Speakers

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  1. PDFierro macrumors 68040

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    With the small design and everything being about maximizing portability, I'm wondering what the speakers on the MacBook will be like.

    This has always been a strong point of Macs. All Mac laptops have always had great speakers as far as laptop speakers go. I'm really not expecting it to be any different this time around. Even the 11-inch Air gets pretty loud.
     
  2. Serban, Mar 11, 2015
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    i think it will be louder than the 11" based on the length of the speaker grill
    The 11" was under the keyboard in the area of "E-C-N-Y" keys So a little area
    I think the new one will be upper from qwertyu space so a wide range.

    So in the worst scenario will be between the 11"MBA and 13" MBA speakers
     
  3. PDFierro thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Is the grill/vent actually for the speakers? I thought I heard was that it was air vents. But I guess maybe there wasn't room to put the speakers under the keyboard like in the Air models? I'm definitely curious on how loud the rMB will be able to get speakers-wise. Anything similar to the 11" Air is good enough for me, but I'm hoping for a little better.
     
  4. newellj macrumors 601

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    If it's as good as the 11" MBA, it'll be fine.
     
  5. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    All portable Macs that have vents have them located in the rear, near the hinge. For the rMBP, the intake vents are located along the sides. No Mac notebook has ever had vents in the keyboard or speaker grills.
     
  6. jonfarr macrumors 6502a

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    this also is not a normal macbook, just saying.
     
  7. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    My post was in response to PDFierro's query about the grill being a vent, presumably on the MBA. That's why I said:
    The new retina MacBook does not have vents at all, so my post doesn't relate to that model.
     
  8. jonfarr macrumors 6502a

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    Is that stated that it doesn't have vents? I honestly haven't heard this. Just because it is fanless doesn't mean it won't have vents to allow for air to flow and help it cool.
     
  9. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Apple Unveils All-New MacBook
     
  10. No-Me macrumors 6502a

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    It's not stated anywhere, but air doesn't flow in by itself, without fans it doesn't really need vents.
     
  11. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Yes, it is stated. See my previous post.
     
  12. newellj macrumors 601

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    It apparently has no vents, but this statement is not correct. You can get a fair amount of airflow from convection.
     
  13. PDFierro thread starter macrumors 68040

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    From the ArsTechnica review...

    Sounds good to me!
     
  14. PDFierro thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Does anyone have any thoughts on the speakers now that you have tested it out in the store? I can't wait to hear how they sound. I have always been super impressed with Apple's built-in speakers on everything from iOS devices to Macs. And supposedly the MacBook's speakers are the best yet.
     
  15. totten76 macrumors regular

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    Considering the iPhone can do a pretty dang good job, I think that this Macbook will be at least a 7/10 in terms of speaker performance. I doubt max volume will be all that but is it really necessary?
     
  16. SchneiderMan macrumors G3

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    The speakers are really loud considering how portable this thing is. The only lacking part in the audio is bass. But of course that's understandable.
     
  17. Hankster macrumors 68020

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    Played with the rMB twice now. The speakers are the loudest I have found on any MacBook model. I own three 11" MBA, one 13" MBA and an older MB..

    You can place the rMB in any room and at max sound it is very loud.
     
  18. EvilShenaniganZ macrumors 6502

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    The store I visited was packed. However I wanted to try the speakers so I put on the new Avengers trailer. I couldn't hear every detail but was surprised at how loud they were. Definitely going to get the job done.
     
  19. hypno macrumors regular

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    Bluetooth headphones are also a nice option even though I know that is not what you are asking about. You do get a little noise cancellation and some bass opportunity back. :) Some of the newer breeds (i.e. Plantronics or Sennheiser M2) get 22-25 hours wireless. The Sennheiser M2 is my favorite, but I've only owned Zik 2.0, Plantronic Backbeats, Beats Studio, and Sennheiser in the wireless arena.
     

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