Query failed: connection to localhost:9312 failed (errno=111, msg=Connection refused). Apple Speakers on PC :: - Current Mac Hardware Discussions on AppleInsider Forums Toggle navigation All Forums Recent Posts Sign In Apple Speakers on PC :: badtz Posted: June 18, 2002 9:39AM in Current Mac Hardware edited January 2014 Does anyone know if the apple pro speakers can be used on a pc? [apple mini-jack to regular 1/8" plugs, or the usb version (that comes with cube)]since we're @ it.......how about the soundsticks/sub.......?thanks Comments Reply 1 of 10 graeme d warren Posts: 84member June 18, 2002 9:56AM [quote] Does anyone know if the apple pro speakers can be used on a pc?how about the soundsticks/sub.......? <hr></blockquote>Unfortunately I have never used these, but from what I know, I would say no, they can't be used. These only work with certain Macs do they not? (iMacs and later or something like that). If this is true, I don't see 'em working too well on a PC. give it a shot round at a mates sometime or something. Reply 2 of 10 badtz Posts: 949member June 20, 2002 5:28AM i believe the usb versions MIGHT work with pc's?or does it draw more from the special usb ports on macs that it can't be used?hmmm Reply 3 of 10 badtz Posts: 949member June 20, 2002 6:19AM but the sticks connect to the sub, which connects to the tower via usb........but doesn't that need the 20mW usb ports?[same with the cube power speakers?] Reply 4 of 10 eugene Posts: 8,254member June 20, 2002 7:00AM The SoundSticks will work on a USB PC. The SoundStick iSub has a power-brick. The G4 Cube speakers won't work on anything but the Cube.I don't think you will be able to use Apple Pro Speakers on anything other than a Mac, not even with a pigtail. Reply 5 of 10 murbot Posts: 5,262member June 20, 2002 10:13AM I've used my SoundSticks on my PC, and they work just fine. In fact, they're louder on the PC than my iBook...They show up as "Harman Kardon SoundSticks" when you plug them into an XP system.I think you're out of luck with the Pro Speakers though. Reply 6 of 10 badtz Posts: 949member June 20, 2002 2:31PM Thanks for the responses! No drivers are needed for the soundsticks? Reply 7 of 10 murbot Posts: 5,262member June 20, 2002 3:47PM No drivers needed in XP - can't say for other versions of Windows though. Reply 8 of 10 salbeik Posts: 2member December 31, 2006 10:12AM Hi I have a PC, iMac and a Studio Display LCD - so I was able to do a lot of testing.You are right the speakers don't play lound on the iMac.My Apple studio Display is connected to my pc throug a apple adc-dvi converter, and so the power from the usb on the display comes from my usb 2 port from my pc motherboard. So basiclly i connected the usb speakers to my studio display and connnected to usb cable from the display through the adc-dvi converter to a pci-to-usb 2.0 card. They apparently don't work when connected directly to my motherboard but only to my pci card. now everything it's working on my pc. Reply 9 of 10 salbeik Posts: 2member December 31, 2006 10:14AM So I guess what I am saying is in order to get the usb speakers to work on a pc you need to buy a studio display and a adc-dvi converter , which will cost you a little more than 250 $. Reply 10 of 10 jeffdm Posts: 12,949member December 31, 2006 2:48PM Quote:Originally Posted by salbeik So I guess what I am saying is in order to get the usb speakers to work on a pc you need to buy a studio display and a adc-dvi converter , which will cost you a little more than 250 $.Are you sure it needs that converter? The Apple Studio display might need it, but there are other monitors that offer USB hubs on them. Sign In or Register to comment.