Are the Retina Macbook Pros Speakers that mcuh better than the normal macbook pro?

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  1. iLikeTurtles! macrumors 6502

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    i know alot of you audiophiles bring down laptop speakers, which obviously compare to external speakers, but i always found my 2011 macbook pro 15" speakers to be good for internal speakers.

    i was curious if the retina macbooks speakers were signifncatly better?

    thanks
     
  2. Stetrain macrumors 68040

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    Anandtech's impression:

    http://www.anandtech.com/show/6023/the-nextgen-macbook-pro-with-retina-display-review/13
     
  3. Eallan macrumors 6502

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    Subjectively? They're way way way way better.

    They're much clearer and louder than my 2010's.
     
  4. stevelam macrumors 65816

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    if sound quality actually concerns you, just know that these are still laptop speakers. they will still relatively sound like ****.
     
  5. iLikeTurtles! thread starter macrumors 6502

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  7. Rmafive macrumors 6502

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    They sound much better than the speakers in my 2008 uMBP... But they still are laptop speakers!
     
  8. AzN1337c0d3r macrumors 6502

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    I have my Late-2011 MBP next to me. Subjectively, the rMBP's speakers are not any better (or worse), they just have a sound signature that is different. Not sure why all this hype about it sounding "better".

    All my portable and workstation equipment is subjectively much higher quality so I rarely use the on-board speakers.

    Shure SE535 headphones
    Sennheiser HD650 headphones
    Denon D2000 headphones
    Random CMOY amplifier I bought from eBay
    Little Dot Mk III w/ EF92 tubes
    Logitech Z-2200

    On a sort of related note. The hiss from the headphone jack is much worse with my SE535 on my rMBP than my Late 2011 MBP.
     
  9. where is it macrumors 6502

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    There just better laptop speakers... I wouldn't sell the hi-fi just yet...
     
  10. oyebto macrumors regular

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    they sound bigger and have a wider soundstage than most laptops i know, but will lose to any random desktop speaker.
     
  11. Queen6 macrumors 603

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    Good improvement on my Late 2011 15" 2.4 i7, by far the best yet from Apple
     
  12. Fortimir macrumors 6502a

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    As I've been saying for the past month: The frequencies that are present are very good.

    It still has typical anemic bass response, but I guess I wouldn't say they are "tinny." The mids and highs, though, are very rich.
     
  13. jcpb macrumors 6502a

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    Every time I use my headphones to play TF2 I get accused of cheating because I could "hear" them walk by me.
     
  14. Sam2lucky13 macrumors 6502

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    its noticeable from mid 2011 to rMBP i was very pleased.
     
  15. jaqueh macrumors member

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    the soundstage is wider and the treble extension is better, but the old MBP 15" had much better midrange (because of the midrange subwoofer), but bass remains pretty much the same.
     
  16. TheRdungeon macrumors 6502

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    That's interesting, is there no sub in the retina?
     
  17. NutsNGum macrumors 68030

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    Haha! Nice one
     
  18. jaqueh macrumors member

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    it doesn't look like there is, it just has two normal speakers that are slightly larger than the previous non-retina's
     
  19. bahndoos macrumors 6502

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    my aging Macbook Pro 17" from 2007 still has the best laptop audio quality I've heard.
     
  20. R3k macrumors 6502a

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    Wth did you resurrect this 3 year old thread with a useless comment?
     
  21. mdlooker macrumors 65816

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    lol.. well lets keep it going then. It shocked me yesterday in how loud my mid 2014 rMBP speakers got. I took it into the bathroom and had one of my best singing sessions in the shower yet!
     
  22. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 603

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    Wow thats just asking to trip the moisture sensors in your mac and have apple refuse to fix it under warranty if anything goes wrong.....
     
  23. jermy4 macrumors demi-god

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    Probably not a good idea to use your laptop in a damp environment like that.
     
  24. mdlooker macrumors 65816

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    Yeeeaaaa I didn't think about that :oops::eek:

    I did have the door open so hopefully that helped a lot as well.

    Won't do that again
     

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