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Best Speakers For iMac or ThunderBolt Cinema Display

Of all the Macintosh computer models, iMac desktop owners are probably the least likely to buy external computer speakers for their Mac. Among all of Apple’s computers the iMac has, well, the ‘best’ computer speakers built in of any Mac. For many, the audio quality, volume and frequency response is ‘Good Enough.” But for those who want more deep bass rumble and room filling presence, there’s no shortage of 2.0, 2.1 and Surround computer speakers to fit the bill. But which speakers are best for iMac and it’s design and aesthetic? Here’s my top pick:

Self-Powered USB iMac Speaker


Aux Input + Subwoofer Output


The xTremeMac TangoBar USB Speaker for iMac is a gorgeous and outright elegant addition to unobtrusively tuck under your iMac’s front bezel and compliment it with sleek aluminum styling and add zero additional footprint to your desk space. It’s also a great match for an Apple ThunderBolt or Cinema Display which lack built-in speakers. This self-powered sound-bar speaker features a right mounted volume/mute control, and 1/8” headphone and audio inputs, plus a sub-woofer output jack at the rear. The loudspeakers contain dual midrange and dual tweeter drivers as well as passive radiator woofers. With digital amplification from a USB port’s power, they claim up to 10 watts of room-filling audio - without needing an external power supply.

Some other good options styled right for an iMac might be a sleek, silver pair of affordable Bose Companion 2 speakers or possibly a Twelve South BassJump 2 to balance out an iMac’s low-frequencies somewhat.