Speaker Quality?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by 123macman, Feb 25, 2010.

  1. 123macman macrumors member

    Dec 17, 2009
    I am a high school student who has a reading problem that use audiobooks and i would like to know how good the speakers are in the 13" MBP.
  2. MossyForest macrumors newbie

    Feb 14, 2010
    Headphones work really well with laptops.
  3. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    The MBP speakers aren't great, but you can use headphones or external speakers.
  4. JosX macrumors regular

    Dec 27, 2009
    Northumberland, UK
    While headphones or external speakers will obviously get much better sound, the built in speakers really are pretty good, especially when compared to allot of PCs, or even older macs. The speakers in my 15" uMBP are much louder & bassier than the ones in my 15" Pre-Unibody MBP. The speakers in the 13" are almost exactly the same sound as the ones in the 15", only difference is the sound comes from under the keyboard as against the grilles in the 15".
  5. zipa macrumors 65816

    Feb 19, 2010
    That will unfortunately make a world of difference, since the keyboard/casing isn't by any means acoustically transparent. It will cut or muffle the mids and highs quite a bit, which will make for poor sound quality for especially for audiobooks.
  6. NewMacbookPlz macrumors 68040


    Sep 28, 2008
    The 13" will be more than enough for audiobooks I'd imagine. A cheap set of headphones is money well spent compared to going to the 15" just for dedicated speaker grilles.
  7. jdmposer macrumors newbie

    Dec 28, 2008
    i own both a unibody macbook pro 15" and the black macbook.

    there really isn't a difference in the quality of sound. they are both mediocre.

    external speakers on the unibody seems a little better
  8. BeachChair macrumors 6502a

    Apr 11, 2008
    Copenhagen, Denmark
    They are fairly loud compared to other laptops I've tried. I've seldom had the problem where you just can't turn the volume up high enough.
  9. ayeying macrumors 601


    Dec 5, 2007
    Yay Area, CA
    Using the MBP 13", 15" and 17" along with iMac and MacBook Air, I find the 17" have the best sound quality. The iMac has the loudest.
  10. JosX macrumors regular

    Dec 27, 2009
    Northumberland, UK
    It really doesn't. The sound is exactly the same. If anything, the grilles would let out less sound as the holes are much smaller than gaps in the keyboard. I'm big on audiobooks too & you can hear every word clearly from the other side of the room.
  11. cloudcity macrumors newbie


    Feb 18, 2010
    Another option...

    Here is another interesting option...

    You could get a really tiny, high quality Bluetooth headset, and select it in OSX as your audio output, it's not ideal for listening to music, but for books it would work quite well, no cables, no fuss!

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