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Jul 20, 2007, 05:12 PM
OK, start some music playing through the internal speakers, then open system preferences / sound / output. Now, move the balance slider from 100% left to 100% right.

Do you hear a difference in the sonic character? It may be subtle.

On my MPB, my left speaker is quite a lot brighter (i.e. more treble) than the right. A design quirk to minimise feedback perhaps? Ok, but why is my 2yo PB brighter on the right then?

It annoys me because I like to use the internal speakers to reference a mix but it's totally misleading.


mad jew
Jul 20, 2007, 10:53 PM
Mate, do yourself a favour and get some headphones. Everyone knows laptop speakers are crap. :o

Jul 20, 2007, 10:56 PM
Amen to the above. Get a nice pair of headphones and ditch the external speakers once and for all.

Jul 20, 2007, 11:32 PM
Get a pair of Sony MDR-7506's or V6's from Amazon... best headphones I've ever used.



Hollywood Found
Aug 31, 2007, 07:03 PM
I'm a Big fan btw,
I can't see much difference on the PB but on the MBpro, I kinda see what your saying when in Traktor Studio 2.0... Your hypothesis to that issue's exsistance is likely correct. On the first gen MBpro there was quite a bad ground loop issue. The next edition solved that problem with a patch and i'd imagine that the patches solution yeilds that difference in "sonic character". Its not very subtle but obvious. It phases as pan slider is moved left to right. Its just to bad that I'm going to be annoyed by it since you pointed it out.


Hollywood Found
Sep 1, 2007, 03:48 AM
also, the mini sub is located on the top right corner (just above the right speakers) and appears to respond to only to the right channel. Our mind might compensate for the lack of bass in the left channel to be a brighter sound. Unless I detached the sub, I'm not sure if I can decide if the actual speaker is brighter or less bright.