MacBook/MacBook Pro speaker issues (blown/muffled/etc)

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  1. rdy2014

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    How do you fix problems with the speaker of your mbp? My right speaker sounds "sabog". When I turn on the left speaker only, it's ok. It started when I plugged out my headphone. Hope anyone can help. Ty
     
  2. Roman

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    Funny because that's exactly what happened to my Retina MacBook Pro just a few days back. It sounds like my right speaker is blown. And reading all the articles online, looks like the only resolution is a trip to your favorite Apple Authorized Service Provider.
     
  3. makintosh

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    Same thing happened to my unit. But it was the left speaker with subwoofer that was damaged. Ended up replacing the speaker itself. The replacement process was tricky due to the use of non standard screws and had to resort to mcgyver style techniques to get the defective part removed.
     
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    You did it yourself?
     
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    I have the same issue, not yet decided where to have it repaired
     
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    interesting issue, i'll check mine later just to make sure haha (and while i still have AppleCare).
     
  7. makintosh

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    @ Roman

    Yep! Thought it was easy but it was too late when I found out I need special tools to remove the part. Had the left speaker ordered online. No wonder the seller was persistent in selling me a tool kit composed of some screw drivers. Anyway I ended up using a chisel to carve the defective speaker off the screw and used small pliers and improvised attachments to screw bits to remove and return the pesky screws.

    I think the left speaker is easier to disassemble since it is smaller and doesn't have a subwoofer. However, the screws easily loose thread (if that is the right term for it) without the right tools.
     
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  8. PatrickGaerlan

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    Blew the left speaker of my Late 2013 13" rMBP about a year ago. It was no longer under AppleCare so i just picked up the part from eBay ($12 including shipping) and had it shipped here via Johnny Air then had Nomer of Ynzal install it for me for a minimal fee (I think it was less than P1,000).
     
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    Hi @PatrickGaerlan! I've got a 2011 MBP whose RAM I want to upgrade. Where is Ynzal located? I may have them do the upgrade. I'll be getting the RAM by Tuesday. TIA!
     
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    Here you go -- Ynzal :)

    Have you looked into the guide for upgrading the RAM? It's pretty easy, you just need a small screwdriver (usually used for repairing eyeglasses, I think you can find them in CD-R King), no proprietary tools. I've done it A LOT of times and won't even take 5 minutes :)

    MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Late 2011 RAM Replacement
     
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    Thanks for the tip @makintosh and @PatrickGaerlan! I found sellers on eBay that have the speakers! I'm not that brave tinkering with the insides of my MBP so I'll go with Ynzal. :)
     
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    @Roman

    I think Ynzal can provide the parts that you need. Have you tried calling them for it?


    @VicB

    I second PatrickGaerlan's suggestion. Upgrading RAM on a 2011 MBP is as easy as removing the screws of the bottom case with a small philips screwdriver and unlatching and latching the RAM chips into place.
     
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    Thanks for the words of encouragement, guys! I'll give it a try. Just a bit concerned of stripping the screws (which I've done before on a MBAir). If I can get the screws off without any problems, I'll do the rest myself. My wife calls my DIY efforts Disaster In You efforts! :rolleyes:
     
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    I don't know about the bottom case screws of the MBA but for sure those of the 2011 MBP are quite tough (liquid metal technology I think). Upgrading the RAM chips won't require any screws to be removed. Good luck! ;)
     
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    Took a deep breath, opened up the MBP this morning & upgraded the RAM! Thanks for the encouragement guys! :)
     
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    Congratulations!
     
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    Dropped by QCD Technology in Robinson's Galleria to inquire. Estimate for replacing both speakers (both for the parts and labor) comes out to PHP 2,200-something. Not bad I think.

    I'll call Ynzal also later to compare prices.

    UPDATE:
    Ynzal is quoting me PHP 3,500 for everything. Hmmmm.
     
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  18. makintosh

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    2,200 is a steal if its for parts and labor already.

    But... I can do the labor for a bag of chips. :D
     
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    My Speakers need replacements too!
     
  20. rdy2014

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    Wow! I think that is a good deal. Will they replace it with an original Apple speaker?
     

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