Boom 3D: Sound improvement for Mac, iPad and iPhone - my pick of the KW48

Boom 3D Mac Sound Enhance

The app Boom 3d I've actually known for a number of years. I've used them before to improve the sound on my MacBook Pro and my small MacBook. Even then, I was pondering how the app would do it, but I still haven't quite figured it out. But because she's still doing her job as well as she used to, she's got it with me Pick of the week earned.

Boom 3D integration into the system in iOS and iPadOS is not so perfectly possible

First of all: Boom 3D is not only available for the Mac, but also for iPad, iPhone and Android devices (Link). You can use it to edit the sound of Spotify or Tidal, among other things, but there is no global integration that is possible under macOS. An adjustment of the sound through Boom 3D in Apple Music is currently not possible due to the restrictions of iOS and iPadOS. And since I only use Apple Music on the iPhone and iPad, I'm only referring to Boom 3D on the Mac in this article.

Boom 3D's iPhone app can also improve the sound on the iPhone, just like the Mac app, but due to the limitations of the operating system, it cannot work as globally as on the Mac. Nevertheless, some services are already integrated - unfortunately I only miss Apple Music.

Boom 3D's iPhone app can also improve the sound on the iPhone, just like the Mac app, but due to the limitations of the operating system, it cannot work as globally as on the Mac. Nevertheless, some services are already integrated - unfortunately I only miss Apple Music.

Boom 3D - more than an equalizer

When I read about Boom 3D years ago, I initially thought that the app was just a nice collection of equalizer presets that make the sound a bit voluminous by increasing the bass and mids.

If you have installed Boom 3D, you quickly notice that there are other things going on in the background, because somehow it also splits simple stereo sound and distributes it “in the room”. That means you suddenly hear instruments from a defined direction in the room and not just from the left or right. The sound itself is also greatly improved in the process.

And if you like to play with equalizers, you can of course let off steam with them in Boom 3D. By activating the “Advanced” option, you have a lot of controls to fine-tune the EQ.

The equalizer in Boom 3D knows a few presets, but can just as easily be fine-tuned by yourself.

The equalizer in Boom 3D knows some presets, but you can also fine-tune it yourself.

More fun with movies with Boom 3D

Boom 3D is completely integrated into the system as an app. This means that audio from apps is also running - if you so wish - it is "treated" and improved by Boom 3D. And this is exactly not only helpful when listening to music on the MacBook, but also increases the enjoyment when watching films on Netflix, Amazon Prime Video or other sources.

I did a test with an episode of Star Trek that I watched via Netflix in the FirefoxBrowser looked at. As an output device, I selected the Apple AirPods Max and the internal speakers of my MacBook Pro M1Max.

In both cases the sound got significantly better. My daughter called it "That doesn't sound so boring anymore!" The deep ship noises in the background were barely audible without Boom 3D and came out clearer with the app switched on - but remained pleasantly in the background. The voices, on the other hand, became clearer and easier to understand. Overall, you can hear more details.

For Apple devices such as MacBook Pro and AirPods, there are already optimized presets that can be used - very practical in everyday life.

For Apple devices such as MacBook Pro and AirPods, there are already optimized presets that can be used - very practical in everyday life.

Choice of preset and EQ setting important for the end result

Of course you have to see which preset you choose, because in the 3D surround preset conversations sometimes seem as if they were in a room, although in the film they take place in nature. I could imagine that there is minimal reverb being used here that does not fit in there.

With the “Ambience” preset and the “Film” equalizer setting, I have found a nice preset for films that creates a pleasant sound for both films and computer games.

A nice feature that macOS lacks up to now: the ability to set the volume for each app differently.

A nice feature that macOS lacks up to now: the ability to set the volume for each app differently.

Audio gain and volume control per app

There are two features that I find particularly noteworthy about Boom 3D. One is the ability to amplify quiet audio, which sometimes helps me with podcasts that were recorded too quietly.

The other is an advanced volume control that allows you to set the volume differently for each app. With this you can turn down the system tones, make the playback in Firefox louder and in turn set the playback differently in Safari - you have a completely free hand here. Usually macOS only allows a system-wide change of the volume, which may be too general.

The tenth anniversary of the Boom 3D app ensures a decent special price with a 75% discount.

The tenth anniversary of the Boom 3D app ensures a decent special price with a 75% discount.

Boom 3D with 75% discount due to the 10th anniversary of the app

If you want to get Boom 3D, you can currently get the app for 10,75 euros - for both macOS and Windows. This offers this special discount Development studio Global Delight due to the 10th anniversary of the Mac.

Alternatively, the app can also be accessed via Setapp get - what I did. This software subscription now includes over 200 great apps, each of which can actually use a few.

Where to buy Boom 3D:

By the way, you can download a test version of Boom 3D both on the developer page and on the test from SetApp fetch. Give it a try, I'm pretty sure I'll be amazed too.

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2 comments

  1. peter v. says:

    Hi Jens, just bought. My PinePlayer songs sound good. But tell me quickly, what do I have to set so that, for example, YouTube or amazom music also runs on it?

    • Jen Kleinholz says:

      Hi Peter! I know you've already found the solution, but I'll answer you anyway so that other readers can also get the question answered: In principle, all the audio - regardless of which app - is channeled through Boom 3D. So you don't have to set anything extra, but YouTube, Amazon Music, Netflix etc ... everything automatically uses Boom 3D.

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