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  • Jason Weinstein2 Level 1 (45 points)
    I also have a serious problem when using iChat because of the right speaker. Music sounds okay out of it, but just about any voice becomes distorted and muffled. Proof to me was watching one of the new Apple commercials and panning the balance between the two speakers. I can hear the voices perfectly clearly out of the left speaker, but the voices are distorted out of the right one.

    My girlfriend is thousands of miles away and iChat AV is a godsend, but it is almost useless when I can't understand much that she is saying. If I turn the volume down low and put my ear on the speaker her voice sounds very clear, but I find doing so to be rather uncomfortable. And what is the point of video when all she can see is the side of my head.

    I hope there is a fix soon. I don't want to be computerless for 10+ days and be no better off than I am now.
  • smithers2112 Level 1 (0 points)
    So.... Does anyone NOT have an issue with right speaker distortion? Are there mbp's out there that have an awesome sounding pair of speakers built in and working out of the box?

    Macbook Pro 2.0 week 17   Mac OS X (10.4.6)  

    Macbook Pro 2.0 week 17   Mac OS X (10.4.6)  
  • Grant Blakeman Level 1 (30 points)
    I have a Week 17 Build that had horrible distortion out of the box (among other problems). Sent it in for repair, speakers were replaced and it sounded pretty good when I first got it back. Then the distortion seemed to return and get worse over time. I'm now awaiting a replacement for the whole machine since the speaker was only part of my problems. I'm not that confident in the probably of the new machine having good speakers either - the ones on my old PowerBook were great - wish it was as simple as dropping those suckers in my new MBP.

    MacBook Pro 15.4" 2.0GHz, 2GB RAM, 100GB HD @ 7200 RPM   Mac OS X (10.4.6)   PowerMac Dual 1.8GHz PowerPC, 1.5GB RAM
  • smithers2112 Level 1 (0 points)
    I just exchanged my week 17 build and got a week 24 build that seems.... to be distortion free...wireless seems better also...

    Macbook Pro 2.0 week 24   Mac OS X (10.4.6)  
  • William Russell Level 2 (185 points)

    I sent my MBP to Apple to fix the right speaker (among other things) and even though they replaced the "speaker assembly" the distortion problem was not fixed. As it turns out, the right speaker sounds distorted because is is not seated properly.

    15" 2.16 macBook Pro/2gRAM   Mac OS X (10.4.6)  
  • mi.po Level 2 (225 points)
    Same here. Bought mine week ago (made 23rd week) in NewYork. I thought I am trouble free, but once I played IMAX - Magnificent Desolation QT on max. volume, I knew immediatelly I am in distorted reality.

    Too bad I do music for living and even using headphones, sometimes you simply need to play it thru speakers.

    Sounds like itsgetting worse. I'll wait until its solved, but its too bad this is happening sice the hardware design is without change for couple of years.
    And one would thought this is already fine tuned. ;-(
  • tux0010 Level 1 (0 points)
    Yea, even watching DVDs is no fun on the mbp with the speakers. People say use external - it would make sense if this was a $1000 computer but I payed $2500 for it and besides, its not practical to have a pair of external speakers everywhere you go.

    Anyway, I have given up and am just waiting for Apple to fix it.
  • Jason Weinstein2 Level 1 (45 points)
    I feel your fustration. I called AppleCare and they offered to take my MacBook Pro in for repair. I almost did it, but my MBP is my only computer and I use it daily for email, iChat, and my finances. While on the phone I decided that I'd rather live with the problem for now versus the risk of loosing my MBP for 10 days and gaining nothing.

    Then last night I did an video iChat with my girlfriend (who i s currently in a foreign land) and once again could barely understand what she was saying because of the distortion. Then later that night I tried to watch a DVD, but just couldn't stand the horrible sound until I set the audio balance to only the left speaker.

    From reading in the discussions it seems that everyone that sent in their MBP with this problem still have the same problem. Is there anyone out there that sent their MBP in and received a MBP with the right speaker sounding as good as the left? If so, I may have enough confidence to loose my MBP for 10 days in hopes of improved sound.
  • William Russell Level 2 (185 points)
    The problem with the right speaker is that it is not mounted properly in it's housing. If you seal it better in the housing the problem vanishes.

    15" 2.16 macBook Pro/2gRAM   Mac OS X (10.4.6)  
  • David Brun Level 1 (5 points)
    I was having a problem with my right speaker. So i exchanged it and now I have a similiar issue with my left speaker (not as bad)...I just can't win...

  • Borkov Level 1 (5 points)
    I have sent mine in for the speaker distortion... Got it back - They replaced the speakers. The distortion is still there. Thanks again guys..

    Lets see Distorted Speaker, Annoying Whine, Miserable heat, and Imperfect LCD. Wow this Mac is such a joy!
  • MDJAK Level 1 (0 points)
    This is my first time on this forum as I'm a new apple owner. I bought the 17" macbook pro from Tekserve, a huge apple retail/support/repair store on 23rd street in Manhattan, N.Y. As soon as I got it home, I heard distortion out of the right speaker. Then my trackpad stopped responding.

    I'm a member of many other forums and have a lot of experience with manufacturers. That said, I don't know why anybody would put up with this. I drove back to the store the next day and exchanged it for a new one. I would not stand for a repair on a brand new item. They hooked it up, saw the trackpad was malfunctioning. I don't even know whether or not they listened to the speaker.

    They immediately gave me another unit which has been flawless; even runs cooler.

    Demand what you paid for. A new, working computer without a distorted speaker.

  • Borkov Level 1 (5 points)
    Problem is - it's been more than 30 days or whatever the length of time is to return or exchange. Do you think I still have a chance if I bought this thing may 13th?
  • MDJAK Level 1 (0 points)
    I would return it for repair, and if they can't repair it, demand a new one, but be nice. Also, contact your credit card company to see if they will stand behind you. I know what that distortion sounds like and I could not live with it.

    No sense asking why you waited past the return date as that's water under the bridge at this point.

  • mustangwien Level 1 (0 points)
    Hi, I bought my MBP a few days ago, i dind´t check any distortion on my right speaker, instead i always hear a high frequenzed sound on the right side of my MBP. It´s always when the book is working. Did you realise this too??
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