How good are the speakers on the new Retina MBPro?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Qusus, Jun 17, 2012.

  1. Qusus, Jun 17, 2012
    Last edited: Jun 17, 2012

    Qusus macrumors member

    Jan 30, 2009
    I think I heard Apple claimed that the speakers on the new rMBP were the "best ever put on a laptop."

    Anyone with direct experience care to chime in? (A link to a review that goes into detail about the speakers would also be nice.)

    I don't expect them to be anywhere near as good as external speakers of course, but are they on par with say, the speakers on an iMac or LED Cinema? What about compared to a USB sound-bar like the Logitech z305?

    Is there a significant noticeable difference when comparing them to the speakers on the current Macbook Pro?

    I'd like to try it out in an Apple store, but I'm afraid the crowds and noise won't give me an acceptable listening environment. Thanks!
  2. daven85 macrumors member

    Mar 29, 2011
    I think they are pretty good.

    I watched on Friday the latest Episode of Burn Notice on them why I did some cleaning in the kitchen and was happy with the sound of the explosions and the voices.

    Keep in my I don't considered myself a Audio Guy, I think the Apple ear phones you get are the best I have ever had.
  3. Qusus thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 30, 2009
    Thanks for your reply! I do appreciate it, but I'm a little wary of your review given your opinion of the Apple earphones... (ha)

    How do you think the speakers compare to your regular Macbook Pro? (I assume you've had a 13" or 15"... also please state which size you had as the speakers are different in each model.)
  4. henry72 macrumors 65816


    Jun 18, 2009
    New Zealand
    I'm extremely happy with it! Bass is deeper and the music are clearer compare with the MacBook Pro 15" :D

    Try it yourself, like earphones, everyone have different opinions ;)
  5. stevelam macrumors 65816

    Nov 4, 2010
    like you said, they're still laptop speakers which are always going to sound like ****. they sound better than the ones in my 13" macbook, but not as good as my gf's 21" imac speakers.
  6. amsure macrumors newbie

    Nov 5, 2010
    Compared to the speakers I had in my previous MBP, I personally found the rMBPs to be better in terms of bass and clarity.
  7. infernohellion macrumors 6502

    May 14, 2006
    Not satisfactory for me, though the bass is definitely better than my previous 2009 17" MBP.
    Harman Kardon speakers on some high-end Toshiba laptops are still better.

    It's a laptop speaker at the end of the day :)
  8. BeachChair macrumors 6502a

    Apr 11, 2008
    Copenhagen, Denmark
    10x better than the 13" MBA and MBP. Satisfactory for most purposes. My only small gripe is that the treble could be a bit better balanced.
  9. TMRaven macrumors 68020


    Nov 5, 2009
    I don't think it really matters as much. At the end of the day, they're still laptop speakers, and even the stock apple buds sound very good considering they're free, even better then some of the 'upgrade' iems and buds from skullcandy and the like.
  10. ACiB708 macrumors regular

    Apr 6, 2008
    They're definitely better laptop speakers. The best in any Apple laptop I've heard, but they're still laptop speakers. Again, a huge improvement, but don't expect to hear every single detail in Shine On You Crazy Diamond.
  11. charlieegan3 macrumors 68020


    Feb 16, 2012
    They are really nice yeah, but I still tend to use HQ Headphones.
  12. mdapple macrumors regular

    Jun 29, 2012
    they are still notebook speakers... meaning pretty bad when you compare them to headphones or any other computer speakers
  13. djrobsd macrumors 6502a

    May 2, 2008
    A huge improvement from my previous Macbook Pro. I find myself not needing to hook up external speakers as much, at least when sitting directly in front of the laptop, but laptop speakers are always going to be worse then real ones.

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