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We wish someone had told us about this years ago, before we wasted money on fancy stereo systems that blow every time we have a party.

We just bought two self-powered speakers, Mackie 450s. Setup was very easy. The speakers came with power cables, and nothing else. We got an XLR-XLR cable to chain the two speakers. And an XLR adapter. Plugged in our tiny iPod shuffle — and huge sound filled our apartment.

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Awesome. Never have speakers so powerful been controlled from so tiny a device. Now we can throw out our pointless high-end amp, which they said was perfectly matched to the speakers, now defunct, that we bought. Liars.

Mackie 450 [Rock and Soul]

XLR-to-XLR Microphone Cable [RadioShack]

XLR-to-1/4" Microphone Cable [RadioShack]

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