If ever there was a Mac app perfectly aimed at the Mac-loving baby boomer generation it’s Boom. Those of us who attended too many rock concerts without ear protection, who drove for hours with the 80track, cassette tape player, and then the CD player booming through 500-watt speakers, who love headphones with the volume cranked up to vibrate mode, fully appreciate anything that boosts the sound from our Mac’s seemingly feeble sound system.
That’s what Boom does. Boom. Louder sound from your Mac.
Boom is like having a loud inducing turbo sound button on your Mac. Whatever audio that comes out of the Mac– iMovie clips, iTunes music, YouTube, Netflix, Spotify, Pandora, or whatever– sounds louder, cleaner, crisper with Boom. It’s as if the dynamic range of your ears improved with nothing more than a click.
The latest version of Boom goes beyond the original with an advanced equalizer, frequency controls, and audio effects. The 10-band equalizer comes with plenty of presets, a file audio boosting mode, ambience and fidelity option, and fully 64-bit to handle the Mac’s newest CPUs.
The volume boost from Boom is system wide. Whatever sound coming out of your Mac is louder, sounds more clear, with greater detail. At least, that’s what my aging baby boomer ears tell me.
The equalizer presets give you plenty of options for boosting bass and adjusting sound output for acoustic instruments, but each is customizable for your ears and environment. Need a classical enhance environment? Click. Gotta have the bass higher or an 80s rock sound? Click. And click.
What I truly love about this version of Boom is the option to boost sound on standard media files, which makes them sound better when transferred to iPod, iPhone, iPad or any mobile sound playing device. Sweet. Also, Boom users can get a free remote app for iPhone and iPad which offers additional controls.
Considering what the latest boost does to both the sound and your ears, it’s something of a bargain. Look around. Audio apps with equalizers and sound enhancement controls are plenty, but you’ll have to jump through hoops to get them to do what Boom 2 does with ease. Yes, this one is highly recommended, but don’t trust my ears. Download the trial version and give it a spin.