Possible to connect speakers to 2 audio sources (not used at the same time)

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  1. mgpg89 macrumors 6502a

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    I'm using my MacBook Pro with an external ACD, mouse and keyboard, along with some Harman Kardon soundsticks II.

    When I have my MBP in its (diy) 'dock' (= all cables strapped together so I can easily plug and unplug everything), I use the Harman Kardon speakears.
    But when I unplug it and I'm somewhere around the house, I'd like to use those speakers as well (through an AirPort Express)

    Is it possible to get an audio splitter and connect both audio sources (MBP and AirportExpress) to the same speakers?

    If not, is there any other way to accomplish what I'd like to do?


    Thanks in advance
     
  2. drichards macrumors 6502a

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    It shouldn't hurt, your local shops should have headphone splitters for very cheap. As long as both sources aren't on at the same time, no harm no foul. I'm surprised the HK's don't have more than one input.
     
  3. mgpg89 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    As iTunes can only send out the sound to one output at a time, it's all good, right?
     
  4. Trip.Tucker Guest

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    Maybe I'm misunderstanding your intent but why not send to your Airport Express all the time, whether docked or not?
     
  5. drichards macrumors 6502a

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    ^^ That sounds like a good idea, safe and free.
     
  6. mgpg89 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Because I'm listening to other things than iTunes too.

    MySpace music, YouTube etc ...
    And I use Ableton Live etc for music production and the latency is killing me with the AirPort Express.

    That's why ...
    So, you guys think it's possible?
     
  7. mgpg89 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    *sigh*

    if you ever used Airfoil, you would know there's a ridiculous latency.

    So will someone just please answer my question?
     
  8. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    Get a 50 cent headphone splitter and run a cable to each source.
     
  9. drichards macrumors 6502a

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    You can use an iPod headphone splitter like you would to listen with a friend. Just don't turn on the airtunes device while your mac is connected, or backfeed damage can occur to the circuit.
     
  10. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    That's disappointing, although not terribly surprising I suppose.
     
  11. mgpg89 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    It can be 'on', but not 'in use', right?

    If not, that would be a problem because I also use the Airport Extreme for wireless internet.
     
  12. drichards macrumors 6502a

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    As long as you're not streaming when the cord is connected to your mac, it should be fine. Its the same concept as using a spider cable with your consoles on your tv, one at a time.
     
  13. kkat69 macrumors 68020

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    I was doing some googling as I know someone makes these but couldn't find it in under 5 mins. But what you want is (and it should work just fine) is an all female y-adapter (provided your speakers audio wire isn't pre-connected, if not a simple 2 female to 1 male y adapter would work) and your setup is basically 2-input, 1-output. As long as you do NOT push to airtunes while docked you should be ok.

    AirTunes
    \
    }----->--->---Speakers
    /
    Mac
     
  14. howgee macrumors newbie

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    I know I'm attempting to resurrect a super old thread - but I am trying the exact same thing as the OP, and am getting horrendous distortion on my MacBook output when I do the setup mentioned above.

    The only way I can mitigate the distortion a little bit is by turning down my MacBook volume way low (to about 1), but even then the sound is not listenable. The AirTunes volume and sound seem perfectly fine.

    Anybody know how to make this work? Thanks in advance!
     

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