Hooking up 5.1 speakers to iMac

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by dmtworld, Nov 10, 2014.

  1. dmtworld macrumors newbie

    Mar 27, 2012

    I want to help my father hooking up a set of 5.1 speakers to his iMac. The speakers have these 3 plugs Orange, Lime and Black.


    Model: This is the iMac model

    This is the back of the iMac.

    I assume I need some sort of adapter, but didn't find anything where I could plug those 3 plugs into. - Any products you would recommend?

    Regards, DMTWorld.
  2. Ralphalph macrumors member


    Mar 7, 2009
    In a pinch just plug in the green one. If there is a digital input on the speakers (optical or Spdif) get the cable for that. Or get an external USB sound card that has the separate analog line-outs. Or get new speakers.



    FYI. If the speakers have optical in, here is the adapter you would need. The iMac's headphone out port is actually also an optical out port (check that this applies to your model).

  3. dmtworld thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 27, 2012

    I'll get an external USB soundcard since the speakers have no optical in.

  4. sebseb macrumors 6502


    May 24, 2014
    And plugging just the green one didn't work? If i'm correct those are Creative Speakers and I have a 2.1 from that company and I just plug the green one into my Airport express and I can play music from my Mac without an issue!

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