The term boomer carries a number of connotations, one of them having to do with age. If you’re anywhere near my age then you already know the answer to this question. “What’s the one thing every Mac speaker needs more of?” Volume. Loudness. Whether it’s headphones or speaker or speaker system, aging baby boomers have one thing in common. The need for a little more loud coming from the speakers.
We all know that hearing problems are the result of many factors; heredity, rock ‘n roll, loud concerts, disease, and especially aging, right? For most of us around the boomer age a little more loud is better than less loud.
All we want from our Mac speakers and connected headphones is enough volume, a little boost here, a boost there, and sometimes a little boost everywhere– just so we can hear more clearly what’s going on, and what’s coming out of the Mac’s speakers. That’s what Boom does. This is by far one of my favorite Mac utilities, an enhancement that every Mac user who needs to turn up the sound emanating from speakers will appreciate.
Think loud. Or, louder. You know, ‘Cause I’m all about that bass.’
Boom is a Mac system volume booster with an equalizer feature for OS X Yosemite and El Capitan. The equalizer gives you more granular controls over the sound coming from your Mac but boosts sound volume with one-click effects. It can even boost the sound of an audio file from VLC, Spotify QuickTime, even iTunes.
Start with any of a range of basic presets that can match your Mac to your speakers or sound system. There’s a standard 10-band qualifier and advanced settings that go beyond the basics of base boost, acoustic, pop, treble, etc. And it all works on whatever sound is coming out of your Mac.
That means YouTube can sound better. Music, movies, and TV from iTunes will sound, well, better. Better means a little louder. Now, here’s the deal. Boom is a Mac App Store app which makes download, install, and upgrades a breeze, but without a try-before-you-buy option. Boom can also be purchased from the developer’s website and there’s a free trial version so you can hear what you get before you get it.
Just remember that the latest version of Boom is for macOS Yosemite, El Capitan, and Sierra. It gets plenty of good reviews online and the developer updates the app frequently. If you’re a boomer who strains to hear what everyone else hears with ease, Boom might just be the utility your Mac needs.
Caveats? Boom makes the Mac’s sound sound better; or, rather, in boomer nomenclature, louder. However, Boom doesn’t always play well with every Mac, so your mileage may vary, and I recommend the free trial. If it works, you’ll love it.