Attaching external speakers-very basic question

Discussion in 'iMac' started by JDL51, Sep 6, 2009.

  1. JDL51 macrumors newbie

    Sep 6, 2009
    Poncha Springs, Colorado-USA
    I have a set of Logitech speakers & sub-woof. They attached into my old Dell through 3 separate plugs (right, left & center). My iMac doesn't have the same configuration and I'm wondering if I need to purchase an external sound card so I can plug in the speakers. I know this is a very rudimentary question, but I'm pretty green to all of this. Thanks for your help and patience. :confused:
  2. MTI macrumors 65816

    Feb 17, 2009
    Scottsdale, AZ
    The iMac has, like most personal computers and laptops, a single 3.5mm mini-stereo jack that serves as headphone/audio out. On the later iMacs, the same jack also provides a digital (toslink) audio signal, which is compatible with home theater amps and other devices.

    If your speaker connection is separate L, R and C (combination L&R or is it a discrete "center channel" for 3.1 audio?) . . . then you'll need to adapt your speakers' wiring via plug adapters.

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