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Old Feb 23, 2010, 01:54 PM   #1
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Switching between headphones and external speakers on my iMac

Hi,

With my iMac, I have Swan M10 external speakers that I love. I also like to use headphones sometimes.

My currrent solution for switching from speakers to headphones (or vice versa) involves physically turning the computer, disconnecting one input in the headphone jack, and putting in the other one.

I am looking for a splitter that will

a) is long enough to rest on my desk instead of dangle down from the back of the computer
b) quickly allow me to select which audio output device I want to use (without playing through both, which causes problems: either tingy sound playing through the headphones I'm not using, or having to turn off the speakers I'm not using)

Is there a solution for this?

Thanks in advance!
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Old Feb 23, 2010, 02:06 PM   #2
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This might work but I don't know are there any with a switch so you wouldn't have to unplug&replug
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Old Feb 23, 2010, 02:07 PM   #3
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Dont you just option click the speaker icon and switch it to line out?
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Old Feb 23, 2010, 02:16 PM   #4
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Dont you just option click the speaker icon and switch it to line out?
The problem is that iMac has only one audio input and he has to change the cable when switching between headphones and speakers. It's impossible to have two cables in one input without splitter

@OP: Do your speakers have USB too?
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Old Feb 23, 2010, 02:30 PM   #5
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@OP: Do your speakers have USB too?
Nope...I'm going to order the splitter you linked from Monoprice. I can't believe they're only a dollar. The ones at the Apple Store were like $20
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Old Feb 23, 2010, 05:11 PM   #6
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get a USB audio device like the one offered by plantronics and then you can easily switch devices by having one plugged into the "USB-Audio" and one into the "Line out"
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get a USB audio device like the one offered by plantronics and then you can easily switch devices by having one plugged into the "USB-Audio" and one into the "Line out"
Like this. Hmm, that's even better idea then OP wouldn't have to unplug and replug, just few clicks and that's it
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Old Feb 23, 2010, 07:36 PM   #8
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yep, its what i do because i use mac speech dictate and i have my good headphones then i have phones with a mic

thus i can listen to music and use the mic or just use my everyday phones

its the same principle
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