rMBP sounds terrible?

UBS28

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My earbuds sounds alot better when I override the output of my rMBP. Do these Macbook Pro still sound bad in 2014 or did I got a bad unit?

It's not really a problem since I can override it, but it would be nice if I don't have to rely on other equipement.
 

alphaod

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The built-in speakers or your headphones?

The speakers have always been sort of crappy, but I don't know many laptops with good speakers either.
 

Intelligent

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My earbuds sounds alot better when I override the output of my rMBP. Do these Macbook Pro still sound bad in 2014 or did I got a bad unit?

It's not really a problem since I can override it, but it would be nice if I don't have to rely on other equipement.
The built in speakers was a big improvement for me!
 

snaky69

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My earbuds sounds alot better when I override the output of my rMBP. Do these Macbook Pro still sound bad in 2014 or did I got a bad unit?

It's not really a problem since I can override it, but it would be nice if I don't have to rely on other equipement.
I'm not sure I understand your post.

By overriding you mean using a headphone amp or DAC, or am I missing the point entirely?
 

UBS28

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I'm not sure I understand your post.

By overriding you mean using a headphone amp or DAC, or am I missing the point entirely?
Yes, using a DAC + amp.

I guess this is to be expected, even from such an expensive laptop.
 

alphaod

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Yes, using a DAC + amp.

I guess this is to be expected, even from such an expensive laptop.
The fact of the matter if Apple has to build a computer with many different components and they simply can't use the best components on the market.

Any good external DAC on the market is better than the built-in sound card.
 

jkeating2005

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When i upgraded from my 2011 13.3" MBP to the 2013 15" rMBP i was shocked at the built in sound improvement between the 2 models. Although I'm usually connected to either a Bluetooth or AirPlay device, I can't complain about the Built in audio on the 2013 15" rMBP
 

snaky69

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or Airplay speakers. :)
Airplay limits you to 16bits, 44.1khz music. If you own any HD music such as 24 bits/96khz, your music will be downgraded in quality before being played back.

A good DAC and amp beats airplay, all day, everyday.
 

bobr1952

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Airplay limits you to 16bits, 44.1khz music. If you own any HD music such as 24 bits/96khz, your music will be downgraded in quality before being played back.

A good DAC and amp beats airplay, all day, everyday.
Thanks--never bothered to look that up. Glad my Airplay speaker is not high end--would be a waste.