Possible to route sound from old computer to iMac speakers?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by SebZen, Feb 10, 2011.

  1. SebZen macrumors 6502

    Apr 12, 2009

    I'm looking to build an old computer from parts and place it on the same desk as my iMac 2010 but have no room for the speakers (barely enough room for the additional CRT monitor). So I'm wondering if it's somehow possible to connect a cable of some sort from the old PC sound card so that it transfers sound to the iMac speakers
  2. aggri1 macrumors 6502

    Jul 21, 2010
    I expect that this should be very easy.

    Use the 3.5mm headphone jack input on the back of the iMac, and then choose the sound input source in the Sound System Preferences. You might have to make sure that Playthrough is on, but I think that's the default these days.

    Does that work?

    Cheers, A.
  3. SebZen thread starter macrumors 6502

    Apr 12, 2009
    Does such a cable exist? A 3.5mm on both ends? If so, what is the name of it?
  4. QuarterSwede macrumors G3


    Oct 1, 2005
    Colorado Springs, CO
    3.5mm male to 3.5mm male. They're everywhere (Best Buy, Radio Shack, Target, Walmart). Monoprice.com for $0.65

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