iPad Pro Really enjoying the quad speakers

iosuser

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Some may find this silly, but since the iPad Pro 9.7 announcement, the only thing that really interests me is the quad stereo speakers. I've always found it a be annoying on all prior iPads with the sound coming from one side when watching video in landscape. However annoying, upgrading from an Air 2 just for the speakers would be absolutely insane lol. With the current Best Buy deal on the 128GB model, on top of the .edu discounts plus 20% off Best Buy gift card from Samsung Pay, I caved since it's too good to pass.

I love the speakers on this thing! What's cool is, even when held in portrait, the stereo separation is great. I wondered for a bit why the top edge speakers are more spread out than the bottom, and realized why as soon as I experienced stereo separation in portrait. On the Air 2, there is absolutely zero separation, plus the fact that sounds get muffled when the speakers resting on you. On the Pro, it actually enhances the separation with the bottom speakers partially blocked, and still sounds crystal clear since the mid and high frequencies come from the top.

Oh and I do notice web pages render just a hair more quickly. Purchase totally justified :D
 

Hal~9000

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Seeing how I want to use an iPad as my main computer, the quad speakers of the Pro 9.7 were pretty important for me as well since I watch a lot of movies / videos. The quad speakers + brighter screen + improved speed + smart connector have me loving my purchase so far :)
 

chrismail627

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Same. I use my iPad to listen to music while I do homework. Sometimes I use my headphones, but I really like using the iPad Pro just to play music from the speakers. They're nice and loud, have great sound, and they sound great from any angle. While the price increase wasn't much fun, I don't regret my purchase at all.
 
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redman042

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What struck me about the speakers, besides just overall far better sound, is that it sounds like dialog is coming right out of the center of the display, as though there were a speaker behind the LCD. Pretty darn cool.
 
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spiderman0616

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I am still blown away by the speakers every single time I crank up the sound to watch a movie or listen to music. I can't believe that much sound comes out of my iPad. The thing that sucks is that if I'm using my iPad Pro for media, it's usually in bed, which means my wife is usually on her iPad too or trying to sleep. This means I usually have to use my headphones anyway.
 

Cheffy Dave

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The speakers ARE great, but don't forget to add in, the 2 better cameras, and the TRUE TONE Retina Screen, both of which are available ONLY on the 9.7" and NOT on the 12.9.
IMO, the 9.7 is the BEST iPad ever, and when APPLE adds those two items to the 12.9, they will own the Tablet market, even more so than they do now.
My wife and I sold our iPad Air 2's and both bought the 9.7 with 256 SSD's. We have Brighthouse Lightning Roadrunner, 350MBS, I remember the tech telling me not to do an OOKLA test, cus the iPad isn't capable of such numbers, well when I ran it it got 368 MBS, LOVE this iPad Pro, the tech left shaking his head
 
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redman042

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The speakers ARE great, but don't forget to add in, the 2 better cameras, and the TRUE TONE Retina Screen, both of which are available ONLY on the 9.7" and NOT on the 12.9.
I love all those things about the Pro, but what keeps dropping my jaw is how smooth and fast it is, no matter what tasks I throw at it. As an example, I can heavily research and plan a vacation, with many browser tabs open, OneNote, Excel, whatever, and it never breaks a sweat. I could never pull that off on my old Air 1.
 
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Booji

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It's great for travel. I don't have to carry an extra Bluetooth speaker so my bag just got a lot lighter.
 
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James.K.Polk

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Agreed, 100% - even on my 9.7. I have some modest (but still better-than-laptop) Bose desktop speakers connected to my MBP, and last night as I was shutting everything down, I heard music still playing... I was confused as I had closed my laptop, but it was from my iPad!

But!

I do earnestly wish, if the iPP is a "laptop replacement," that we could control Muisc via the remote app on iPhone.
 

iosuser

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What struck me about the speakers, besides just overall far better sound, is that it sounds like dialog is coming right out of the center of the display, as though there were a speaker behind the LCD. Pretty darn cool.
Yeah that's exactly what I found annoying on all previous iPads. It's like my left ear is clogged with sound only on the right side lol.
 

bensisko

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I guess I never really noticed it until this week. I have my 12.9" iPad Pro here at work. Usually I have Bluetooth headphones, but I'm alone in the room this week, so I have music on the speakers and they sound great!
 
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