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Archived - Power Mac: Supported Microphones

This article describes microphones supported for use with Power Macintosh computers.

This article has been archived and is no longer updated by Apple.

Power Macintosh and Performa 6x00 and 5x00 Series Computers
(6200/6300/6400/6500/5200/5300/5400/5500)

The microphone input jack supports line-level input signals. Apple provided the PlainTalk microphone. It is a line-level input device with a longer connector than Apple's previous microphone, and it receives its power from the computer. Other consumer line-level devices are also supported via the microphone input jack.

If these computers are equipped with the Apple Video System, they will also have an RCA input jack.

Power Macintosh 6100, 7100, and 8100 Series

The microphone input jack supported line-level input signals. Apple provided the PlainTalk microphone. It is a line-level input device with a longer connector than Apple's previous microphone, and it receives its power from the computer. Other consumer line-level devices were also supported through the microphone input jack on these computers.

Power Macintosh 7200 Series

The Apple PlainTalk microphone is supported. For non-Apple microphones, Apple provides an extension called Sound Input Amplification which modifies the Sound control panel to provide an "amplification" menu option. With amplification turned on, sound input is amplified +25 dB, and some third-party mic-level microphones will work with the Power Macintosh 7200. Users with an Apple PlainTalk microphone should leave the Amplification setting at the default settings because this microphone comes with a pre-amplifier and produces sound at line-level. Not all mic-level devices will work with the Sound Input Amplification extension.

Power Macintosh 7500, 7600, 8500 and 8600 Series

Only line-level input devices like the PlainTalk microphone are supported. Stereo connections through line-level RCA connectors are also supported making it easy to connect standard audio/video components.

Power Macintosh 9500 and 9600 Series

The microphone input jack supports line-level input signals. Apple provided the PlainTalk microphone. It is a line-level input device with a longer connector than Apple's previous microphone, and it receives its power from the computer. Other consumer line-level devices were also supported through the microphone input jack on these computers.

Power Macintosh G3

The microphone input jack supports line-level input signals. Apple provided the PlainTalk microphone. It is a line-level input device with a longer connector than Apple's previous microphone, and it receives its power from the computer. Other consumer line-level devices were also supported through the microphone input jack on these computers.

AV models of the Power Macintosh G3 also have RCA input jacks which provide line-level input.

Power Macintosh G3 (Blue and White)

The microphone input jack supports line-level input signals. Apple provides the PlainTalk microphone. It is a line-level input device with a longer connector than Apple's previous microphone, and it receives its power from the computer. Other consumer line-level devices are also supported through the microphone input jack on these computers.

Power Macintosh G4 (AGP, PCI, Gigabit Ethernet, and Digital Audio)

The microphone input jack supports line-level input signals. A microphone is not provided in the accessory kit for these computers. However, a PlainTalk microphone kit is currently available through the Apple Store. It is a line-level input device with a longer connector than Apple's previous microphone, and it receives its power from the computer. Other consumer line-level devices are also supported through the microphone input jack on these computers. Although USB microphones are currently not widely available, they are also supported.

Power Mac G4 (Mirrored Drive Doors and FW800), and Power Mac G5 (all models)

The microphone input jack supports line-level input signals. A microphone is not provided in the accessory kit for these computers. The previously-available Apple PlainTalk microphone is not compatible with these computers - although the PlainTalk microphone supplies a line-level signal, it does not use a standard 3.5 mm stereo miniplug, and can't be used with these systems. There are various third-party line-level microphones available that are compatible with the audio line-in port on these units, as well as third-party USB microphones that may be used via a USB connection instead. Examples of devices that provide line-level input include CD players, cassette decks, self-powered microphones, and DVD players. Griffin Technology's iMic adapter allows the use of most mic-level sound input devices.

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Important: Information about products not manufactured by Apple is provided for information purposes only, and does not constitute Apple's recommendation or endorsement. Please contact the vendor for additional information.

Last Modified: Jul 9, 2012
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