iPad 3 louder than iPad 2

Discussion in 'iPad' started by SteveJobs2.0, Mar 25, 2012.

  1. SteveJobs2.0 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 9, 2012
    It might be me, but the new iPad seems a tad louder. I wish that they added stereo sound, but what can you do?
  2. Zetaprime macrumors 65816

    Dec 4, 2011
    Ohio, US
    I wish it was louder but it's not. :(

    I don't know why it doesn't have stereo sound designed for landscape mode. Obviously the stereo effect can only be obtained on one orientation, and logically that would be the one used in watching videos. I'm sure they could have found room in there for a second speaker.
  3. geko29 macrumors 6502

    Nov 10, 2008
    Did you have 5.1 on your old one? The release notes included a line about making audio louder and clearer on iPad external speakers.
  4. drenline macrumors 6502a


    Aug 8, 2010
  5. Skika macrumors 68030

    Mar 11, 2009
    I wouldn't know about louder but i am certain it has an richer sound.
  6. Radeon85 macrumors 6502

    Mar 16, 2012
    South Wales, UK
    The new one does seem to have a little bit more bass to sound compared to the iPad 2, not much but does sound less tinny.
  7. Ratty macrumors 6502

    Sep 29, 2007
    Hampshire, UK
    I've certainly found the new iPad louder and better than my iPad1 or iPad2.

    The sound's OK for a single speaker system.
  8. tivoboy macrumors 68040

    May 15, 2005
  9. PONR macrumors newbie

    Mar 8, 2012
  10. homeboy macrumors 6502

    Aug 23, 2007
  11. SteveJobs2.0 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Mar 9, 2012
    There was more sound definition. I played the same few songs in turn on one ipad than the other and the new Ipad was a fraction better. As other people said, the song seemed "richer" and more vibrant. Both the ipads are on 5.1.

    If I was a head designer, I would move the speaker to the centre-bottom of the ipad and separate the sound into 2 channels while preserving a simple single grill design. Only issue is what would happen when you rotate the ipad, but that could be accoplished with a third speaker in the top centre of the ipad.
  12. doboy macrumors 68020

    Jul 6, 2007
    If this is true, no wonder my new iPad is louder than my iPad 2 running 5.0.X.
  13. gmanist1000 macrumors 68030


    Sep 22, 2009
  14. Zetaprime macrumors 65816

    Dec 4, 2011
    Ohio, US
    I had 5.1 on the old one too. No difference in the sound that I could tell. I can't compare them now since I sold the old one right after the new iPad arived.
  15. Surf Monkey macrumors 68030

    Surf Monkey

    Oct 3, 2010
    Portland, OR
    Mine seems to have richer sound. I don't think it's louder, though.
  16. klover macrumors 6502a

    Jun 7, 2009
  17. Romanesq macrumors 6502a


    Jun 16, 2003

    I had both iPad 1 and 2 - they went to 10.

    The new iPad goes to 11. :D


    But the volume before could leave a lot to be desired. Using external volume to speakers via Airport Express was needed for Netflix (or attach some headphones).

    Now it's far better for Netflix, music, etc. It is not only louder, but it had more definition with bass, midrange. If you look at the construction, it's completely different. They are using some geometry to improve the volume with a larger surface area.

    A cupping device some people used on the iPad 1 and 2 helped and would be beneficial to the new iPad too.

    But listening on a radio app right now, it's not an issue anymore IMHO. :apple:
    Another bonus not often highlighted in the new iPad. :p

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