upgrading internal speakers

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by hotrod351, Aug 10, 2013.

  1. hotrod351 macrumors 6502

    hotrod351

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    ok bought a 2006 macbook pro and the first thing i noticed is the speakers are bad, in fact i could hardly hear them. used VLC and boosted to 238%, could hear them until i blew out the right one. ok bought a used pair, installed them and could hear the left one. seller sent another pair, installed them, really dont sound that bad, at least i can hear them, also bought the logitech Z305 USB powered speaker, now it sounds good, well as good as its going to get with a clip on external speaker thats portable. now if there was a way to make then internal speakers sound as good as the logitech Z305, that would be perfect. i understand that apple is making a new laptop with upgraded speakers and even a subwoofer built in. still cant figure out why no one makes replacement speakers for the older laptops, i could only find used one and a lot of them. i wouldnt be surprised if some one hasnt taken a old macbook and chopped it up to see what speakers they could actually fit in it.
     
  2. Stetrain macrumors 68040

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    The problem is that Apple designs their notebooks to extremely tight tolerances. The only space inside for speakers is the space that the factory speakers take up. Usually with speakers the size is an important factor in creating volume and sound quality. Since there isn't any extra space for larger speakers there isn't much you can do to improve things.

    What are you using the speakers for? If it's just you yourself listening to things then you would probably be better off getting a good set of headphones or even bluetooth headphones so you aren't tethered to the laptop.
     
  3. Macman45 macrumors demi-god

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    I'd go with the headphone suggestion, or. Decent pair of externals.....some pretty good stuff which won't break the bank is available nowadays....as far as trying to actually improve the internals? Forget it....as posted, Apple don't leave room in there for anything else, and you'd just be wasting your cash.
     
  4. hotrod351 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    i have ear buds, sound great, have a pair of full size Koss head phones, also sound great. the logitech Z305 external speaker sound pretty good. just trying to make things easier. dont like the fact of wearing ear buds or head phones and not being able to hear anything around you. you know, fire alarm goes off, some one knocks at the door. the logitech clip on works to solve that problem but kinda of a pain to have to clip it on and plug it in. will be watching movies on it and want to have good sound quality but also be able to hear if anything goes on around me. it will be used on the road. already found out i could also plug it into my truck stereo, really great sound, but again a hassle. guess apple wasnt thinking to much about sound quality when they made these. must of figured if you want to watch a movie youd watch it on your tv. just strange that i cant buy new replacement speakers direct from apple, only used ones on the internet, and seeing as they seem to blow out pretty easy, well how many time are people going to change out there speakers before they just say to hell with it and stick with a external speaker. and i know they blow out easy because of all the sites that sell them, they must be in demand.oh well i guess it = keep the volume down on internal speakers and for watching movies or listing to itunes clip on the usb powered external speaker.
     
  5. Stetrain macrumors 68040

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    It's a bit pricey, but you could get an external bluetooth speaker. It would help with the hassle of connecting your speakers, just take it out and turn it on and it should connect automatically:

    https://jawbone.com/speakers
     
  6. hotrod351 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    logitech also has a bluetooth speaker. ill stick with the logitech Z305. i like the fact that it clips on the back of the display screen. get the stereo effect.
     

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