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Old Jan 1, 2008, 03:09 AM   #1
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Boost OS X output volume?

Is there a way to do this through a terminal command or an app? I often find my MacBook's speakers to be too dinky, no matter how much i crank up the volume, both the master volume and the app's volume. I have external speakers but sometimes I need to use the internal speakers, and often iTunes or DVD Player is far too quiet.

Such a simple thing, but I haven't been able to find a way. Anyone know of the Terminal command?

Thanks.
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Old Jan 1, 2008, 03:17 AM   #2
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VolumeLogic did this for iTunes, but has been discontinued unfortunately...

Whenever I occasionally need to listen to a song through the MB speakers louder than iTunes gives me, I use VLC
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Old Jan 1, 2008, 10:21 AM   #3
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Keep in mind that there's a practical limit to how high you can boost your output volume before your speakers blow - especially dinky ones.

You can trick your ears in iTunes by using the "small speakers" equalizer preset. This boosts your bass and will make the sound coming out of your laptop speakers sound fuller.

iWow does an even better job equalizing your music for small speakers, but it costs $20.
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Old Jan 29, 2011, 02:05 AM   #4
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boost your volume

http://www.macworld.com/article/1570...l?lsrc=mod_rel

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Old Jan 29, 2011, 04:38 AM   #5
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Boom, eh? Looks pretty new, have you tried it? Have been looking for a Volume Booster app for my Mac for quite some time, this could be an answer to that!

Anyone out there who has given Boom a whirl?
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Old Jan 29, 2011, 01:12 PM   #6
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I just gave it a whirl; seems to work very well. Call me paranoid, but I think it worked so well, that after I uninstalled it, I would swear that my Mac's speaker output had been actually weakened.

I had to try a couple of loud mp3 files that I have to realize that I was just 'hearing' things.
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Old Jan 29, 2011, 01:14 PM   #7
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Old Jan 30, 2011, 08:03 AM   #8
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I just gave it a whirl; seems to work very well. Call me paranoid, but I think it worked so well, that after I uninstalled it, I would swear that my Mac's speaker output had been actually weakened.

I had to try a couple of loud mp3 files that I have to realize that I was just 'hearing' things.
Lol! I liked the way it works, quite a simple app
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Old Jan 31, 2011, 04:40 AM   #9
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I like the idea, although, wouldn't this potentially blow out the speakers on our device? Hopefully someone can chime in.
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Old Feb 10, 2011, 06:34 AM   #10
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I like the idea, although, wouldn't this potentially blow out the speakers on our device? Hopefully someone can chime in.
Had the same fear too. I guess it depends on how we use it, as long as we maintain a suitable level, and not exceed the limit, i guess you don't have to worry about using Boom on your system.

I was just amazed at the varied applications that this software has. Recommended this to one of my aunts who is hearing impaired, and she just loves how she can hear things much better on her mac. Makes me think sometimes, why dint I ever come with this!
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Old Mar 1, 2011, 06:11 PM   #11
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Had the same fear too. I guess it depends on how we use it, as long as we maintain a suitable level, and not exceed the limit, i guess you don't have to worry about using Boom on your system.

I was just amazed at the varied applications that this software has. Recommended this to one of my aunts who is hearing impaired, and she just loves how she can hear things much better on her mac. Makes me think sometimes, why dint I ever come with this!
Agreed. If you force it, boosting an already loud file, then you're risking your speakers.

You should boost audio that you really need to boost.

Anyway, I still suppose the devs probably thought about this problem and somehow maybe they already prevent it from happening.
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Old Jul 4, 2011, 02:52 AM   #12
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I just started using HBOGO.COM and the volume output is awful, which is what led me to this thread. Turned all the way up, I have to sit close to my iMac to hear it. Step a few feet away and it's useless. Boom has been the perfect fix for this. I don't think it's wise to have an app like this run all the time for everything. You are asking for a boom, and it won't be a good one.

I don't know why anyone would need to boost iTunes as a whole?
If you have a track that the audio quality is too low on, you can click on the song, command+i, and manually adjust the audio for that specific track higher or lower. Some CD's I ripped ages ago needed the tweak.
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Old Oct 4, 2011, 01:43 AM   #13
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You do know that you revived a three your old thread.
He did a good job at it too. This thread is Google's the first result for boost mac volume. This information is needed. Now all we need is a free solution.
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Old Dec 7, 2011, 07:48 AM   #14
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I like the idea, although, wouldn't this potentially blow out the speakers on our device? Hopefully someone can chime in.
No, It shouldn't . Think of the audio signal as a waveform, what software like Boom does is to amplify the low amplitude portions of the signal and keeping the high amp signals as they are through a process called smoothing.
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Old Dec 10, 2011, 01:53 PM   #15
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Use VLC

Just use VLC (http://www.videolan.org/vlc/) to listen to you music and videos. You can boost up volume for up to 400%. Yes, I know that means not listening to your song in iTunes, but you can also create your own playlists in VLC.

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Old Jan 28, 2012, 04:28 PM   #16
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Equaliser

If you're using iTunes remember that as well as turning up the app volume you can use the preamp boost on the equaliser.
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Old Feb 4, 2012, 02:38 AM   #17
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Thanks for the quick fix!

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Just use VLC (http://www.videolan.org/vlc/) to listen to you music and videos. You can boost up volume for up to 400%. Yes, I know that means not listening to your song in iTunes, but you can also create your own playlists in VLC.

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Just what I needed. The 400% sound boost was perfect for downloaded videos with low volume playback.

Thanks!
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Old Feb 4, 2012, 07:42 AM   #18
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I consider this http://www.prosofteng.com/products/hear.php a $20 very well spent.
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Old Aug 29, 2012, 02:41 AM   #19
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Boom breaks Skype; thanks for the workarounds

Or should I say works-around? Yes, Boom plays havoc with Skype. This is well-documented online. (Boom also costs, or is supposed to cost, money.)

Fred45, thanks for reminding me about the preamp volume setting in the Equalizer in iTunes. Turning it up did not provide as rich a sound as Boom does, and there's more clipping, but it keeps iTunes honest. (That is to say, you can turn it up.)

And Rodrigo, I appreciate your pointing out the additional power of VLC. Maybe there's a way to port my playlists from iTunes over to VLC. Probably not, though; does Apple software ever play nice?

Anyway, thanks.
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Old Sep 18, 2013, 09:31 AM   #20
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Someone or other keep reviving this thread, this time its me.

Same problem.

My imac is capable of outputing volume that i'm satified. The problem is some videos come with very low volume, even at full system volume they reach 50% of the overall capacity of the system. But it may contain audio in certain parts of the video at optimal sound level. If i use boosters like these (Boom) i'm afraid for parts with optimal sound level, it might just destroy the speakers.

Is there an app that will auto optimize the sound level, like normalize the sound level? That is, if the system auidio slider is at 75% then the lower audio should be boosted to reach that 75%, that would be good...as of now i'm not comfortable installing Boom.
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Old Sep 18, 2013, 01:18 PM   #21
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Rather than run some background process that normalized all audio coming out of your Mac to be high-up on the internal speakers' capabilities: why not buy some external speakers?

I've had my desktop Mac connected to my Hi-Fi (remember those?) for many years, by a succession of audio interfaces. Or you can use some of the desktop speakers that plug straight in.
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