Can my old PC external speakers be used on an iMac?

Discussion in 'Mac Peripherals' started by tximacusr, Sep 8, 2010.

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    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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    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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    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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    That sounds a bit... unusual...

    Want to actually state what model speakers you have?
     
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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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    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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    I'll try it out this weekend. I hope it works; I'll update. Thanks for your help.
     

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