Before the update to Big Sur I could ALT+click on the sound icon in the menubar to change output devices (as described in this answer).

Now, on macOS 11.0.1, when I ALT+click on the sound icon I only see the internal speakers, while I have more output devices:

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The Sound window in the System Preferences does show all output devices and lets me select them:

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How can I quickly switch from Internal Speakers to the USB audio devices I have (like in Catalina)?

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    If your only want to change the output device you can simply just single left-click the volume icon in the menu bar. Using an option-click enables the selection of either output device or input device. That said, I'm running a clean install of macOS Big Sur (11.0.1) and whether I single left-click or option-click the volume icon in the menu bar, it show the same devices as in System Preferences > Sound > Output|Input. So I'm seeing the exact same behavior as in macOS Catalina and earlier. I know that doesn't directly help, but it what I see. Nov 21, 2020 at 15:13

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Not sure what the issue was, but a restart solved the problem: the output devices in the sound menu now match those in System Preferences.

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