Headphone jack as input

Discussion in 'iMac' started by nate16, Jun 29, 2017.

  1. nate16 macrumors newbie

    nate16

    Joined:
    Nov 9, 2015
    Location:
    Maryland
    #1
    Hello all,

    I recently purchased a 2017 27inch iMac to replace my Late 2012 Mac Mini. I knew that the iMac only had a headphone jack but I figured that I could use an adapter to get audio from my soundboard onto the iMac via the headphone jack. I've tried and failed.

    This is the cable that I ordered that I hoped would fix my problem but I'm not getting anything showing up on the input side when I try to use it. Did I get the wrong cable or is this just not possible in the iMac? I tried out my old iPhone headphones as well and they don't show any input options.

    I just ordered a USB version that should work but I wanted to see if the users here had any other solutions before I return the cables I purchased.
     
  2. Stefan johansson macrumors 65816

    Stefan johansson

    Joined:
    Apr 13, 2017
    Location:
    Sweden
    #2
    The headphone jack is most likely only connected to output on sound card.
     
  3. fischersd macrumors 601

    fischersd

    Joined:
    Oct 23, 2014
    Location:
    Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
    #3
    Actually, the port only supports the input of a microphone from a set of Apple headphones.
    From: https://www.apple.com/ca/imac/specs/

    Screen Shot 2017-06-29 at 12.31.11 PM.png
    So, if I were you, I'd ask the folks at Apple if they have a cable that could be used with 3rd party devices that you could utilize the proprietary interface they're using.
     
  4. Chancha macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Mar 19, 2014
    #4
    Forget the jack, it's wired in TRRS where the mic is only mono.

    Get a cheap USB audio interface, even the most basic ones can take stereo AUX input from RCA or 3.5mm jack.
     

Share This Page