Why are the 12" macbook speakers better than the 15" retinas..?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by David58117, Dec 9, 2015.

  1. David58117 macrumors 65816

    Jan 24, 2013
    Having owned both and being able to compare - why are the 12" macbook speakers better (louder, less shrill, better frequency response), than the 15" retina?

    Both 2015 models..
  2. whodatrr macrumors 6502a


    Jan 12, 2004
    Frankly, the 12" rMB speakers are some of the best I've heard on any laptop. No idea why? I suppose they just adopted some sort of new technology on that platform before the others. Frankly, they're so good that I'm surprised Apple doesn't make more of a stink about it.

    Then again, the quality of a laptop's speakers is probably pretty low in most users' criteria for purchase.
  3. David58117 thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jan 24, 2013
    That's probably true.

    What's really funny though, is when I have Sibelius running on both - and the 12" is louder on playback and sounds better, than the much bigger/more expensive 15".

    I guess Apple is known for holding back certain upgrades..maybe this is one..
  4. fisherking macrumors 603


    Jul 16, 2010
    ny somewhere
    or not so much holding back, but moving forward. the 12" design is newer. the next retina macbooks will (hopefully) see some of that newer tech (audio, keyboard, etc). we'll know soon enough (or eventually. whichever comes first :D )

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