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Apple Design Speakers

CMW85

Member
Has anyone used both the M6082 and M2497 Apple Design speaker sets? Which set has better sound quality? Is there much of a difference between the two?
 

Durosity

Well-known member
I have a set of the Apple Design Speakers II but not the originals (although I did have them back in the day). Can't say that either sound particularly great, but I remember the reviews at the time saying the original ones were a bit better. The one thing I did like about them was the fact you could have 2 simultaneous sound inputs into them, designed so you could have a Mac and an external CD drive connected.
 

aeberbach

Well-known member
The speakers have a big impact on sound, whether the source is an old AM radio or something far more expensive. M6082 are really good speakers for the size, they are solid and really stood out when there were so many rattly thin plastic options for desktops. Mine aren't in use but they are put away because I could see using them again. I have heard but have not owned M2947 and I didn't think they were better at all.
 

CMW85

Member
Is the sound coming out a 1990's Mac so good that one can tell the difference?

I was hoping that the II model would at least sound similar, but apparently not. It seems to be easier to find boxed sets of the II. :)

I have a set of the Apple Design Speakers II but not the originals (although I did have them back in the day). Can't say that either sound particularly great, but I remember the reviews at the time saying the original ones were a bit better. The one thing I did like about them was the fact you could have 2 simultaneous sound inputs into them, designed so you could have a Mac and an external CD drive connected.

Cool. Was wondering why the original models had two knobs on them. :)
The speakers have a big impact on sound, whether the source is an old AM radio or something far more expensive. M6082 are really good speakers for the size, they are solid and really stood out when there were so many rattly thin plastic options for desktops. Mine aren't in use but they are put away because I could see using them again. I have heard but have not owned M2947 and I didn't think they were better at all.

Thanks for the info. I guess I'll go for the M6082 set. I had a feeling that the II model wasn't as good. :)
 

aeberbach

Well-known member
I was hoping that the II model would at least sound similar, but apparently not. It seems to be easier to find boxed sets of the II. :)



Cool. Was wondering why the original models had two knobs on them. :)


Thanks for the info. I guess I'll go for the M6082 set. I had a feeling that the II model wasn't as good. :)
Be sure to open them up to check if you can (preferably before paying top dollar) - the foam surrounds of the speaker suspension are prone to perishing and flaking away. They will still work without but not as well. You might be able to find a replacement kit but more likely you will be able to find replacement drivers, though they are not cheap.
 

Durosity

Well-known member
Cool. Was wondering why the original models had two knobs on them. :)
Ah so the two knobs aren’t actually related to that, one is for volume, the other for balance!

Oddly enough though last night someone posted some in box AD Speakers 1 for a low low price so I grabbed them, so I’ll be able to compare how different the 1s and 2s are!
 

joshc

Well-known member
I used to use M2497 speakers with G3/G4 Macs (when those were current) and they were fine but I think these days any decent modern speakers would probably sound better. My memory is vague but I seem to recall they are quite bassy and have a rather boomy deep sound, depends what you are looking for I guess. Sound is very subjective.
 

CMW85

Member
Ah so the two knobs aren’t actually related to that, one is for volume, the other for balance!

Oddly enough though last night someone posted some in box AD Speakers 1 for a low low price so I grabbed them, so I’ll be able to compare how different the 1s and 2s are!

Cool! How were they different?
 

pizzigri

Well-known member
I have a pair of the original speakers, and I went the easy way and just replaced the drivers. They sound great for what they are. The internal stereo amp is a dual 5w.
the drivers that are comparable to the originals for sound quality and more or less the same size (some modding is needed) are the Visaton FRS8 4ohm drivers.
they're like 14 euro each at Reichelt.de
 

pizzigri

Well-known member
Some pics. And video! As said, the audio is great for how they‘re built. I was listening at 3/4 max volume, and the source was the tiny blue mp3 player next to the right speakers.
 

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Trash80toHP_Mini

NIGHT STALKER
I loved the first version, got 'em for my son as part of his HomeWork/AV setup. He gave them back to me, but the cones are blown. There was a thread about re-coning them long time back. Thinking such would be better than finding replacement speakers unless newer drivers are significantly better?
 

pizzigri

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I had ordered the replacement foams but in the end it’s almost as expensive. And difficult to do. And these are full range speakers anyway, it’s not like theres a xover, so as long as the bass reflex load is similar….
 
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