external speakers + laptop

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by marhaba123, Oct 17, 2008.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Oct 17, 2008
    Since the speakers on the mbp are ok, but not great, I was wondering if I could hook the laptop up to a set of external speakers. I’m sure this would work, so my main question is, would I then also need the amp that normally goes with those speakers, or is that not necessary? I’m asking because although my speakers are relatively new, my amp/stereo system is a lot older and I doubt they would be compatible with anything digital. Supposing it does work, what would I need/how would I do this? Thanks.
  2. macrumors 601


    Dec 31, 2007
    La La Land
    PC speakers generally use a 3.5mm input jack that you stick in the headphones jack on your laptop.
  3. macrumors 604


    Dec 29, 2006
    dallas, texas
    Most likely you would need some sort of external soundcard. Do your speakers use 1/4" TRS plugs or the standard audio cables.

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