Can you turn the Thunderbolt Display's volume OFF?

I want to connect the Bose Companion 5 system via USB, but my question is how do I turn off the Thunderbolt Display sound while keeping the sound coming from my Bose Speakers?

Thanks in advance, hope someone can answer this, i'd really appreciate it!

Apple Thunderbolt Display (27" flat panel)

Apple Thunderbolt Display (27" flat panel)

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7 Answers from the Community

  • Best Answer:

    The best way to do this is to plug all your devices in. Once plugged in, then goto the apple icon in the top right corner open system preferences, click on the sound icon, then you will see a drop down listing the availiable sound devices. select the device that you wish to output sound. Usually if the device you select is present after removing the device, when it it reestablishes a connection (plug it back in) it will change to that device again.

  • If you're using this monitor with Windows (I'm using bootcamp, Windows 7) you can right-click the speaker in the taskbar, select "Playback Devices" and can change which device to play the sound through. By default, once the monitor is connected and recognized by Windows it will be playing through the monitor speakers. You can then switch it to the onboard speakers (laptop), headphones, or other connected devices.


  • Set your preference in the System Preferences. Go to Apple menu (top left), System Preferences, Sound and under the Output tab select your Bose speakers.

  • I don't know if you can do this by any other method, but plugging a headphone jack into your Mac headphone socket will do it.

  • See under System Preferences / Energy Saver. The display has a separate slider, which allows you to power off the display while the machine itself runs at full speed.

  • As it tuns out, The Thunderbolt Display does not have a power button. It sleeps and wakes with your computer.

  • Connect them directly to your macbook using USB.

    Please assume all functionality of the monitor is not available when the display is turned off.