Speakers on rMBP

mgsnat75

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Aug 17, 2011
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Hi everyone, my question is if anyone knows a way to fully test these speakers against malfunction? Reason for asking is because I'm concerned about if the built in speakers are blown or something. I hear all these good things apple said about their audio on this gen of MacBook but I believe I'm not hearing it correctly. Does anyone notice when playing music something feels missing out of a song or sometimes it sounds buzzy like the speakers are being pushed? That's what I'm experiencing on my end and I'm just wondering if mine are bad.
 

glaseryaniv

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Jun 23, 2012
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Look, if you're looking for a "full body" sound (thick, full frequency spectrum goodness) then you won't find it here. I have to say that I'm very impressed by the speakers, but it's important to remember these are small notebook speakers, after all. At high volumes, I certainly can feel they are being pushed, especially if you are playing something at very high db (like the 200% option in VLC). Higher frequencies get distorted a bit. Also, there isn't much bass. But compared to other notebook speakers, especially those of the Macbook Pro variety, they are pretty amazing.
 

thisrocks

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Sep 6, 2008
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They are the perfect portable centre speaker.

I love using the multiple speakers mode with my surround sound providing bass and depth, with these (well quoted) Laptop Speakers providing some treble thanks to the tiny drivers.

Much more enjoyable than on my 2011 MBA 13"
 

AZREOSpecialist

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Hi everyone, my question is if anyone knows a way to fully test these speakers against malfunction? Reason for asking is because I'm concerned about if the built in speakers are blown or something. I hear all these good things apple said about their audio on this gen of MacBook but I believe I'm not hearing it correctly. Does anyone notice when playing music something feels missing out of a song or sometimes it sounds buzzy like the speakers are being pushed? That's what I'm experiencing on my end and I'm just wondering if mine are bad.
No offense, but are you crazy? These are laptop speakers! The regular MacBook Pro has a "subwoofer" which is lacking on the Retina model, so you will probably be lacking bass response, as much as is possible in a laptop, on the Retina. However, the Retina also has two microphones to the non-Retina's single microphone, so there are little differences like this between the two designs.
 

mgsnat75

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Aug 17, 2011
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Look everyone I understand all this laptop speaker ish. My real concern if anyone has noticed is to see if it's a normal occurrence with this gen of retina MacBook pro and if it is not then I would then know something might be wrong and get apple involved while its under warranty.
 

stevelam

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Nov 4, 2010
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Look everyone I understand all this laptop speaker ish. My real concern if anyone has noticed is to see if it's a normal occurrence with this gen of retina MacBook pro and if it is not then I would then know something might be wrong and get apple involved while its under warranty.
maybe you understand the "laptop speaker ish" part but you're not understanding how to properly ask a question. seriously, how is anyone supposed to diagnose your issue when you basically tell us nothing. so you're saying it sometimes buzzes? what do you mean by buzzing? clipping? distortions? something sounds "missing" from songs? what exactly are you talking about? what sound source are you referring to? whats the volume level you're listening at? does it happen all of the time? just sometimes? how can someone else recreate this issue you're having?

without at least some of that info you're basically just wasting your own time and everyone elses time in trying to actually give you a relevant response.