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Mac laptops can be more alive with the sound of Musik

Let’s be honest: the speakers that come with Apple laptops are tinny. Of course, so are the speakers in most laptops from any company. If you want to upgrade your audio a bit with some portable speakers, Palo Alto Audio Design’s $59.95 Musik is one solution.

This isn’t a speaker set that will thrill hardcore audiophiles. It’s a relatively inexpensive, compact (8 x 4 x 4 inches) solution for adding some extra oomph to your laptop. Keep that in mind, and you won’t be disappointed with the Musik. You can also use the speakers with a desktop, but I’d go for a better sounding, if more costly and less portable, audio set-up.

The Musik speakers use a digital audio amplifier circuit that utilizes full-digital amplifier technology. This method amplifies a digital audio signal without converting the signal to analog, which is a plus. What’s more, the audio signal is sent from the computer to the speaker through a digital USB connection. Since the signal is kept in the digital domain until driving the speakers, sound isn’t degraded by any analog noise. 

Audio is better than I would have expected from speakers of this size and in this price range. The treble is solid, but the bass is timid and distorts at high volumes. 

Set-up is a breeze. You connect the Musik to your laptop via an USB cable. And since they draw power from the USB port, you don’t need an external power supply.

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Dennis Sellers
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Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.