iBook sound quality?

neoelectronaut

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Dec 3, 2003
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So then, how well does the sound output by the iBook actually sound? Typically Laptops are stuck with horrid little 3cm wide speakers, and turn out sounding really bad and tinny.

I play music all-the-freaking-time on my eMac's speakers...and once I get an iBook it will be the same.

How make-or-break are the iBook speakers?
 

mkrishnan

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Jan 9, 2004
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They're not exactly the best speakers on a notebook.... I find it okay for listening to music, but it's definitely no audiophile system.

The Powerbooks that have the third speaker under the keyboard might be better.
 

James Philp

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Mar 5, 2005
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One word; headphones!
If you think the iBook suck, you should hear my Pismo's!
Try here if you want some truly special headphones - they won't be bettered at the price range, truly amazing reproduction, and decent Bass!
 

KD7IWP

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I'm sad because they seem to be even high quality than my PowerBook's. My friend has a G3 iBook and his speakers can go louder than mine. And I think I've heard that the iBook also has a third speaker, but I am not sure.
 

crazydreaming

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My colleage at work has a big ol' 17" HP Notebook... We were both listening to the same online audio content at the same time. I had to turn my sound off cause it sounded so horrible sitting next to his! His volume would go real loud and actually had a little bit of this thing we call bass...

Granted it's huge and a PC!
 

eleveneastgate

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KD7IWP said:
I'm sad because they seem to be even high quality than my PowerBook's. My friend has a G3 iBook and his speakers can go louder than mine. And I think I've heard that the iBook also has a third speaker, but I am not sure.
Speaker placement is messing with your hearing --- Upgrading from a iB to a PB, I thought the same.

However, a closer look shows that the speaker placement of the iB's (above F keys) result in better sound.

PB's have their speakers in the rear (near LCD hinge), so audio sounds a little distant.

That's the conclusion I came up with... ;)

James Philp said:
Phew,
for a second there i thought you was dissin the Grado's!
Nah... Grado's = QUALITY :D
 

stevey500

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hehe, i love that movie... My buddy has a wallstreet G3 running Panther and itunes and I listen to music with it once in a while, im borrowing it from him... i think the speakers are pretty good for listening to music, they dont put out much bass, but I think they are ok ... are the new ibook g3/g4 or powerbook g4 speakers any better? how do the powerbook g4 speakers sound, I seen in a service manual somewhere on the net the powerbook g4 has a 3rd mini subwoofer driver next to the optical drive under the keyboard, Im about to buy a powerbook after I sell my 4-wheeler and my powermac g4.
 

madmaxmedia

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I don't know, I went from a iBook to a 12" PB, and I like the PB's sound significantly better. The PB is sorta like the iMac G5, it uses the flat surface of the screen to reflect the sound (a little.)
 

nichos

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Bottom line:
They're fine for small stuff, voice, etc (like watching StrongBad!) but other than that, total crap. I knew that when I bought it though - and who cares? The only place I can think of that you're going to rock to your laptop is either at home, or maybe in a hotel, at either place if it's so important plug the machine in to ext. speakers:)
 
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