Boosting MacBook's sound...

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by duelingdragons, Mar 1, 2008.

  1. duelingdragons macrumors 65816

    May 13, 2007
    Orlando, FL
    I have a hard time hearing things, even with my volume turned up, and the volume in iTunes maxed out....

    Any 3rd party app to boost the sound? >_>
  2. ebouwman macrumors 6502a

    Jan 5, 2007
    I'm thinking probably not, what might be an idea though is to either buy some headphones or a set of external speakers.
  3. Masizzle macrumors member

    Feb 27, 2008
    I wish there was an app.... VLC plays movies WAY louder than quicktime so it's obiously the software that dictates it...

    if you find anything let me know.
  4. motulist macrumors 601


    Dec 2, 2003
    audio hijack pro will let you boost your mac's audio output level the same way vlc does.

    By the way, you can do the same thing in the quicktime player as you do in vlc. I forget how off hand, but I believe you go to the EQ window and turn up the pre amp slider.
  5. Masizzle macrumors member

    Feb 27, 2008
    How does audio hijack boost your system sound?
  6. ebouwman macrumors 6502a

    Jan 5, 2007
    The only problem with these is that they probably drain your battery faster :p

    What are you doing where you need to hear your computer though?
  7. dtklamf macrumors regular

    Oct 15, 2007
    music :|

    crazy idea i know
  8. Mikey B macrumors 65816

    Mikey B

    Jan 4, 2008
    the island
    the speakers are pretty much the only disappointing thing about my MacBook. I wish they could go louder and have better fidelity, but oh well...

    In iTunes, when you show the equalizer you bump the preamp up as well. It makes a noticeable difference. I had also downloaded a trial of some program off of apples website that did the same thing. Can't remember what its called though. It was an equalizer as well.

    Its all about the headphones for me!
  9. ebouwman macrumors 6502a

    Jan 5, 2007
    Ya, but is this on the go, or is this just in your house?

    Because if it's on the go your best bet is headphones, and if you don't like that idea then use one of those sound boosters.

    But if it's just at home then buy some external speakers.

    Both headphones or external will sound much better than the in-laptop speakers, especially if you're going to be boosting the power to them, because they'll sound even worse.
  10. Masizzle macrumors member

    Feb 27, 2008
    Since nobody was helping out. Found this.

    "The most popular solution for this is using Audio Hijack. Great app to have for a variety of things (e.g., recording streaming audio), but it's also perfect for what you need. It allows "hijacking" the audio output of an application and applying Audio Unit plugins or its own built-in EQ to the output.

    So, step by step.
    1. Launch Audio Hijack
    2. Create a preset for whatever application you'll commonly want to make louder (i.e., itunes, vlc, mplayer, quicktime).
    3. Open the EQ on that preset
    4. Activate the EQ and move the gain/level up to desired volume
    5. "Hijack" the application (but you don't need to hit record)"


    Then click Hijack^

    and yes, you have to have Audio Hijack running for this to boost your system volume. Once you close it system volume goes back to normal.. but if you will need your system louder for a while it can run in the background unnoticed. You could also hide it in the dock and have it start automatically at start up i suppose if you want your volume boosted all the time, I suppose.
  11. orfeas0 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 21, 2010
    Athens, Greece
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    You can always buy the x-mini , its a small but really loud speaker which connects with 3.5mm jack. U can put it on iphone, mac, everything.
  12. Nago macrumors member


    Feb 25, 2010
    Madrid, Spain

    I'm probably a bit late, but for everyone coming from any way of searching...

    Boom is a new software that is very simple and effective for this!

    I'm no advertiser, just glad to find it and think they deserve mentioning!

    Check it out! It's currently $4.99
  13. mrsir2009 macrumors 604


    Sep 17, 2009
    Melbourne, Australia
    Yeah but if you boost your volume way up it may sound tinny. Why don't you just get some quality headphones and use them :) You'll get:

    •Much richer and better quality sound.
    •Less of a drain on your MacBook's battery.
  14. h4lp m3 macrumors 6502

    Jun 29, 2011
    New Orleans
  15. jboog05 macrumors newbie

    Sep 27, 2012

    Some of you guys are probably trying to be helpful to the guy asking how to boost his sound system, but look. It's soooo annoying when ppl say stupid answer that the TS already knows... duh!! Things like, but headphones or buy speakers!!! Ok dickwads... i'm pretty sure he knows that he can do that! (****ing idiots.. smh .. that stuff really irks me... and if u call yourself trying to be slick then its just an epic fail... i understand some of you really thought u were being helpful.. or were just trying to help.. so sorry that that type of stuff bothers me so much.. lol... yea).

    So yea, im sure he knows that already! If he was looking for headphones or speakers, I'm sure he would've just asked about that to begin with! No need for you guys to say that! He asked if there was anyway for him to boost the sound on his MBP!!!! If you guys had no helpful hints why even come in here with your comments. To the ppl who weren't trying to be smart, and weren't trying to be slick like you were just sooo much smarter.... i apologize.

    Yea though dude, i have the same curiosities as you man. No matter whether im using it on the go or at home, i just wanted to know if i could boost the sound. Like someone above me said... i found out about Audio Hijack or whatever it's called. Hopefully you've figured something out by now!

    (Sorry for blowing up guys... that just really irked me haha...)

    Ya'll have a good one! #boom:mad::mad:
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    Mar 11, 2014
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    Sep 12, 2008
    Northumberland, UK

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