Dealing with HVAC vent air flow noise?

We've just replaced our split HVAC system with upgraded capacity and higher quality/efficiency components. One aspect of the upgrade is a 1/2 ton higher capacity air handler with a multiple speed blower. While the system is much quieter overall than the previous one, during the heat of the day when the air flow is ramped up to it's greatest arflow, I notice more air noise than before coming from the vents. It seems that if a larger outlet or an additional outlet were installed, resulting lower air volume/friction/turbulence would reduce noise in the listening area. Have any of you dealt with a similar problem? What worked for you?
I've been working on my 2-part AC system for years, succesfully. It takes time, money, and patience. My attic unit's 11-speed blower assembly (that uses 3 of those at any one time) has been running on the 3 lowest speeds for a couple years. I finally had the last ducting project done just this week, and finally I'm ready to increase the speeds used during refrigeration to 3 and 4 from 2 and 3.

Almost all of my now-almost-30-years-old metal ducts are gone, replaced with larger-diameter flex ducting. EVERY time I have work done on the system, I tell the man we're trying to make the system QUIET, so large-diameter ducts that flow highish volumes of air at lower velocities should be used. What I just finished was the musicroom, where we had previously added a 2nd outlet. This week we plugged the original metal-fed outlet and added TWO flex-fed grilles. BINGO!...more air and less noise.

So yes, get someone to look at your system with a goal of reducing air velocity. Good luck. Where are you?
The problem is you likely have standard registers (diffusers) on the vents. What you want is something called an Opposed Blade Damper (OBD) type diffuser which has a set of airflow control blades just behind the directional vanes. These (vertical blades) rotate in opposite directions to control airflow without causing a wooshing sound. They are about ten times the cost of standard stamped metal (around $40), but not as costly as adding or enlarging the vents (which would help, but may still require OBS's.)
Nsgarch, thanks for the tip. I'll look into the OBD's immediately. I'd hoped that a change of diffuser would help. That will be less expensive than duct work for sure. Jeffrey, glad to know you're getting good results solving a similar problem. We added a second air return inlet elsewhere in the house and that really knocked down the noise from the intake located too near my listening area. I'm in central Florida. By the way, really impessive DIY speaker project!
A couple things I've done to help in my room:
Added another vent on the line.
Cut the blades out of the vent cover so it's all open except the frame around the hole. Looks a little funky but helps a lot, and I don't even notice it anymore (who looks at the ceiling, right?).
Have two air returns in the room.
Switched to digital amps (Tact and Bel Canto). My previous Pass monos only lasted a year when I moved to NC.
Photon46, I advise against opposed blade dampers located near the outlets. If you are going to install them, put them well upstream of the outlets, because the sound they regenerate has a chance to be reduced before it arrives at the outlet. I agree with Jeffreybehr's suggestion of larger flex ducts, but just make sure they are substantially larger than the existing metal ones, because the pressure drop in flex duct is an order of magnitude greater than in sheet metal duct, which your fan system probably won't be capable of handling which means not enough air will be supplied into the room. If you can only make the duct slightly larger than what exists, consider ducts made of fiberglass duct board which although they won't provide as much sound attenuation as flex ducts, the pressure loss isn't too much more than sheet metal. Slowing the air down is strongly advised, and oversize the outlets a bit. Using an opposed blade damper in the duct well upstream of the outlet instead of closing the damper on the register supplying into the room can help, too.
We're going to have the contractor start by making adjustments to the blower speed programming. While researching the issue, I found offers airflow diffusers that look to be of interest to anyone looking to tame noisy vents. They have engineering specs listed that show how effectively they reduce vent noise at a given cfm airflow.
Reducing the fan speed can help when the full capacity isn't needed, but the full airflow should be provided when the full capacity is needed and as such won't reduce the noise.
Essentialaudio, that's right. The blower is 17 speeds & programable with two differential stages. The plan is to reduce the blower speeds in the first differential stage when there's a 1 degrees variance from the programmed thermostat setting. When the second stage differential of 2 degrees variance happens, then the higher blower speeds will come into play.