Why can't I get stereo?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by chickenlegs, Dec 14, 2007.

  1. chickenlegs macrumors member

    chickenlegs

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    OK, I am slightly confused. I have plugged a standard headphone-type jack (from my 2.1 speaker set that were working perfectly on my windows pc) into the audio output socket on the back of my new iMac and I can only get sound through one channel. I have tried investigating sound settings and have got nowhere. Any help please?
    Chris
     
  2. psonice macrumors 6502a

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    Obvious, but this would cause the problem - check the plug is pushed in all the way. If it's not quite in, you get mono.
     
  3. chickenlegs thread starter macrumors member

    chickenlegs

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    Stereo

    Mmmm - tried that...no luck. Could it be something to do with the Mac's soundcard?
     
  4. SaSaSushi macrumors 68040

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    I would much sooner suspect a problem in the jack itself. You say it comes from a 2.1 system. Are you sure its a standard 1/8" mini stereo plugz? It could still be 1/8" and fit perfectly yet not be a "standard" plug. The obvious thing to do to rule out problems in the jack itself is to plug it in to another device and see if you are getting both channels.
     
  5. psonice macrumors 6502a

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    Also try a pair of headphones in the imac - if that works, you know there's no problem with the mac setup or hardware.
     
  6. chickenlegs thread starter macrumors member

    chickenlegs

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    OK..I'm a numpty!

    :rolleyes: Yes, I now have glorious stereo coming out of my Logitech Z-3 speakers.

    The plug that goes into the sub is a bit dodgy and it seems to have worked loose. I'm sure it wasn't me!!

    Chris
     

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