Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by DoktorKosmos, Jul 11, 2009.

  1. DoktorKosmos macrumors newbie

    Jul 11, 2009
    So I've just got my hands on a pair of headphones with a build in microphone. I borrowed them from a friend, so that's why I'm asking here and not in the store.

    Now, there's one concern. The headphones have two wires.
    One for the sound input and one for the microphone.
    My computer, on the other hand, doesn't. It's a Mac Mini, and they only have one sound input. So does my speakers.

    On the back of the computer, there's another port, with an icon that looks like two arrows pointing into a circle, if you know what icon i'm talking about.

    Is there some way to get that to work as a microphone input?
    I don't know what that port is really, what is it?

    To fix this problem I've seen that there's USB soundcards with two ports for this purpose, but I would want to know if there's some other way to solve this before I buy something for $36 for a pair of borrowed headphones.

    Thanks in advance.
  2. killerrobot macrumors 68020


    Jun 7, 2007
    Yes, the icon with the two triangles pointing into the circle is for the audio input. So you'd plug-in the mic wire there, and the headphone wire into the output.

    If I remember correctly though, it is only a line-level input and not a mic-level input. This means that the microphone being used can't be powered by the mac mini, and therefore needs to be powered by either batteries or some other external power source.
  3. DoktorKosmos thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 11, 2009
    Yeah, so I'd need one of those iMic or something, not headphones.

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