Curious headphone issue with MacBook Pro ...

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by AppleGoat, Jul 8, 2014.

  1. AppleGoat macrumors 6502a

    Oct 14, 2010
    My sister recently purchased a pair of Bose SoundTrue headphones for my dad for father's day. Well, I've been testing them out, to see how they compare to my newly purchased Sennheiser Momentums and HD598s. The first time I plugged the SoundTrues into my early-2011 MBP 13", I was turned off by how soft the music was, even at the highest volume. A day or two later, I tried them with my iPhone 5 and I was astounded by how much louder they got, how much richer the sound was. The first conclusion anyone would draw is that there's something wrong with sound card in my MacBook, but that cannot be the case since my MacBook drives my two Sennheiser headphones to higher volumes than my iPhone can.

    Can anyone make sense of this?
  2. mofunk macrumors 68020


    Aug 26, 2009
    The iPhone and MBP have different outputs.. therefore difference volumes. It makes sense because a MBP isn't a suppose to be a portable music player (sorta). Just like a receiver.

    Each headphone is supports by tweeters and/or woofers. Kinda like speakers for your ears. So each headphone will respond differently. My Shure headphones sound better than my $5 Sony earbuds.

    Sennheiser have a long history than Bose in making headphones. And they sound better because of the components.

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