2012 non-retina 15,4" MBP terrible sound quality

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by pumanger, Oct 5, 2012.

  1. pumanger macrumors newbie

    Jun 16, 2012
    Compared to late 2008 15,4" MBP, this new (non retina) sounds terrible. Sound is very thin - no bass whatsoever. Late 2008 is significantly louder, bassier and "fuller" in sound.

    I resetted PRAM, it helped a bit, but the sound still sucks compared to the old laptop...

    Any ideas?
  2. PerformaGuy macrumors member


    Oct 5, 2012
  3. pumanger thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 16, 2012

    Still, no bass. Fixing iTunes EQ does also not fix the issue when watching / listening stuff on web browser etc.

    Is this model supposed to have subwoofer? Late 2008 does not have and it's MUCH fuller in sound. This new one sounds like iPhone.
  4. Acidsplat macrumors regular

    Aug 12, 2011
    I believe as of the mid-2010 MacBook Pros, they use a subwoofer.
  5. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    Maybe it's just broken. Perhaps take it into a shop and have it looked at.
  6. Silmarien macrumors member

    Oct 20, 2011
    I too have a 2012 2.3 cMBP and I can vouch that the speakers are awful. Before this I had a 4 year old Toshiba Satellite with 4.1 Harman/Kardon speakers and I really miss it when I am listening to music...

    P.S. Also when I plug in my Logitech X-230 external speakers even in lowest bass, the room around me shakes. Its quite a shame because I cant play music as loud as I would want to because then they would evict me :(
  7. mgartner0622 macrumors 65816


    Jun 6, 2010
    Colorado, USA
    Your have to remember the "subwoofer" in the computer is like 1/2" an inch in diameter. It really doesn't do much in my opinion.
  8. pumanger thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 16, 2012
    Yeah, the computer has to be broken. This can't be normal.

    Here is a audio comparison between late 2008 MBP and mid 2012 MBP. Recorded with external audio recorder. Both computers had volume on full power and I played same song from Youtube.

    First 2008 then the 2012 model:

    http://dl.dropbox.com/u/860305/late 2008 vs mid 2012 AUDIO TEST.MP3
  9. snaky69 macrumors 603

    Mar 14, 2008
    Perhaps your speakers are broken, mine sounds just fine. (which means they sound like poop like just about any laptop speakers out there).
  10. vpro macrumors 65816


    Jun 8, 2012
    Exactly, however..

    My 2007 17" MacBook Pro sounds full, robust, bass has impact and they are loud. I've also owned the 15" retina until I returned it because those speakers were all highs and no mids. My husband's 13" sounded better. Now I have the 17" late 2011 and I'm not sure yet but still sounds like my 2007 17" sounds warmer and fatter.

    I hardly use the speakers though mind you, I mostly plug in studio speakers or my stereo system with 3 subs and 12 surround speakers around my apartment, or superior headphones people. The speakers on laptops are decorative, I personally don't need them. I personally want a powerful piece of paper thin laptop (if it was up to me 17" all the freakin way).

  11. snaky69 macrumors 603

    Mar 14, 2008
    Oh don't get me wrong, they have some of the clearest sound out of all laptop speakers I've heard, but they've still got nothing on a pair of cheapo computer speakers, let alone my studio monitors/headphones.
  12. Closus, Oct 7, 2012
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