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If I connect my MacBook to a monitor with no speakers, and use it in clamshell (with the lid closed) will there be no sound / volume? Or will any sound be muffled becaused the lid is closed?

How will I hear error noises or new mail sounds or music? Will I also have to buy speakers? Or only buy a monitor with built in speakers?

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Just tested. It will play through the speakers with the clamshell closed and is very audible. It does change the sound quality so music might be a bit different (I din't play any music), but notifications will be easily discernible.

Tried some music and it comes through quite clearly, just a little quieter than with the lid open.

  • Thank you. I wasn't sure if the MacBook speaker would be disabled when in clamshell - so thanks for clearing that up. – Markeee Dec 28 '17 at 19:39
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Given that the MacBook lid is not soundproof, you will hear sound with the lid closed in closed clam shell mode. Will it be muted? Yes; it's obviously being blocked. But, will you be prevented from hearing alerts and notifications? No.

If you are setting up external peripherals, a decent set of speakers isn't out of order.

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