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PostPosted: Sat Apr 21, 2012 7:07 am    Post subject: Mac Mini External Speakers Reply with quote

I am a happy new Mac Mini (mid 2011) owner.

I notice that I have to set the speaker volume to almost the max to reasonably hear the standard chimes. Music on it would be a waste of time.

I am anxious to keep wiring clutter at a minimum. Are there 'good' Bluetooth speakers available?

I guess I would have to plug one in to charge the batteries. Are there 'good' Bluetooth speakers with decent size batteries?

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 21, 2012 7:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi - you sure you've got the sound turned up?:


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 21, 2012 2:48 pm    Post subject: Mac Mini External Speakers Reply with quote

Thanks for the reply.

Yes, I did it exactly as you described (and I'm not sure how you annotated that screen shot ...!!)

Notification chimes are OK near the top of the volume setting. Some U-Tube clips are loud enough, some still too quiet. Music is tinny and lacks bass. I was hoping an external speaker would give me better sound in the middle of the volume adjustment.

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 21, 2012 6:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://jawbone.com/speakers/jambox/overview

Here is an option. Not cheap, but it's pretty much the best sound you will get in a small package.

It will work over Bluetooth. You can plug them into AC power and it has a built in rechargeable battery (lasts 5 to 15 hours). All the cables are included.

That being said you will get better sound at a lower price with speakers that plug into the mini. Logitech makes good speakers at a good price.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 22, 2012 12:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

when you find the right speaker, for lower prices you can always check ebay
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2012 12:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A more affordable solution might be an Altec Lansing IML237USB. It has a USB connection (not a 3.5mm audio). Look here: http://www.amazon.com/Altec-Lansing-iML237USB-Portable-USB-Powered/dp/B002NEG0VO

One of the Amazon reviews claims that this speaker squeals (feedback?) when his computer goes to sleep. I wonder if anyone on this forum uses one on a Mac Mini (mid-2011) ...and does it squeal?

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