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Test Your Apple Computer Speaker Frequency Response : Audio Test

Test the frequency response of your Mac speaker system

Audio Test for Mac OSX is a great little utility for evaluating the frequency response of your Mac's internal or external speaker system. By setting the frequency range from 20Hz to 20,000Hz you can set the length to run a slow 30-90 second sweep and ascertain the point where your low bass frequencies start to be audible -- on up to where the high frequencies fade out.

When assessing the speaker you may need to keep your ear close to begin to hear the low-hum of the bass frequencies and may find up around 12,000Hz the high frequencies will cut out completely - especially if you're older and have less sensitive hearing on the high-end.

On a Classic White MacBook or Aluminum unibody Mac laptop's tiny internal speakers - you'll find you can't hear anything close to what you'd call 'bass' until you're around 150Hz. On my Edifier Sound2Go USB speaker, low-frequencies can be heard around 100Hz. I also own an AC-powered Logitech Audio Hub, a 2.1 system with a small 3" woofer and a pair of 2" drivers. The woofer is perceptible around 40Hz.

Audio test provides a nifty way to find out what your particular Apple computer's speaker system is capable of.

MacBook Speaker Test Utility - Mac Audio Test For OSX

Test MacBook Speakers
Interested in Mac audio test software for assessing your own MacBook frequency response for it's internal or external computer speaker system? You can test Mac audio quite easily to conduct a laptop or desktop Mac speaker test for your particular model of Apple computer. A quick Macbook speaker test I did used a slow, progressive sweep of audio frequencies down from the high treble end, or bass end up to get an idea of what the true capabilities of my particular MacBook’s computer speakers are. In my case, it an 11” MacBook Air with ridiculously small built-in speaker drivers buried underneath the keyboard. From what my ears can discern, its up around 160Hz that low frequencies become detectable. For even mildly thumping bass you really need to get down below 100Hz and ideally into the 10-50Hz sub-woofer range. If you’ve recently bought some speakers for Mac audio and music you can find out how low and high they go.

Mac Speaker Frequency Response Test
This partial screenshot shows an example of testing your Apple laptop’s speaker frequency response abilities. In this case, a sine wave sweeping from 0Hz to 200Hz to get a more precise sense of where low-frequency audio can be heard. You can get an idea of how much bass my MacBook speakers are capable of - and where you might want to adjust your iTunes Equalizer bands for clean and optimal low-frequency response.

The program - Audio Test - for OSX can be purchased from the Apple App Store for $4.99.

Retina Display MacBook Pro Speakers

I'm not sure if it's more Marketing than truly significant Technical Superiority - but Apple wants to brag about the sound quality of the MacBook Pro Retina Display model on it's website. At least the Retina MacBook, like it's 15" MacBook Pro counterpart have the decency NOT to bury the speaker system UNDER the keyboard like lesser Apple laptop models in an effort to provide better sound quality and frequency response.

Built-In MacBook Pro Stereo Speakers

"You haven’t heard it all until you’ve heard the speakers inside the all-new MacBook Pro. For something so thin and light, the sound is huge. And with a wide dynamic range, optimal balance, and a crisp, expressive quality, these speakers might sound too good to be true. That’s because we labored painstakingly over the design to maximize the quality of every decibel you hear."


Some laptop computer manufacturers in the PC world who've partnered with some major audio brands such as Altec Lansing and others to deliver notebook computer speakers to brag about. Remember, at one time, such as during the Slot-Load iMac, and G4 Cube era - Apple and Harman Kardon teamed up on Odessey and iSub speakers to deliver a vastly superior audio experience.

These days though, portability, smaller-form factors ala the MacBook Air and now razor-thinner MacBook Retina place internal computer speaker systems under tremendous pressure to fit into ever smaller spaces. Well, at least in15" MacBook models, the other aspects of component miniaturization (from SSD drive modules to denser battery technology to ever-shrinking logic boards) DOES leave a bit more room for advancing micro-speaker design implementations as well. The one thing speaker cones need most is surface area to deliver full-range frequency response - and it's precious little space they're provided with as the compromise.

On a recent trip to my local Apple Store I have to at least concede this: The Retina Display MacBook's speaker system sounds a hell of a lot better than the one's buried under a MacBook Air's keyboard, that's for sure.