Possible to have external speakers and iPhone headset hooked up at the same time?

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  1. effectivepull macrumors newbie

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    I'm running a Late 2012 Mac mini.

    I like to listen to music on external speakers and make calls using google voice/skype using the iPhone headset.

    I have been manually unplugging and plugging in the external speakers and iPhone headset from the audio out port as I move between listening to music and making calls.

    Is there an easier way to do this - maybe with some sort of cheap switcher?

    Thanks so much for any advice you may have.
     
  2. philipma1957, Mar 6, 2013
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    philipma1957 macrumors 603

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    I will find link :

    http://www.adorama.com/SESESIPODAB....g Site&utm_campaign=Other&utm_source=dealtime



    http://www.amazon.com/Speaker-Heads...id=1362595291&sr=8-2&keywords=3.5mm+ab+switch


    they should work

    good return policy on this one below.

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B005TE7GP4/ref=dp_olp_used?ie=UTF8&condition=used
     
  3. FreakinEurekan macrumors 68040

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    Those won't work for the OP's purpose since he wants to use the iPhone headset for Skype. Neither of those switchers support the 4-pin 3.5mm mic+headset capability, they're 3-pin so they will work for sound only but not mic.

    I haven't seen a similar product that supports mic from the headset. Theoretically it could be done but a quick Google search doesn't find any on the market.
     
  4. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

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    You could buy a USB sound "card" and plug your speakers into that and them jus switch between the onboard and the USB sound within OSX depending on which you want to use...
     
  5. FreakinEurekan macrumors 68040

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    Just about to post something like that :) you beat me to it.

    USB speakers like this one:

    http://store.apple.com/us/product/H...gn-musik-digital-multimedia-speakers?fnode=4f

    Or Bluetooth speakers like this one:

    http://www.amazon.com/Creative-D100-Wireless-Bluetooth-Speaker/dp/B003N9SR00

    would leave your headset jack open for your iPhone headset.
     
  6. effectivepull thread starter macrumors newbie

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