External speakers distortion problem

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by kraftwerk, Oct 29, 2006.

  1. kraftwerk macrumors newbie


    Oct 29, 2006
    London, UK
    Hi - sorry if this topic's been covered before. I'm new here and am posting in desperation and frustration at having no luck getting answers on the official Apple boards...

    I bought a set of Harman/Kardon Soundsticks II. They sound really good when connected directly to my iPod, but just awful connected to my Mac (PowerPC G4). Virtually unlistenable, there's so much distortion - even at really low volume level.

    I've checked the audio MIDI utility set-up and that seems to be fine. The problem is worst on the right-hand speaker, but when I switch the channels in the utility, the problem migrates to the left-hand speaker. I've tried cleaning the out socket with canned air (from my wife's photo-accessory bag) and checking the connections on the inside but there's nothing much to see there.

    This is driving me bonkers, so any suggestions would be very welcome. Thanks.
  2. mklos macrumors 68000


    Dec 4, 2002
    My house!
    Are you possibly hooking it up to the microphone port? That would cause it to distort.
  3. rstorm macrumors regular

    Oct 26, 2006
    Grand Rapids, MI

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