Audio on MacBook Pros

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Dec 29, 2007
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I have a Macbook and an iMac. For a number of reasons, I might drop the iMac and go w/ just the laptop. However, if I do that, I might also want to move up from the macbook to a pro.

Here's a silly question, though: are the speakers and audio on the Pro much louder/clearer than that on a MacBook. I play a lot of music through my iMac, and if I got rid of it, then I'd really be losing something, as I think the audio on a macbook is pretty weak compared to the iMac. Are MBPs much better than MB? Are the comparable to iMacs?
 

Stang68

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May 29, 2007
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Yea, the speakers are nothing great. I think they are better than most PC speakers but thats not saying much. I believe if you get the 17" MBP, the speakers are a bit better.
 

bertpalmer

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Apr 12, 2007
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Normally I plug the MBP in to my stereo but the speakers are okay.

They obviously aren't going to blow you away but they are fairly loud and a good standard quality.
 

pdxflint

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Aug 25, 2006
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The built-in speakers of the MBP (and any laptop for that matter) don't come close to the built-in speakers of the current iMacs - no bass, no depth to the sound. But, as mentioned above, when I'm home I'm plugged into the stereo and on the road I'm using headphones or earbuds. The audio quality output is really decent.
 

kousuke18

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Aug 25, 2008
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The speakers on the macbook pro are MUCH better than the ones on the macbook in terms of loudness and clarity. However, they are still very much inferior to the speakers on other laptops such as HP, and Sony so don't expect too much. I recommend purchasing some separate 2.1 speakers either from logitech, or creative to plug into the macbook pro.
 

ryanrul

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Jun 22, 2008
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... and the headphone out jack on the MBP is notoriously noisy. I've had 4 MBPs and the headphone out on every one of them has been so full of static, and blips and noises that it's been pretty much useless for even basic iTunes listening.
 

MacFever

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Feb 1, 2007
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The speakers are one of the best in the laptop imo. I can say for the 17" not sure about the 15"

If I recall.... sometime ago it was said to be Harmon Kardon speakers.