Enabling internal when external speakers plugged in

is there a way to enable the internal speakers when i have external speakers plugged in on my 24" iMac??
i want this cause i use a Bose Cinemate® speaker system and it powers off after inactivity/no sound ... so then I don't hear alarms etc ...
btw i've asked Bose and they say there's no way to disable their power off timeout ;-()
TIA
Barry

Hello mate
I have a similar headache wanting to connect bluetooth speakers as well as plugged in speakers to play itunes in 2 rooms at the same time...nigh on impossible and is still a nightmare- however a solution that may work for you is this..http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/18611 - its a piece of audio software called audio highjacker that allows you to play external and internal speakers at the same time. It wont work for me due to the latency or delay to my bluetooth - it plays the same tune a second or out of sync - so in one room they are just into the chorus while the other room they are still on the verse!!
Anyway download Audio highjacker and go to itunes (or whatever audio you want to highjack) open audio jack and click the application in its menu window. make sure source type is 'application' and mute is off - then click highjack - then 'click here to insert effect' choose 4fx and then auxillary device output - this will bring up a menu where you can choose what you want playing thru the other speakers or internal - this is from memory so apologies if its a little inaccurate - but this will play internal and external speaker at the same time - although not perfectly sychronised
hope this helps
cheers
Mike

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