Audio jack for multiple speakers

Discussion in 'iMac' started by PhilipD, Jun 5, 2009.

  1. PhilipD macrumors newbie

    Jun 5, 2009
    I'm new owner of a Mac Mini after a long unhappy sojourn with PCs...

    I have several speakers (Logitech) which I had hooked up to my PC with three cables, black, pink, green...the Mac Mini only has one plus for Audio...what do I do to get sound out of these speakers all at once?


  2. BPresley321 macrumors regular

    Nov 23, 2007
    Fort Worth, TX
    You need a toslink (optical) audio cable or an RCA cable with a 3.5 mm plug.

    I had a problem with this initially as my 3.5 mm cable appeared to not fit but after some "maneuvering" it all worked out great.

    What kind of inputs are on the speakers?

    One of these will probably work.
  3. geoffreak macrumors 68020


    Feb 8, 2008
    Sorry, but you'll need new speakers. Mac Minis only offer fiber optic audio as well as standard 3.5mm stereo audio.
  4. PhilipD thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 5, 2009
    thanks for the replies...
    am confused...

    the main speaker has a VGA connection plus 4 inputs like the RCA ... Black, Yellow, White & Red
  5. gr8tfly macrumors 603


    Oct 29, 2006
    ~119W 34N
    I'm going to leap at an assumption you have a 5.1 system.

    So one connector is C/Sub, next is rear L/R and the last is front L/R - total of 6 analog channels.

    The Mac supports 2 channel analog stereo out or full digital (including DD5.1) over its optical (TOSLINK) connection. If the Logitechs have optical digital in, then you're set. Otherwise, you will need an optical digital decoder which outputs the the 6 I described above in analog.

    Griffen used to make a FireWave Firewave adapter to do just that. They're discontinued, but some are still around. I'm guessing by the time you invest in that, you're not too far from a new system that has optical, or a full blown home theater, including speakers, with the appropriate optical in.
  6. nickcliborne macrumors regular

    Aug 25, 2008
    Nut house
  7. Spanky Deluxe macrumors 601

    Spanky Deluxe

    Mar 17, 2005
    London, UK
    OS X doesn't really support 5.1 sound anyway unless you have third party hardware. Yes they do support pass through of things like AC3 etc so that DVDs and Videos encoded with 5.1 sound can be decoded by an external optical decoder but they don't support 5.1 sound in games via the optical out.

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