Maybe it’s an age thing the the aural senses. Maybe Apple just doesn’t want us to hear how bad our Mac speakers really are. Whatever it is, getting decent sound volume from the Mac’s anemic speaker system is a challenge for all of us.
Until Boom arrived.
That’s right. It’s a sound volume enhancement app appropriately named Boom. What it does is simple. It makes the sound emanating from your Mac’s small speakers sound louder, bigger, better.
Boom is a sound volume booster that can also make music and video files sound better on the Mac, and better when they’re also played on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
Boom digs into the files in iTunes and creates a separate music playlist. Boom also works on podcasts and QuickTime Player, and can enhance the sound of other apps, including Netflix, Hulu, FaceTime and Skype.
There’s not much to using Boom. Install it, use one of the presets to enhance your Mac’s sound volume. That’s about it. The slider bar in the Mac’s Menubar gives you a volume enhancing slider– slide up for a louder, brighter sound.
Even Boom’s price tag is nominal, but right on the threshold for throwaway without a try-before-you-buy option (a problem with the Mac App Store). However, the developer has a decent YouTube video which lets you hear Boom in action. It’s impressive.
Oddly, you can buy Boom from the developer and the Mac App Store at the same price, but there’s no trial version. Also, the Mac App Store version will play on multiple Macs, while you pay the developer extra to play Boom on five Macs. That’s strange.