Issues Connecting External Stereo Speakers To iMac

Discussion in 'iMac' started by DaveJennings, Feb 6, 2013.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    Just decided to hook up my Stereo speakers to my iMac but the sound is only coming from the left speaker. Any advice?
     
  2. macrumors 6502

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    Did you use a stereo jack? Is it pushed all the way into the iMac? Do the speakers work in stereo from another device?
     
  3. macrumors member

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    Sounds stupid I know but is the jack fully in on the speaker out port? as if not that can cause only one speaker to work.
     
  4. simsaladimbamba

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    Is Balance set to the middle in System Preferences > Sound > Output?
    And what source were you trying to play with what application to get the audio only on one speaker?
    Have you checked all the physical connections from the iMac to the speakers and what exact speaker set do you use?
     
  5. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yes mate, the jack is fully pushed into the out port. You can hear that the speaker is on but there is no sound coming from it.

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    Yes mate, and the speakers work with other devices.

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    Yes mate, the balance is set in the middle. All connections are fine, i'm trying to hook up my Samsung Stereo Speakers to the iMac.
     
  6. simsaladimbamba

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    And again, what application did you use to play what kind of source?
     
  7. macrumors 6502

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    other silly question, if you use the internal speaker can you hear the sound balanced?
     
  8. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Sorry mate, I don't understand what your point is? All I'm trying to do is use my speakers rather than the internal ones. When you say what application did you use and what kind of source, what do you mean.

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    Yes mate, and the sound works perfectly through my headphones.
     
  9. simsaladimbamba

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    You can use iTunes, QT Player X, VLC Player and many other software players to play a variety of sources (videos or music using different formats and such), and some of those sources might have many audio channels but the software player you use only plays back one channel (had that problem with some 5.1 sources and Movist).

    It is probably not the case with your speaker set, but it was worth a try, in order to zoom into a solution.


    Does it also happen in another, even temporarily created, user account?
     
  10. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Happens in all software mate, i'll try another account just incase.
     
  11. macrumors 6502

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    Be happy at least in not a problem of the sound card of your new toy...
    Hope you will sort it out shortly!
     
  12. macrumors 6502

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    Are you positive the setup is set to "Stereo" and not "Mono"? If its set to mono it would explain why only one speaker is outputting sound. If its playing mono it would sound like the same style from an iPhone or other type of device. A stereo setup distributes the sound so some sound would be missing. Don't know if this makes sense but I'm drugged up with a collapsed lung at the hospital.
     
  13. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Sorry to hear that mate, yeah i've been into system preferences and its all set to stereo.
     

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