Mac vs PC -- Best Portable Audiophile Laptop?

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  1. cwm

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    I have a 15.4 Inch Sager 3790 right now -- and I want to get something somewhat smaller --

    Id say the top footprint id go for is the Macbook Pro 15 inch model (too bad they have not made a 12 inch model :hs: )

    Specs that are important to me

    1) Good sound interface -- although I would probably be doing a lot more using a USB Device

    2) 7200 RPM Drives (Not available on regular Macbooks --

    I want to start learning sound editing -- Im sure itll be nothing over the top -- just playing with some vocal inputs and trying to make myself sound good :hsd:

    Any PC Recommendations for this too? I figure I might as well learn a Mac -- and if I get annoyed with it Ill boot it with Vista (once it is released and the bugs are ironed out...)
     
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    you'll be fine. Havent owned a MBP yet, but my macs have always had good sound. I believe it has digital IO as well. If you go semi pro you would probably want an external mixer with a DAC anyway.
     
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    MBP's and MB's have a optical digital audio in and out built in ftw
     
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    Sennheiser Headphones.
     
  8. cwm

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    That was my main other consideration -- Any dislikes about this notebook?
     
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    I have some Sennheiser HD497s and Shure E4Cs (for most of my listening)
     
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    CarRamRod The schnozzberries taste like schnozzberries.

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    Naw, nice notebook. Decent battery life, screen is nice, I like how you can switch between graphics processors (integrated for power savings, NVidia for gaming). I like the keyboard as well.

    I listened to the laptop again right now using Sennheiser HD525s and again, one of the best sounding (if not the best) laptops out there.
     
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    Just has a pretty high price point :hs: -- But so do macs.

    Any other laptop you can think of to consider?
     
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    Asus.

    If you're an audiophile, The apple cannot compare to an asus with a cardbus sound card.
     
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    I think im gonna wait til more 64 bit laptops come around :hs:
     
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    Actually, the new Dells have pretty nice audio. They used to have a bunch of grounding problems where you'd have HDD noise and the like, but they've cleaned up their act quite a bit. The new XPS 1210 is a nice little laptop. It has two headphone out ports so you can share your movie or whatever in the car/plane. Plus it goes 5.1 without any dongle.

    The D620/820/420 are nice laptops too for audio, but I find the XPS 1210 sounding a bit better.
     
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    While it's a drop in replacement for the new "Merom", I don't see them coming out till November timeframe. Just me.
     

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