Boom 3D

Make your Mac sound bet­ter

Mac|Life - - REVIEWS - gary mar­shall

$16.99 From Global De­light Tech­nolo­gies, glob­alde­light.com Needs OS X 10.10.3 or later 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 equal­izer 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.

the bot­tom line. Boom 3D re­ally can make your Mac sound bet­ter, es­pe­cially on head­phones.

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