Control External Speakers with Apple Keyboard?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Traverse, Feb 18, 2014.

  1. Traverse macrumors 603

    Traverse

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    I just have a quick question.

    Can you control external speakers with an apple bluetooth keyboard's built in volume buttons?

    Do this only work with a USB connection like screen brightness on external monitors?

    Thanks!
     
  2. redmac macrumors regular

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    Any Mac specific wireless/wired keyboard is supposed to do that. I currently use a Logitech wireless solar keyboard to adjust the volume of my external speakers.
     
  3. Traverse thread starter macrumors 603

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    Even if the speakers aren't connect via USB?
     
  4. redmac macrumors regular

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    Yes, but just to be clear. Using the keyboard controls lets you adjust the output only. If your speakers' volume control knob is turn down all the way, you'll hear nothing.
     
  5. FreakinEurekan macrumors 68040

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    If they're plugged into the headphone jack it works fine. Crank the speaker's built-in volume up to max and only use the Mac for volume control. That's how my sound bar on my Dell UltraSharp is set up.
     

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