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Harman Kardon ISUB2000 isub Subwoofer (Mac Only)

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  • Subwoofer for iMac computers
  • Stereo-quality sound for music, movies, and games
  • 20 watts power
  • Bass response down to 44 Hz
  • USB digital interface (with Mac OS 9.0.4)
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  • Model Number: ISUB2000
  • Connectivity Technology: usb
  • Item Package Quantity: 1

Product Description

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Created for USB-equipped iMac computers, Harman Kardon's iSub subwoofer provides stereo quality sound for music, movies, and gaming. This 20-watt powered system includes a 6-inch woofer, delivering low-frequency bass response down to 44 Hz. With an easy, plug-and-play USB digital interface, the subwoofer comes with its own power supply and is optimized to work with Harman Kardon built-in speakers. Place the iSub under your desk for optimal performance.

The iSub comes with a one-year warranty.


Product Information

Product Dimensions 15.5 x 12.6 x 12.1 inches
Item Weight 8.3 pounds
Shipping Weight 8.3 pounds
ASIN B0000513SA
Item model number ISUB2000
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4.0 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews

4.0 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #2,244 in Electronics > Accessories & Supplies > Computer Accessories > Audio & Video Accessories > Computer Speakers
Discontinued by manufacturer Yes
Date first available at Amazon.com April 3, 2001

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By Giuseppe C. HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 5, 2002
Normally I dismiss the teenage mentality that requires subwoofers to punch up its daily hip-hop diet. But the striking appearance, exacting technology, and rapidly dropping price of the Harmon Kardon iSub spoke above my misgivings.
Six months later I couldn't be happier with my purchase. This is not a woofer that blows you away the instant you hook it up; rather it grows on you, much like sophisticated music.
I love the total absence of any controls or switches, which reminds me of the audiophile purists who would never think of equalizing, altering, or doctoring the sounds on their vinyl records. And the sound is so pure and translucent--much like the unit's appearance--that it doesn't call attention to itself. In fact, I often wonder if the thing is working--until I disconnect it. It's contribution is subtle but significant.
One small warning: the unit comes with a bulky, heavy power supply that needs to be factored into decor and installation schemes.
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By A Customer on December 23, 2002
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I bought the iSub directly from Amazon about a month ago and I am well pleased with its performance as well as the service from Amazon. The addition of lower frequency sound, along with my Apple Pro speakers, makes listening a vastly richer experience and that brings up a real problem: the vendor who is presently selling the iSub on Amazon, JandR, has come up with a richer price that bears no relationship with reality, charging a c-note. The manufacturer's own web site shows a list price of $$$for the iSub. I realize that Amazon can't always provide a deep discount on all merchandise, but the JandR pricing is a rip-off. [...]
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I've owned the isub since 2001, and it was great, until I upgraded to Tiger on my ppc G4. The isub worked, but caused a stuttering in audio at random times, for random durations. Then, this month, I upgraded to an intel imac with Leopard. Sorry to say...Apple has left the isub behind. It isn't compatible with Leopard, and had problems with Tiger. I never owned Jaguar or Panther, so I can't comment on compatibility there.
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This is a great-sounding woofer and too attractive to leave on the floor. The sound coming from it completes the sound spectrum from the Apple Pro speakers you should already have had.
However, be aware of the price. If you go to either the Apple web site or the Harman Kardon web site you will find the list price. For some strange reason JandR wishes to charge substantially more....
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Sure, it's a little pricey, but what Apple product isnt'? Of course we all agree it looks great, and the green light is a nice effect.
It packs quite a punch, especially if you boot into OS9 and set the bass up a little. In OSX, there is no software adjustments availible, but it is set to a decent volume at default.
I am using the iSub with the New iMac and Apple Pro Speakers, they put out a good amount of punch, and the Pro Speakers don't distort as much as they did without the sub.
Only downside is no knob to adjust the bass and no OSX software support (although it plays fine in OSX) Oh, and quit complaining about using a USB port, you have 1 (after mouse) on your keyboard, and two/three on the back.
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I've had an iSub for a number of years, but it's worthless now. It didn't break, it's just not compatible with my current Mac. I replaced my aging iMac DV with a new Intel iMac. Unfortunately Apple dropped support for the iSub with Mac OS 10.5, turning my iSub into a useless paperweight. If you have a Pre-Intel Mac and want to improve your audio without a new pair of speakers this would probably work for you. Just remember it'll be worthless when you decide to get a shiny new Mac.
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I have owned and greatly appreciated the sound quality of the HK iSub for about a year now. However, I recently purchased M-Audio StudioPro 4 speakers from the apple website. After plugging them into my iMac through the speaker jack on the side, I enjoyed the pleasant mixing of the speakers and the iSub. After some time, I decided to see what would happen if the iSub were to be disconnected from the computer...

The low-frequency mini subs of the StudioPro 4 speakers seemed to kick in as soon as the iSub was unplugged. This lead me to the conclusion that the iSub, being connected via USB, cuts off or redirects the lower-frequency sound from the external speakers.

Is there any way the iSub and the mini subs of the external speakers could work simultaneously? Having more speakers playing the lower frequencies would be very favorable and as of now i am leaving the iSub disconnected.
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I purchased one of these and love it. Little did I know it is only able to be used through usb let alone only mac, not a problem. Me being an electronics engineer, I disassembled it and made it work with 3.5 mm jack for headphone use off your phone. I then used a jam plus speaker amp as a preamplifier to increase the output. I then put a crossover before the sub and made it to where it only produces low frequencies. I then used a set of polk audio desk top speakers for the highs and mids. I basically made my own soundsticks. Sounds awesome and you can feel the bass clear across the room and its a big room.
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