Can't crank it up, Part II

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by sunsnewmac, Jun 20, 2007.

  1. sunsnewmac macrumors 6502


    Mar 3, 2007
    I posted a few days ago about low sound out of the internal speakers. Seems that's normal. What about with headphones? The volume level is just as low with headphones. Is that normal?
  2. BlackMax macrumors 6502a


    Jan 14, 2007
    North Carolina
    The sound from my MacBook C2D 2.0 is plenty loud using headphones. Check your sound options under system preferences.
  3. sunsnewmac thread starter macrumors 6502


    Mar 3, 2007
    Sound is turned up all the way both in System Prefs and in whatever app I'm using.
  4. uicandrew macrumors 6502a

    Jan 19, 2006
    are you deaf? j/k

    more seriously, what are you using the macbook speakers for?

    what's the environment?
    are you looking to fill the whole room with sound?
    or are you trying to hear it from another room?
    are you trying to use it to drown out other sound?

    have you tried adjusting the songs itself in itunes?

    what are your expectations and do you have a reference level of sound?

    i had a macbook and the volume is definitely lower than that of a macbook pro. (part of it has to do with design) the macbook speakers are built into the edge of case (where the hinges are) so the sound is designed to bounce off the screen and towards the user, whereas the macbook pro speakers are just right on top of the laptop, so it is more projecting
  5. sunsnewmac thread starter macrumors 6502


    Mar 3, 2007
    No, not deaf and i'm talking about using the MB on my lap in my tiny studio apartment :(

    The other day I could barely hear the narrator of a video playing on You Tube, that is how bad the volume output is. I tried with headphones, and it was no help at all. I should re-emphasize that the volume is turned up max in system prefs and in the player.

    It's not just You Tube but it seems that You Tube is the worst. I use the MB to stream radio shows online. Usually that requires QT or Windows Media Player. Both go louder than You Tube, and are at least at an acceptable volume (I can hear what the person is saying). I rarely use the MB to play music because I have a desktop set up for that purpose.
  6. amc382 macrumors regular

    Nov 4, 2003
    yeah, the macbook speakers are kind of week, they're all hidden in the back.

    use VLC, it lets you control the volume to 400%.
  7. sunsnewmac thread starter macrumors 6502


    Mar 3, 2007
    what a great tip! I had VLC but was having better luck with Nice Player for videos--but can VLC volume settings become universal so that streams I play in other players (and You Tube videos) are louder?

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