MacMost Q&A Forum • View All Forum QuestionsAsk a Question

How Do I Get Older iMac and New Bluetooth Headphones To Work?

I have a 2009 iMac, 3.06 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo, running El Capitan 10.11.3. I need new wireless headphones to connect with the iMac. Got B&Olufsen H7 wireless. They paired with my iPhone 5S immediately and the sound is wonderful. They paired with the iMac but sound is awful, very rough and a lot of static type noise, impossible to listen.
Searched online and discovered that the iMac has 2.0 bluetooth which is meant really for keyboard/mouse, both of which I have. The H7 headphones have 4.1 bluetooth. I see also that there are transmitters which are supposed to help, but there are hundreds of them (minefield!) I am not technically savvy!!! and am completely out of my depth now.
So … can it be made to work?
If so, what exactly do I need to buy?
I don’t want the cost of a new Mac.
I would like to keep the B&O headphones if possible – they are gorgeous and comfortable.
I do need wireless as I listen to audiobooks and music, also iPlayerTV and films. Please help!
Anne Mowlam

Comments: One Response to “How Do I Get Older iMac and New Bluetooth Headphones To Work?”

    4 years ago

    Seems like you have already figured out what you need to buy: one of those peripheral Bluetooth transmitting devices. I would just look for one that gets high ratings, is known to work well with Macs, and is in your price range. When I search for “usb bluetooth adapter” on Amazon a lot comes up, but there are clearly ones with tons of good reviews. Search the reviews for references to iMac and go with one that others say works well.

Comments Closed.