Soundcards in the Macbook Pros....

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by No Regrets, Feb 23, 2012.

  1. No Regrets macrumors regular

    Dec 14, 2011
    I was wondering if anybody knew if the sound cards are the same in all MBP's whether they be the 13", 15", or 17".

    I'm asking because I like to hook up my laptop to my home stereo at times to play Pandora internet radio. So, I'm wondering when doing this if the sound quality will be the same no matter which MBP I use.

    I've listened to the MBP's built in speakers and definitely prefer the 17' MBP speakers the best, but am more concerned about when hooking up the laptop to external speakers at the moment.

  2. eagandale4114 macrumors 65816


    May 20, 2011
    I very much doubt it would be different. I think they use the one boult in on the intel logic board?
    Anyways they should be the same.
  3. kjos8035 macrumors member

    Feb 28, 2011
    I believe they actually are different depending on model, and year for sure. I'm interested as well, as I use both optical and hdmi out on my 2011 17" on a very high end 5.1 system, and I can tell a difference between sound cards and audio bit rates because of it.
  4. negativzero macrumors 6502a

    Jul 19, 2011
    The built-in speakers and the line-out/toslink have no relation to each other. If you are aiming to get good sound from hooking your mac up to your stereo, make sure your stereo is good. Otherwise if you're playing music from the built-in speakers, the 15" and 17" are the best.
  5. No Regrets thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 14, 2011
    So is there a way to find out this info?

    For instance, is there a way to look on your computer to see what it is? I'm on a late 2011 13" MBP right now. If you can tell me how to find it on my computer, I would be willing to look and compare that with what you are using.
  6. negativzero macrumors 6502a

    Jul 19, 2011
    i don't think the macbook does any decoding when you use the optical or hdmi though so the soundcard shouldn't make a difference. it just acts as a passthrough, your audio system does the decoding.
  7. Freyqq macrumors 601

    Dec 13, 2004
    you could try bootcamping windows and looking at the hardware manager to see the model number of the soundcard
  8. No Regrets thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 14, 2011
    Just to let you all know what I found out. I just called the online Applestore and they said that all three MBP's use the same sound card.

    Thanks for all of the replies.
  9. Interstella5555 macrumors 603


    Jun 30, 2008
    Wouldn't the info in About This Mac do the same thing?
  10. heisenberg123 macrumors 603


    Oct 31, 2010
    Hamilton, Ontario
    im not on my mac right now but im sure if you click the Apple icon than about this Mac there should be a System Report or something along those lines that breaks down all the hardware

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