rMBP sounds terrible?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by UBS28, Feb 20, 2014.

  1. UBS28 macrumors 6502a

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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.
     
  2. alphaod macrumors Core

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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.
     
  3. Intelligent macrumors 6502a

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    The built in speakers was a big improvement for me!
     
  4. Steve121178 macrumors 68040

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    For good audio, you should always invest in some good headphones.
     
  5. snaky69 macrumors 603

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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?
     
  6. UBS28 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, using a DAC + amp.

    I guess this is to be expected, even from such an expensive laptop.
     
  7. alphaod macrumors Core

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    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.
     
  8. bobr1952 macrumors 68020

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    or Airplay speakers. :)
     
  9. UBS28 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    My IEM sounds better than most headphones and speakers :p
     
  10. jkeating2005 macrumors regular

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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
     
  11. snaky69 macrumors 603

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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.
     
  12. bobr1952 macrumors 68020

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    Thanks--never bothered to look that up. Glad my Airplay speaker is not high end--would be a waste.
     

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