Closed MacBook Pro with ext. 27" Monitor using Headphone Amp?

FitCasuallyTV

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Jan 14, 2020
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Hi there,

Using Headphones with closed MacBook Pro (Late 2013 Version) with 27" Monitor that has no Audio (headphones) output

seems impossible. We tried all settings via System Preference while Headphones were connected to MacBook Pro directly,

as that should have worked.. Practically, it should have been that simple..


Not sure are there any options other than purchasing Audio Converter.. just to be able to listen and use Headphones while our MacBook Pro (being closed) is connected to ext. Monitor

Obviously, if we don't close MacBook Pro then everything is fine, you can listen to Headphones no problems..

The idea here is to have MacBook Pro closed while using ext. Monitor, and still be able to listen to Audio via Headphones connected to MacBook Pro..

Not sure if headphone Amp would allow for this to work or not..?


Any help is appreciated..
 

mightyjabba

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So you're using Apple's Thunderbolt Display and the problem is that the audio will only play through the speakers when you have the machine in clamshell mode?

Does the headphone port just not show up under "Output" in the Sound preferences?
 

FitCasuallyTV

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Jan 14, 2020
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Practically, via System Preference you can pick if you want to listen to Monitor speakers or Computer speakers..

So, we thought, that way at least if we can pick the Computer speakers and perhaps use headphones then..

Usually speakers in clamshell mode sound bad, but that will not matter since we are using headphones anyways..

still, nothing.. no audio..

Practical thing would be, if you can use the Monitor Speakers or whatever sounds best to you, and still be able to hear audio via headphones while headphones are directly connected to Computer..

Audio Converters are expensive.. However, I don't mind buying Headphone Amp if it proves it will work based on the intended scenario..
 

mightyjabba

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If you have headphones connected to your laptop, the "Internal speakers" output item should change to "headphones." Does this not happen?
 

FitCasuallyTV

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Jan 14, 2020
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As far as Sound Preferences.. regarding Output, this what we see..
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If you have headphones connected to your laptop, the "Internal speakers" output item should change to "headphones." Does this not happen?
Sure, to be able to use headphones.. that is the reason we thought to keep it that way even though it sounds bad when computer is closed..

then we switched back to Display Audio, since we cannot hear anything via headphones.. while computer is closed..
 

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