A hard sell?

Software retailing for $79 USD that claims a ‘Studio Reference’ standard experience that can be enabled on more than 150 headphone models.

So what does this mean exactly?

As far as I can tell Sonarworks True-Fi is offering curated frequency-response software based on extensive testing of a large cross-section of cans.

It seems the goal is getting rid of the most concerning sonic issues which may plague a particular model; bass bump, attenuated treble, flabby or lacklustre midrange, etc.

Apparently they are EQing the response of the specifically selected pair of headphones (the idea being your headphones) based on a response curve determined by their in-house measurements and by the user inputting some simple parameters such as gender and age.

This seems to flatten out the worst dips or spikes in the targeted frequency response, the software also allows the user to fine tune the EQ to taste.

Personally I’m not a fan of EQing, preferring a straight-up presentation, but I’m not such a brick that I’m not open to having my opinion changed.

Sonarworks is offering a 10-day free trial of True-Fi on their website so you can try it for yourself. Be interesting to hear back from folks on what they think of the software in actual use.

Press release below:

Critical Mass, Studio Sound: Sonarworks Groundbreaking True-Fi Software Now Supports More than 150 Popular Headphone Models

With 27 new headphones supported and a mobile app on the way, Sonarworks is poised to bring ‘Studio Reference’ sound to the masses.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 — Riga, Latvia — European audio software developer Sonarworks announced that its groundbreaking software platform True-Fi now supports more than 150 popular headphones, including popular models from AKG, Beyerdynamic, Focal, Sennheiser and others.

Additionally, the company has just launched a worldwide ‘Studio Reference’ standard, enabling music producers and consumers to experience a single, common audio reference — whether they intend to create or listen to music.

Further, Sonarworks is planning an imminent launch of its groundbreaking mobile application of its True-Fi software that will support both iOS and Android devices.  

The 27 new headphone profiles brings the number of True-Fi’s supported headphone models to 157, including two new noise cancelling additions: the Bose Quiet Comfort 35 II and Sony WH-1000XM2.

Each headphone has been meticulously measured and incorporated as a complimentary software upgrade for existing True-Fi users, which is available now at  Sonarworks The new supported models include:

  • AKG K553 Pro
  • AKG K72
  • Audio Technica ATH-MSR7
  • B&O Play Beoplay H4
  • Beats Powerbeats3
  • Beyerdynamic Custom One Pro Plus
  • Beyerdynamic DT 770 32 Ohm 
  • Beyerdynamic DT 770 M 80 Ohm
  • Beyerdynamic DT 880 Edition 250 Ohm
  • Bose QuietComfort 35 II
  • Focal Clear Professional
  • Focal Listen Professional
  • HyperX Cloud II
  • JBL E25BT
  • Master & Dynamic MH40
  • Philps Fidelio X2HR
  • Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2
  • Sennheiser HD 206
  • Sennheiser HD 280 Pro
  • Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC
  • Sennheiser HD 518
  • Sennheiser HDR 120 II 
  • Shure SE535
  • Sony MDR-XB50AP
  • Sony WH-1000XM2
  • Ultrasone Pro 780i
  • Ultrasone Signature studio

“We are proud to support an increasing number of headphones, and at no incremental cost to the consumer,” commented Helmuts Bēms, CEO and co-founder of Sonarworks.

”Frequent travellers will appreciate that True-Fi now supports two of the best noise cancelling headphones we have ever measured: the Bose QuietComfort 35 II and Sony WH-1000XM2. We are also pleased that we now cover the entire Focal professional range, with the addition of the much requested Clear Professional and Listen Professional models.”

Sonarworks’ True-Fi technology, which made its debut in the consumer market in November of 2017, removes unwanted sound coloration from headphones so consumers can experience the artists’ true intentions — on a sonically balanced listening canvas.

The consumer-based software — which is available on both Mac and PC platforms and soon on mobile devices — is priced at just $79 USD and was awarded ‘Best in Show’ in the music listening category at CanJam Europe in Berlin last November.