iMac vs Thunderbolt Display

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Serban, Feb 8, 2013.

  1. macrumors 68040

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    I am referring to the sound only. Is the iMac sound speakers better than the thunderbolt display's sound speakers?
     
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    i know that imac has stereo speakers and thunderbolt display has 2.1 speakers
     
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    Ddyracer

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    It's surround sound with a subwoofer. IMac doesn't have SS or Subwoofer.
     
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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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    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'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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    Ddyracer

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    i was waiting for someone to correct me ;)



    Is the bass better than TB?
     
  10. macrumors 6502a

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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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    In my opinion, yes, the bass is better.
     
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    Ddyracer

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    Wow, lot of people though it had crappy bass, compared to the old 2011 model.
     
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    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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