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iMac - iMac + external audio speakers = too QUIET?!?!

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hey all. first-time poster. a search of the site didn't turn up an answer for me, but forgive me if this is a duplicative thread...


i just got a iMac (20", 2.16Ghz, intel duo, etc) and plugged it into my stereo system via audio cables running from the iMac's headphone jack into the stereo.

however, when i tried to listen to music, i found that i had to turn the volume on the iMac all the way up and turn the volume on the stereo to level 24 (normal volume on my stereo is 10-12) to achieve even a reasonable volume!

by contrast, my previous computer was an old Dell Inspiron laptop (don't laugh!). i would keep the same stereo at a modest volume of 10-12 and would have to keep the volume on the Dell at around 10-25% to avoid blowing out my neighbors!

what's the deal here? why is the iMac so quiet?

what can i do about this, if anything? does the Boostaroo headphone amp work for this problem at all?
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that happened to me a while ago all i remember doing was going into the sound propertys or somthing? sorry i dont remember but then it was fixed
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check in system prefs and check the volume settings.
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1) Goto System Preferences > Sound > Output and set it is max (You can also adjust it on the keyboard)
2) Goto iTunes and increase the volume.

That should be it.
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thanks everyone! i think i got it fixed! sorry for asking such an elementary question...i'm definitely in the inaugural stages of the "getting used to a mac" period.
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