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Being a full-time Mac user, I first discovered how to amplify my speakers with a program called Audio Hijack, from Rogue Amoeba. This software lets both audio professionals and hobbyists perform all kinds of useful tricks, such as recording Skype calls for podcast interviews and capturing the audio from a webinar.
The sheer power and simplicity of the interface is impressive. Follow the steps below just once, and you’ll be ready to crank your speakers up to 4x their normal maximum volume* each time you open the program.
- Open Audio Hijack
- Click and drag the Applications block into the main window
- Select the Application you’d like to make louder from the drop-down menu
- Repeat step two with the “Volume” module (under “Built-in Effects”.) Your main window should now look like this:
- Click and drag the “Output” module into the main window.
- Set your output device to “Internal Speakers.”
- Click the button in the lower-left corner of the program to run your audio through Audio Hijack.
- Adjust the audio level to your hearts content using the Volume module. A good starting point is to select the “2X” button under “Overdrive” and move the volume slider up. If this isn’t enough, experiment with the “3X” and “4X” overdrive.
This is what your final settings should look like:
Audio Hijack is available on Rogue Amoeba’s website for $65. There’s also a free, limited version you can try to make sure it works for you.
Note that if you don’t need any of the other features that Audio Hijack provides, it’s worth checking out SoundSource instead. Developed by the same company, it provides all the same audio-boosting goodness as Audio Hijack at around half the price.
*The tech that makes this possible is interesting, but without getting into the nuts and bolts of it, this app won’t damage your speakers. However, I recommend against blasting your Slayer collection at 4X for an hour, just to play it safe. Stick with movies and YouTube.
How to Fix Laptop Speakers That Are Quiet
Some hardware and software problems can be fixed at home without the need for specialized tools or any kind of expertise. If you want to diagnose and repair your speakers at home, here’s what you’ll need to do:
Solved: Fixing A Pair Of Quiet Speakers
If none of these solutions help solve your problem, then consider taking your laptop to a professional. This could be because there may be something you couldn’t see by examining them or that the issue is too rare/complex for you to fix at home.
In this article, we looked at why your speakers are so quiet and showed you ways to fix them. Whether it was a hardware or a software issue, you can safely fix most of your computer’s sound problems in the comfort of your own home with these easy fixes.