Speakers for iMac That Can Use USB or Line Out?

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  1. Gmouse macrumors regular

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    With Windows computers, I can usually find a Line Out or digital output to connect speakers to, that sounds a lot better, and doesn't rely on running the speakers out of the headphone jack. With iMac (5K, late 2014), is there a way to hook speakers up equivalent to that?

    Thanks.
     
  2. b06tmm macrumors regular

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    The headphone port is also a optical digital audio output.

    From here: https://support.apple.com/kb/sp707?locale=en_US

    Headphone port
    • Headphone/optical digital audio output (minijack)
    • Support for Apple iPhone headset with microphone
     
  3. passingapple macrumors member

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    You can always use something like USB DAC (eg. audioengine d1) to skip internal speaker/headphone jack and use digital output instead. Or USB speakers, but I have only seen crappy ones (I'm sure there may be some decent ones).
     
  4. ZMacintosh macrumors 65816

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    You can get a USB DAC as mentioned, or depends on the speakers and price you want to go for.
    I currently use 2x M-audio M3-8's and a M-audio M-Track Hub as the volume control and audio input (via USB). It was more designed to be helpful for recording and has a Headphone Input as well but I use it as the DAC essentially for the bookshelf speakers.
     
  5. roro444 macrumors newbie

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    not on the 2017 imac.
     
  6. ZMacintosh macrumors 65816

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