2011, 05:50:50 PM »
Don't skimp out with wimpy computer speakers, go for impact.  More than one set is a good idea so you can choose between them depending on what you're listening to:

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Re: Speaker Recommendations for a new iMac
« Reply #5 on: October 14, 2011, 06:35:57 PM »
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Re: Speaker Recommendations for a new iMac
« Reply #6 on: October 14, 2011, 07:02:14 PM »
KRK RP6 gen2.....They rock!  I bought a pair for my PC, I installed a good soundcard with balanced outs... and it smokes...

All KRK models will take either XLR, TRS or RCA inputs.

The RP6's can be had for 400$ for the pair....
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Re: Speaker Recommendations for a new iMac
« Reply #7 on: October 14, 2011, 07:11:58 PM »
^^love them, excellent bang for the buck.
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Re: Speaker Recommendations for a new iMac
« Reply #8 on: October 14, 2011, 07:17:20 PM »

I am on a budget

~Heath

As always, you need to clarify what you mean by "a budget." Computer speakers will run anywhere from $10-$1000+

FWIW I've been happy with the Audio Engine 2's. They come in around $200. I've generally been disappointed when I've tried anything less expensive.
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Re: Speaker Recommendations for a new iMac
« Reply #9 on: October 18, 2011, 02:32:32 PM »
Thank you all for the great info... and the humor  ;)
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Re: Speaker Recommendations for a new iMac
« Reply #10 on: October 21, 2011, 05:00:32 AM »
I use genelec 1029s in my studio, and a set of m-audio AV 40 active monitors for remotes.  Nice balance and tone for the price of around $128 a pair at Amazon...  check em out

 

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