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Is there an Audio In/Line In port on the new 27" iMac?

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Ian R. Brown Level 6 Level 6 (17,420 points)
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Jan 17, 2013 6:26 AM

My 2008 iMac has an Audio In port next to the headphone socket into which I can plug a preamp and mic or a walkman (remember those?) etc. via a 3.5mm stereo jack.

 

The new iMac doesn't appear to have an Audio In port?

 

Does this mean I will no longer be able to simply plug in my mic+preamp or walkman?

 

Having to  buy additional special equipment is not an option I wish to take!

iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.8), Little knowledge... many opinions.
  • Frank Caggiano Level 7 Level 7 (22,745 points)

    No audio in on the new 2012 iMacs. You'll need to go through the USB port with an adaptor.

  • Frank Caggiano Level 7 Level 7 (22,745 points)

    The plug on the mics will determine this. If they are XLR (the connector found on more professional mics) then you would need to continue to use the pre-amp. If they have the standard phone connector then you could go straight into the Mic in on the Griffin.

     

    In this case you might want to compare the audio quality between using your pre-amp and the line in as opposed to  using the mic input. You might find you get better quality using the external pre-amp.

     

    One potential benefit to being forced to go the USB route for inputting audio is an increase in audio quality. By moving the A/D conversion outside of the computer there is less chance for interference from the electronics inside the computer.

     

    regards

  • MartinR Level 6 Level 6 (14,560 points)

    One potential benefit to being forced to go the USB route for inputting audio is an increase in audio quality. By moving the A/D conversion outside of the computer there is less chance for interference from the electronics inside the computer.

     

    Balderdash.  For what my experience/opinion is worth, Ian, I don't agree with Frank's last statement.  I have for many years mixed analog audio and fed it to the audio-in port on many different Macs.  In my TV studio, in field recordings, and at home.  I can attest the audio quality has been uniformly excellent and I have never encountered "interference from the electronics inside the computer."

     

    Conversely, I have looked at and tried quite a few of the USB & FW enabled audio devices out there in the market (including the iMic) and am not impressed at all.  They seem to be just another way to waste your money on shoddy gear.  I personally am quite disappointed that Apple has begun to remove the audio-in port from recent iMacs and MacBookPros.  I purchased some of the last iMacs & MBPs that have audio-in ports for exactly that reason.

  • Frank Caggiano Level 7 Level 7 (22,745 points)

    Was the audio line in good enough for most users, especially home users? Yes. Was the audio line in used by most professionals? No.

     

    Keeping the analog signal as far away as possible from any potential source of interference is a good thing. Routing an analog cable over and around disks and power supplies and such can not have a good effect on the signal. Getting it digital as soon as possible can only help.

     

    Conversely, I have looked at and tried quite a few of the USB & FW enabled audio devices out there in the market (including the iMic) and am not impressed at all.

    Well you do get want you pay for

     

    No where in my post did I say this was a good thing on Apple's part, I said it was a potential benifit (emphasis added). I too am sorry to see it go, I use it extensively on my personal machine for digitizing my record collection. At some point I will need to buy a new system and the cost of an external A/D converter will have to be added to the cost of the machine as will the cost for a DVD drive.

     

    I do have to say however that this is the first time any post of mine has been called Balderdash, at least in such a lyrical way.

     

    regards

  • MartinR Level 6 Level 6 (14,560 points)

    Hi Ian,

     

    Of course you will like the iMic ... you spent 20 quid on it!  Live long and stay happy!     And by the way, a pint wouldn't hurt.

  • MartinR Level 6 Level 6 (14,560 points)

    I meant it tongue in cheek, and I'm impressed you considered it lyrical !

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