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    Question iMac + external audio speakers = too QUIET?!?!
    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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    Member Since
    Nov 29, 2006
    Pittsburgh, PA
    iMac Core Duo 17'' 1.83 ghz 512 mb ram
    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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    Dec 18, 2005
    Devon, England
    ibook g4, imac 2ghz c2d, mbp 2.4ghz c2d - 10.5.1
    check in system prefs and check the volume settings.

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    novicew's Avatar
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    Jan 04, 2006
    Hamburg, Germany
    MacBook Pro | iMac(2.1 G5) | MacBook(2.16 C2D) | MacMini (1.67 CD) | iPhone 4 | iPad (3rd Gen)
    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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