External Audio vs Inbuilt Speakers

Discussion in 'iMac' started by l33r0y, Nov 7, 2007.

  1. l33r0y macrumors 6502

    Aug 7, 2007
    Hi all...

    I intend to use my iMac with an external amplifier fed by the optical output. Two things:

    Will I need a toslink to optical 3.5mm converter plug for the iMac side? Or does the iMac have a standard toslink connector?

    Also can the inbuilt speakers be controlled independantly of the optical out? Would it be a case of pressing 'mute' on the keyboard and the iMac continues to output the optical at standard volume (0dB, or line out volume?) to be controlled externally by the amp? Or is there a mixer panel to determin what the software volume relates to?

  2. chmarch macrumors newbie

    Aug 22, 2007
    Yes, you need the mini-Jack converter for optical output.

    The onboard speakers are inactive when using optical audio out. You cannot control the volume of the optical audio from the iMac, nor can you mute the audio when using optical audio.
  3. Jimmdean macrumors 6502

    Mar 21, 2007
    I believe there's a control panel for choosing which you want to use when auxiliary speakers/stereos are connected.
  4. l33r0y thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 7, 2007

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