The only problem I can recall from years of listening to loud music is that now I need really loud music. Even the sound on my iMac or MacBook Air, when cranked to the max, is not loud enough.
Fortunately, there are other Mac users with a similar hearing problem. Necessity is the mother of invention so someone invented a Mac app that makes Mac sound even louder.
Boom Is Louder
The problem is very simple. Mac users are getting older. Many of us, back in the day, devoted too much time to rock ‘n roll and rock concerts and loud music.
All that loudness caused hearing loss but not right way.
Most hearing loss caused by a wayward youth takes decades to become noticeable.
Half of my conversations these days are peppered with phrases such as, What? Or, How’s that again? Or, Would you mind repeating that? And, Pardon me?
Without getting too deep into the science and physiology of hearing loss, suffice it to say I need more loud.
That means my Macs are cranked up as high as they can go. Still, I need more loud. That’s what Boom does. More loud for your Mac’s sound.
Boom is a volume booster which works on your Mac to increase the volume of music, YouTube videos, movies, Skype, iChat, DVD Player, even Garageband and iMovie.
Your Mac gets a little Menubar icon similar to Mac OS X’s Sound volume.
Click it and drag up or down to increase or decrease the sound’s volume. What you get is, well, louder.
Boom has more going for the price tag than mere sound volume boosting.
There’s also a built in equalizer with a number of presets so you can shape the sound to fit the acoustics in your room or in your ear.
I found Boom particularly useful on my Mac while viewing YouTube videos and video clips in iMovie. That’s when I really cranked things up nice and loud (background sounds suffer on such videos).
Boom isn’t an app that every Mac user needs. You know who you are. It’s try before you buy. If you don’t need Boom now, there’s a good chance you will after a few decades of listening to loud iPod and iPhone music through Apple’s awful earbuds.