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iMac - Simultaneous use of headphones and internal speakers

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Recently purchased an iMac and have it interfaced to a multiroom Russound audio solution through the audio headphone output.

Does anyone know a way to config the system to operate the internal and headphone jack simultaneously?
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You could try disabling the speaker cutout switch just inside the audio-out port, but it means opening up your iMac. Another way is to solder in a splitter, but that too is an 'inside job'.
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On a 2010 iMac the startup sound comes through the internal speakers even with an optical cable in the headphone/digital output socket.
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I am looking to do the same with mine except have larger speakers connected instead of headphones. I searched the internet when I first got my iMac but I didn't find a solution. Here's to hoping that changes.
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you could if you use a airport display and use airplay might not be what your looking for just a idea
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i know its expensive, but an audio interface would allow that.

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Its not available but it should be.A pain to have to keep your external speakers powered on when doing simple computer stuff.
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