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Digital Lifestyle Hardware: Digital Rules, Analog Drools 188 Speakers When it comes to the digital lifestyle, sound is at least half the experience. While all Macs have at least one built-in speaker, the sound you hear out of these speakers is not worthy of the digital lifestyle. You should definitely add external speakers to your system so that you can enjoy all the great sounds that are part of your digital lifestyle projects (not to mention music and movies that you enjoy on your Mac). This includes iTunes music, the soundtracks of your iMovie projects, DVD sounds, and so on. NOTE The best built-in speakers in Macs are those in the later generation of G3 iMacs. These iMacs have two Harman Kardon speakers built-in that produce fairly good sound. When an iSub sub-woofer is added, you have a decent sound system. When adding a speaker system to your Mac, you should only add systems that have at least three speakers, with two being satellites and one being a powered sub-woofer. There are two basic types of speaker systems that you can add: analog or digital. Analog speakers connect to your Mac's headphone or speaker jack and use analog signals to produce sound. There are many such speaker systems available, and they are easy to install and use. Analog speakers also tend to be less expensive than digital speakers. However, they don't produce as good a quality of sound as digital speakers do, nor can you take advantage of some of the more advanced features of digital speakers. Digital speakers connect to your Mac's USB port and handle all audio digitally. These speakers can offer additional features, such as the ability to play alert sounds through your Mac's internal speakers and other output sound through the speakers (if you have even been knocked out of your chair when an alert sound played while you were listening to loud music, you know why this is a good thing).