Pump Up The Volume
VolumeCare 5 for Treo
Sometimes it's difficult for Treo users to hear what's going on at the other end of the line. No wonder: the maximum volume level is internally governed to ensure that the user doesn't suffer hearing loss. VolumeCare 5 Pro removes this acoustic obstacle.
You've probably heard about it in the media that Apple's iPod has a similar feature. The music player also uses this technique to reduce the chances of incurring damage to the inner ear. Though the iPod and other devices govern the maximum allowable level of volume, this sort of function has become counterproductive for the new generation of users (thanks to excessive Walkman listening and frequent visits to the disco). For this reason users have developed tools to reverse engineer products, like the iPod, that have internally regulated volume controls.
But something that is less well known is that this is also the case with the Treo. Think of it as a scooter that tops out at fifty, rather than reaching its true potential of eighty. If it ever seemed to you like the volume on your Smartphone was too low, then now's your chance to remove the governor and personally manage the volume of your device. "VolumeCare" is the perfect tool for this. Tests have shown that the Treo's volume can be increased by up to two hundred and fifty percent with this software. Now you'll finally be able to understand what's being said to you when you're in the middle of rush hour underground traffic or calling home from an overfilled department store to find out if Grandma really wants a checked green dress for Christmas.
"VolumeCare" is very simple to use. There are sliders in the program window for the volume of the headset and the speaker, and the microphone sensitivity can also be adjusted. The result is that the owner of the Treo will hear the details of the conversation and also be heard much better on the other end.
In the new version of "VolumeCare" there are plenty of new features. For example, volume can be set at different levels according to specific applications, making noise only when it makes sense. Also of interest: ringtones can be set to increase their volume to a specified level. It all sounds great, but don't forget that too much volume can eventually be a bad thing...
Carsten Scheibe/Matthew Schneider
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