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iPad Pro speakers

Samtb

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Are the speakers on the iPad Pro comparable to that on any of the MacBooks in terms of quality?
 

Hal~9000

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Which of the two iPad Pro's are you talking about OP?

The 9.7 inch iPP speakers sounded just as loud/clear as my MacBook Air 13 inch.
 
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TheRealAlex

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Are the speakers on the iPad Pro comparable to that on any of the MacBooks in terms of quality?
9.7 iPad Pro here the 4 speakers simply replace and saved me $149 bucks by not really needing a Bluetooth speaker paired with my tablet to enjoy media consumption period. So $599 - $149 = $450 now that's a deal.
 
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Serban

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Jan 8, 2013
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the sound quality is like this
11" MBA and 13" MBA <9.7" ipad pro < 13" MBP < 12.9" ipad pro< 12" Macbook=15" MBP
but keep in mind the mbp is due to an upgrade, also into the speakers department for this year, and i think also the imacs too
theyve done a great job until now since beats acquisition , they just need to update the mbp line and imacs
 
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zamboni52

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I think the best sounding speakers are from the rMB although I've never used the 15" MPB. The IPP 9.7 speakers are about as good as the rMB.
 
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blaugrana69

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Much better than my Early 2011 MBP , actually for my taste its much better than my Bose Sound Link Mini as well.
Really ? Toying with the idea of buying the 9.7 pro, I also have a Sound Link Mini - be interested in hearing why you feel they're better speakers on the pro.
So the speakers on the 9.7 are good enough to listen to music on ? I don't mean as a replacement for other speakers but say you were in a hotel room for a couple of nights with no other speakers with you...
 
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MacDevil7334

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Oct 15, 2011
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I have the 9.7" Pro so I can't speak to the 12" version. But the speakers are a vast improvement over the Air 2 and certainly good enough for listening to music on if you don't have a proper stereo available. I used it for music while grilling outside on Memorial Day earlier this week and had no problem hearing it, and the volume wasn't even all the way up. I will say it doesn't have quite as much bass as my 15" rMBP, as others on this thread have indicated. But that's to be expected given the iPad's smaller and narrower chassis.

In my opinion, the speakers on the 9.7" Pro are good enough to replace a Bluetooth speaker, but definitely not a true stereo system. It's the perfect companion for traveling though!
 
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Commy1

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Compared to my girlfriends MacBook, my iPad Pro 9.7" is incredible. Loud, crisp, clear, deep all words I use to describe these speakers.
 
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Mcdevidr

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Much better than my Early 2011 MBP , actually for my taste its much better than my Bose Sound Link Mini as well.

I know you say for your taste. But I just don't hear it. The soundlink mini has a great mid range and way better lows than even the 12.9 pro.
 
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c14nhl

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Oct 30, 2008
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Just received my iPad Pro 9.7 about an hour ago and the first thing I tested was the volume of the speakers.

I can't compare to any MacBook but I will say the volume and sound quality are fantastic!
 
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jmeas

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I have the latest 13" MBP (for work), a 12" Macbook (personal computer), and both iPad Pros (because I'm a nerd).

The 13" MBP's speakers are actually just terrible. I would never recommend anyone use those for listening to anything, haha.

I think all 3 others have pretty good speakers. The 9.7" is much better than the 13" Macbook Pro, but they're not really as good as the 12.9" iPP or 12" MB, which are much more similar in quality.

For those two, I actually slightly prefer the 12.9" iPP over the Macbook. The 12.9" speakers seem to me to be louder and clearer than the Macbook. Also, it fills up the room more than the 12" since they aren't as directional (they seem to emit in all directions from the speakers, whereas the laptop really just seems to emit sound up from the keyboard).

I sometimes set up music in the kitchen while I cook and clean the house. There's a pretty clear difference between when I'm using the 12" Macbook and the iPad. But for regular usage (if you're just sitting in front of them), they're both equally great.
 
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c14nhl

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My only "complaint", if you can even call it that, about the speakers would be that I can't help but cover the bottom 2 when holding the iPad playing certain games.

I'm clearly holding it wrong...
 
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stevemiller

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I don't know if I have a defective unit or people are just vastly overstating the iPad pros capabilities.

It's a little better than my iPhone speakers (but not even earth shatteringly so), and it's not better than my 15" MacBook Pro and certainly inferior to my tv soundbar (which can also function as a Bluetooth speaker). 4 speakers means you're less likely to muffle sounds with your hands when holding the device, I'll give it that at least. I just can't see how this level of sound quality would be a driving factor for a purchase :-/

Not tying to be inflammatory, I'm genuinely perplexed.
 
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Rocket Man

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I don't know if I have a defective unit or people are just vastly overstating the iPad pros capabilities.

It's a little better than my iPhone speakers (but not even earth shatteringly so), and it's not better than my 15" MacBook Pro and certainly inferior to my tv soundbar (which can also function as a Bluetooth speaker). 4 speakers means you're less likely to muffle sounds with your hands when holding the device, I'll give it that at least. I just can't see how this level of sound quality would be a driving factor for a purchase :-/

Not tying to be inflammatory, I'm genuinely perplexed.
Do you have the 9'7 Pro? My 12'9 Pro sounds clearly better then even say the 13" mbp in the house.
 
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TheRealAlex

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The speakers are so good I am developing to be in production an external subwoofer for the iPad Pro. Bass only just like the subwoofer most people have. $39.99
 
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