Boom 3D

Make your Mac sound bet­ter.

APC Australia - - Software - Gary Mar­shall


There’s a prob­lem with ever-thin­ner Macs: thin cases mean thin speak­ers, which means thin sound. It’s par­tic­u­larly no­tice­able on the iMac, on which mu­sic sounds as if it’s be­ing shouted at you by some­body in a bucket, but it’s a prob­lem on MacBooks, too. Boom 3D can help.

The app changes the sound of your Mac to make it brighter, wider — and on head­phones, to give you vir­tual sur­round sound. It works: turn­ing it off makes the sound con­sid­er­ably duller and less in­ter­est­ing. At heart, it’s an equaliser with some ex­tra ef­fects to add ‘air’ at the top end, widen the stereo im­age and so on, but it’s pack­aged in a way that peo­ple who aren’t au­dio ex­perts can un­der­stand.

It’s par­tic­u­larly good on head­phones, with wider stereo, bet­ter bass, and more pro­nounced sepa­ra­tion of in­di­vid­ual sounds such as gun­shots and ve­hi­cles. It’s easy to over­cook the sound — crank up the slid­ers and the sibi­lantsssss ssss­sound like ssssss­nakesss — but if you take a ‘less is more’ ap­proach it’s very ef­fec­tive. It’s no sub­sti­tute for good qual­ity speak­ers, of course, but it’s a big im­prove­ment.

Boom 3D re­ally can make your Mac sound bet­ter, es­pe­cially with head­phones.

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