iMac G5 sound capabilities?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by iindigo, Jul 18, 2005.

  1. iindigo macrumors 6502a

    iindigo

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    I'm aware that my iMac G5 has optical out and such - that's not what I'm talking about. What's I'm curious about is the iMac's internal sound capabilities - since it doesn't have a real sound card (which I beleive is true for ALL Macs) does it hurt the sound output quality? What does it output, 16bit, 24bit, or ...?

    Also, does my iMac have any major disadvantages to a Mac with a real sound card installed?
     
  2. mklos macrumors 68000

    mklos

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    Macs don't exactly have a sound card that you can change, but they do have a chip on the logicboard that controls the sound on all Macs. On the PowerMac G5, it is possible to add a seperate sound card.

    My iMac G5 has incredible sound through my Harmon Kardon Sound Sticks w/iSub. I don't see a difference between that and a PC with a normal sound card in it.

    This link should answer your question:

    http://developer.apple.com/document...cG5/03_Input-Output/chapter_4_section_15.html
     
  3. Plymouthbreezer macrumors 601

    Plymouthbreezer

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    The iMac G5's speakers are almost as useless as the Mac Mini's built in ones. :rolleyes:
     
  4. corywoolf macrumors 65816

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    if your looking for superior sound quality, go with an external sound card via USB. Do a google search for one and look at reviews.
     
  5. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603

    GimmeSlack12

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    If you open the System Profiler (Apple Menu>About this Mac>More info) you can select the Audio tab and it will tell you the sound output specs. My G3 has 44khz output. I connect a stereo to the sound out port and it sounds great.
     

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