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Fix Thunderbolt Display Static Noise on OS X Mavericks

(May also work on other versions of OS X) Premise: With a Macbook Pro Late 2013 running OS X Mavericks and a brand new Thunderbolt Display there is an issue where when the Macbook is connected to the Thunderbolt Display it emits a soft hissing sound – like static – or white noise. There seem to be a lot of people with this issue – one popular thread on the Apple Support Site has around 30k views to date. In a nutshell a few things that people are reporting that fix the issue for them include:

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Pianobar / Cinema Display Speakers

I just realized that if you’re using Pianobar on Mac OS X and you connect a Cinema Display, the default speakers won’t change to the Cinema Display by default. This is a little bit troublesome – but it is not impossible to fix. You may need to restart Pianobar after making the change as it uses the libao cross platform audio library. In the System Preferences pane there are two tabbed panes under the “Sound” preference – you can set the speakers to the Cinema Display accordingly: You can also change the sound effects and alert sounds to use the Cinema Display:

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