Speakers for iMac That Can Use USB or Line Out?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Gmouse, Aug 8, 2017.

  1. Gmouse macrumors regular

    Nov 12, 2014
    Lakewood, CO
    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?

  2. b06tmm macrumors regular


    Jul 23, 2009
    South Louisiana
    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

    Jul 7, 2012
    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


    Nov 13, 2008
    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

    Jul 30, 2017
    not on the 2017 imac.
  6. ZMacintosh macrumors 65816


    Nov 13, 2008

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