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The Macbook Pro speakers have a very crisp sound. I like to play them at almost max. volume very often.

  • Will the speakers suffer a loss in quality?

  • Is this save to use on the long run?

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The cones in almost any speaker will break down over time. Various environmental factors will determine how long a speaker lasts, but overdriving the element can definitely have an adverse effect.

It's impossible to provide any precise data but in short, you're probably shortening the life of the speakers (by an indeterminate amount of time) by running them at maximum volume but, provided you're not hearing any distortion from the speakers, you're not damaging them by doing so.

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I recognize that there is a subtle distinction between shortening the life of and damaging but can't (at the moment) think of a better way of expressing my thought. Anyone? – jaberg Mar 17 '12 at 17:23
The language is fine. I think everybody gets your point (at least, if I do)! Thanks @jaberg – gentmatt Mar 20 '12 at 20:08

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