rMBP Speakers

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by wmouazzen, Jul 6, 2012.

  1. wmouazzen macrumors member

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    Going from my 2008 unibody 13" to this is a huge jump. Really shocked how great the internal speakers are. Have the 15" speakers always been this good or did they upgrade them with the rMBPs?
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    They're upgraded.
     
  3. TheMacBookPro macrumors 68020

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    They were upgraded on the Retina model but the 15" speakers have always been much louder and clearer than the speakers on the 13" MacBook. Their blurb:

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  4. gentlefury macrumors 68030

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    They said in the keynote that they worked to make the speakers sound great. Supposedly to even have some bass....which I will be interested to hear. They tended to be rather tinny...so it will be cool to see if it really is audible.
     
  5. maril1111 macrumors 68000

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    Do you by any chance know how many watts those speakers are, or somewhere where I could check it? :)
     
  6. TheMacBookPro, Jul 6, 2012
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    TheMacBookPro macrumors 68020

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    I'm only going by what I can find on apple.com and all it says there is 'stereo speakers'.
     
  7. gentlefury macrumors 68030

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    Apple does tend to be quite minimalist in their technical descriptions, which is pretty annoying.
     
  8. Adidas Addict macrumors 65816

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    Watts + Audio Equipment = Licence for Companies to manipulate whatever the hell they want into specs.
     
  9. heresjohnny macrumors member

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    My thoughts...

    I spent some time last night comparing the speakers in my 2011 17" to my new rMPB. 17" sounds way better... but the 15" rMBP is good compared to most other 15" laptops.

    Not surprisingly, the 15" outputs almost nothing at the lower frequencies - but I think it may sound a little better @ higher freqs. Unfortunately when you compare the two side by side it's a pretty clear win for the 17".

    After listening to the 17", it sounds like the rMBP is missing about 20% of the freq range.


    (FWIW I did a blind test with 4 different people that were around at the time.)
     
  10. noteple macrumors 65816

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    They are Apple custom

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  11. striker33 macrumors 65816

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    Does anyone know if the rMBP actually has 2 subwoofers built in now?

    The 2011 15" was extremely uneven in terms of balance due to there being only being 1 which was positioned off to the side.
     
  12. TheMacBookPro macrumors 68020

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    There are two speakers and zero subwoofers now.
     
  13. NeXT MacRumors macrumors member

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    I hope :apple: integrates a similar speaker technology into smaller macs later on :D
     

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