iPad How Are iPad Air Speakers vs iPad 4?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by 53kyle, Nov 3, 2013.

  1. 53kyle macrumors 65816


    Mar 27, 2012
    Sebastopol, CA
    I know the iPad air has stereo speakers, so how do they really compare to the older ones in iPad 2, 3, or 4? Are they any louder or clearer? Is the overall sound better or worse?
  2. Klae17 macrumors 65816


    Jul 15, 2011
  3. irnchriz macrumors 65816


    May 2, 2005
    Definitely louder and clear, still suffer from a lack of bass inherent to the design of these speakers.
  4. Ipadlover29 macrumors 6502a

    May 28, 2011
    The air ones sound better with more bass in my opinion. The stereo effect is nice but you only get it while in portrait mode. Very easy to muffle the sound by covering the left grill with your hand in landscape mode. Wish the speakers were on the sides like other tablets.
  5. aimfire macrumors regular


    Jun 30, 2007
    Sunnyvale, CA
    Yeah, I found them to have more bass as well. Wasn't expecting that, thought something might be wrong, lol.
  6. Beasty34 macrumors member

    Mar 8, 2012
    Nottingham, UK.
    I find the Air's to be a lot better, less of an afterthought and starting to compete with my retina macbook's speakers.
  7. monk fish macrumors member

    Jan 9, 2009
    I'm not sure if there is one that's better or worse.
    Just different
    The iPad 4 had a richer/warmer sound
    The iPad air has better stereo and maybe a little clearer
  8. hobx macrumors regular

    Sep 6, 2010
    Think I preferred the four. One thing I don't like is if you pump up the volume to full the Air seems to vibrate. Anyone else experiencing this?
  9. Ipadlover29 macrumors 6502a

    May 28, 2011
    Yup I am and many others have also mentioned it on this forum.
  10. junglesnake macrumors 6502


    Oct 17, 2011
    Awesome. I think they are hands down the best speakers in any tablet and much better than any previous ipad. Maybe it's the thinness of the air but you can feel the bass and the sound is great too. I'm more and more impressed with the air the more I use it.
  11. Lazyboi macrumors newbie

    Nov 2, 2013
    If you cup your hands around the Air's speakers to redirect the sound to the front, it sounds okay. Otherwise in landscape mode the sound is too one sided. I never needed to do this for my ipad 3/4... I'm considering buying a case with built-in sound enhancers if and when it comes out for the Air. Or.... Create a custom sound booster...
  12. patseguin macrumors 68000


    Aug 28, 2003
    I gave the 3rd not the 4th but I think the speakers are as good or better.
  13. ldburroughs macrumors 6502

    Feb 25, 2005
    Virginia Beach, VA
    Better in my opinion. I wasn't really expecting any improvement, but was pleasantly surprised. It is both louder and fuller. If you play them side by side, you'll notice a significant difference.
  14. kikumako macrumors newbie

    Nov 5, 2013
    Speakers of Air (compared to that of the 4th gen): louder, clearer, more stereo, more bass, sounding more like from a boxed speaker. But when you play the smart guitar (or maybe other instruments) on GaragaBand with volume set to the max, you will be annoyed by the distorted bass sound. It's a kind of buzzing noise which doesn't occur on the iPad 4th gen under the same circumstance.:(
  15. prism macrumors 6502a

    Dec 6, 2006

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