How to make the sound quieter?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Haruhi, Aug 15, 2011.

  1. Haruhi macrumors regular

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    I have very sensitive ears and usually have my iPod and Mac set below the first volume level as it's much too load for me, is there any way to get more detailed sound preferences because I only ever set the sound to the level between no sound and one bar of sound?
     
  2. Capt Underpants macrumors 68030

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    Have you tried going to the sound tab in system preferences and dragging the slider? It offers a finer adjustment than hitting the volume button, but it's probably still not quite what you're looking for.
     
  3. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3

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  4. Haruhi thread starter macrumors regular

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    I've tried that but it's difficult to get the volume I want without getting no volume at all.

    And I kinda need to use headphones, it would disturb others if I played music/tv shows loud on my computer.
     
  5. Capt Underpants macrumors 68030

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    The program you use to play music/tv shows likely has a volume slider as well. I assume you're already using over the ear headphones, since you've got such sensitive ears?
     
  6. Haruhi thread starter macrumors regular

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    I have lots of different headphones. The ones with the best sound are always the loudest, though.
     
  7. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3

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    Don't use in ear headphones and you don't need to use the ones with the best sound. Seems like a no brainer. Have you tried turning the volume down in whatever application you're using to watch your videos?
     
  8. tkermit, Aug 15, 2011
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    tkermit macrumors 68040

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    You could create a service in Automator with an Applescript similar to this and assign it to a shortcut:
    Code:
    set vol to display dialog ¬
    	"Set volume level (0-100 - at most one bar):" buttons {"Set"} ¬
    	default button 1 ¬
    	default answer ""
    set volume (text returned of vol) / 200
    That way you have fine-grained control in 100 steps between no sound and one bar.
     
  9. Carnageheart macrumors newbie

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    Adjust Volume in Smaller Increments: Shift+Option+Volume Keys
     
  10. Capt Underpants macrumors 68030

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    I've been a mac user for 8 years, and I never knew about this. Thanks!
     
  11. Carnageheart macrumors newbie

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    A little off topic but Shift + Option works on display brightness as well.
     

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