Not to start an arguement but mine were set at 100% volume and I did hear windows boot up (medium sound wise) nothing I would say was loud yet not soft, then I opened properties etc confirmed all were up (wav, main etc) went into mediaplayer enabled eq gave it a boost that way too, installed winamp again with boost from eq mp3's were audible...
I stuck a dvd in late last night (shes the man) and skipping around chapter to chapter ALL volumes UP (player and windows main etc) kids in bed wife in bed 1:30amish, only a ceiling fan on I could barely hear the people talking and I was 3-4 feet away from the laptop.
It could be this particular movie, and when there was a part that there was music in the movie I could hear that much better (like listening to an mp3) male and female voices in the movie were hard to hear though, will try with another movie.
I do like where they are mounted vs my gateway 9500 being in front of base so they get blocked by my gut and arms when used in "true" mobile or "laptop" modes.
Wasn't trying to thread-poop, just chiming in on my experiences after about 8-9 hours so far of use and goofing with things audio wise.
I just wish they gave the audio chip in here a bit more UMMPHH.
Guer, I saw your reply in my review and realized I had NOT gone in and turned up realtek eq or enviorment settings...will update once I do that to see if I get improvement overall on dvd movie (doing it now)...
I did load winamp and in mediaplayer (both) jacked up eq to make mp3's decent and gave them a boost but to be 100% fair I did NOT go into the realteck enviorment and jack that eq up and change enviorment settings (just turned main windows and wav up for mp3's) and added eq from winamp and mediaplayer to make them better.
Cyberlink dvd tho man it was so low sound wise, ill goof around in those settings for any improvement that I can possibly make and maybe jacking up the realtek will help on that shes the man movie since it will control main levels and envoirments.
If I find that these adjustments help movies in 3-4 feet enviroment I will up my review score for it too.