Xtrememac USB-B22-01 USB Powered PC Speaker
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- 10 watt amplified USB powered.
- Stereo dome tweeters and midrange drivers.
- Headphone and line in jack.
- Backlit volume control.
- Connection for optional sub out port.
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XtremeMac’s Tango Bar speaker let’s you enjoy audio from the computer like never before with cutting edge technology that delivers twice the output power of most traditional USB speakers. There is a six speaker configuration with dual dome tweeters, midrange drivers and passive radiators. Tango Bar’s single USB connection for both power and audio can connect to any computer or wall charger USB port. The simple plug and play USB connection cleans up any workstation area by reducing cord clutter. Additional connections include a headphone output and line-in jack for personal listening or use with MP3 devices as well as an optional sub-out port.
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I'm an author and when I write I like background jazz coming through the speakers on my desk. The Xtrememac lets me hear the full spectrum of musical frequencies at a lower volume. If and when I become interested in viewing movies and concerts at my desk, I will probably seek to add on a powered subwoofer like the Twelvesouth Bassjump 2.[Note: WRONG] But for now I'm very happy with the Xtrememac.
By the way, you may see this product also as Model USB-B22-03. It is the same speaker. The "01" is marketed in "The Americas" and the "03" is marketed in other countries. But the units are identical according to the Tango-Bar product sheet.
October 21, 2013: Correction - I've found that the iMac has four USB ports, but it will only allow one USB-connected speaker to be selected. Therefore the BaseJump 2 - a USB speaker - cannot be used with the Xtrememac. There is, however, an RCA connection on back of the Xtrememac, which allows for a separate subwoofer to be connected. But be careful in choosing the subwoofer cable. Some RCA ends will not fit the Xtrememac's subwoofer line in. I purchased a subwoofer cable that was slightly too large for the RCA connector. I had to connect it with an existing AudioQuest cable, which did fit.
I had blown out my speakers on my imac. They still worked but were quite distorted. The option was to replace them, or find an external speaker, like this. This is more expensive than replacing the speakers, but tons easier. It looks like it was made for the imac. Attaching to the bottom of the mac with heavy duty velcro gets it off the table and most people would think it's actually built into the mac.
If you want to improve the sound of your imac, and you don't have the desk space for bigger speakers on both sides, this XtremeMac unit should satisfy you. I like that it's powered and fed audio through the USB connection. No 1/8 audio cable needed. Although, you could feed it audio from any device into it's 1/8 jack. When you connect it, just tell your System Preferences which sound device to use. Then you can control the level from your keyboard still, or the big knob on the left side. I set both at about 50% most the time, I suspect you wouldn't want to turn your mac up too much and clip the audio feeding the speaker.
I gave it 4 stars, not because it's 80% as good as what ever is the best, but because it's as good as I'd figured it probably would be, seems well made, connected and worked with no issues, looks fantastic, but is probably a bit more expensive than it needs to be. That said, I would pay twice as much if it did sound unbelievably fantastic and did get the party going. I'd like to see these guy offer a compact sub that sits behind it. A matching box (wooden) with a 6" driver would do the trick nicely.
Buy it, don't expect to be all "WOW" when you plug it in. Expect to say, "Hmmm, Yeah, that sounds....better."
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I think I paid 74.99.Read more
Get a DragonFly and attach some real speakers instead.