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Boom: The Mac volume booster, I like it

26 July 2012 2,312 views 4 Comments

If you are only using the speakers built into your Mac, portable or desktop, obviously, you could do better. However, money is tight these days and a pair of quality external speakers probably isn’t in the budget — check out Boom, an expensive way to improve what you’ve got for very few dollars.

Back when my 2007 iMac was new, the speakers sounded pretty good or at least I thought they did. Though I haven’t blown them out, they just don’t sound as good as they once did and neither a new iMac nor external speakers are on the horizon right now.

That said, I want better sound right now and Global Delight Technologies’ Boom (Mac App Store, $5.99) is the solution I’ve gone with (see also: Macworld Best of Show 2011) — an audio add-on that enhances, brightens and boosts the sound your Mac’s tinny little can produce.

Regardless of the source — YouTube videos, internet radio, movies or TV shows playing in iTunes — Boom offers menu bar access to an applicable equalizer (EQ) preset. Your Mac will sound better.

Boom: Movie dialog reappears

My favorite cut of David Lynch’s Dune (1984) is a fan edit compiled from the commercially available sources, including broadcast, DVD and VHS — pretty crappy quality, especially the audio. However, with Boom, dialog and other previously obscured audio details come through clearly.

And, regarding music, Boom’s clever brew of spacialization, EQ and brightness goes way beyond iTunes Sound Enhancer. Though it is a stretch to say that it makes my iMac’s speakers “boom,” the positive difference is palpable with meatier bass, more distinct drums and clear melody lines.

For example, when not listening to podcasts or NPR, my Mac plays Groove Salad, which previously sounded like so much mud especially at low volume. Boom clears it up nicely.

But, there’s no need to take my word for any of this as Global Delight offers a fully functional seven-day trial. Give Boom a try…

What’s your take?

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