iPad iPad air how could people say the speakers are worse?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by bobright, Nov 2, 2013.

  1. bobright macrumors 601

    Jun 29, 2010
    I have been playing with the Air for a few hours and this is the first thing that's stood out to me, the stereo speakers. I used to get a headache just listening to music or anything for more than a few minutes on my old iPad. Not with these speakers they're a huge improvement, playing some FLAC/Apple lossless rap music and the frame is vibrating. :p lol
  2. gadget123 macrumors 68000

    Apr 17, 2011
    United Kingdom
  3. Sir Ruben macrumors 65816

    Sir Ruben

    Jul 3, 2010
    They are excellent. End of story. Anyone saying otherwise has broken ears. I'm really pleased.
  4. Mrrikki macrumors regular

    Apr 7, 2010
  5. djvidi macrumors member

    Jul 1, 2013
    They are certainly better and you do get some sense of bass now than on previous models.

    Shame they couldn't align them in some way like the HTC one so you get more stereo sound rather than being down just one side. Other than that I'm very happy with the speakers
  6. prism macrumors 6502a

    Dec 6, 2006
    Who says they are worse? Coming from an ipad 4, i can say that the ones on the air are significantly better. On top of it, you get stereo!
  7. sjperformance macrumors 6502


    Oct 7, 2013
    Miami 305
    On the air they are awesome. Satisfied with sound.
  8. OSMac macrumors 65816

    Jun 14, 2010
    Some effects sound different, the key click, lock, camera shutter.
    IMO out of the box they sounded cheaper or worse on the Air less bass, different tone , hard to describe.

    Music does not sound worse, but is different.

    I think the Air speakers may reveal more treble.
  9. Brittany246 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 21, 2013
    Yeah, I think they sound cheap too. I can't really explain it. They're not amazing, but I only have my iPhone to compare it to. Idk how bad the speakers were on the last generation.
  10. isephmusic macrumors 6502

    Oct 31, 2012
    As a music producer the quality is good but the location is laughable . Your hands end up covering the speakers anyway
  11. AppleRobert, Nov 2, 2013
    Last edited: Nov 2, 2013

    AppleRobert macrumors 603

    Nov 12, 2012
    In portrait mode, the sound appears to me to be too confined and one sided so to speak. It sounds much better in landscape mode.
  12. scupking macrumors 6502a

    Dec 14, 2010
    Speakers are great even better then the great speakers in the mini.
  13. tl01 macrumors 68000

    Jun 20, 2010
  14. asleep macrumors 68040


    Sep 26, 2007
  15. SusanK macrumors 68000

    Oct 9, 2012
    There may be defective units. I was at Apple yesterday playing with demos. I tried the speakers on one. It was tinny and full of static. Maybe just a bum unit. I didn't check on other iPad Air demos. I was not there to purchase.
  16. slwiser, Nov 2, 2013
    Last edited: Nov 2, 2013

    slwiser macrumors member

    Oct 26, 2012
    Sound is excellent unless you have the speakers buried in your chest area.

    This also may be one reason the tap sounds different. I think Apple must have optimized the sound with some open area and this area wound support a hollow sounding tap.
  17. AppleFan360 macrumors 68020

    Jan 26, 2008
    I have crappy hearing and even I can tell the speakers sound better on the iPad Air.

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