But does the app live up the hype?
If the True Fi App from Latvian-based Sonarworks lives up to its billing then this might be the end of the road for the headphone industry as we know it.
The app, which promises users can “experience what your favorite artists hear in their studios with the headphones you already have”, has recently been released on iPhone and Android platforms. If it does what it claims, why would people continue to buy high-end headphones with precise sound signatures when any budget pair would do?
True Fi App attempts to fix the fact that few affordable and easily-available headphones are able to produce the playback that artists intend their music to be heard through. By using their own patented technology and applying it to the acoustic properties of over 280 of the most popular headphones on the market, Sonarworks believes they can process the audio to delivery unprecedented sound quality on standard market cans. To see for yourself, check out the demo on the Sonarworks website.
There is an undeniable difference in sound when True Fi is in use.
Without the duller default audio setting that is standard for most headphone sets, songs come to life far more.
Take the rhythm-guitar in Johnny Stimson’s “Time Machine”. When True Fi is not in use, the rhythm-guitar is difficult to pick out, its mid-range notes lost in a mix of vague sounds in the same range. But with True Fi turned on the guitar can be clearly defined from the other instruments.
With the app’s calibration process, each instrument can be heard with more clarity having been given a thorough polish. The song seems more immediate, fresher and really “pops” out of the headphones. The bass, too, is more defined. This may or may not be to your tastes but True Fi undoubtedly sharpens the overall sound.
The app is ideally suited for the major musical genres, including rock, pop, and EDM.
True Fi is already available on desktop and mobile and you can buy the full license at a price of €79 or roughly $90 USD.
Here’s what you get with your True-Fi licence:
- Age and Gender related hearing loss compensation
- Unlimited access to our 272 + supported headphone profiles
- Access to all future updates and features
- Up to 3 devices simultaneously
- Mobile app for Android and iOS*