The annoying juxtaposition below will not only damage your MacBook, but it can stun you if you listen to it for long periods of time.
Recently, a user pushed his MacBook Air to the limit and completely ruined it by playing a song and an audio track at extremely high volume at the same time.
He’s Hector Martin, an independent security researcher specializing in Apple products. Martin claims to have completely damaged his custom Asahi Linux MacBook Air M2 by pushing the laptop’s speakers to its limit.
In his Twitter post, Martin explained how he experimented. The song he used, Martin said he used was Dan Worrall’s “I Won The Loudness War” with a “high frequency sine waveform sound strip” underneath to challenge the MacBook’s speakers. Air M2.
“This is considered the loudest song in the world. I once ruined another set of speakers with this song,” – Martin shared with VICE.
As a result, he “baked” 2 speaker strips on the MacBook Air M2 after only 40 seconds. Specifically, the tweeter diaphragm (specializing in high frequency) on the right side of the machine was completely damaged, while the same part on the left side of the MacBook was only slightly damaged. However, Martin said he smelled a burning smell coming from the “unlucky” MacBook.
Sharing with VICE, Martin said that it is possible that both tweeters on the MacBook Air M2 have overheated. The reason comes from the Asahi Linux operating system itself because it can fully control the peripheral hardware devices on the MacBook through a driver (also known as a driver).
In this case, Hector Martin’s custom operating system forced the speakers on the MacBook Air M2 to emit sounds beyond endurance, of which the two tweeters were directly affected.
Meanwhile, the 2 woofer bands are almost unaffected by the above experiment, but still slightly affected. Martin also said he reported the damage to Apple and received a new MacBook Air M2 because he had previously purchased the Apple Care+ extended warranty.