I have these Boston Acoustics BA735 speakers for my Dell desktop computer, but I want to hook them up to work with my new Mac laptop. There aren't many places for plugs, so I wanted to see if this was possible before I disconnected them from my desktop.
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Your laptop needs to be able to send digital audio. Double-click your Volume Icon, click on Options/Advanced Controls (if it's available). Under there is a checkbox to enable 'Digital Only' mode. If Advanced Options is grayed out, you'll have to use analog external speakers...
Hmmm I just got the same problem. They worked fine on my old Dell desktop but when I plugged them in to my son's old Dell PC (maybe 1 year newer than my old one) they all hum like crazy - as you say even if it's just the power plugged in and nothing else. Yes it does have the original power supply. I get no music (but still it hums) from digital out/in but when I switch to analog out/in I hear the music and it still hums, plus the sound is distorted. Wierd.
We also have a Gateway Computer purchased in 2001 with the Boston Digitanl BA735 speakers. We ran into a similar problem when we upgraded from Windows ME to Windows XP, with no sound after the upgrade. After consulting with computer stores and "Geek Squad", it was finally determined that Windows XP set the speakers for analog not digital. Once that was reset, our sound returned. Hope this works for you.
Dell laptops come with a proprietery s-video dongle. It gives you a digital output which can go into the BA735 speakers.
I use one set of BA735 with two computers. Computer A sends digital out
and Computer B sends analog. BA735 plays both. I listen to music using
digital while the analog from the other computer alerts me to the
incoming messages in Pidgin.
I did have to change bios settings on one computer to use the on-board audio.
To enable digital output in XP, click on the speaker icon > Advanced
> Select Enable SPDIF. You can leave the PC Spk Mute unchecked if
you want the analog output as well. That's all.
I hope you are able to enjoy the rich sound of BA735. It's beautiful.
My ears thank a lot for replacing those desktop speakers. BA735 hardly
takes up any space . Two small speakers are perched on the hutch and
the bass module is somewhere behind the desk, completely invisible.
If your speekers have a analog input. Next to digital. Like a standard stereo phone plug. You can buy a cable from a generals electronic store. But if not. You will need to do some very careful soldering to re-instate the missing analog component.
I did this and it works well. You need a soldering iron and some solder and a magnifiying glass because the components are very small.