I bought a Macbook for a low price because it has a headphone jack broken off in its port. I have tried some of the fixes for removing the jack, but it is broken deep in the port and unfortunately didn't come out in one clean piece. I would really like to be able to have some sort of audio, and I'm willing to buy Bluetooth speakers or speakers that plug into the USB, but first I want to know whether they will override the headphone port.

Also, the volume control on the menu is greyed out so I can't control volume. I have read that you can fix that by removing and reinserting your headphone jack, but I obviously can't do that here.

Does anyone know whether that will prevent me from using other speakers?

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  • Can you please post a screen shot of your System Preferences > Sounds > Output area?
    – samh
    Jul 7, 2016 at 16:02
  • I added 2 because I wasn't sure which one you meant. Does that help?
    – Sarah
    Jul 8, 2016 at 18:06

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Yes, a Bluetooth and/or a USB speaker will "override" your audio input. It all depends on how you configure it.

In System Preferences > Sound, you can setup which audio device does what.

For example, in my setup, I play all the "Sound Effects" through the Internal Speakers, however, I could select the USB Audio device I also have installed. For your case, you would select either the USB/Bluetooth Device.

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You could even use both a Bluetooth audio device and a USB device

For example, in my Output configuration, I can choose Internal, USB Audio, or Bluetooth

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Depending on your Application, it can even select which audio device to use for it's individual output. Here's the configuration screen from VOX:

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  • I would not say override but just that you can choose it
    – mmmmmm
    Jul 8, 2016 at 20:49

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