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Ok, so I'm working in a new classroom with the following scenario I'm trying to solve. I have a MacBook Air connected to a ceiling projector using AirPlay. The thing I don't like with this is that the audio also plays out of the builtin speakers within the ceiling projector. The speakers are quiet and just bad sounding. I have a set of good computer speakers that I'd like to simply connect to my MacBook, but the audio automatically goes to the projector. Is there any way to bypass this?

  • Is the ceiling projector connected to an Apple TV? – Nimesh Neema Aug 20 '18 at 17:34
  • Yes, the apple tv is connected to the projector via hdmi. There is an audio cable output from the projector. I can plug the speakers into that but it results in awkward speaker placement up by the ceiling, dangling cords, and I can't easily access the volume control, but that's what I'm currently doing... I guess I could get a long hdmi to run up to the projector, but it seems like a messy option if I already have the apple tv setup. – Scott Aug 20 '18 at 17:55
  • I'm not sure if this approach only forwards the display to Apple TV, but you can give Apple TV display mirroring a try. – Nimesh Neema Aug 20 '18 at 18:06
  • You don't have to send audio to the Apple TV just because AirPlay is using it, the Sound prefpane gives you the option of selecting a different audio output. – Trellis Aug 21 '18 at 2:14
  • Uh, just a suggestion, put volume control in the menu bar using the check box in the Sound prefpane, then option-click it to select your desired speakers. – Trellis Aug 21 '18 at 2:47

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