1 Reply Latest reply: Dec 13, 2009 2:19 PM by Kenichi Watanabe
Molax Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Hello, im quite new to mac, i have bought myself an imac, which i am very happy with. Now i am looking to invest in new speakers. Either genelec 6010a's or wharfdale diamonds 8.1 pro active. But i dont know how i would connect them to the imac.

Can anyone help please.

Thankyou

imac, Mac OS X (10.5.6)
  • 1. Re: External speakers for imac
    Kenichi Watanabe Level 7 Level 7 (30,030 points)
    I'm not familiar with those speakers. The speakers need to be self-powered. They connect to the audio-output port ("headphones" mini-jack).

    Standard external powered speakers just use this port for analog output. You typically get two speakers and sometimes a subwoofer.

    The output port can also be used as an optical digital output port, using an Toslink adapter.

    [Toslink To Optical Mini Adapter|http://www.amazon.com/Toslink-To-Optical-Mini-Adapter/dp/B0002MQGRM/ref =sr11?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1260742215&sr=8-1]

    Optical digital output will allow 5.1 surround sound if the sound system has optical digital input and those additional speakers. I don't think "8.1" is possible, unless the speaker system (not the Mac) is doing special processing add those additional surround sound speakers.