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One set of speakers, two computers

harmon_in_the_middle.jpgIn this day and age one would expect more people to have run into this scenario: You have two computers, each with female 1/8" mini outputs, and one set of skeakers with a male 1/8" mini, and we want to play sounds from both computers into this single set of speakers.

Apparently Radio Shack has missed this boat (with no adapters of any sort that address this w/o many conversions to 1/4", RCA, or XLR) as has Guitar Center (who suggested I get a full-on mixing board, then adapters).

If one of your two computers is a Mac then you're in luck. You can download a free little application called Linein which can play sounds through the mac to the speakers.

Here is how you do it:
- get a 1/8" extension cable (male on both ends) and plug into the "sound out" (green) port on PC sound card and into the "sound in" port on the Mac (you might need an adapter like the iMic).
- Start Linein
- Set your input (whatever device you plugged the cable into, in the example it was plugged into a TV Tuner card), your output (external speakers) and click "pass through".

linein.jpg

Now you can listen to the bell-like alerts of your PC firewall in stereo sound!

Posted by Aaron R. Deutsch on December 22, 2005 1:30 PM

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