iPad mini Retina iPad Mini poor speaker quality.

Discussion in 'iPad' started by StarFleet, Nov 23, 2013.

  1. StarFleet macrumors newbie

    Sep 19, 2013
    Is anyone experiencing poor speaker quality or do I have a defective one?

    The highest volume setting is about the same as half the volume on my iPhone 5s. It sounds really bad.

    Does anyone have a similar problem?
  2. HankHowdy macrumors 68040


    Dec 2, 2012
    Victorville CA
    I think it has really good sound quality.

    Do you have an Apple store near by?
  3. BNHabs macrumors regular

    Jul 5, 2010
    Yes, the iPad Mini Retina has lower volume then the iPhone 5. However, the quality of the sound is better IMO.


    How can you say it's lowder than the iPhone 5?

    The iPad Mini Retina has 75% the max volume of an i5. Did you mean to say that you think it's better quality or just louder in general?
  4. HankHowdy macrumors 68040


    Dec 2, 2012
    Victorville CA
    I typed it was better quality not louder. You even quoted my post. Ummmm
  5. asleep macrumors 68040


    Sep 26, 2007
    I have an old Radio Shack sound pressure level meter, so decided to do an unscientific test...

    I used Jasmine to play a "10 hours of white noise" YouTube video.

    The front of each speaker was placed on a flat rug in a padded wall entry hall 18" from the SPL meter.

    The iPhone 5s is in a Magpul Case, the Ipad Air is in a flipped all the way open Devicewear Ridge case, and the Retina Mini has no case. The cases have open spaces.slots over the speaker grills, so while there will be some damping. I got the same results back down & face down, A-weighted/C-weighted, over 3 separate rotations ...

    Retina Mini -- 64 db

    Ipad Air -- 66 db

    iPhone 5s -- 67 db

  6. BNHabs macrumors regular

    Jul 5, 2010
    Forget about the DB, does the Retina Mini sound lower then the iPhone 5S and Air? Quality disregarded?

  7. okatomy macrumors newbie

    Sep 8, 2013
    The retina mini speakers volume max is much lower then my original old mini. Noticed it almost immediately. Why, apple?
  8. sixrom macrumors 6502a

    Nov 13, 2013
    I find the speaker suitable for most casual use as a tablet. Beyond that, there's wonderful choices in the third party vendors.
  9. asleep macrumors 68040


    Sep 26, 2007
    Yes, the rMini is not as loud as the other two.

    The measurements confirm what my ears were telling me.
  10. asleep macrumors 68040


    Sep 26, 2007
    Note that tilting either device from screen-facing-you-directly changes the spectral balance. As does holding the 5s with the speakers shooting down into your cupped palm versus pinching it at the top between your thumb and index finger (like something stinky).

    At full volume the 5s is being overdriven, in my opinion. The Air and rMini don't show strain at full volume like the 5s does. Vocals lose their three dimensionality on the 5s at full tilt.

    And comparing the three with music I'm very familiar with, the 5s gets a bit muddy as the music gets more layered/complex. The little phone's speakers do an admirable job for their size, but the iPads ultimately are more musical and involving.

    You can feel why the Air extends deeper into the midbass than the rMini -- the vibrations transmitted to your fingers/hands is clearly greater. If I were to open up the rMini and compare it to the Air, I'm guessing the rMini would look stuffed wall-to-wall with electronics while the Air might have some open space inside.

    So while the 5s goes louder, both iPads are better for music. Not unexpected. And if you're looking for thump, the Air has more. But neither iPad can touch your average cheapo earphones/headphones/speakers. So this was somewhat of an exercise in futility. :D
  11. GoingDark macrumors 6502

    Nov 2, 2013
    The sound quality is better on my rMini but it is definitely much quieter. If you can hold it so that your hands are sort of cupping the speakers it mitigates the problem a little bit.
  12. French macrumors regular

    Jan 13, 2011
    Me too.
  13. stlrunningman macrumors newbie

    Dec 1, 2013
    MINI Retina Low speaker volume

    My experience is the same as this thread. The sound coming from the Retina Mini is way lower then the Air and probably less then the 5s. I have both the air and mini retina as I am trying to figure out which one to keep and I've been testing them and I don't know why Apple dropped the ball on the Mini Retina. I did notice that the Mini retina screen feels more solid when I tap on it then the Air. Unfortunately the Air screen has more punch and better color's then the mini retina. Again not sure why Apple dropped the ball on that either. I guess it's really hard to shrink the device down to a mini size. Everyone wants a perfect tablet that weighs nothing. That is impossible. They should have tried to keep the spec's up on the mini though :(
  14. Roy G Biv macrumors 6502

    Roy G Biv

    Dec 26, 2010
    Which device has the best speakers for accurately portraying full orchestras?
  15. Zetaprime macrumors 65816

    Dec 4, 2011
    Ohio, US
    Yes..I noticed less volume but quality is the same. Stereo is worthless since nobody plays video in portrait mode. They should have done like the nexus 7 with great stereo separation in landscape mode and much louder volume as well.
  16. rojct20 macrumors member

    May 15, 2013
    I concur.

    That is one weak spot on the rMini.

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