2010 Mac mini has low, low sound. Please recommend an external speaker to increase volume. I tried Creative Pebble, quality was fine, but volume remains low. I bumped the audio to 96.0 kHz to no avail.Am I stuck with insufficient volume?
The sound from the Mac mini won’t be that strong to begin with because they use a laptop speaker and it’s very tiny to begin with!
To get more volume I recommend using external amplified speakers. Regular computer speakers will work or you can plug it into one of those Bluetooth portable speakers with an INPUT port. I did this with my MBP and a really cheap audio cable (I think they are 3.5mm plugs).
I did some research on the Creative Pebble (original one) and they are USB powered so there’s not a lot of power. In this article from PC Mag, they say “it’s a pretty limited system” and they are a “notable upgrade over laptop or phone speakers.” To me, that sounds like a very low bar to jump over. For more volume, you need more power like what the Bluetooth speakers or plain amplified speakers that you plug into the wall for power will give you.
For the best quality output, I’d go with S/PDIF optical out from the Mac mini.
- Monoprice 102671 Toslink Female to Toslink Mini Male Adapter - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001V5HQAU/
- AmazonBasics Digital Optical Audio Toslink Sound Bar TV Cable - 3.3 Feet https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00L3KO5WK/
Most any sound bar or inexpensive amplifier can then convert digital to analog as needed.
- Logitech Z313 Speaker System https://www.amazon.com/dp/B002HWRZ2K/
So maybe $50 all in for amazing sound quality and volume. You could spend more or less of course.
Apple has put hardware DAC on the Mac Studio and several recent portable Mac lines as well.
I have the same problem....I have mine run to a CROWN SL-II pre-amp driving 2 CROWN 375 watt per channel amps and 1 CROWN 250 watt per channel amp feeding 2 pairs of JBL L-150's and 1 pair of JBL L-100's
When I use the cd my amps are set at 4 (out of 10) and pre amp is set at 4 (out of 10)
Very good listening level (a little loud for some)
Mac Mini volume set on MAX and I have to set power amps at 10 and pre amp at 9 and still don't get the same DB level
Now...if your gain is set THAT high and you have any problem you can kiss your tweeters goodbye....plus you are over working your amps.....
The only reason I bought the mini was for a music server and I’m disappointed it’s not meeting my needs. I'm buying a Dell laptop with a 500 gig SSD and use it instead.