True-Fi Head­phone Cal­i­bra­tion Soft­ware More Pop­u­lar than Ever

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Ever get a pair of head­phones that you love for their style or com­fort, but you’re just not in love with the sound pro­file? Sonar­works True-Fi makes it eas­ier than ever to get “ref­er­ence” stu­dio­qual­ity sound for over 200 head­phone mod­els.

Sonar­works is a Euro­pean com­pany that spe­cial­izes in pro-au­dio soft­ware and acous­tic cal­i­bra­tion. It was a nat­u­ral pro­gres­sion for them to cre­ate True-Fi Cal­i­bra­tion Soft­ware.

Engi­neers at Sonar­works mea­sure and eval­u­ate the play­back re­sponse of mul­ti­ple sam­ples of a spe­cific head­phone model and cre­ate an EQ curve that is closer to “ref­er­ence” qual­ity. Ba­si­cally, it cre­ates a flat­ter fre­quency re­sponse tak­ing into ac­count each head­phones unique sonic pro­file. And since Sonar­works is in the pro-au­dio/dig­i­tal work­sta­tion world, they use stu­dio-qual­ity pro­ces­sors to cre­ate the EQ curves. Af­ter each head­phones’ unique pro­file is cre­ated, a team of au­dio engi­neers con­firm that the pro­file is cor­rect.

The True-Fi desk­top soft­ware lets users cus­tom­ize the sound even more for their per­sonal taste and hearing pro­file. By se­lect­ing age and gen­der, the soft­ware ad­justs for age-re­lated hearing loss, and users can fur­ther cus­tom­ize the sound.

As peo­ple have got­ten ac­cus­tomed to hearing more bass from their head­phones, it’s sim­ple to add that back to the “ref­er­ence” sound. When we met with the CEO of Sonar­works at the 2018 CES last Jan­uary, there were only about 100 mod­els sup­ported.

The soft­ware must be pop­u­lar, be­cause they are now up to 232 head­phone pro­files, and the com­pany is go­ing to keep push­ing out new pro­files as new head­phones hit the mar­ket, in­clud­ing some gam­ing head­sets. New and no­table are the Ap­ple Airpods, HyperX Cloud Al­pha, and new mod­els from AKG, Pi­o­neer and Pana­sonic. The list keeps grow­ing and cus­tomers aren’t charged as new mod­els are added to the soft­ware list.

True-Fi soft­ware is avail­able for $79 and right now, is only avail­able for use on a com­puter, both Mac and PC. Per­haps even more ex­cit­ing than the new mod­els be­ing sup­ported is the news that in just a few weeks a mo­bile app will be avail­able. No need to wait — the com­pany also an­nounced that the mo­bile app will be avail­able to ex­ist­ing cus­tomers for no ad­di­tional charge.

As soon as the new mo­bile app is re­leased, we’ll be check­ing it out and post­ing a full re­view. The com­puter app is so easy to use, there’s lit­tle doubt the mo­bile ver­sion will be any­thing less than per­fect.

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