Apple AudioVision 14 Display

Manufactured by Apple Inc., the Apple AudioVision 14 Display was Apple’s first true multimedia monitor. This color display is truly unique. 

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Apple AudioVision 14 Display

Indeed, this monitor was the only display ever to use the HDI-45 connector, capable of transferring video to the screen, video capture input from an S-Video source, audio output and input, and Apple Desktop Bus (ADB) all through one cable. This display has a built-in microphone.

Release Date

August 1, 1993.


  • Picture tube: 14-inch diagonal, 13-inch viewable screen. Trinitron CRT. .26-mm pitch aperture grille.
  • Screen resolution: 640 x 480 pixels. Scan rates: horizontal scan rate- 35.0 kHz, vertical refresh rate: 66.7 Hz.
  • Maximum display colors: 16.7 million. DPI: 69.
  • Active video: 9.3 inches by 6.9 inches.
  • Display area: 235 mm by 176 mm.
  • Video input signals: Red, green, and blue video signals. 714 V peak to peak; white positive. Composite synchronization, negative-going TTL.
  • Audio input signals: Accepts audio signal of up to 6 Vpp (line level – low sensitivity) or as low as 20 mVpp (microphone level – high sensitivity) without clipping the signal, depending upon the level and sensitivity setting.
  • Microphone: Directional, optimized for use in speech recognition and other voice-related applications.
  • Speakers: Stereo, with ported (base reflex) chamber design. Minimum loudness: 90 dB SPL at 1 kHz at 0.5 m. Frequency response: 100 Hz – 15 kHz +(-) 3 dB.
  • Headphone jack: Output level: 1.75 Vpp into 4 ohm load and 2 Vpp into 10 k ohm load.
  • Voltage: 100 – 240 VAC + (-) 10%.
  • Frequency: 50 – 60 Hz + (-) 3%. 55 W maximum, all line conditions.
  • Power: The monitor contains internal power-line fuse protection. This fuse should be replaced with the same type by a qualified service technician.
  • Size: 13-inch (height) x 13.5-inch (width) x 15.5-inch(depth).
  • Weight: 33 lb.
  • Warm-up time: 20 minutes required to meet all specifications.
  • Operation temperature: 50 – 104 F° (10-40° C).
  • Relative Humidity: 90% maximum, noncondensing.

Apple Model, Discontinuation, Price

Apple Model number:

  • M2001.


  • Discontinuation announced on August 7, 1995.
  • The device was terminated in October 1995.


The specialized functionality settings are sent to and from the monitor’s microcontroller through ADB. Power Macintosh, Performa and Workgroup Server models 61xx, 71xx and 81xx all have the special HDI-45 port built-in. All other models require a special adapter to connect audio, video, and ADB separately to this monitor.


  • The Apple AudioVision 14 Display can be used with any Macintosh with a DB-15 monitor port with an adapter.
  • This display was designed by Apple and IDEO, the company which worked with in-house design staff to incorporate audio and video features into this distinctive display, maximizing the telecommunications and speech technologies of the Quadra and Power PC product family. IDEO and Apple designers created a speaker “chin” area to accentuate the unit’s stereo sound quality, and a tilt/swivel mechanism to facilitate monitor positioning.
  • A proprietary isolated acoustic chamber in the bottom cavity of the monitor raises the sound quality of the relatively low-cost speakers to a level comparable with that of $200 speakers. IDEO is an award-winning global design firm that takes a human-centered, design-based approach to helping organizations in the public and private sectors innovate and grow.
  • The Apple AudioVision 14 Display was the third generation of displays which marked the end of the monochrome display era and the beginning of the multimedia era.
  • The AppleVision line of displays were later renamed as ColorSync Displays when Steve Jobs returned to Apple and consolidated the product lines. Only 17-inch and 20-inch models remained in the line.


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This post currently has 4 responses

  • I found this in my dad’s garage. Can it be worth trying to sell it on E-bay or Craig List? I couldn’t find anything about actual prices, which may be curious for collectors.

  • Hello, for some time now I am looking for this display. I f it is still available I am more than interested in buying it.

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