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Here’s the guide of speaker replacement of MacBook Pro 2016/2017. In October 2016, Apple launched a new MacBook Pro, which had a whole new design and functions including Touch Bar, new butterfly keyboard, display and speakers. However these features annoyed the users because they were really frangible. Apple announced the replacement program of keyboard and display but speakers even many people have been suffering speakers muffling issue. Apple says it costs about $600 to replace the speaker because they glued to the top case and can't be replaced individually. So I decided to replace by myself and write a guide for those have the same issue.

  1. Remove back case. Following this guide: MacBook Pro 15" Touch Bar Late 2016 Lower Case Replacement
  2. The speaker is glued to the enclosure with  really hard tape, so I used hair dryer to make it easier to take it off. The speaker is glued to the enclosure with  really hard tape, so I used hair dryer to make it easier to take it off. The speaker is glued to the enclosure with  really hard tape, so I used hair dryer to make it easier to take it off.
    • The speaker is glued to the enclosure with really hard tape, so I used hair dryer to make it easier to take it off.

    Step 1: CAREFULLY unlatch the cable connection to the motherboard.

    Damon Hamm - 답글

    Slide a thin sparger underneath the cable starting from the direction of the fans and towards the batteries. The connector lifts straight up to disconnect

    Damon Hamm - 답글

    Does not show how to disconnect speaker from motherboard. Thanks.

    Richard Carey - 답글

  3. After that, insert a metal ruler between the speaker and the enclosure. Be careful not to damage the battery shells when you do that. After that, insert a metal ruler between the speaker and the enclosure. Be careful not to damage the battery shells when you do that.
    • After that, insert a metal ruler between the speaker and the enclosure. Be careful not to damage the battery shells when you do that.

  4. In my case, I used double-sided tape for this replacement. The most important thing in this step is not to make a gap when you cut and put it on the speaker. Even just a little gap will make sound distorted. Also, I noticed the structural differences between 2016 and 2017models. The right one is 2017 model and the left one is 2016 model from iFixit. Sound absorbing material is slightly different as you can see at the third picture, but I couldn't tell the difference of sound quality. Also, I noticed the structural differences between 2016 and 2017models. The right one is 2017 model and the left one is 2016 model from iFixit. Sound absorbing material is slightly different as you can see at the third picture, but I couldn't tell the difference of sound quality.
    • In my case, I used double-sided tape for this replacement. The most important thing in this step is not to make a gap when you cut and put it on the speaker. Even just a little gap will make sound distorted.

    • Also, I noticed the structural differences between 2016 and 2017models. The right one is 2017 model and the left one is 2016 model from iFixit. Sound absorbing material is slightly different as you can see at the third picture, but I couldn't tell the difference of sound quality.

    Bei mir ist sogar der originale Kleber genau richtig im Gehäuse kleben geblieben.

    Ich habe Ihn dann nur nochmal mit dem Fön erwärmt und den neuen Lautsprecher feste (und vorsichtig) daraufgeklebt.

    Andreas Martin - 답글

    welche Kleber kann man benutzen?

    Adolfo Leyh - 답글

결론

Several month after this replacement, the battery drive time dropped so much, so I had my MBP checked at Genius Bar. I asked them if I could receive the battery replacement even I replaced the right speaker by myself, they said they could. Ultimately, the top case including battery and speakers was replaced. However I am afraid that the new speakers would break again because they sometimes make a cracking noise while playing music or something.

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Takashi Miyazaki

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is battery draining is related to speaker replacement? as I get it’s not, but just wanted to double-check

I’ll need to do the same replacement after I’ve damaged my speaker when I was opening my MacBook to change thermal paste, so great news you can change to case after a repair like that, thank you

Dmitry Petrov - 답글

Has anyone done this repair and what there any problems?

Charles Lampard - 답글

Are these speakers located directly under the back /bottom cover? I have the MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2016) touch bar and I see in some videos people going through so many steps trying to get to them so I’m a little confused by this 3-step tutorial.

Seba KL - 답글

Where can I buy the right-side speaker component, 2017 model? As you noted in the 3rd step section, you find the structural differences between 2016 and 2017models. When I search the 2017 model right-side speaker in ifixit. com here, the component seems to be only 2016 model as below:

MacBook Pro 15" Retina (Late 2016-2017) Right Speaker

Also, do you have a video tutorial of replacing speakers? If then, much appreciated!

Kyungil Kong - 답글

Sorry I didn’t record the video of this repair. You can find it on eBay, the link is here : https://www.ebay.com/itm/Genuine-Macbook...

but I’m not sure if it would work perfectly because it is used one. So I recommend you buy the right speaker on iFixit though it might be 2016 model because I couldn’t tell the difference of sound quality between 2016 and 2017 model.

Takashi Miyazaki -

Thank you. I am suddenly wondering what kind of glue is good for use to be replaced with a new speaker part, as you noted that you used a double-sided tape.

As for the 2017 model speakers, I am leaving a piece of information for someone who wants to repair speakers.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Lautprecher-S...

That seems to be a genuine 2017 model of speakers.

If not, please correct and suggest other 2017 models. By the way, I am appreciated for Takashi Miyazaki  suggesting one in iFixit website.

Kyungil Kong - 답글

Yes, I think it is the real one! As for the tape I used for the repair, the thickness was 0.6mm if I remember correctly and it was suitable for taping on metal.

Takashi Miyazaki -

What type of double sided tape did you need to use?

Thanks.

Buckley Robinson - 답글

I ended up using a plastic pry tool instead of a metal ruler (worried about the battery), but otherwise I found this guide excellent. It took me about 15 minutes, so the estimated time might be a bit on the long side - almost all of that time was carefully prying up the old speaker.

The iFixit part that is linked comes with adhesive now! Not sure when that changed, but obviously makes the replacement MUCH easier.

benjaminbarad - 답글

Did this replacement solved muffling sound issue? Here is the video where the volume triggered muffling issue is demonstrated

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KGLcZRuQ...

Alex Bokhankovich -

Bein Doppelseitigen Klebeband am Temperaturbeständigkeit achten (3M)

Sebastian - 답글

Hey Guys, another question here: so you think these replacement speakers are original ones?

https://www.ebay.de/itm/Apple-Macbook-pr...

I replaced them with cheap china speakers a year ago, and surprise surprise.. they sound like crap.

So just to be sure that I will buy the good sounding ones.

Thanks in advance!

Florian Zuber - 답글

I’ve tried two speaker replacements so far, and each gave the distorted / buzzing sound with no bass / loudness compared to the left one. I verified this by panning audio to the left and right in system preferences. The process to take out the speaker was not that bad. I used a hair dryer with an attachment to isolate the heat to the side of the MacBook top case and keep away from the battery / board.

Any ideas what might be causing this?

fitzgeraldbranen - 답글

It looks like it is the actual replacement speaker and not adhesive / poor installation as I was suspecting. The replacement parts from here are similar, but the clear tubing is a little different and seems like just bad parts from China. Let me know if anyone else is experiencing the same, but shout out to iFixit’s team for being super awesome to work with.

fitzgeraldbranen -

Done this on my 2017 model. Thanks!

Mei Okubo - 답글

Don’t you have to disconnect the battery first?

Just a quick question.

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