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telf22
Jan 15, 2008, 04:20 PM
Maybe i missed it, but are there speakers or even a speaker in the macbook air?



Neutral Gamer
Jan 15, 2008, 04:24 PM
Believe it or not there's only a MONO speaker in the MacBook Air as it says on the Apple website.

Guess there wasn't space for two ... :eek:

heatmiser
Jan 15, 2008, 04:24 PM
Maybe it'll be like the iPod "speaker". You'll hear beeps, and nothing else. :D

telf22
Jan 15, 2008, 04:26 PM
Believe it or not there's only a MONO speaker in the MacBook Air as it says on the Apple website.

Guess there wasn't space for two ... :eek:

00 wow, thx for clarifying (didnt see it on the site)

byeehaaw
Jan 15, 2008, 05:18 PM
Maybe it'll be like the iPod "speaker". You'll hear beeps, and nothing else. :D

HAHAH :D:D yea i guess they had to compromise sound for space

acfusion29
Jan 15, 2008, 05:25 PM
Sound comes out of the right side of the keyboard or something.

Stitzu
Jan 15, 2008, 11:09 PM
How can a Mac be complete with out at least one mono speaker for the startup chime? :D

Justinerator
Jan 16, 2008, 12:18 AM
yep, right side under the keyboard.

tiamat1990
Jan 16, 2008, 12:56 AM
And the hits keep on coming. Mono sound, awesome! We're truly well into the 20th century.

island
Jan 16, 2008, 01:00 AM
I love the Air and I will be getting one but the 1 speaker thing is confusing. I mean how big can the speakers be to not have it stereo?

:P

cintra
Jan 16, 2008, 06:32 AM
I don't mind a mono beep speaker, but there is stereo out for the headphones isn't there?

lofight
Jan 16, 2008, 09:49 AM
but there is stereo out for the headphones isn't there?

hopefully!!

ray648
Jan 16, 2008, 09:54 AM
It has a headphones socket which I assume is stereo. If not you could try using bluetooth headphones?

Shua
Jan 16, 2008, 10:09 AM
From one of the early previews it states the "1/8" Audio Output" is mono as well. That could just be a guess. I do hope so.

RichP
Jan 16, 2008, 10:22 AM
From one of the early previews it states the "1/8" Audio Output" is mono as well. That could just be a guess. I do hope so.

That HAS to be wrong. This thing is geared toward watching movies on planes, as well as music, so it is doubtable it is mono.

As to the speaker...perhaps the mono speaker gave better sound quality than stereo within the space requirements of the machine. (one large mono speakers vs. two tiny stereo speakers)

Cybergypsy
Jan 16, 2008, 10:28 AM
someone post were apple said that please

kkrull
Feb 20, 2008, 08:27 AM
The stereo separation in the headphone jack is fine.

BryanLyle
Feb 20, 2008, 08:39 AM
Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU like Mac OS X; en) AppleWebKit/420.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/3.0 Mobile/4A93 Safari/419.3)

Speaker is under arrow keys

lewisozz
Feb 20, 2008, 09:53 AM
Macbook air tech specs :

lofight
Feb 20, 2008, 10:51 AM
Macbook air tech specs :

what does omnidirectional microphone mean?

BryanLyle
Feb 20, 2008, 11:00 AM
Just means it can pick up sounds from multiple places. You don't have to be talking directly into it.

Tosser
Feb 20, 2008, 11:02 AM
what does omnidirectional microphone mean?

It means a microphone that picks up sounds equally from all directions (except the back, of course).
Think of the pick-up pattern of an omnidirectional mic as a round sphere.

Tosser
Feb 20, 2008, 11:04 AM
Just means it can pick up sounds from multiple places. You don't have to be talking directly into it.

Haha, close. But not exactly true.:)

Cybergypsy
Feb 20, 2008, 11:28 AM
its not bad at all

prominence
Feb 20, 2008, 11:43 AM
I love the little baby mono speaker for the Air. I always get a sense of nostalgia from my kindergarden days of playing with the first generation imacs when I hear the little startup chime. :-D (And it sounds very classy and original being on a lil mono speaker.)

prominence
Feb 20, 2008, 11:44 AM
P.S. the speaker does not get that loud, but it is suitable for it's purpose (to offer audible non-headphone sound).

Tosser
Feb 20, 2008, 11:57 AM
P.S. the speaker does not get that loud, but it is suitable for it's purpose (to offer audible non-headphone sound).

Hmm, it's weird especially if you take into account how little I like about the MBA. But this is something I really like about the MBA (wishing it would spread wildly):
Since a lappy is crap soundwise, what's the use of speakers? As I see it, it's for playing OS-warnings and that sort of thing, for watching a short clip and not much else. That way, a single speaker is more than enough.

I could do without any, as it is. I even have all my UI-sounds off. And I never use my MBP without headphones (well, I do just not for audio, and I always carry atleast one set of headphones).

saltyzoo
Feb 20, 2008, 11:58 AM
That HAS to be wrong. This thing is geared toward watching movies on planes, as well as music, so it is doubtable it is mono.

The headphone plug can clearly do stereo. I'm not sure I'd agree that this thing is geared toward watching movies on a plane though.


And the hits keep on coming. Mono sound, awesome! We're truly well into the 20th century.

Yep. It doesn't have reclining bucket seats or a spare tire either. :rolleyes:

Halon X
Feb 20, 2008, 12:55 PM
That HAS to be wrong. This thing is geared toward watching movies on planes, as well as music, so it is doubtable it is mono.


I've never once see anyone on a plane using the speakers built into their laptop or portable DVD player. I'd have a few (polite) words to say if the person next to me tried to do that!

The cabin is way too noisy for it and if you did, because of the noise, I highly doubt you'd be able to tell the difference between stereo and mono sound.

Tosser
Feb 20, 2008, 12:56 PM
I've never once see anyone on a plane using the speakers built into their laptop or portable DVD player. I'd have a few (polite) words to say if the person next to me tried to do that!

The cabin is way too noisy for it and if you did, because of the noise, I highly doubt you'd be able to tell the difference between stereo and mono sound.

I think RichP was commenting about the claim that the headphone plug was mono as well.

saisrujan
Feb 20, 2008, 01:13 PM
I have an MBA, and listen to a good deal of music.

The headphone port is stereo, and is very good at it. When I use it with my headphones or multimedia speakers, the sound is very good. (Rich, deep, colourful, good stereo separation, bass response... you name it)

Mono is good enough for a laptop. My previous laptop (Toshiba) had Harman Kardon virtual surround-sound stereo speakers. They are louder, but definitely not much better than the MBA's mono speaker. The mono-speaker can do music pretty good. Its probably the same speaker used on the iPhone.

Halon X
Feb 20, 2008, 01:43 PM
I think RichP was commenting about the claim that the headphone plug was mono as well.

My mistake... :o

ayeying
Feb 21, 2008, 12:09 AM
The speaker isn;t that bad as long as you have good equalizer settings.

Omikronz
Mar 10, 2008, 03:31 PM
Hmm, it's weird especially if you take into account how little I like about the MBA. But this is something I really like about the MBA (wishing it would spread wildly):
Since a lappy is crap soundwise, what's the use of speakers? As I see it, it's for playing OS-warnings and that sort of thing, for watching a short clip and not much else. That way, a single speaker is more than enough.

I could do without any, as it is. I even have all my UI-sounds off. And I never use my MBP without headphones (well, I do just not for audio, and I always carry atleast one set of headphones).

I wouldn't mind either as the holes on my MBP always get gunked up and looks terrible.