does vlc damage my mac's speaker?

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by batmanbegin, Feb 26, 2015.

  1. batmanbegin macrumors newbie

    Feb 26, 2015
    Does vlc damage my laptop's speaker? I usually listened to musics or watch a movie at the maximum volume (200%), however, I always put the overall volume (my macbook volume) only at 20% volume. I did hear distorted sound, I think it is due to the digital amplifier, will it damage my speaker?
  2. Gav2k macrumors G3


    Jul 24, 2009
    200 on vlc and 20 on the Mac itself will sound awful. Your better off dropping the source to a nominal 100 and increasing the volume.

    Will it damage the speakers and amp. No is the answer it's the source that's being distorted.
  3. batmanbegin thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 26, 2015
    Thanks for the answer, but is that true that, playing back a distorted signal is not bad for the speakers?
  4. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    If you are talking about the internal speakers and the internal amplifier than yu will be OK. Problems happen with much higher powered gear. A stand alone amp if over driven to distortion can blow out some tweeters

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