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dryopenclub

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I understand that the 15" MBA has clearly better speakers than the 13" MBA, but I'm upgrading from the a 2017 13" MBP. I would like audio quality to be at least equal (if not better than) to my current MBP as I cannot use headphones. I have a neurological condition with various symptoms like tinnitus (which rules out headphones) and palinopsia (which is made hellish by high contrast mini-led so 14"/16" MBP is out- I've tried the 16" M2 MBP and it killed my eyes).

If the 15" MBA is not better in audio quality, I might try looking for a 13" M2 MBP. Thanks guys!
 
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dizmonk

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The speakers in the 15" MBA are not better than the MBP. I'm on a 14" M3 MBP and it's much better. That was my experience even when I had my 14" m1. It feels like the sound is deeper, richer, and less flat. I think they are also a tad louder than the 15. The 15" MBA is substantially better than the 13" MBA. As far as the M2 13" MBP goes, I don't know. I never had that one.
 

halledise

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I understand that the 15" MBA has clearly better speakers than the 13" MBA, but I'm upgrading from the a 2017 13" MBP. I would like audio quality to be at least equal (if not better than) to my current MBP as I cannot use headphones. I have a neurological condition with various symptoms like tinnitus (which rules out headphones) and palinopsia (which is made hellish by high contrast mini-led so 14"/16" MBP is out- I've tried the 16" M2 MBP and it killed my eyes).

If the 15" MBA is not better in audio quality, I might try looking for a 13" M2 MBP. Thanks guys!
they’re much of a muchness.
i use earbuds 95% of the time thus it’s a non-issue for me.
$25 sony wired earbuds rival anything more expensive imho
 

geta

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All the speakers are plus minus the same… if you looking for higher quality and you can’t use headphones, you should connect your laptop to good external speakers.
 

bill-p

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If the 15" MBA is not better in audio quality, I might try looking for a 13" M2 MBP. Thanks guys!

It is better.

Apple intentionally scaled back the speaker quality of the 15" MBA by default to not encroach upon the MBP, but if you apply EQ, the 15" MBA actually can sound even better than the 14" MBP.

Default, they reduce the max loudness by roughly 5-6dB and the bass is pushed down a lot more on the 15". But even so, it does still beat the 13" MBP easily.
 

thadoggfather

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how does 13-inch MBP compare to 13-inch M1 MBA sound quality wise?

Bc M1 13 MBA to M2 15 MBA sound quality improved dramatically imo
 
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