USB wiring of speakers

Discussion in 'Apple' started by researcher, Apr 10, 2009.

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    researcher Guest

    Can I put USB plugs on a pair of Bose speakers and plug them into my
    Apple G5 computer.
    researcher, Apr 10, 2009
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  2. Yes, but it won't do anything worthwhile.
    Michelle Steiner, Apr 11, 2009
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    E Z Peaces Guest

    I haven't heard of USB with analog audio. I plug an iMic d/a converter
    into my Mac's USB. That changes digital to analog audio. I use stereo
    patch cords to take the audio from the iMic to an amplifier, which
    powers my speakers.
    E Z Peaces, Apr 11, 2009
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    Don Bruder Guest

    Back around '01/'02 or thereabouts, Microsoft put out what they called
    the "DSS-80" sound system.

    Inputs were USB and stereo 1/8th inch jacks. I used them with my
    PowerMac 7500 for years by simply jumping from the stereo out on the
    machine to the stereo in on the speakers. Then I switched up to my G4
    with a big cat. The DSS has been connected to the G4 with a USB cable
    ever since - the stereo input has been empty since a week or so after
    moving up to the G4 and changing to the USB hookup.

    No D/A converters, no fancy anything, just "plug in the USB cable on
    each end and it works". (Er, well, before it started working, I had to
    choose the speaker system - which was correctly and fully identified by
    a "no extras" install of X 10.3 - as the output device in the sound tab
    of system preferences)
    Don Bruder, Apr 11, 2009
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    Nick Naym Guest

    LOL! (You took the words right out of my mouth!)
    Nick Naym, Apr 11, 2009
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    E Z Peaces Guest

    It appears to me that the DSS-80 includes an amplifier and converter.
    It's possible that the OP's Bose system includes a converter, in which
    case he could get sound from his USB.
    E Z Peaces, Apr 11, 2009
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    David Guest

    NOT a good idea - effectively you are putting a heavy load onto your USB
    system (depending the impedance up to 1.25 amps), and I doubt it would
    cope too well. You certainly will not get them to play music etc by
    doing this

    David, Apr 11, 2009
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    Bernard Peek Guest

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    Depending on which pins of the USB plugs you use this will either do
    nothing or will blow up the speakers.
    Bernard Peek, Apr 13, 2009
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