How to Get All the Speakers to Work on a Logitech X-530 on a Mac Laptop

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The Logitech X-530 is designed for 5.1 surround sound, meaning it utilises five individual speakers plus a subwoofer, with each speaker receiving its own separate input. Mac laptops only output two channels from the headphone jack, a separate right and left. Connecting a single input for the speaker system will therefore only utilise two of the speakers. There is a workaround, however, to use all five speakers, but it will not be true surround sound.

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Things you need

  • Logitech video game adaptor
  • 3.5mm male to RCA male cable

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  1. 1

    Connect the three inputs from the X-530 speaker system to the video game adaptor. The adaptor is colour-coded to ensure proper connection.

  2. 2

    Connect the RCA connectors of the cable to the video game adaptor. Make sure to connect the red and black connectors to the correct ports, which are colour-coded on the adaptor. Reversing this connection will cause the right and left channels to be switched.

  3. 3

    Connect the 3.5mm end of the cable to the headphone output of your Mac laptop.

  4. 4

    Turn on the Mac laptop and the speaker system and adjust the volume of your Mac laptop to the maximum. You can now control the volume with the volume knob on the speaker system.

Tips and warnings

  • This process will allow all of the speakers in the system to put out sound, but only provides a stereo signal to the speakers and subwoofers rather than the individual channels required for true 5.1 surround sound.

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