13081 Views 15 Replies Latest reply: Oct 10, 2010 7:13 PM by Warren Willows
Currently Being ModeratedJun 17, 2010 7:21 AM (in response to Jolly Giant)The three that seem to be mentioned most are Hear, iWow and Amarra. I have not tried them out since some seem to require a considerable time investment (which I was hoping the forum readers would have provided or do not offer a free trial.Intel iMAc 24", Mac OS X (10.5.7)
Currently Being ModeratedJun 17, 2010 7:33 AM (in response to MikeAdamsCT)to be honest, i tried none of those and am very reluctant to install any 3rd party plug-ins.
i'd rather go for a decent set of speakers and use Apple Lossless for the best audiophile experience.
good luck !
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Currently Being ModeratedJun 17, 2010 7:37 AM (in response to Jolly Giant)Yeah, at home I have a pretty good system that sounds fine: I find the work set up pales in comparison, but don't want to invest a couple of thousand in the hardware for work.Intel iMAc 24", Mac OS X (10.5.7)
Currently Being ModeratedJun 17, 2010 7:58 AM (in response to MikeAdamsCT)iWow is pretty good.
I have not tried them out since some seem to require a considerable time investment ???
Install it and turn it on.
Not too much time.
Play around with the settings a bit to see how it affects the music.
The free trial simply pops up every time you launch iTunes and you have to click on Demo to use it.
-> SRS Labs iWowiMac G5 (Rev B) ALS - 2 GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.5.8), silver mini, blue mini, silver shuffle, iTunes 9.1.1 (12)
Currently Being ModeratedJun 17, 2010 7:58 AM (in response to MikeAdamsCT)I've tried both Hear and iWow but didn't find them particularly helpful, but that's based on the type of music I listen to (mostly jazz, classical and new age) and how and where (mostly my office at work). I also have a pretty good set of speakers, three-way with a subwoofer. Your listening preferences and habits and equipment may differ and so these sorts of "enhancers" might be of more benefit to you. You can get trial versions of both Hear and iWow, so I'd suggest you try them for yourself. I don't have any experience with any of the Amarra products, but they also offer a demo version.
There's no substitute for giving these things a try for yourself. Audio playback for pleasure is a very subjective thing.
Regards.iMac Core i7 8GB ATI Radeon 4850, Mac OS X (10.6.3), Also: iMac 2.8 Core 2 Duo 24", IPad 16GB WiFi, Dell w/ Windows 7, Win XP via VM
Currently Being ModeratedAug 8, 2010 12:04 PM (in response to MikeAdamsCT)When playing music on my computer through iTunes or other applications where sound quality is of the essence, I now use +Audio Hijack Pro+ to 'hijack' the sound output of the particular application, and under the 'Effects' tab, add the 31-band EQ found under 'AudioUnit Effect' - 'Apple' - 'AUGraphicEQ'. The setting is left 'flat'.
After comparing this EQ with the standard 10-band EQ in iTunes, the ears of this professional musician have convinced me that the sound is far superior. I have played CDs of a wide variety of genres and switched between the Audio Hijack Pro and iTunes EQs; I've also used my sitting-room Rotel equipment and B&W speakers as an aural reference. There is a difference in sound, with instruments such as drums and cymbals having more detail in the harmonics that can be heard. There was greater richness in the harmonics heard in a saxophone melody and even in the sound of the player's tonguing.
I am amazed it has taken me so many years to 'see the light' and am now much happier with what I hear from my computer.iMac 4.1, Mac OS X (10.6.4), Speakers: Lars and Ivan BoBo, connected to the AS-14 subwoofer (only) of the Lars & Ivan QoqQo set.
Currently Being ModeratedOct 9, 2010 12:59 PM (in response to MikeAdamsCT)I have found SRSLabs iWOW to the most impressive and not involve as much fiddling/diddling as the "HEAR" software. iWOW also gives a high-definion sound to your audio that is very realistic....what was lost between the studio mastering session and the CD pressing is restored by the use of iWOW. I even use the iWOW when I am streaming iTunes audio with Rogue Amoeba's NiceCast....It's as simple as you can get!G5 M9590LL/A with 2 GB of RAM, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
Currently Being ModeratedOct 9, 2010 1:25 PM (in response to MikeAdamsCT)I cannot over state how good the program named "Pure Music" is. Please read Fremer's review in the Absolute Sound if that would help in your choice. Amarra is living in a dream world when viewed by price and features. I have this "shell" overtopping of iTunes and it sounds wonderful. Porting out the digital stream to my Levinson DAC. Sounds wonderful.21.5" 3.06 Intel Core i3 iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.4), iPod HIFI, iPods, iPad and iPhone4
Currently Being ModeratedOct 10, 2010 9:29 AM (in response to MikeAdamsCT)MikeAdamsCT,
You might want to take a look over on the Computer Audiophile forum site where extensive discussions on this very topic are taking place every day:
Hope this helps.
Mister WednesdayMac OS X (10.6.4)
Currently Being ModeratedOct 10, 2010 3:18 PM (in response to Warren Willows)It's just a dreadful shame that it looks so appallingly awful. Perhaps it does make things sound better, but I'm not sure I could live long-term with such an ugly add-on — especially at the price they're asking.2.66 GHz Core 2 Duo 24" iMac; 800 MHz 17" iMac G4; 2.1 GHz 13" MacBook (white), Mac OS X (10.6), AirPort base station and Express; LaCie (160GB) and WD (1TB) external HDs