I have a 2013 iMac with a 3.5mm headphone jack that provides stereo out and mic input in, I would like to connect this single port to my headphones that have an inline mic so I can listen to music/take phone calls/skype through my computer, or output from the comuter to the speakers for when I want to watch a movie or broadcast music around my apartment. I think I need an audio splitter/amplifier, but I am not sure how they handle input from a mic coming back through one of the outputs. It seems like there should be a simple solution but I cannot find one. Just a quick recap(because sometimes I am not clear) I have 1 3.5mm jack on my iMac (that supplies stereo out and mic in) and 2 3.5mm connections, 1 is a simple stereo connection(the external speakers) and the other is stereo + mic on a single 3.5mm connector(like iphone headphones, I don't know that this is called, and I know sometimes the audio and mic are split into 2 different connectors, but mine isn't). I don't necessarily need the mic to be connected to the speakers, and I don't plan to use both the speakers and headset at the same time. I am looking for cheap recommendations or better search terms to use when looking, or specific places/websites to look.

  • walloftext TL:DR – Tetsujin Mar 12 '18 at 19:50

I know one thing you could do is use a splitter. They should be quite cheap(I got 2 for a dollar). Connect the headphone to one end and speakers to the other. If you have headphones with dedicated mic port (like mine) then use a splitter for the headphones and connect that to the 2nd splitter . This works for me and hopefully for you too.

Happy listening...

  • I have tried that, but it was too quiet, I am hoping to find a splitter with an amplifier to increase the signal – mcunkelman Mar 14 '18 at 13:07

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