iMac Digital Audio Output

Discussion in 'iMac' started by chmarch, Aug 22, 2007.

  1. chmarch macrumors newbie

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    I have a question for anyone with the current iMac or the previous all-white iMac:

    If anyone has used the digital optical audio with the little adapter, does it mute the onboard speakers?

    Thanks in advance!

    Christopher
     
  2. jesteraver macrumors 6502

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    I've used a optical audio wire forgot what it is called. Thing is with that hooked to my Home Theater receiver, I only get the speakers working when it powers up and get the chime. After that all the audio comes from the receiver. I hope that helps you in any way.
     
  3. chmarch thread starter macrumors newbie

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    So what you're saying is that using a ToSlink Digital Optical Audio cable from your iMac to a receiver...you hear the Apple startup "BOOM" from the onboard speakers, and then from there on the onboard speakers are muted, and all audio is redirected to the receiver?

    Thank you very much for your confirmation

    Christopher
     
  4. lowfat macrumors newbie

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    Yes that is correct. You could always change what the sound is outputted to in the Sound panel of System Preferences.
     
  5. chmarch thread starter macrumors newbie

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    This is exactly what I wanted to know, thanks guys!

    I asked because I currently have a Gateway 610 XL All-In-One,
    and when using the Digital Optical Audio (which sounds great),
    the onboard speakers are not muted, and I have to keep a 'dummy'
    stereo cable plugged into the headphone jack. This wouldn't be
    possible though on the iMac (when I get it in October) because
    the Optical Audio and Stereo Audio come from the same "hole".

    If anyone knows more about Digital Optical Audio, and could tell
    me how I could mute the onboard speakers of the Gateway
    (possibly through Windows), I would be very grateful!

    Thanks again.

    Christopher
     
  6. illicium macrumors regular

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    adapter

    does the optical adapter come with the iMacs? or do you have to buy it separately?
     
  7. jesteraver macrumors 6502

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    You have to buy it on your own.
     

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