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Review: Sonarworks True-Fi

By | July 26th, 2018|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , |

While signal EQ doesn’t run very deep into typical audiophile setups, some products like Schiit’s 4-band Loki are pulling together traction for a product category that seems like it should already be an established element. Purists may pull away, but so much of music production is already EQ’d before it reaches the transducer that a little more along the way couldn’t hurt, right?

One company that has been working with these very same production studios already is Sonarworks. Seeking to create a better, flatter monitoring experience across multiple setups, SW has created a product that adjusts the incoming signal so playback sound more identical, no matter where the owner listens to their tracks.… Read the full article

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A room with a μ: Sonarworks @ Superbooth ’18

By | May 9th, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , |

Tomorrow, Munich High-End kicks into life, which means today, show exhibitors are setting up some of the world’s best audio gear in oft-hostile rooms, wrestling with loudspeaker placement for optimal sound quality. More likely than not, the loudspeaker demands that it be placed not too close to the front and side walls for best performance. Wall-reflected sound arriving at the listening position can see certain frequencies enhanced and others cancelled out.

In other words, when we listen to a loudspeaker system, we are also hearing the room in which it is placed.… Read the full article

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Sonarworks Levels The Playing Field – CES 2018

By | January 12th, 2018|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , |

A lot of pixel-based text has been spilled on the subject of DSP for headphone applications and growth in the consumer marketplace is not showing any signs of slowing down either. DSP was at the forefront of many audio companies’ presentations at the Consumer Electronics Show at Las Vegas show this year with a wide variety of surround, “reality” or other binaural-ish experiences. While quite a bit of that development at the current point of consumer consumption has been focused on shaping and preserving a listener’s preferences in terms of frequency response for any one headphone, I was shown a unique, more evolved approach on that subject from a company called Sonarworks this week.… Read the full article

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DAR’s favourite bits of 2017

By | December 28th, 2017|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

This (and not that). Filtering (and not just summarising). Explaining why. Just as the Sieve of Eratosthenes removes all divisible numbers to leave only prime, choosing the best audio products of 2017 is a process of elimination – one that leads us to the prime cuts of the year (just as it did last year).

Remember though: awards are more than a bit silly. Best amplifier below ten grand? Assuming best even exists, no reviewer on the planet has the time to hear/audition more than a handful in any given price range.… Read the full article

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The search for headphone truth with Sonarworks’ True-Fi

By | November 7th, 2017|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , |

What’s the future of headphone listening? If you’re Latvia’s Sonarworks, it’s post-analogue: DSP-powered correction of a headphone’s frequency response with personalisation options for bass and treble, the latter adjusting for a decline in high frequency hearing as we age.

Install Sonarworks’ True-Fi software to Mac OS or Windows to create a ‘virtual soundcard’ for your playback software’s audio output (up to 24bit/96kHz), select your headphone from the drop-down and enjoy better sound. That’s the premise. At CanJam Europe in Berlin I took it for a spin.… Read the full article

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