Thanks to more than my fair share of rock concerts back in the day my boomer aged hearing just isn’t what it used to be. That explains why I ask people, politely, to repeat themselves, and take extra steps to be entertained.
Extra steps. Yeah, sorry to say, the TV volume in the Mincey household is louder than normal, thanks to the two adults in the room who have endured each other through the years because we can’t always hear what the other is saying. That problem translates to the Mac’s sound volume, but at least there’s a solution. Yes, an app for that.
Boom. Boom. What?
It’s not that the Mac’s sound system is bad. It’s as good as any but those little Mac speakers– and I mean any speakers in any model Mac– whether old Mac or new Mac, just are not loud enough. It’s OK to attach external speakers to a Mac but you can’t carry around speakers wherever you and your MacBook travel, amirite? Alright, kids do just that, but boomer means kid at heart, not in age.
Boom to the rescue. Boom is a volume booster and equalizer app for your Mac’s sound system. Instead of plugging in an external speaker, or trying to get your Mac to work with a complicated home entertainment system, just add Boom, and boom– baby got sound. At least, sound loud enough to hear.
Boom installs easily enough on your Mac but does have a few steps to get through first. For example, it scans your Mac so it knows exactly how to setup Boom for your Mac’s speakers which requires a calibration.
Let Boom do its thing. It won’t take long, but it might get loud.
If you’ve ever tinkered with sound settings then you’ll be at home with Boom. The presets will cover almost any home situation, but they’re fun to look at so you’ll get an idea of how Boom works.
The Equalizer starts it off and the basic settings are based upon a combination of your Mac, your Mac’s speakers, and the ambient sound where your Mac is setup. Ambience and Fidelity are available in the try-before-you-buy trial version, but you’ll need to purchase Boom to check out the Night Mode, Pitch, and Spatial settings.
Boom can also boost the sound coming out of your Mac but can also boost the sound of audio files. Just drag and drop.
Oh, one more thing. The advanced settings on the built-in equalizer give you tweaking controls so you can match your ambiance with your speakers; perfect for MacBook or MacBook Pro owners who move from one location to another.
In the end, what you get is simple. More sound. Louder sound. And, for aging baby boomer ears, sound that, well, sounds better. It’s not magic. It’s math. The presets may be all you need for an improved audio experience, but adding a few powered speakers to your Mac makes it that much better.
Oh, one more, one more thing. There’s a free iOS app for your iPhone or iPad which controls Boom and audio on your Mac; perfect for iTunes, Spotify, QuickTime, or whatever else is emanating from your Mac’s speakers.