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My Boston Acoustics BA735 speakers does not fit to my new Dell VISTA PC

I've had my BA735 speakers on my Gateway for the past 7 years. I just bought a new Dell XPS 420 system and was expecting to connect these speakers to the new machine. One problem! The female jack connector on the Dell is much smaller (thinner) than the speaker male jack connector. Is there some sort of adapter than will allow for this connection?

Also, if this connection is possible, do I need to install any BA735 drivers and where would I find the most appropriate?

Thanks in advance,
Nick

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  • Anonymous Oct 12, 2008

    I went from a gateway desktop to a dell xps 1530 and plugged into the headphone jack and the boston ba735 doesn't work what do i need to do

  • kathie_my200 Nov 12, 2008

    I just bought a dell 420 xps and my boston ba735 speakers will not work. I was told the dell is analog and the boston speakers are digital. Is there anything I can do to use my old Boston speakers? They had a great sound.

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  • David Cass Apr 15, 2014

    You need to purchase a digital sound card. You can get one on Amazon for around $20 or so . Also if you can change cord/cable types you can go from mini 3.5 to coax which looks like RCA but meant for digital purposes only. It can be a bit confusing but you will understand with a little bit of studying from doing online search .

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I have resolved the BA735 digital speakers on the Dell XPS 420. The answer is simple. The XPS comes with both a digital and an analog connector. The plug from the speakers fits into the analog connector (above the USB ports) but will not work (as expected). The plug coming from the speakers does not fit the Dell digital plug. I went to Radio Shack and got a new RCA cable (both male connectors), plugged one end into the Dell digital plug and the other end to the speakers "digital in" plug. VOILA!!! The speakers are operational once again.

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I have a set of boston Digital BA735 and i just got a dell Dimension 8300 I am not sure if that what its called its a hand me down and thats on the front but anyway i have to cords coming out of the speakers going into i think the blue and green on the back it doesnt work i have trried everything and called everyone i know. is there a driver that will fix this problem. thanks

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As long as you can find a compatible plug that fits, it would not be hard to adapt it...some soldering of course is needed or just connect it using the wires if it came with wires. Just take note of the polarity though.

You don't need a software driver for the speakers.

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