Hi-Fi Audio: These Mac models support high-impedance headphones/speakers

Some newer Apple computers are capable of supporting high-impedance headphones and speakers directly through the built-in 3,5mm headphone jack. This means that high-fidelity audio can be played at sample rates of up to 96 kHz without additional hardware. To make this possible, there is no simple 3,5 mm jack connection installed, but rather a collection of different components. These automatically detect what type of audio output device is connected and whether it supports high-resolution audio. You can find out here which Mac models headphones and speakers with high impedance can develop their full effect.

Use high-impedance headphones and speakers with high impedance via the 3,5 mm headphone jack on the Apple Mac. The Mac models listed here have a sampling rate of up to 96 kHz.
Use high-impedance headphones and speakers with high impedance via the 3,5 mm headphone jack on the Apple Mac. The Mac models listed here have a sampling rate of up to 96 kHz.

List of Mac models that support high impedance speakers and headphones

(As of November 2023, Which)

Apple support documents for using high-impedance headphones/speakers on the Mac

Apple offers a few support documents with technical explanations on the subject, e.g. B. “Use high-impedance headphones with your Mac” with the identifier HT212856. It describes that current Macs have a headphone jack with DC load detection and adaptive voltage output. This detects the impedance of the headphones and adjusts the audio output accordingly. “With impedance detection, adaptive voltage output, and a built-in digital-to-analog converter that supports sample rates up to 96 kHz, you can enjoy full-resolution, high-fidelity audio directly from your Mac's headphone jack", is it [called.

The Audio MIDI Setup app is an integral part of macOS. The pre-installed software can be used for integrated speakers, audio software, instruments as well as headphones and speakers. The appropriate audio settings can be made individually and in detail.
The Audio MIDI Setup app is an integral part of macOS. The pre-installed software can be used for integrated speakers, audio software, instruments as well as headphones and speakers. The appropriate audio settings can be made individually and in detail.

There is also the Apple support document “Play audio at high sampling rates on the Mac” with the identifier HT212854. Here, too, reference is made to the sampling rates of up to 96 kHz, which are possible thanks to the hardware digital-to-analog converter (DAC). It is also noted that in addition to headphones, you can also connect speakers with hi-fi features to the Mac's jack port to take advantage of these advantages. To set the sampling rate yourself, you should also use the Audio MIDI Setup app. You can find this as pre-installed software here: Macintosh HD -> Program -> Utilities. Help is available for using the app in the macOS online manual.

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