iMac headphone output Question

Discussion in 'iMac' started by XDawg, Dec 14, 2015.

  1. XDawg macrumors newbie

    Dec 14, 2015
    I have an 24' iMac latest IOS, I think it's 2012 - anyway I also have a Bose Speaker System with it - through USB.

    When I put my Ath M50X Headphones in the Bose sound puck the sound is meh - when I go through the MAC headphones the sound is better.

    I was told that USB out sound trumps Headphones. Is it that MAC sounds out digital through the Headphone and not analog?

    Is there a converter I can buy to make the sound even cleaner - digital direct from the MAC? or is the jack enough?

  2. MadDane macrumors 6502a

    Apr 5, 2015
    The reason why the sound is better through the iMac compared to the Bose is most likely due to DAC (Digital to Analog Converter) being superior in the iMac vs. Bose. It is correct that you get the full digital signal from USB, but in the end what matters is the quality of the DAC. In other words, because you use USB for the Bose puck both the internal and external DAC gets the full signal. Therefore the superior of the two DAC's will sound the best.

    If you are satisfied with the sound from the iMac there is no reason buying in buying another DAC. If you are not satisfied you can buy a USB DAC.
  3. jerwin macrumors 68020

    Jun 13, 2015
    Electrical characteristics of the imac headphone jack

    Pretty solid in my opinion.

    It's way better than my ipad 3, if that means anything to you. I do have a headphone amp (SMSL SD793II), but some of my headphones are somewhat difficult to drive. It's more for the convenience factor than anything else-- I don't like reaching behind my mac to reconnect things all the time.,.

    Some computers are built with really electrically dirty audio stages--so I guess USB audio is sort of a no-brainer with the average PC. But apparently Apple put's in somewhat more effort.
  4. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013
    I doubt thats a 2012 they stopped making the 24 inch in earky 2009....

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