Any way to increase max volume.

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by debo, Dec 16, 2004.

  1. debo macrumors regular

    Jan 9, 2004
    Is there any way to get the sound on my powerbook to be louder? I mean, I have the volume all the way up, but is there any way to increase what it can go up to? It's just too soft.
  2. abhishekit macrumors 65816


    Nov 6, 2003
    akron , ohio
    I guess thats the reason why its called max volume..thats the maximum you can go with those speakers.
  3. zimv20 macrumors 601


    Jul 18, 2002
    <insert "goes to 11" joke here>

    you're using the internal speakers? no, no louder. you can plug in headphones, turn it up and fry your ears. or you can connect an external amp/speaker set.
  4. debo thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 9, 2004
  5. aussie_geek macrumors 65816


    Apr 19, 2004
    Sydney Australia
  6. Colonel Panik macrumors regular

    Feb 23, 2004
    Dublin, Ireland
    Actually, I'm don't know for certain, but I'm sure it is possible. My uncle is an electronics genius, and one day, while repairing a TV, I complained that our home TV wasn't loud enough. He showed me an internal volume screw which was used to set the real volume at which the TV could go. When I asked him why they did that, he said that hotels, etc, need their TV volumes limited so that the next-door guests wouldn't get disturbed. So the hotels would set the max volume to a minimum

    Anyway, I believe that the max volume that your powerbook is set at is due to what the built-in speakers can handle without distorting. If you want it louder, then you need to plug it into a good amplifier and use that to make it louder.

    Curiously though, I've found that my Dull PC has a louder output signal than my Mac. But I've got a good amp, so this doesn't really matter. I'm sure that there is a way of hacking your Mac to get a stronger signal. But is it worth it when you blow your Powerbook speakers?
  7. sacear macrumors 6502


    Jan 12, 2005
    Any way to 'decrease' max volume - opposite problem

    I am having the opposite problem, in the past couple of days everytime I start up my PowerBook G3 (Pismo), the startup chime sound about blows the speakers apart and the sound is very distorted. I have the volume setting in System Preferences set to lowest audible setting, still extremely loud, both on startup and regular usage sounds, including iTunes and Quicktime movies. I am trying to watch some video from MacWorld Expo and I have to put the volume slider in QT all the way down. I don't know what I did in the past couple days, but now this PowerBooks little speakers are the loudest in the house. When OSX starts the chime virtually blows me off my chair. Anyone know about this or heard of it before? Any ideas or solutions?

  8. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    I don't know the cause, but I've seen quite a few Macs of that generation that do this, with the distorted, god-awful, ear-splitting chime. :(
  9. garybUK Guest


    Jun 3, 2002
    The powerbook speakers are tiny (as in really small) and arn't meant to be driven at high volumes. If you start going beyond the maximum volume you could start clipping the audio output, this means the coil of really thin wire around the speaker cone starts getting hot, and melts and you break your speakers :) and/or even the dsp/amp's if they have them.

    Tis a shame Altec Lancing hasn't made a docable speakers for the powerbook that clip around the back and sides.

    It is a pain because I know in presentations it's good to have a bit of sound but most laptop speakers are easily out-volumed by some loud person in the audience.

    The price of portability i suppose.

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