External Speaker Sound only coming out of one speaker!

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Justin122, Dec 21, 2009.

  1. Justin122 macrumors 6502

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    I have a 2.1 Logitech Z4 setup, and the sound is only coming out of the left speaker. I have checked the wires, they are fine, and both speakers do work - but it could be the socket that's the problem. It's plugged into the line-in socket, I have put the output in System Preferences to Headphones, and everything is inserted correctly.

    What do I do?

    Thanks :)

    EDIT: My sound system is plugged into the headphones jack. I have tried putting headphones into the headphone jack and the sound also only comes out of the left earbud.
     
  2. eawmp1 macrumors 601

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    Finish the diagnostic. Plug in some earphones/earbuds - if you only have sound in one ear your computer RCA jack is not working (be sure to FULLY seat the jack in until it kinda clicks).
     
  3. Justin122 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Still came out of the left ear only.

    Hmm... Looks like I will have to get my Mac to the Apple Store.

    Can anyone else chime in on this?

    Thanks,

    Justin
     
  4. cawesjmu macrumors 6502

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    Since you were in the System Pref. I assume you made sure the left/right slider bar was in the middle, and not pushed over to the left? And whatever you're listening to is in stereo? Probably yes on both of those. You could see if another user account has the same issue, just to be sure it's hardware and not some preference in your user account.
     
  5. spinnerlys Guest

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    Have you checked the balance settings in System Preferences > Sound > Output?
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    Also what do you mean by "line-in"?

    The Mac you have (iMac or Mac Mini) has a line out (analog and digital optical) combined with a headphone output, all in one socket. There is also a line-in (optical and analog) for putting audio into the Mac, not out of it.

    Has the 3.5mm plug three, two or one black stripes around the silver coloured metallic plug?

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  6. Justin122 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yes, the balance slider is in the middle, sorry about that, I'll add it to my post now. And yeah sorry, it's plugged in to the "Headphone" socket.

    The 3.5mm jack has two black circles around it.

    Thanks,

    Justin
     
  7. Justin122 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Anyone? sorry to bump, I hate bumping but this is pretty important.
     
  8. eawmp1 macrumors 601

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    Do this.
     
  9. gonzaloaf macrumors newbie

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    Hello Justin, I'm having the same problem with my iMac G4/800, how did you solve the problem?
     
  10. Justin122 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Two year bump!!

    I bought a USB external sound card for about £5 (roughly 10$) because my jack was busted. Did the trick
     
  11. WilliamG macrumors 604

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    Good grief. I was sitting on this page for the last five years, hoping you'd update. :p
     
  12. Justin122 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Time flies, huh :rolleyes:
     

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