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Old Dec 26, 2012, 02:49 PM   #1
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Can I listen through iMac speakers?

I have an 3.5mm plug connected into my iMac and TV, and when my TV is off I want to listen to sound on my iMac, but it won't play on my iMac unless I pull the plug out which gets annoying and tedious task every day.

Any other solution?
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Old Dec 26, 2012, 03:53 PM   #2
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Other option

You can go to system preferences and then go to audio and change the audio out to headphone jack or internal speakers
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Old Dec 26, 2012, 04:45 PM   #3
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Or hold down the alt key and click on the sound level icon in the menu bar.
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Old Dec 26, 2012, 07:17 PM   #4
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You can go to system preferences and then go to audio and change the audio out to headphone jack or internal speakers
Do you mean click on SOUND? In output there is only one thing listed, Headphones. Why is that seeing I have no headphones? Does the Mac think the cable going from Mac to TV is a headphone? And why isn't the internal speakers listed?

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Or hold down the alt key and click on the sound level icon in the menu bar.
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Old Dec 26, 2012, 07:19 PM   #5
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Old Dec 26, 2012, 07:48 PM   #6
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Sorry thought it would work the same as my interface... but I think its becouse OS thinks u can just pull out the headphones if u want to use the speakers.. I cant think of any other work around to just pulling it out
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Old Dec 26, 2012, 08:03 PM   #7
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Sorry thought it would work the same as my interface... but I think its becouse OS thinks u can just pull out the headphones if u want to use the speakers.. I cant think of any other work around to just pulling it out
I have a Mini display port to Optical coming in the mail want to have it hooked to my Surround Sound Onkyo. Are you saying I cant have it plugged in and just enable my iMac speakers to listen out of them? Id have to pull this plug to listen out of my iMac and not the Surround Sound?

Bummer if so
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Old Dec 26, 2012, 08:25 PM   #8
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I have a Mini display port to Optical coming in the mail want to have it hooked to my Surround Sound Onkyo. Are you saying I cant have it plugged in and just enable my iMac speakers to listen out of them? Id have to pull this plug to listen out of my iMac and not the Surround Sound?

Bummer if so
yeah u can do it that way just not through headphone port
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Old Dec 26, 2012, 08:29 PM   #9
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yeah u can do it that way just not through headphone port
The minidisplay port is through the Headphone output
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Old Dec 26, 2012, 08:34 PM   #10
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The minidisplay port is through the Headphone output
No its not ... its just through the minidisplay port u dont need any extra cables
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Old Dec 26, 2012, 08:46 PM   #11
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No its not ... its just through the minidisplay port u dont need any extra cables
My fault what I actually meant to say was Ive got a Toslink to Mini Toslink cable coming lol
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Old Dec 26, 2012, 08:55 PM   #12
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Or hold down the alt key and click on the sound level icon in the menu bar.
It only shows headphones, not internal speakers

But when I pull plug out, it only shows internal speakers and not headphones.

Is there a way to have my Mac show BOTH, headphones and internal speakers so I can switch between the 2 without always having to pull out and plug in the audio cable?
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Old Dec 26, 2012, 09:15 PM   #13
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So it seems the only solution is to pull out the plug whenever I want to listen through Mac and put the plug in when I want to watch my Mac videos on my TV?

So my next question....does it harm the iMac if I pull out and put in the audio cable into the iMac when it's TURNED ON?
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Old Dec 26, 2012, 09:21 PM   #14
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So it seems the only solution is to pull out the plug whenever I want to listen through Mac and put the plug in when I want to watch my Mac videos on my TV?

So my next question....does it harm the iMac if I pull out and put in the audio cable into the iMac when it's TURNED ON?
So id have to pull out the Ministoslink to hear the iMacs speakers?
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Old Dec 26, 2012, 09:35 PM   #15
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USB audio adapter

Get a USB audio adapter. It basically adds another set of headphone and mic jacks to your computer. Use this for your audio out to TV.

Something like this:

http://www.buy.com/prod/qvs-usbaudio...226049977.html


This will free up your headphone jack and you will end up with something like this in your Sound preferences:



Make sure check the box on the bottom circled in red.


Now option/click (alt/click) on the speaker in the menu bar will allow you toggle your audio choice.




Not the most elegant solution but, No more unplugging...

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Old Dec 26, 2012, 10:18 PM   #16
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Get a USB audio adapter. It basically adds another set of headphone and mic jacks to your computer. Use this for your audio out to TV.

Something like this:
Image
http://www.buy.com/prod/qvs-usbaudio...226049977.html


This will free up your headphone jack and you will end up with something like this in your Sound preferences:

Image

Make sure check the box on the bottom circled in red.


Now option/click (alt/click) on the speaker in the menu bar will allow you toggle your audio choice.

Image


Not the most elegant solution but, No more unplugging...
Nice, but why doesn't it already have the sound Output preferences like that already? Where either the Minitoslink/Headphone output or iMac default speakers can be enabled?

BTW if I go this route with the adapter it doesn't effect sound quality since it isn't the native port?
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Old Dec 27, 2012, 11:52 AM   #17
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Nice, but why doesn't it already have the sound Output preferences like that already? Where either the Minitoslink/Headphone output or iMac default speakers can be enabled?

BTW if I go this route with the adapter it doesn't effect sound quality since it isn't the native port?
For some reason when they designed the iMac, if you plug something into the built in audio out/headphone jack, it disables the built-in speakers. I believe that this is the way iMac is hard-wired and it is not a software/OS function (Though I could be wrong).

My prefs with empty headphone jack





with something plugged in headphone jack




The only way I found around this is to add a usb sound out adapter.
They sold are in various levels of quality from simple stereo to full 3d surround.
How they stack up against the built-in head phone jack in terms of sound quality, I can't really say. I'm not much of any audiophile.
But it does work and its how i connect to my reasonably mediocre home sound system.
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Old Dec 27, 2012, 01:47 PM   #18
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Does it harm the iMac if I pull out and put in the audio cable into the iMac when it's TURNED ON?
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Old Dec 27, 2012, 01:57 PM   #19
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Bose companion 5's use a USB input off the speakers.

Expensive, but an option anyway.

Bought a set yesterday and will pass on the results.
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Does it harm the iMac if I pull out and put in the audio cable into the iMac when it's TURNED ON?
No, no risk whatsoever.
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Old Jan 3, 2013, 10:25 AM   #21
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For some reason when they designed the iMac, if you plug something into the built in audio out/headphone jack, it disables the built-in speakers. I believe that this is the way iMac is hard-wired and it is not a software/OS function (Though I could be wrong).
I thought it was software based simply because when you have external speakers connected to your iMac and then you restart the system.

The apple chime comes out of the built-in speakers at boot up, once OS X is up sound comes out of the connected speakers.
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No, no risk whatsoever.
Credible tech Source? Or are you assuming?
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Plugging a headphone jack in and out of your phone doesn't break it so why would it damage a more powerful and more capable machine.

It doesn't do anything except change where the sound comes out.

I hate the fact that the headphone jack is on the back. You either need an I credibly long headphone cable or have to sit right up next to the iMac.

Apple should either move the jack or include a pair of very long lead headphones with the iMac.
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Plugging a headphone jack in and out of your phone doesn't break it so why would it damage a more powerful and more capable machine.

It doesn't do anything except change where the sound comes out.

I hate the fact that the headphone jack is on the back. You either need an I credibly long headphone cable or have to sit right up next to the iMac.

Apple should either move the jack or include a pair of very long lead headphones with the iMac.
Or just buy a male->female 3.5mm extension cable....
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Old Jan 3, 2013, 03:49 PM   #25
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I am very surprised that nobody at Apple could have better foresight to include the ability to choose between 2 different audio outputs. Even the people at Microsoft were smart enough to think of that lol
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