MBP too close to sub-woofer? will speaker magnet cause problems?

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  1. buyusfear macrumors 6502

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    Do you guys think its is unsafe for me to have my MBP sitting where it is?

    I'd have it on the other side of the desk, but it just works better for me where it is in the pic.

    I hadn't thought about it until a few days ago, so since then I haven't had it there. And i just bought it 2 weeks ago, so it hasn't really been there.

    Just curious about what the experts may have to say, as I remember an old tv I had once set up with these huge clunky kenwood speakers on each side of it, and the image was super distorted on both bottom corners of the screen.(once I finally realized it was the magnets I smartened up and moved them further away)

    thanks

    [​IMG]

    Alex
     
  2. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    The only thing that could really be in danger is the hard drive -- and I don't think it's too likely to get scrambled by the sub, although I have never tried that....

    The screen distortion thing only affects CRTs. The reason the screen distorts is that the CRT makes a picture by pushing a beam of electrons through a pair of magnets. The magnets deflect the electrons so that they can be re-directed to hit any place on the screen (thus allowing them to light any pixel location). Since the electrons were positioned by magnetic force to begin with, you can screw up where they go by adding new magnetic fields to the equation.... Nothing similar to that in the way an LCD works.
     
  3. squeeks macrumors 68040

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    a sub like that should be sheilded to prevent damage to electronic devices, so it should be ok
     
  4. buyusfear thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for the quick reply guys!

    squeeks, I hadn't even thought about that.

    :)
     
  5. e12a macrumors 68000

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    not necessarily. many subwoofers are designed to be placed on the floor away from electronic devices.

    to the OP: check manufacturer specifications.
     
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  7. alphaod macrumors Core

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    There is no harm; if anything the speakers on the MBP are unshielded and provide a bigger threat. ;)
     
  8. aaronw1986 macrumors 68030

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    I would be worried, and personally keep my comps away form the woofer. It specifically states to keep it 2 feet from other electronics.
     
  9. alphaod macrumors Core

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    It's gotten me curious:

    Why is your woofer not on the ground?
     
  10. buyusfear thread starter macrumors 6502

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    You can see here it's ontop of a couple rubbermaid filing cabinets.

    [​IMG]
     
  11. MattZani macrumors 68030

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    I Would move it under the desk, seeing how you have so much Footspace under there.

    Also, like your setup, improvization, i like it ;)
     
  12. wchong macrumors 6502

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    what a show off :D
     
  13. buyusfear thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I know, I know......



    But you must admit, they are pretty sweet filing cabinets?

    :)
     
  14. alphaod macrumors Core

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    You should put the filing cabinet on top of the woofer; solves your worries of the woofer being too close to your computer and it maximizes the woofer performance.

    Your desk top is so need; mine looks like a junkyard.
     
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