-he never asked for decent sound, merely softer, so of course the answer is Yes!
They call it "booming bass", but luckily you can adjust the settings.
-scroll down and click [with/without] SRS.
There are several versions, including apps for smartphones, but nothing free.
I strongly agree with Curt. Srslabs really do wonderful things with sound. I was a passionate user until I started upgrading my audio equipment (i.e. $$). For things like youtube and web audio, the compression of the audio is awful and who knows where they get the sources from, so the end result is awful, loud sounds as Giampy described. So if you can't spend money on good audio equipment, I highly recommend srs. And of course all the flac,e tc. stuff that was mentioned as well.
And if I can be weird for a minute, please allow me...
Take some time each day if you can and listen to "old" things. Things from before 1980. An hour every day would be perfect. It will train your ears to hear different things than what we've been used to most of our lives. If you can listen to vinyl, do so. I'm a computer geek, and I still like flacs that are ripped straight from vinyl because it retains the mastering of those original sessions. The commercial cd's of old albums are remastered, and the remastering producers tend to modernize the sound, which usually means more bass, crisper highs and lows and removal of the subtle middle stuff which is really what makes the sound pleasurable. Without it, it sounds harsh.
I'm not one to judge musical preferences because music is sheer joy, regardless of the genre. However, if you listen to techno and trance and other post-90's type of music, your ear is like those bodybuilders we see today...very muscular on the arms and abs, but no real functional strength. Ideally (for me at least), you want your ear like the elite athlete of the 1930s who was well balanced, functional, yet still powerful. Listen to classical music of the legends...Bach, Mozart, beethoven until you can answer the question for yourself "Why has this lasted for hundreds of years?"
In the Bach vs. beethoven argument, I'm totally a Bach man. With that in mind, I got a huge kick out of this clip:http://minus.com/lbzkcNqBThno7h