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Old Feb 8, 2013, 02:38 PM   #1
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iMac vs Thunderbolt Display

I am referring to the sound only. Is the iMac sound speakers better than the thunderbolt display's sound speakers?
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Old Feb 8, 2013, 02:53 PM   #2
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i know that imac has stereo speakers and thunderbolt display has 2.1 speakers
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Old Feb 9, 2013, 03:27 PM   #3
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i know that imac has stereo speakers and thunderbolt display has 2.1 speakers
It's surround sound with a subwoofer. IMac doesn't have SS or Subwoofer.
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2014 ... maybe. Definitely not 2013.
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It's surround sound with a subwoofer. IMac doesn't have SS or Subwoofer.
iMac has stereo speakers http://www.apple.com/imac/specs/
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Old Feb 10, 2013, 03:11 PM   #6
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FWIW, I've been using my 2012 27" iMac for about a week now and I'm continually surprised on how well the sound carries despite the thin display enclosure. The bass isn't going to vibrate your windows, but its surprisingly strong. I think its one of the overlooked engineering feats of the new design.

I also use a TB Display at work with my MBA and I have to admit that I find the sound lacking out of it in comparison.
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FWIW, I've been using my 2012 27" iMac for about a week now and I'm continually surprised on how well the sound carries despite the thin display enclosure. The bass isn't going to vibrate your windows, but its surprisingly strong. I think its one of the overlooked engineering feats of the new design.

I also use a TB Display at work with my MBA and I have to admit that I find the sound lacking out of it in comparison.
I agree. I have a 2012 21" iMac and a TD display. The audio is much better on the iMac imo.
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I agree. I have a 2012 21" iMac and a TD display. The audio is much better on the iMac imo.
I'm anticipating a leveling of that playing field when the TB display undergoes the upcoming refresh along with the addition of USB3.
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iMac has stereo speakers http://www.apple.com/imac/specs/
i was waiting for someone to correct me



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FWIW, I've been using my 2012 27" iMac for about a week now and I'm continually surprised on how well the sound carries despite the thin display enclosure. The bass isn't going to vibrate your windows, but its surprisingly strong. I think its one of the overlooked engineering feats of the new design.

I also use a TB Display at work with my MBA and I have to admit that I find the sound lacking out of it in comparison.
Is the bass better than TB?
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Old Feb 10, 2013, 10:41 PM   #10
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I traded my Thunderbolt display and Mac Mini in for a 27" iMac, late 2012 model. I can confirm that the sound is DEFINITELY better on the new iMac then on the Thunderbolt display - and I'm a DJ so I know my audio quality.

That said, nothing still beats a nice pair of Logitech or Bose speakers hooked up to your desktop, but for the day to day I'm just fine with the iMac's built in sound.
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Is the bass better than TB?
In my opinion, yes, the bass is better.
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In my opinion, yes, the bass is better.
Wow, lot of people though it had crappy bass, compared to the old 2011 model.
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Old Feb 12, 2013, 05:27 PM   #13
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Wow, lot of people though it had crappy bass, compared to the old 2011 model.
This is my first iMac so I can't speak on behalf of the 2011. I will say that I'm not overly impressed with the TB Display audio.
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