How do I use alternate/upgraded non apple speakers on my Imac?

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  1. adpaste8 macrumors newbie

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    I am trying to plug in the Bose Companion 2 desktop computer speakers to my iMac OS X. Getting a message "connection device not recognized". Speakers work but sound is distorted. Obviously, something is missing and wrong. Anybody no the problem and solution?
     
  2. Bill P. macrumors regular

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    Have you selected the new speakers in the Sound System Pref?
     
  3. adpaste8 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I just tried but did not see an option to select "new speakers"
     
  4. kev319 macrumors newbie

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    amp

    Could your speaker system be working as an Amp? Can you turn down the volume control of your speakers and just use the volume control with the computer?
     
  5. Bill P. macrumors regular

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    Well, though this may not be the problem, in the Sound Prefs under “Output” do the new speakers appear??
     
  6. adpaste8 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    the new speakers do not appear. just one choice that says "external speakers"
    I imagine this is for the old speakers too.
     
  7. adpaste8 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    amp

    tried to turn them down, that did not work. It must have something to do with the wiring and shielding of the connector. I am tempted to cut and splice the old connector on to the new speaker wire. The music is playing but there is fuzziness and distortion.
     

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