17" Powerbook: Better Speakers?

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  1. ppc_michael Guest

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    I'm about to purchase a 17" Powerbook and I'm wondering: would the speakers be any better than the 15"? It has wider speaker gratings, so... are there bigger speakers behind there? :)

    Also, you don't think I'm crazy for buying a Powerbook now, do you? Since it'll be a few years before the Intels anyway. I have an iBook G4 currently, but it's not cutting it with the low resolution and definitely not with my FCP. Even so, I'm still hesitant. ;)
     
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    that's a good question. I have a 17" G4 powerbook, I never noticed a dramatic difference between a 15" and this one, but I haven't really had a chance to put the two into real comparison. hmmmm.....
     
  3. Fuchal macrumors 68020

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    I believe the 17" speakers have larger drivers however the 12" and 15" has a mid-range enhancing third speaker in the grate under the screen.
     
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    I just traded up from 15" to 17" and the speakers seem to be slightly louder on the 17". I haven't actually compared them, but they seem louder than I remember with the 15".
     
  5. ppc_michael thread starter Guest

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    Oh okay. :) Thanks!

    How do (any) Powerbook speakers compare with iBooks? I have some nice Edirol digital monitors so it won't be an issue most of the time, but I'm just wondering what I can expect when I'm "mobile."
     
  6. Demon Hunter macrumors 68020

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    I find the sound quality and loudness to be much better on my 17" than my old 15". And no I don't think you're crazy, Rev. D 17" is purrrfect. ;)
     
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    wasn't it the 17" that had that third "bass"speaker??
     
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  9. Dreadnought macrumors 68020

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    Where do they put it in those tiny macs... If it was in the 17" I could believe it, but in the 12"... In the 17" you do have optical in and out, also a pre if you're doing video-editing.
     
  10. ppc_michael thread starter Guest

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    Wow thanks for all the replies! :) One more question about the PB and then I'll leave you alone. ;)

    I bought a 1GB stick of RAM for my iBook. Will I be able to use that in my Powerbook, or does it take a different kind?
     
  11. Ryan T. macrumors 6502a

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    Your iBook takes PC2100 RAM and the Powerbook takes PC2700. You can use your current RAM, but it will slow down your Powerbook a little bit.
     
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    The 17" speakers are larger. I'd say that this is better, but maybe not in terms of sound quality.
     
  13. Jedda macrumors regular

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    Mmm, I agree.

    I wouldn't say that sound quality is heightened, but they are a little bit louder.

    If you are basing your desision solely on the speakers, buy the 15" and some good quality externals.
     

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