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Before I purchased my DV7, I had never come across an actual review of the "Beats Audio" aspect of the computer, so I thought I'd put one up.

Laptop Speakers:
First time I listened to it, it sounded like utter crap. No lows at all, no mids, and okay highs. It sounded worse than my old Lenovo. I went into the beats software, and toyed around with the EQ. Much better...that is until you go past 50% volume, which isn't loud at all. The speakers or the amp can't handle it, so sound is just getting cut out. I've heard of many stories where people would specifically ask for a laptop with beats audio. Don't do it, decent speakers (harmon/kardon, Altec Lansing) on any other laptop blow this one away, even if this one has a "triple bass reflex subwoofer". Glad I didn't purchase this laptop because of the beats audio with the stock speakers.

With my TF10s:
Glad to say that it actually doesn't sound half bad with my TF10s. I always thought that the TF10s had great punchy bass if you actually strain to try to hear it, that is, and even with the EQ set to flat, there seems to be some kind of bass boost going on here, and it's nice clean and punchy, although a little more bass than I would want; now it seems like the treble is not as pronounced as I would like it to be. It's an overall darker sound signature I guess. Some EQing definitely fixed that issue, so with headphones, beats audio isn't so bad. I really like the global EQ, so you can set one EQ and forget about it as it's applied system-wide. Only quirk is that you can only have one custom EQ.

Overall, beats shouldn't be a determining factor in your purchase (it has its pros and cons), unless you will be using the integrated speakers a lot. Then I suggest you look elsewhere. This goes both ways, if you are planning on using headphones or IEMs a lot, you're in luck as there is that global EQ which is very nice.

UPDATE:
Plugged in my Fiio E7 and whoa did that make a huge difference. I'm listening to the beats set to a flat EQ and it sounds tremendously muddy and boomy. When I plug in the E7, soundstage opens up, and a much clearer and detailed/refined sound comes out. However, if I tweak the EQ on the beats software, I can get semi-close to the E7, but there still is no competition if you're serious about audio. If you're a casual listener, the beats software is more than good enough though. I'm just a little nitpicky.
Edited by hli53194 - 3/6/11 at 6:52pm
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So what your saying is - Stay away from The Beats Audio laptops?
    
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dont want to flame or hate on beats...but if your going to buy HP Beats Audio, its a very high chance that it IS the determining factor..otherwise i'd be purchasing an asus for better perfomance @ a equal or lower price...
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Stay away from them if you are going to be primarily using the speakers. They aren't that bad for headphone use (i.e. plug something into the audio jack) because of the built in Equalizer.
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Beats Audio laptop is just a laptop with a 'fancy' EQ. Still regular integrated Realtek chips.
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