can we control sound output in os x?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by edrifkin, May 23, 2006.

  1. edrifkin macrumors member

    Feb 7, 2006

    I have an intel iMac and I have a headphone hooked up to this all the time in order to answer my skype phone calls. I only use the headphone while I make a call through Skype and for other purposes (e.g. listening to music), I use built in speaker. Is there a way to control where to output the sound from the os? Plugging in and out is really pain..
  2. wrc fan macrumors 65816

    wrc fan

    Jan 19, 2003
    In a world where LPs are made like pancakes
    I don't have an iMac, so I'm not sure if this works with yours (my computer doesn't have built in speakers, but this is what I do with my line-out and bluetooth headset), but can you select the speakers from System Prefs ->Sound -> Output, and then in Skype's preferences on the audio tab select line out?
  3. janey macrumors 603


    Dec 20, 2002
    sunny los angeles
    i seriously wish detour was universal, or that there was a universal version of something like it :( switching them manually whenever i switch from my bluetooth headset for skype to regular speakers...pain in the ass.
  4. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603


    Apr 29, 2005
    San Francisco
  5. edrifkin thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 7, 2006
    This really looks like a great little thing, however, this doesn't run under intel iMac.. are there anything like this in Universal?? :(
  6. faintember macrumors 65816


    Jun 6, 2005
    the ruins of the Cherokee nation
    Maybe Soundflower will work? I believe it is a universal build and it looks to have quite a bit of flexibility. Maybe give it a go? Tis free.
  7. ribbonthecat macrumors regular

    May 23, 2006
    Chicago, IL
    I haven't been able to use Detour as I understood it able to be used. I have my 12' PB connected to my stereo through the optical out jack, but would like to run some sounds, from iChat, through the built in speakers, while iTunes through the stereo.

    The computer only seems to recognize one output, the built-in one. So I can have iTunes at full, and iChat at 10%, but both come from the same speakers.
  8. edrifkin thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 7, 2006
    I tried this.. with no luck.. :(
  9. zaukul macrumors newbie

    May 15, 2008
    Hi, I was wondering if anyone had anything that would help this problem? I'm having pretty much the same issue, so I figured I'd reply to this old thread and see if there was anything to be done now.

    I have an Intel iMac, and I have a mini-toslink optical audio cable connected to my sound system, for when I want to watch video from my computer on my TV, but most of the time I just want to use the built in speakers. So I would like a way to switch the audio output between the built in speakers and the audio out without having to unplug and replug the cable.

    Thanks in advance.
  10. hickster macrumors newbie

    May 5, 2008
    You could stream your music to external speakers through an Airport Express with iTunes and then your system sounds and general audio would still come through your iMacs internal speakers. I used to do that with my PowerBook. I'm thinking about setting up my iMac that way.

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