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External Speakers 2.1 config
External Speakers 2.1 config
by James Haefner on Feb 15, 2009 at 3:15:41 pm

Hello Audio Pros:

A buddy just gave me some external speakers and I would like to utilize on my MacBook Pro for playback/ A/V editing.

I want to be sure I wire them properly. Here are the specs.

1 - SONY MODEL # SSCN15 - 8OHMS - MAX INPUT PWR = 120W magnetically shield type

2 - SONY MODEL # SS-SR151 - 16OHMS - rated input = 20W - max input pwr = 60W

He did not give me any speaker wire (clips in back). Just the speakers. Whats my best & affordable configuration you recommend. Thank you all.




Re: External Speakers 2.1 config
by Ty Ford on Feb 15, 2009 at 3:40:29 pm

Hello James, and welcome to the Cow Audio Forum

From the way you describe them, they require a power amp.

The headphone output jack on your MacBook doesn't have the power to make 'em play (or not very loudly).

If the jack on the MacBook is the usual 1/8" TRS, you need a cable that has a male TRS on one end (to plug into the computer) and male RCA or 1/4" plugs to plug into whatever power amp you buy.

Regards,

Ty Ford


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Re: External Speakers 2.1 config
by James Haefner on Feb 16, 2009 at 1:44:36 pm

Hello Ty:

Thank you for your welcome and reply.

All last night I have been searching high and low for a Preamp. I have to say money is very tight at the household.

Any suggestions on what preamp will suffice and where you would recommend getting one? Thanks!




Re: External Speakers 2.1 config
by Ty Ford on Feb 16, 2009 at 3:38:07 pm

James,

Preamps are used to raise the level of a mic to line level.

You need an amp to power your new speakers. You can probably find a cheap one at radio shack, circuti city or best buy.

Ty Ford

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