splitter questions (for audio)

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  1. SilvorX macrumors 68000

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    im planning on getting a mac soon (as some of u probably know) and i have a set of 4.1 speakers on my xmas list, and i was wondering if i connected an audio splitter in the headphones jack on the mac, and plugged the 2 ends of the speakers to the jacks on the splitter, would they play fine? or would i HAVE to use an external sound card (such as the m-audio sonica) or could the splitter make it sound fine, i dont mind if the speakers play as 2 sets of 2.1 speakers since i wouldnt really have a problem with that :p lol, they'dd probably be better quality than my speakers right now for my peecee...
     
  2. vniow macrumors G4

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    It would play fine.

    The only thing a splitter would do is duplicate the stereo signal so it would play in all 4 speakers, you're going to get sorta pseudo 4.1 rather than actual 4.1, but it sound better than ordinary stereo.

    I hacked me a similar system when my PC was down and all I had was a VCR.
    Hooked up a couple of cables to the speaker input and it played great.
    It even emulated my center channel so I had fake 5.1 sound.[​IMG]
     
  3. SilvorX thread starter macrumors 68000

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    lol, if it sounds better than my 2.0 speakers i'll be happy :p lol, thats all i want, cuz if i get an ibook, i dont want really quiet speakers lol
     
  4. zimv20 macrumors 601

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    don't be so sure. it depends on the strength of the built-in preamp. it will _probably_ be fine, but if the signal sounds like crap it's 'cuz you're asking too much of the preamp.
     
  5. SilvorX thread starter macrumors 68000

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    hmmm i'll be asking the ppl at the computer stores tomorrow afternoon about splitters in laptops (if i mention ibook they might start bitching at me lol)
     
  6. vniow macrumors G4

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    You are absolutely correct.

    Fortunately the pre-amps I've hooked stuff to weren't too strong so the signal sounded fine, but I've seen a few pre-amps that were a bit much for the final result.

    I'm pretty sure laptop headphone connectors aren't too strong though.

    Rephrased: It should work fine.
     
  7. SilvorX thread starter macrumors 68000

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    i went to the local puter store today (they sell both pcs and sometimes macs) n one of the guys was saying that using a splitter should be fine for 4.1 speakers, cept there may be a loss of quality (since the splitter splits it) and "some" speakers wont work with it cuz of different jacks
     

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