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Ipad air sound quality

Discussion in 'iPad Air Forum' started by Pharlap, Oct 30, 2013.

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    I've seen a few reviews about its new speed and battery life to me big deal
    What i would really like to know is how good is its sound quality
    I still can't fathom why they don't bring the speakers to the front
    Cupping them for better sound quality is not that great and when either holding it or on your lap the sound is degraded
    The last 15mm where the button is could be all alloy or whatever and speakers and button integrated into this area
    This will also reduce breakages to 50% as if it is on glass edge this end shall have some give
    What does everybody think
    If apple thinks this is good they better check patents
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    One other thing it is pretty poor they can't add a set of earphones that cost stuff all to produce with it also
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    I am happy to use the quality earphones that I already own!!
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    Well, I don't understand your complaint, i.e. do you expect the sound from the iPad to duplicate a regular stereo? The speakers in the device are minimal - the specs pictured below show that the iPad Air will support AAC (or MP3) to WAV (the latter CD quality), so a good set of headphones and/or cabling to a regular stereo will produce a sound as good as a CD - what more do you want? And for those into audio, why expect Apple to supply you w/ a quality set of plug-in ear buds? Most of us will want better - bottom line, don't feel that this is really a concern for those considering purchasing Apple's newest iPad offering, but just my opinion - Dave :)


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    The speakers on ipad air are much better than ipad 3. Spacing is better, so you get more stereo separation, and they are also substantially louder with better bass. I agree that they should be placed on the top left/right sides of the ipad in landscape mode. Maybe next time.
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    I just tried mine. I tend to air play or BT from the Ipad but sometimes use my pretty decent ear plugs so hadn't actually listened. i agree, better than my Three.
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    I haven't bought my air yet, im waiting to hear if there are any issues with it from users before I buy like I do all my idevices.. but about the speakers... this is the thinnest iPad ever so I wouldnt expect the sound quality of the built in speakers to be great. Besides getting the right earplugs or buds or headphones will allow you to have the sound of your choice. For me with my current iPad I always have my self purchased earbuds plugged in so I can blast my music and not distrurb those around me. And though moving the built in speakers around may produce better sound but I like the speaker where it is, not sure about the air but on my ipad that is a fairly large opening into the interior of the ipad I would rather it be there less chance of something spilling into the device that way. Plus if they got moved what would stop others from complaining of there new position :eek:
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    Well, the iPad Air now has 'stereo' speakers (see pic below) but are so close (and of course small) that the sound output is stated to be slightly improved; however, output via the headphone jack (whether to a stereo system or ear buds/headphones) or to 'good' BT speakers should be quite good.

    But just a warning for those that use ear buds/headphones a lot about potential ear damage - quoted below (from HERE); sound levels are measured in decibels which is a logarithmic scale (i.e. going from say 80 dB to 90 dB is actually 10X the sound level!) - any continual ear exposure above 85 dB is potentially damaging (examples are city traffic in a car or lawnmower - more examples HERE) - SO, please be careful about loudness levels if you use these devices - :) Dave

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    They sound better when you lay the air down on a flat surface.
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    I just tried out the sound on the Air by playing a random YouTube video, and found it considerably better than my Mini (which I think is decent enough). It was crisp, with good bass.
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    My iPad Air is coming today, I can't wait to hear the difference in sound from my iPad 2! I made a LEAP...
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    There will always be a limit to what the minute speakers can produce, but technology is still advancing (see this engadget vid)
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    The iPad Air speakers are wonderful, especially compared to the first gen.

    When I first started them up, I wondered if it had somehow connected to my Bose soundlink at first, that's how good it was! Especially considering the size, I don't think we have anything to complain about.
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    Thank you for providing me with the information on hearing damage. Since reading what you posted I no longer play my music loud and hope I haven't sustained damage to my hearing. Thanks for looking out for us and providing this information
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    Thanks Randy - a general rule for parents (or others, of course) is if you walk near your child listening to music via ear buds or headphones and can hear the music, then the sound level is really too high. Good hearing! :thumbs: Dave
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    I don't use my iPad for listening to music. I am a bit of an audio buff so I use an Astell&Kern AK120 which plays high resolution and DSD music. However I watch a lot of ripped from my DVD collection TV shows or Movies that I have collected over the years and the sound quality from the inbuilt speakers is wonderful, much deeper and three dimensional sound over my old iPad 1st gen.
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    Well, after several posts here, I'm looking forward to upgrading from my iPad 2 to the new Air soon - improved speaker quality was not at the top of my list, but I plan to 'dump' my old iPod Touch (2G) which has my music, and just put all on the new iPad - I now use Bluetooth travel speakers, so will be interesting to do some comparisons! Dave :)
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    I wonder why both speakers are on the short side. I've you watch movies you're more likely to have it in landscape.
    If you listen to music, earphones are more likely and orientation doesn't matter then...
    Can't they be put on opposite corners? Then you'd have stereo sound in both orientations wouldn't you?
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    The thing is it is such a short distance you won't get much stereo separation I feel from having speakers either side. The sound for me does not feel like it comes from one side though. When I watch speech it feels like it is coming from the mouths of the actors which is all that matters.

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