Boom turns your Mac's volume up to 11 (maybe 12)
TweetFollow Us on Twitter

Boom turns your Mac's volume up to 11 (maybe 12)


If you've ever found yourself dealing with low audio output on a Mac (more common on laptops with their small speakers than desktops such as the iMac), Global Delight's Boom will boost the audio volume. Significantly, as in up to 400%.

Once installed, a Boom icon appears in the Mac OS X menu bar. You can use it to adjust the volume via a slider and tweak Boom's settings (more on that in a moment).

For better or worse, Boom boosts the audio output of the entire system rather than focusing on a few applications. This means you can now enhance the volume of media-playing applications like iTunes and QuickTime. You can also boost the volume of online videos like YouTube and Hulu playing on a web browser.

Voice applications like iChat and Skype can also use Boom to enhance their audio experience. On the other hand, if you want an app that lets you personalize volume settings for different apps, you'll need to look elsewhere.

Boom doesn't just make your Mac's audio louder however; it provides a simplified equalizer with custom presets to further tweak the audio experience at the system level. Presets include Flat, Bass Boost, Treble Boost, Soft, Loud, Music, Vocals and Movies. Fiddle with the settings, and you'll certainly notice a difference. Personally, I found the Loud setting did little except distort the audio slightly, so I'd skip it.

Even iPad/iPod/iPhone users will find Boom useful. The app provides the ability to also boost the audio files residing in the iTunes library or from the disk. It then transfers the boosted files to your iOS device through iTunes.

Boom isn't a greedy app. When it's idle (you make the volume boost/presets off), the app doesn't consume any CPU/memory.

There's a weird feature called Shriek. With it, you can test the power of you voice with the loudest shriek getting the better score and being awarded a title. Users can compete and challenge friends on Facebook using this app and compare scores both locally and globally. If this is your cup of tea, have at it. Having a screaming contest, however, isn't how I want to spend my spare time.

Boom will certainly amp up and improve the audio of your Mac's speakers. It made a major difference in the sound output of my wife's MacBook Pro and a substantial improvement on my 27-inch iMac. The software won't replace a dedicated set of speakers -- and, in fact, doesn't work with external speakers, only those built into your Mac. But if you don't have standalone speakers for your Mac, Boom is a fine investment.

Boom runs on Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later on any Intel or PowerPC-based Mac. A single user license is US$8.99, though version 1.1 is a free update for registered users. A demo is available for download at the Global Delight web site (http://www.globaldelight.com/boom).

Rating: 7 out of 10

-- Dennis Sellers

 
AAPL
$123.25
Apple Inc.
-0.99
GOOG
$548.34
Google Inc.
-6.83
MSFT
$40.97
Microsoft Corporation
-0.24
MacNews Search:
Community Search:
view counter

view counter
view counter
view counter
view counter
view counter
view counter

These are All the Apple Watch Apps and G...
The Apple Watch is less than a month from hitting store shelves, and once you get your hands on it you're probably going to want some apps and games to install. Fear not! We've compiled a list of all the Apple Watch apps and games we've been able to find so far. Games Rules! By TheCodingMonkeys App Store Description: RULES! is a cute puzzle game... | Read more »
Appy to Have Known You - Lee Hamlet Look...
Being at 148Apps these past 2 years has been an awesome experience that has taught me a great deal, and working with such a great team has been a privilege. Thank you to Rob Rich, and to both Rob LeFebvre and Jeff Scott before him, for helping me to grow as a writer and for giving me the opportunity to write about what I love: playing innovative... | Read more »
Hands-On With Allstar Heroes - A Promisi...
Let’s get this out of the way quickly. Allstar Heroes looks a lot like a certain other recent action RPG release, but it turns out that while it’s not yet available here, Allstar Heroes has been around for much longer than that other title. Now that copyright row is out of the way, I can say that Allstar Heroes seems pretty fun. It’s not out here... | Read more »
Macho Man and Steve Austin Join the Rank...
WWE Immortals, by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and WWE, has gotten a superstar update. You'll now have access to Macho Man Randy Savage and Steve Austin. Both characters have two different versions: Macho Man Randy Savage Renegade or Macho King, and Stone Cold Steve Austin Icebound Watcher or Texas Rattlesnake. | Read more »
Fearless Fantasy is Fantastic for the iF...
I actually had my first look at Fearless Fantasy last year at E3, but it was on a PC so there wasn't much for me to talk about. But now that I've been able to play with a pre-release version of the iOS build, there's quite a bit for me to talk about. | Read more »
MLB Manager 2015 (Games)
MLB Manager 2015 5.0.14 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $4.99, Version: 5.0.14 (iTunes) Description: Guide your favorite MLB franchise to glory! MLB Manager 2015, officially licensed by MLB.com and based on the award-winning Out of the Park Baseball series, is the most fun and realistic baseball game ever created for... | Read more »
Breath of Light (Games)
Breath of Light 1.0.1421 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0.1421 (iTunes) Description: Hold a quiet moment.Breath of Light is a meditative and beautiful puzzle game with a hypnotic soundtrack by Winterpark.BEAUTIFULInspired by modern minimalism combined with a range of meditative art styles, from Zen... | Read more »
WWE WrestleMania Tags into the App Store
Are You ready to rumble? The official WWE WrestleMania app, by World Wrestling Entertainment, is now available. Now you can get all your WrestleMania info in one place before anyone else. The app offers details on superstar signings, interactive venue maps, event schedules, WrestleMania Superstore hours, stadium information, and more. You can also... | Read more »
Bio Inc's New Expansion is Infectin...
Bio Inc., by DryGin Studios, is the real time strategy game where you infect a human body with the worst virus your evil brain can design. Recently, the game was updated to add a whole lot of new features. Now you can play the new “Lethal” difficulty, which chakllenges even hardcore players. If you aren't quite there yet you can still enjoy the “... | Read more »
The Monocular Minion is Here! Despicable...
Despicable Me: Minion Rush, by Gameloft, is introducing a new runner to the mix in their latest update. Now you can play as Carl, the prankster minion. Carl has a few new abilities to play with, including running at a higher speed from the start. Gameloft has also added Eduardo's House as a new area. You'll be able to race through the infamous El... | Read more »
All contents are Copyright 1984-2010 by Xplain Corporation. All rights reserved. Theme designed by Icreon.