Questions about exterior Audio on MacBook Pro with Retina

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by iRobby, Jun 24, 2012.

  1. iRobby macrumors 6502a

    iRobby

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    Coming from a PC desktop I am accustomed to not using internal speakers and also non-USB headphones.

    Is there a aways I can still use USB headphones or am I only restricted to the audio port?

    I understand that the internal speakers on the MBPR are advanced but if I choose to use external speakers will I be able to and if so which port I use?
     
  2. iMacDragon macrumors 65816

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    Most standard usb audio devices should work fine if you don't want to use headphone port for whatever reason.
     
  3. iRobby thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    The reason for the USB headpghones is that they tend to better control the audio feedback when using the microphone on headset
     
  4. Trey M macrumors 6502a

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    As long as your usb headphones are Mac compatible (most should be), then it'll work without any issues. You might have to download a driver or something, but you should be good.

    For external speakers, you just use the headphone port. However, the headphone port supports line-out as well as optical. I currently have a Logitech Z-5500 hooked up to my rMBP through optical out- and all 5 speakers as well as my sub work flawlessly. If you just have 2 speakers and they support line-in, then you can get it to work by just plugging it in.
     
  5. iRobby thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thank you Trey for your help today and yesterday. Perhaps I should put you on retainer as a "Genius"

     
  6. Aragorn234 macrumors member

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    What about using a set of 5.1 speakers without optical out. I have a set of Logitech z530, that I want to use.

    Any suggestions on an external USB sound card?
     

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