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PB 15" and External Speakers
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Dec 28, 2003, 02:23 AM
My plan is to buy a PB 15" ALU sometime not long after the Mac Conference event... I am wondering about hooking up external speakers to the PB... I saw a real slick Harmon Kardon clear speaker system that works off of a USB port, so I guess that would work more than OK... I have a relatively nice Altec Lansing ADA 880 Dolby Digital speaker system that I purchased in 1999 with my current Dell PC... it has a S/PDIF digital input port that currently connects to a DVD hardware decoder card on the Dell... it also has a normal, analog input that can be hooked up to normal audio out on a basic PC sound card... I read that the PowerMac G5s have some sort of digital sound output... is there any way to hook the Altec Lansing 880s up to a PB 15" ALU?

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Dec 28, 2003, 03:49 AM
actually, i have a very nice klipsch sound system, and if you get a y-splitter you can put both into the Y, and put it directly into powerbook,, sounds great!
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Dec 28, 2003, 11:51 AM
My USB HK Soundsticks sounded OK ...

But, to my ear at least, both my Monsoon MM-700 and MM-1000 systems sound fabulous! The Monsoons connect to the headphone-out (mini stereo) jack.

The little Monsoons sit right in front of my huge Magnaplanars ... which I seldom use anymore ... actually my entire stereo system (complete with 200 disc CD changer) is seldom used
( Last edited by mainemanx; Dec 28, 2003 at 12:06 PM. )
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Dec 28, 2003, 12:08 PM
Another vote for the soundsticks, they sound great.

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