Speaker: 2012 MBAir worst ever?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by wallny, Jun 20, 2012.

  1. wallny macrumors newbie

    Jul 31, 2011
    Just got my 11" mid-2012 MacBook Air yesterday. (i7/8gb/256)

    The overall performance meets my expectations, except for one thing:

    Weird speaker problem.

    Compared with my old 2011 11" MBAir (i7/4gb/128), new air is much worse.
    The music feels weak, cheap, distorted: lows not strong enough while mid/high feels thin and broken…

    It's hard to describe but the difference is so dramatic, like a $10 and $200 headphone, I could tell there's definitely something wrong from the 1st second.

    I can't believe this is Apple product.

    2012 MBA users please comment, if you ever owned 2011 air that's even better. Is it just me or a common issue?
  2. palpatine macrumors 68040

    May 3, 2011
    I don't know. The speaker didn't impress me in the 2011, and I know longer have mine, so I cannot compare. It is a total non-issue for me. I plug in my headphones if I want to hear great sound. I didn't buy the 11" for its speakers :)
  3. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    It seems the same to me, which is mediocre but adequate. If you notice a big difference, perhaps take it back to the store and compare it with one of the others. Maybe yours shipped with a defective speaker. I have the same exact model as yours.
  4. Skoopman macrumors 6502

    Sep 24, 2011
    I don't think that Apple would make them worse, maybe it's a hardware or software problem. You could try to improve the sound quality with Hear. I use it with my Mac Mini and Logitech z2300 speakers, it makes a huge difference.
  5. mattopotamus macrumors G5


    Jun 12, 2012
    sounds good to me, better than my early 2011 pro

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