audio out on iMac? speakers?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by gwuMACaddict, May 10, 2005.

  1. gwuMACaddict macrumors 68040


    Apr 21, 2003
    washington dc
    just ordered my new 2.0GHz G5 20inch iMac. (wOOt!)

    question- is there an audio out port on the back? or will i need to get speakers that use a headphone jack?

    which sound better? ones that use the headphone jack or ones thats use audio out?

    yikes... turned out to be a lot of questions... thanks for the help in advance!!
  2. nw43 macrumors regular

    May 8, 2005
    Most computer speakers use a 3.5mm (sorry, not sure what the equivalent term in the US) stereo jack which is the same size as a headphone jack. (Unless it's different on macs as I've never had one before!)

    I believe the audio port on the imac is also digital out
  3. Schroedinger macrumors regular


    Feb 12, 2004
    Baltimore, MD
    If you don't mind spending money, and want really good sound, i would recommend getting a usb audio interface. I've got one, and I run its 1/4 inch outputs to my stereo. I was driven by the need for inputs for garageband, but it sounds great coming out too.

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