Laptops feature thin profiles, getting thinner with each generation it seems, so the size of built-in speakers is very limited - and hence audio quality often suffers. Such small speakers behave in a very different way from larger, stand-alone speakers or even headphones. In order to get the best listening experience from them, or any output device, audio settings should be tuned to match the speakers as best as possible.
THX TruStudio Pro
That is exactly why our Traverse and Traverse Pro laptops come with THX TruStudio Pro software. It is a small application that adjusts audio output on the fly to give you the best quality possible from the built-in speakers, and it does this with great results. Normally we avoid installing extra software - but this is a case where the software is really needed in order to get the best performance out of the computer’s hardware, so we install it and set it up for use with the speakers to give our customers the best out-of-box experience we can.
Using Headphone or External Speakers
However, if you are using one of our THX-equipped laptops with headphones or external speakers, this setup is far from ideal. The sound output through any devices other than the built-in speakers is made far worse by this software, or to put it more correctly by the default settings in the software. There are two easy ways to correct this:
THX TruStudio Pro is a great example of the sort of software that we do include on our systems, because it has a direct tie to the functionality of the hardware. As with all software, though, when set up incorrectly for your specific needs it can become a problem rather than a solution. Hopefully this information can help prevent such a problem, but of course our support department is here to help as well if any customers need further advice on how to get the most out of their Puget Systems computer.