Speakers: Thunderbolt Display Vs 27" iMac VS 21' iMac

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  1. yangchewren macrumors regular

    Dec 1, 2012
    I had read a previous thread concerning general speaker quality and most users have highlighted that the iMacs sounded better than the 2.1 speaker system in thunderbolt displays.

    But that was in late 2012/early 13, where the new flat mac design was all the hype. Does anyone own or uses a combination of any two of these machines eg:
    21"/27" imac
    21" imac/ TB display
    27"imac/ TB display

    What are your comments on the sound quality of one compared to the other?

    Loudness: max output, max output without distortion
    Bass/Treble response

    Also, maybe something as to whether the 15" rmbp sounds anywhere near these.
  2. thedeske macrumors 6502a

    Feb 17, 2013
    Very subjective, but the late 12 to current 27 sounds a little better than the prev models (not louder, but range is better) and the TB monitor sounds much better than both (LF is easily better from the added driver) Apples and Oranges really. None will do very well when you crank them up.

    At one point I had the 09, late2012 (27s) and TB in one setting, so it was easy to hear the difference. A second TB at a different location didn't sound quite the same, but the room/desk was different, so very subjective.

    Real speakers are the ticket ;)
  3. yangchewren thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 1, 2012
    Thanks for the reply! I've got a few pc speaker systems lying around, but sometimes curiousity needs to be satisfied... and nobody has done a youtube video on this either, hardly any youtube videos with sound reviews.

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