Is the MacBook Pro supposed to have good speakers?

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  1. Boesky macrumors 6502

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    I like how mine sound. Are they supposed to be good quality?
     
  2. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604

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    For notebooks, the 17 inch are decent. But are they audiophile speakers, obvs. not. The important thing is that you like how it sounds.
     
  3. appleguy123 macrumors 603

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    I think mine are great too! 17" pro. have they inproved with the newer models?
     
  4. Bill Gates macrumors 68020

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    They are supposed to be decent as far as laptop speakers go. The larger notebooks have better speakers than the smaller ones, so 17" > 15" > 13".
     
  5. Richard1028 macrumors 68000

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    Well, I only have a lowly macbook white and I think the speakers kick ass. (compared to all the windows laptops I've owned anyway).

    I would think a MBP would be superior or at the very least, just as good.
     
  6. yoyo5280 macrumors 68000

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    Haha TBH I think they suck!
     
  7. shivermetimbers macrumors 6502

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    I think my 17" uMBP speakers sound great for a laptop!
     
  8. IBradMac macrumors 68000

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    I have a 15" MBP and it sounds fine to me! I mean, what can you realistically expect out of a notebook?
     
  9. J the Ninja macrumors 68000

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    For a laptop, they are fairly decent. However, this is a lot like saying, "He's a fairly sensitive person as far as Nazi's go". The MBP's speakers are terrible in general, just like every other laptop. There is no room for a halfway decent speaker, and not worth manufacturer's money to even try for part of the way there. Btw, the line in/out and converters are crap too, and very noisy, just like every other integrated audio chipset. If you truly care about quality, get some external speakers and feed them with an external interface or the SPDIF port.
     
  10. Dan73 macrumors 6502a

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    I'm no audiophile but I think my 13" are pretty bad, but they get the job done.
     
  11. SephirothXR macrumors 6502

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    Anyone have any recommendation for laptop speakers? This is purely for if I'm in my dorm room and I have my new 13" uMBP hooked up to my 32" TV and want to watch a video or play some music. I'm not trying to save battery by having the audio and video go through different sources, but have it be better quality with those 2 qualities. On amazon there are some logitech speakers for around $10 that look good, and I don't want to spend more than $20 on speakers, I'm not a big music guy that constantly listens to it, but I still want alright speakers.
     
  12. atticus18244fsa macrumors 6502

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    My 15" speakers sound great to me. Very pleased.
     
  13. J the Ninja macrumors 68000

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    You won't get a noticeable boost in quality for $20.
     
  14. mikes70mustang macrumors 68000

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    No, their not good for much. They miss so much sound they make the stock apple earbuds seem great.
     
  15. joehahn macrumors regular

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    you can always solve the problem of poor speaker quality with a good pair of head phones!
     
  16. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604

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    The OP likes the speakers?

    iThink that the conclusion from everyone seems to be they are good for notebooks.
     
  17. Richard1028 macrumors 68000

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    Exactly. I mean, how much room is there for speakers in a 13" computer anyway? I've owned a half dozen other PC laptops (HP, Dell, Toshiba, Compaq, Acer, etc) and the macbook is the only one where I can actually watch any video without an external sound hookup just to boost the volume.
     
  18. airplaneman macrumors 6502a

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    Same here. Although they are nowhere near great, they are decent for a laptop and good enough for me:) (I can always wear my high sound quality noise canceling headphones...)
     
  19. jjahshik32 macrumors 603

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    I just picked up a 17" mbp just a week ago and the speakers on it is excellent. :)
     
  20. Teej guy macrumors 6502a

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    Good speakers? Absolutely not.

    Decent for laptop speakers? Fairly.
     
  21. icanboogie macrumors regular

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    classic beats unibody

    I agree, the 17 MBP has the best speaker system from the whole lineup. They have more bass and also seem to have more range and dynamic.

    I think they have more speakers built in as well: not only two, but three or even four, I don't know exactly, there is a thread here somewhere about that with pictures.

    But I think they did not improve with the unibody generation, I suppose its quite the opposite: The classic MBP sounds better to me. (Maybe I want to here it that way - anyway, I really tried to be neutral when I compared...:)
     
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  23. jjahshik32 macrumors 603

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    I do agree with you on this. I guess since I moved from a 15" unibody mbp to a 17" unibody mbp I noticed the difference in loudness/quality in the 17" as to the 15".

    But I did previously own a 17" SR hi res mbp and a 17" 1.67GHz powerbook g4 before as well and those had a bit better fuller sound.
     
  24. MacAndy74 macrumors 65816

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    Same here, haven't felt the need to get external speakers either.
     
  25. meringues macrumors member

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    I felt that my old 13" unibody MB's speakers were actually decent... Of course, that might've had something to do with the fact that the laptop I had before it was a polycarbonate 13" and that thing had the worst speakers I've ever heard.
     

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