NEW TO MAC NEED HELP

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by macpk01, Apr 30, 2005.

  1. macpk01 macrumors newbie

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    I just got a mac mini, when I went to hook up my speakers they didnt work. Are there a special kind of speakers needed for the mini?

    The speakers are Boston Digitl BA735

    Thanks for any help
    Macpk01
     
  2. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

    CanadaRAM

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    Do you have the digital/analog input BA735, or the USB input BA735USB ?

    http://www.bostonacoustics.com/usb_drivers.asp
    "BA735USB: This speaker system was designed to be used exclusively with Gateway's Astro and Profile 2 computers."

    Digital BA735:
    "Digital output sound card; Digital output must be a 3.5mm mini-din digital out; Note: (1) This speaker set will not work with analog sound cards. This speaker set will work with digital output sound cards only (like the Creative Labs Sound Blaster Live 5.1)."

    How are you attaching to the Mini?
     
  3. macpk01 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I Have the digital, through the port on the back.

    Thanks

    Macpk01
     
  4. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

    CanadaRAM

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    OK, which port, specifically, are you attacing it to? The headphone out port? And that goes to which port on the Bostons?

    You may be SOL on these speakers because it looks like they need proprietary drivers in order to work.
     
  5. macpk01 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yeah I am pluged into the headphone port. Where would I be able to get the drivers?

    Thanks
    Macpk01
     
  6. yellow Moderator emeritus

    yellow

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    I don't think you can get speakers to work through headphone jacks (at least on any Mac I've tried with).

    Maybe you can use an iMic's audio output jack?
     
  7. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

    CanadaRAM

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    There are conflicting reports on these speakers, some say they only work with a digital input, others say there is an analog (line level or headphone type) input. Plus there's a version that is for Gateway PCs only.

    You are going to have to go to your speakers' instruction manual or get to Boston Acoustics on this, whether they work or not will be up to the speakers' design and requirements for software drivers (although if they have an analog input they should not need to use software drivers).

    yello: self powered speakers are usually plugged into the headphone (audio out) port...
     
  8. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    I've never seen it work on a headphone out jack.. only on a real audio out jack. Reality might differ from my experiences though! :)
     
  9. redeye be macrumors 65816

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    it does ;)
    my speakers work(ed) fine with every headphone jack i connect(ed) them to.
     

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