imac and pc mic/headphone headset

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by macfan881, Mar 20, 2007.

  1. macfan881 macrumors 68020

    Feb 22, 2006
    hi i just recently got a new intel imac and i came from being a pc user and i wanted to use my pc mic/headphone set it has a mic in and ur normal headphone jack will there be anyway i can get this to work cause id like to youse Ventrillo on my bootcamp partion and skype to. or do i need a whole new set that would have usb
  2. akbartharayil macrumors newbie

    Feb 10, 2009
    enabling headphone in imac pc

    can i know how to use headphone in imac pc, when iam inserting the pin the speaker and headphne both are working , i want the only headphone sound , not required the speaker .also the mic
  3. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    I am pretty sure the jacks on the back of the iMac are line level. Your mic likely is at to low of a level. you would need either a preamp to convert the signal or an external USB audio interface with it's own built-in preamp.

    They also make USB headphone/mics that work well and sell for less than the price of an external USB audio interface

    I solved this problem a completely different way. I use a phone that connects directly t my local network with Ethernet. They are not expensive and I don't like software based phones

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