Software for Headphones?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by PcBgone, Jun 13, 2008.

  1. PcBgone macrumors 6502

    PcBgone

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    Im in a situation where I would like to leave my headphones plugged up to the back of my iMac as I will use them on a regular basis. But once they are plugged in the speakers are automatically muted.

    Is there a way in OS X, or any software that would allow me to leave my headphones plugged up, and to have sound come from the speakers when I choose? My Imac sits up on my desk, up against my wall. Its a hassle to reach over the desk, and move the imac so I can see where to plug the headphones in.

    Thanks for any help!
    Tony
     
  2. vandozza macrumors 6502a

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    http://www.rogueamoeba.com/freebies/

    Will SoundSource or LineIn acheive what you are after?

    I havn't used these apps, but they seem to allow you to choose your line in/line out by software.

    They are free too, so thats always nice :)
     
  3. PcBgone thread starter macrumors 6502

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    You got my hopes up with sound source. I downloaded it and installed it, and was saddened that it wont allow you to switch between the internal speakers and the headphones.

    It looks as though it would work if I had external speakers through usb....but I dont have any of that at this point..and wont for awhile until I can recoup the cash from the new Imac...

    That was a good suggestion though, anyone else got anything?
     
  4. vandozza macrumors 6502a

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    i have a feeling that it's actually a hardware limitation, ie. plugging in the headphones physically overrides the internal speaker circutry.

    sorry to get your hopes up before! as i said the apps looked the part, i just have never tried them :(

    its strange though cause this article, seems to imply that the app does what you require.
     
  5. vandozza macrumors 6502a

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  6. CrzyCanuck72 macrumors 6502a

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    if you can't do it through software, the next best thing might be to get a male-female headphone cable extender from radioshack so it's easier to plug and unplug your headphones
     
  7. PcBgone thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Im beginning to think its a hardware issue as well. Sound source looks as though it would work, however, I cant switch between internal speakers and headphones. When I have the headphones plugged in, it recognizes the headphones, and wont allow a switch to internal speakers.

    I may end up getting the Imic at a later time. Unless I get some usb speakers, which I may do....

    Thanks for the help though!
     

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