- MIXER - allows you to adjust the sound volume for various applications, so you don't have a loud mail sound while you are listening to music
- EQUALIZER - features the most advanced N-band equalizer with built-in peak limiters. You can choose between slider or curve mode for fine-adjustments
- GENERAL - adjust the general settings (bass, dewoofer, fidelity) and enable various effects
- 3D - expanding audio environment out of actual speaker positions
- FX - is an aggressive type of surround sound remixing
- BW - meditate to your music...it's a special feature that can help you relax after work, it does so by generating brain waves targeted at relaxation
- MAXIMIZER - bring your concert home...produces a more "live" feature to the music
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Hear - Mac;your sound + music better
Hear greatly improves audio quality in movies and music throughout all of your Mac OS X applications. With Hear, music is richer, movie sound and dialog is clearer and games will blow you out of your chair!
Hear makes your speakers or headphones sound better than you've ever heard them sound before. -- MacLife rating August 2008See all Product description
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It's not simple to set up - I spend hours tweaking dozens of sliders in the EQ settings, but what sounds good to your ears is a very personal thing, and setup is necessarily something that you need to do yourself. The additional DSP effects are great, but require a lot of trial and error to find the combo and settings that sound best. This isn't a design issue, though - more like a personal problem. I'm not giving it 5 stars simply because the UI isn't awesome (try adjusting 24 EQ sliders when you can only see 10 at once) , and it's a brittle app, but otherwise, this is the best EQ/DSP app I've ever seen.
Warning: Don't update to a new iTunes version if you have Hear working with an older version. Joesoft seems to be behind Apple's dev progress, and many times when I've updated iTunes to find that Hear stops working. Quick fix is to just uninstall the new iTunes version and install an older one.
* as soon as several users are logged simultaneously and play with Hear's settings, only one of the user session really controls Hear (and of course, this is not the foreground user session, thanks to Murphy's law, but the first user who launches Hear)
* some applications seem to bypass Hear (Garageband, even Mail !?)
* bad interactions with soundflower (parasitic noise generated on the soundflower virtual soundcard)
Almost useless for me.
And to boot, the customer service was amazing. I e-mailed them about a missing serial number and they took care of me in a matter of hours. These folks know what matters and your ears will thank you.
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