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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. 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.

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  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.

Conclusão

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 - Responder

Has anyone done this repair and what there any problems?

Charles Lampard - Responder

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 - Responder

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 - Responder

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 -

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