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Old Sep 8, 2010, 11:01 PM   #1
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Can my old PC external speakers be used on an iMac?

I have Harmon Kardon speakers with a subwoofer that I used on my old PC; it used a Soundblaster card. Can I use the system on the iMac? If so, how? Thanks for your replies.
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Old Sep 8, 2010, 11:03 PM   #2
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did they connect via any sort of unique/proprietary connectors? if not, as long as they connect optically, usb, or via a headphone jack connector you should be just fine.
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Old Sep 8, 2010, 11:06 PM   #3
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did they connect via any sort of unique/proprietary connectors? if not, as long as they connect optically, usb, or via a headphone jack connector you should be just fine.
I had to connect the audio connections to the soundcard in the back of the tower, so, yes, they were "unique."

Any recommendations on which speakers to buy?
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Old Sep 8, 2010, 11:19 PM   #4
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I had to connect the audio connections to the soundcard in the back of the tower, so, yes, they were "unique."

Any recommendations on which speakers to buy?
That sounds a bit... unusual...

Want to actually state what model speakers you have?
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That sounds a bit... unusual...

Want to actually state what model speakers you have?
It states on the back of the subwoofer (h/k595). CNET has it here: http://reviews.cnet.com/pc-speakers/...-30207714.html

Apparently, its PC compatible.
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Old Sep 9, 2010, 12:22 AM   #6
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If they plug in via a 3.5mm audio jack (pictured below), then yes, you should be fine. The CNET article says they do, so I believe you are all set.

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Old Sep 9, 2010, 12:32 AM   #7
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Well, according to the user manual, it can be connected using either multi-channel audio (3 jacks) or stereo audio (1 jack).

Just use the stereo jack and connect the speakers to the headphone jack in the back of the iMac - which is the common thing to do with 2.1ch speakers.
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Old Sep 9, 2010, 07:46 PM   #8
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I'll try it out this weekend. I hope it works; I'll update. Thanks for your help.
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