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  • External Speakers 2.1 config

     Ty Ford updated 12 years, 4 months ago 2 Members · 4 Posts
  • James Haefner

    February 15, 2009 at 3:15 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.

  • Ty Ford

    February 15, 2009 at 3:40 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.


    Ty Ford

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  • James Haefner

    February 16, 2009 at 1:44 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!

  • Ty Ford

    February 16, 2009 at 3:38 pm


    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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