How much better are the speakers on the new MBP vs the older white mb?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Whackintosh, Apr 16, 2009.

  1. Whackintosh macrumors 6502


    Mar 8, 2009
    Montreal, Quebec
    I'm currently using a first gen white macbook and the speakers are terrible. I've heard that the MBP speakers are a good deal better, but it's impossible to really tell in a noisy Apple store. What have people here found?
  2. efedor macrumors regular

    Nov 18, 2007
    That was one of the first differences I noticed between the white Mb and the pro. The difference is VERY noticeable.
  3. Cathode macrumors regular


    Aug 5, 2008
    Flagstaff, AZ
    Laptop speakers in general are usually garbage. We have a lot of the white Macbooks here at work and I can tell you first hand they are laughable. I owned a 12" PowerBook and it was very similar.

    My new Unibody MacBook Pro sounds much better in comparison to the two above (and MUCH louder) however I can't listen to my music on it for extended periods. I find myself using a good pair of headphones instead.
  4. magamo macrumors 6502

    Apr 6, 2009
    I own Rev. C white MacBook and UMBP 17". I'm no expert on music or sound, but I'd say the difference in sound quality between them is quite noticeable. Everything sounds deeper and clearer on my UMBP.

    That said, I don't think the speakers are good enough to listen to music and whatnot. After all, they're laptops.
  5. Warranty Voider macrumors 6502

    Aug 27, 2008
    Maine, US
    I have a white macbook and a 15" unibody MBP sitting side by side right now, and the MBP's speakers are crazy loud compared to the white macbook. While neither of the speakers are great quality, and if you're an audiophile both of them will sound crappy. However, the MBP's speakers are definitely louder.
  6. assassinm4 macrumors member

    Apr 13, 2009
    Hong Kong
    im using the pre-unibody mbp and i'd say in terms of internal laptop speakers? they do the job well:D although i usually listen to music with my UE earphones but i play music when my friends are around, and they are say it's the best laptop speakers they've heard.
  7. Warranty Voider macrumors 6502

    Aug 27, 2008
    Maine, US
    It depends on your taste. I would rather put the $50 towards a set of nicer speakers than to buy some software that mimics nicer speakers. Nicer speakers will always sound better than speakers with software that mimics nicer speakers.
  8. johndoe588 macrumors regular

    Apr 27, 2007
    Upstate New York
    Do you mean the 15" or the 17"? I remember thinking how much better the speakers sounded on my blackbook compared to the single speaker on my Thinkpad X30. Then I got a 15" UMBP and found the sound was much better, even though it seemed more sound was coming from the right. Now I think the sound on my 17" is much better than the 15". Yes, you'll notice a difference.

    John B.
  9. philips macrumors regular


    Oct 14, 2004
    Baden-Württemberg, Germany
    Toshiba Qosmio pack Harman Kardon (aka JBL Multimedia) loudspeakers and they are outstanding. But I guess this is rather exception confirming the rule. Good loudspeakers require lots of space. Unless your laptop is as think as Toshi Qosmio (which in fact has holes on its back for subwoofer(!)), forget about quality stereo.

    I can't compare directly, but I have a feeling that my past iBook G4 loudspeakers' were better than those in my actual UMBP17. I heard that MBPs use some sort of flat speakers but compared to everything else, I'd say MBPs sound relatively good. Just keep headphones your laptop bag and you'd be fine. :)

    P.S. BTW, does anybody have positive experience with Bluetooth headphones (yeas, headphones - not headsets) and Mac OS 10.5?
  10. migsev macrumors regular

    Jan 13, 2008
    sound is a LOT better on a pro than on a macbook. i think the macbook's speakers are on the screen? saying that, the pro's speakers arent really the best either. they sound a bit...tinny.

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