Originally Posted by ratmyr
Thanks for the comments.
You have a good point on the power level, and one thing I didn't think about. External speakers and headphones solves the problem... which is fine by me.
On the EX7/GX7, it had kicking sound. In fact, sometimes too much where you had to fine tune to prevent the distortion. But it was loud. However, those were power hungry systems as well. Didn't think about it.
What I think you will find with nearly all high end laptops is that the more power your GPU will require, the less output your stock sound system will produce. When laptops are designed, careful consideration is placed on power requirements, for right now, you simply can't have it all. It's a "Give and Take", want better sound? You need a less demanding CPU and/or GPU. Want a faster GPU? You need to sacrifice some output Db. In the future, this is going to change, the more efficient we get with CPU/GPU designs, the more power you will have for everything else.
I am amazed that this rig can actually muster up about 1.5 hours of battery life with all that's in it...
You must remember, this rig is powering the LCD, the FANS, the CD/DVD ROM, the HDD, the massive GPU, the CPU, mainboard circuitry, DJ controls, sound, USB devices, etc... all on an 8-cell, the XPS uses a 9 cell.
The next variable occurs with those folks who want six hours of battery life. Everything is low power, so there goes your sound output levels again.
The problem is that a laptop cannot be designed from the ground up to your exacting specs without a tremendous amount of R&D. R&D = $$$, so lappy manufactures produce laptops for the gamer, the executive, and for those on a budget.
Another words, like I said, its all a give and take...
Sound is so subjective, what's loud to you can be faint to others as well... and vice versa.