How does Apple fit in a 49-watt speaker in the Thunderbolt Display

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Brandon263, Apr 6, 2015.

  1. Brandon263 macrumors 6502

    Sep 12, 2009
    Beaumont, CA
    Is the Thunderbolt Display speaker better than 7-watt external speakers. It's pretty amazing that they could fit such a high-wattage speaker in such a small space.
  2. campyguy macrumors 68040

    Mar 21, 2014
    Portland / Seattle
    What Apple did was pretty amazing - I'm looking forward to the next iteration of their TB Display. I held out for over a year waiting for Apple to get off their butt to update their TB monitor. Sigh. But, I did tire of waiting, however, and here's how I spent my cash:

    $525 on a Dell P2715Q, $175 on a Herman Miller Flo arm, $14 on a copy of SwitchResX, and $299 on Grado SR325e headphones (which I can plug into the P2715Q's output jack.

    For a few more bucks than the outdated Apple TB monitor I got a 4k monitor that can put anywhere on my workstation courtesy of the Flo arm and killer cans that put any monitor's speakers to shame.
  3. Brian Y macrumors 68040

    Oct 21, 2012
  4. Mikael H macrumors 6502

    Sep 3, 2014
    I wasn't very impressed, to be honest. Sure, it's better-sounding than most integrated speakers I've heard, but if you're going to listen to anything for real, you'll still in all likelihood want a good set of headphones or studio monitors.

    Wattage by itself is a very poor measurement of actual sound power, since there are many ways of measuring it, and you need to make sure you're comparing apples to apples.

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