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    MBP Speakers
    I'm buying a MBP 15" today and I'd like to buy a pair of stereo speakers for it. When setting this up at my desk, I will have my Mackie powered monitors. But if I'm out of town or something and I want to play a game, I'd like to hook up some small speakers. I'm wanting to spend $100 max or less if possible. I'd like them to sound as good as possible given the price. Oh and if possible, it would be great if I could purchase them at an Apple store, but if I have to buy them online to get the best deal for the money... I will.

    Suggestions?
    Don't know what I'm supposed to say, but I keep speaking these words anyway.

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    MBP Speakers

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    Why not a headset? I know a couple of good ones for 100 bucks :-)

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    The speakers aren't too bad on the MBP - but like all small speakers they are missing the low range. You could try this
    BassJump Subwoofer - BassJump Subwoofer - Twelve South
    Twelvesouth BassJump | Audio | Mac|Life | Mac|Life
    $79

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    MBP Speakers

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    Are you planning on playing a game in OSX or in Windows via bootcamp?

    If windows, you may want to look at something like a logitech G35 which if you shop around you can get for right around $100, or a Razor gaming headest.
    My Macs: Late 2013 rMBP w/ 750m; Mac mini G4, 1.25 GHz, 512m ram (server); Late 2011 11" MBA, 1.8GHz i7, 4Gig Ram, 256Gig SSD, HD3000; Powerbook 12" G4 1.33GHz running Debian as a server; Apple TV (1080p version)

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    Probably gaming on both OSX and Windows... but the more I can do in OSX the better. Meaning if a game is available for both, I'd rather use OSX.
    Don't know what I'm supposed to say, but I keep speaking these words anyway.

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    MBP Speakers

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    Yeah, I don't blame you. There are only a few games I still play on the windows side, but I'm trying to wean myself off of them (only kinda successful really).

    Myself, I'm still a fan of having a headset so not everyone in the general area can hear / is annoyed by what I'm doing
    My Macs: Late 2013 rMBP w/ 750m; Mac mini G4, 1.25 GHz, 512m ram (server); Late 2011 11" MBA, 1.8GHz i7, 4Gig Ram, 256Gig SSD, HD3000; Powerbook 12" G4 1.33GHz running Debian as a server; Apple TV (1080p version)

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    Check out Soundsticks II IMO they're very decent budget speakers. Perhaps a tad more than $100 but worth the extra coin IMO.

    Amazon.com: Used and New: Harman Kardon SoundSticks II 2.1 Plug and Play Multimedia Speaker System

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doug b View Post
    Check out Soundsticks II IMO they're very decent budget speakers. Perhaps a tad more than $100 but worth the extra coin IMO.

    Amazon.com: Used and New: Harman Kardon SoundSticks II 2.1 Plug and Play Multimedia Speaker System
    I think I saw those on the Apple.com store. Do you think they sell them in the store?
    Don't know what I'm supposed to say, but I keep speaking these words anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HonestIllusion View Post
    I think I saw those on the Apple.com store. Do you think they sell them in the store?
    Well, I know for a fact that Apple Authorized dealers sell them, but you'd be well advised to stay away from them OR from Apple when making such a purchase, as the price of said item will likely be significantly more. A quick search at Apple's online store reveals: Harman Kardon SoundSticks II - Apple Store (U.S.)

    So if you're desperate to get them from Apple, there ya go.

    Doug

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    MBP Speakers

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    Get a pair of M-Audio AV 40, you will not be disappointment in the sound quality. If you look hard enough you could get them for a little over your budget.

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    Creative labs gigaworks
    creative labs gigaworks t-40 were pretty good for size

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