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Set a volume level below the system-set minimum System
If you want to set the volume below the minimum volume control level, but still have it audible, do the following. Turn the volume down to 0 bars (absolutely down) manually, but don't hit the Mute key. Then press the Mute key, which OS X will interpret as "unmute" as the volume is set to zero, and voila. The sound should still be going, but very quietly.

[robg adds: This seems to work as described on my Mac Pro with external speakers. The on-screen sound icon shows zero dots on the sound scale, yet there's definitely audible music coming from the speakers. If I then hit the Mute key, the sound completely vanishes.]
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Set a volume level below the system-set minimum
Authored by: kaw_in_stl. on Jun 28, '07 08:41:59AM

Anybody know how to adjust the overall scale of the volume levels? Since I am using headphones, three blocks is all my ears can take. I'd like to have that be the "maximum" and then I'd have more controll over the volume. I didn't see anything in control panal that would help.



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Set a volume level below the system-set minimum
Authored by: ashevin on Jun 29, '07 10:33:11AM

If your headphones have an external, physical volume adjustment, you can effectively do what you want.

Set the software volume to max, and then adjust the headphones volume to an acceptable level. Now the software control will scale up to your personally acceptable level.

If your headphones have no such control, get some real headphones! :)



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Set a volume level below the system-set minimum
Authored by: kaw_in_stl. on Jul 02, '07 08:03:27AM

I have some Logitech 350s, which do have volumn controls, but (because it is USB?) it controls the main volume, not the headset volume.



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Set a volume level below the system-set minimum
Authored by: pmbuko on Jun 28, '07 08:48:29AM
I submitted this hint two months ago.

[link:]http://www.macosxhints.com/article.php?story=2007042221445186

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Set a volume level below the system-set minimum
Authored by: Echidna on Jun 28, '07 08:54:27AM

You can also get fine-grained percentage values (0-100) through Applescript or the command line with osxutils.

Each notch on the built-in scale is 7%, if I remember correctly.



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Set a volume level below the system-set minimum
Authored by: poenn on Jun 28, '07 09:49:05AM

Doesn't work on MBP CD 2,16GHz. I've tried external USB Sound Sticks and internal MBP speakers. "Unmuting" still means no sound over here. Well, on goes the hoping for a more finegrained volume control...



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Set a volume level below the system-set minimum
Authored by: nedaf7 on Jun 28, '07 10:37:50PM

For some reason, on the Leopard WWDC 2007 Beta, this method sets my left-right balance all the way over to the left. Anyone else have this problem?



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Set a volume level below the system-set minimum
Authored by: Lutin on Jun 28, '07 11:30:09PM

Like you said... beta ;-)



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Set a volume level below the system-set minimum
Authored by: JadeNB on Jul 01, '07 01:21:27PM

I frequently have a similar problem, but in Tiger: Occasionally, I'll notice that sounds are strange, and checking System Preferences reveals that the balance is all the way to the left. Since I've never changed the balance thus intentionally, there must be some key I'm pressing inadvertently that's making it occur.



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