External Speakers on Thunderbolt Display

MyiBill

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How do I use my Bose speakers that connect through normal AUX to my Thunderbolt display?
 

marzer

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How do I use my Bose speakers that connect through normal AUX to my Thunderbolt display?
Is it analog or optical? Analog, i'd say you will have to connect to your computer directly. If it optical, you need a Thunderbolt to optical if such a thing existed. Which i doubt does.

So, i sugget your go the fun route. Get yourself an airport express, it'll turn your Bose speakers into Airplay speakers. You can set them anywhere you want in the room or house. With ML you can select them as the default device for all system sound output. And if you have an apple tv you can stream right from it to the speakers.

If you can find a previous gen AE on Apple refurbs or amazon, get it. Its a much more convenient form factor than the new generation.
 
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MyiBill

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Is it analog or optical? Analog, i'd say you will have to connect to your computer directly. If it optical, you need a Thunderbolt to optical if such a thing existed. Which i doubt does.

So, i sugget your go the fun route. Get yourself an airport express, it'll turn your Bose speakers into Airplay speakers. You can set them anywhere you want in the room or house. With ML you can select them as the default device for all system sound output. And if you have an apple tv you can stream right from it to the speakers.

If you can find a previous gen AE on Apple refurbs or amazon, get it. Its a much more convenient form factor than the new generation.
I believe analog. I do have an old airport express, there wont be any lag or anything?
 
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marzer

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I believe analog. I do have an old airport express, there wont be any lag or anything?
Hook them up and give it a try. I'd imagine you wouldn't have any issues with lag short of high action gaming. But give it a try and report your experience.
 
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inscrewtable

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I believe analog. I do have an old airport express, there wont be any lag or anything?
I just rehooked up my KRK V4's to my old express and I have the VXT6's connected directly to my computer, I can have them both playing simultaneously. There is no lag, and the express works much better in Snow Lion than it did in Leopard.
 
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MyiBill

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I just rehooked up my KRK V4's to my old express and I have the VXT6's connected directly to my computer, I can have them both playing simultaneously. There is no lag, and the express works much better in Snow Lion than it did in Leopard.

Thanks, Im looking to get a 2nd thunderbolt display and hang both on the wall and then hook up my bose speakers to them but didnt want to have to constantly unplug them for my laptop.
 
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