MacBook Pro / Powerbook speakers -

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by samlamore, Jul 20, 2007.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Jul 20, 2007
    Sydney, Australia
    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.

  2. Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
    Mate, do yourself a favour and get some headphones. Everyone knows laptop speakers are crap. :eek:
  3. macrumors 6502a


    Mar 25, 2007
    Amen to the above. Get a nice pair of headphones and ditch the external speakers once and for all.
  4. macrumors 6502


    May 16, 2007
    Nashville, TN
  5. macrumors newbie

    Aug 31, 2007
    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.

  6. macrumors newbie

    Aug 31, 2007
    oh, forgot about the sub!

    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.


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