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iMac Intel 27" EMC 2309 (Late 2009, Core 2 Duo 3.06 or 3.33 GHz) ID iMac10,1, EMC 2374 (Late 2009, Core i5 2.66 GHz or Core i7 2.8 GHz) ID iMac11,1

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Can I reuse old iMac speakers?

I want to reuse my old iMac Late 2009 speakers so can I splice the cable to use a headphone jack and connect them to another computer that way? There seems to be 4 cables in the imac speaker cables and only 2 in a regular headphone jack cable?

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While you could splice a headphone plug onto the speakers. I don’t think these are really worth it. These speakers are on the low end.

Today you can pickup amplified speakers which are much better! I personally have a nice set of Sony wired speakers (SRS-88PC) I picked up used a few years ago for $25.

To wire up your speakers you need to bond one side together and then the other two leads are wired as outlined here

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Well how can I splice them? The imac speakers has 4 tiny wires and a headphone jack cable has two tiny wires inside. I want to reuse the imac speakers because i turned my late 2009 imac into a physical monitor with a HDMI board and the imac speakers are the best ones that fit inside the case.


So there are two white cables and two black cables on the imac speakers, so I should combine the two black and two white cables to create two cables then bond the two combined cables to the red and white cables of a headphone jack?


No! You join two of the white wires together (Ground) and the other wires go to either Left or Right.


Hi, but there are 4 wires per speaker and there are 2 speakers ?


@David Touton - You really need an Amp so you can power each speaker (Tweeter & Woofer) independently.


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I managed to wire up the speakers in my old 2010 iMac that I’ve repurposed as a monitor. What I did:

  1. Remove the rectangular plugs off the end of each speaker wire. You don’t need to remove the speakers to do this, as long as you have access to both the speaker wires.
  2. Strip and twist the ends of each of the four wires - on mine there were two dark ones (possibly dark grey or brown? I’m a little colourblind) and two light ones (possibly light grey) on each speaker. I put some solder on each stripped end.
  3. I then took a standard stereo 3.5 male-to-male audio extension cable and cut one end off, stripped the outside sheath to reveal a bare metal outer layer, a white cable (L) and red cable (R). I stripped and twisted the red and white ends and soldered the ends of all three.
  4. Then: solder the bare metal outer layer of the audio cable to all four dark cables from the speakers, and the white cable to both light cables from the left speaker and the red cable to both light cables from the right speaker. I used some heat shrink tubing to cover the soldered joints, but you could use electrical insulating tape.
  5. Plug in the stereo extension cable to your iPhone to test ( you might need a lightning to 3.5mm audio adapter. Assuming it works, route the extnsion cable out through a suitable hole in the case and plug into the external speaker socket on your computer - in my case my new a Mac mini works fine this way. Not brilliant sound quality, but not that difficult to do and means you can still use the original speakers in place.

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