4 Replies Latest reply: Jan 30, 2013 6:29 PM by Allan Jones
Altolibrarian Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I have an old G3 iMac with external Apple pro speakers with a mini-jack.  Is there an adapter that would allow me to use these speakers with a newer computer or other device?


iMac, Mac OS X (10.4.11), Apple pro speakers w mini-jack
  • 1. Re: Adapter available fo
    Allan Jones Level 7 Level 7 (30,425 points)

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  • 2. Re: Adapter available fo
    Allan Jones Level 7 Level 7 (30,425 points)

    Someone posted instructions for building a convertor unit but it was not for the electronically challenged. If you search this forum section (see the search box at the upper right corner of this page) for "apple pro speakers" you should find it.

     

    The problem is not that the plug is a different shape. lt is that the speakers have no separate power supply. The special plug Apple used not only fed the audio signal to them but also power.

     

    The only commercial product was the Griffin iFire. It is now discontinued, but must be really good because the used ones cost way more than tossing the Apple speakers and getting a really nice external set of modern, high-perforamnce speakers witha  sub-woofer. Note the price on these used ones (price is in US$):

     

    http://www.amazon.com/Griffin-iFire-Amplifier-Adapter-iPod/dp/B00013MRT8

  • 3. Re: Adapter available fo
    Altolibrarian Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Wow.  And I was hoping that someone just sold a simple little adapter.  I had wondered about the power supply though.  This explains the whole thing and I really appreciate the info.  Thanks!

  • 4. Re: Adapter available fo
    Allan Jones Level 7 Level 7 (30,425 points)

    And I was hoping that someone just sold a simple little adapter.

     

    Ah, yes. The iFire was that simple little adaptor when introduced. I recall its being about US$40.