Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Gourmia GPC965 Digital ExpressPot 13 in 1 Pressure Cooker Review

Usually, the old wisdom goes that if you get your wife something that plugs in for Valentine’s Day, than you deserve what you get. And that is usually a very unhappy wife. There are exceptions to this, however, and one of those is for something that will make her life easier. And whether it is Valentine's Day, anniversary, or birthday, it would be a welcome gift.  My wife loves her crock-pot. In fact, we own two so we can cook multiple parts of dinner at once. The only issue is that you have to plan so far in advance. My wife works early in the morning, so to be up at 4 am to fill the crock-pot up for dinner is not something she feels up to all that often. Enter in the new sensation in the culinary world, the ExpressPot!

 Features and specs:

AUTO RELEASE: Safely releases steam upon cooking completion, or at the touch of a button.

ADJUSTABLE PSI: From 1.5-12 psi.

MULTI-FUNCTION: Packs a kitchen full of specialty appliances into one powerful pot. This versatile Pressure Cooker can also Slow Cook, Saute/Brown and Steam.

SPEEDSENSE TECHNOLOGY: 1000 watts slashes away cooking time by 70%, while retaining maximum flavor and nutrients in meals.

13 in 1: Boasts a huge variety of 13 easy cooking modes, including Rice, Soup, Stew, Yogurt, Keep Warm and more!

SECURE LOCK TECHNOLOGY: Air-tight lid features a 12 level safety system, remaining firmly locked into place until internal pressure reaches safe levels to open.

6 Qt CAPACITY: Dishwasher safe, nonstick cooking pot removes for breezy cleanup.


The Gourmia GPC965 Digital ExpressPot Pressure Cooker arrived in a sturdy cardboard box printed with pictures of the product. Opening the box, the product was well secured with molded Styrofoam and was enclosed in plastic bags. Materials used in the construction were metal and plastic. Quality of materials used as well as fit and finish was excellent. This was a very well made product. Also included was a meat rack, a measuring cup, a wide plastic spoon, a quick start guide and an owner’s manual.

The Gourmia ExpressPot was a hefty package. This is wonderful, as it makes it almost impossible to tip over while cooking. The quick start guide was easy to follow and the owner’s manual clear and straight forward. We tried a variety of meals in this quick cooking wonder. First, we made a recipe exactly like we would in our slow cooker. If you do this, it works, but some adjustments will need to be made to the amounts of liquids used in the cooking, as the ExpressPot seals and losses literally no liquid in the cooking. It is considerably faster. A meal that would have taken 4-8 hours in the crock-pot took only 1 hour in the ExpressPot. We also tried a number of recipes from the internet. It was wonderful to have everything cooked together. The pot roast and vegetables were tender and well cooked and the orange chicken was quick and had plenty of sauce to accompany it. But our personal favorite was chicken taco bowls. It is destined to become a repeat meal in our house.

This pot does everything you might need. It has a sautee option, so you can brown your meat. It has a slow cooker option, so it can replace your crock-pot. It has a rice option, so it can replace your rice cooker as well! It even has a yogurt option which I am excited to try out! This one appliance can replace two or three other appliances easily, to more room in the cabinet! The internet is abounding in recipes to try for this appliance. We tested a few of them out and found the wonder of being able to have fabulous meals with only an hour or so of notice. All told, it has 12 quick start settings. Just chose the one closest to your main ingredient, like poultry, and then spin the knob to increase or decrease the cook time desired.


What’s also nice is it is extra safe to use.  The steam has an automatic release.  There is no need to have to manually release the steam when it is done cooking.  The ExpressPot does it automatically.  Hearing it release steam for the 1st time was a little startling, but you get used to it.  


So, any wife who loves to cook would be thrilled to receive a Gourmia ExpressPot for Valentine’s Day, or as an anniversary or birthday present for that matter.  It does so many things that we will be evaluating our cabinets soon for things we can now get rid of. And with an MSRP of $199 that is a steal! Based on its design, features, quality and performance, the Gourmia GPC965 Digital ExpressPot 13-in-1 Pressure Cooker has earned our Editor’s Choice award. Congratulations!  For more info and complete specs, check out their website at www.gourmia.com. And here is a simple link to Best Buy, where you can purchase the Gourmia ExpressPot:  https://www.bestbuy.com/site/gourmia-6-quart-pressure-cooker-with-auto-release-stainless-steel/6280306.p?skuId=6280306


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EcoVacs Deebot OZMO 930 Vacuum and Mop Robot Review

It’s that time of the year, when love is in the air for Valentine’s Day. And we thought we would review a couple of products that would make for a great gift for your significant other. Candy is sweet, but not always a favorite for obvious reasons. Flowers are also nice, but have a short life span. Diamonds are supposedly a girls best friend, but not in everyone’s budget. What most of us tend to be short on in addition to money is time. Give your significant other a time saver and you will also be loved for it. The first of two reviews we will do this Valentine’s Day segment is a big time saver. It is the EcoVacs Deebot OZMO 930.  And even though it is Valentine's Day season, it would even work great as an anniversary or birthday gift!


I don’t know anyone who likes to sweep floors, or vacuum. It takes time. But it’s a necessity if you don’t want a messy looking house. Thanks to modern day technology, there are robots available to do the sweeping and vacuuming for you. They have been out for several years. But now they can mop as well. So a single robot can do all of your sweeping, mopping and vacuuming. Enter the EcoVacs Deebot OZMO 930.

Features and specs:

Carpet Indentify:          Yes

Anti-Drop:                    Yes

Anti-Collision:              Infrared Anti-Collision Sensor

Anti-Block:                   Yes

Auto Charging:             Yes

Machine Weight:           3.49 kg

Noise Level:                  69.5db

The EcoVac Deebot OZMO 930 came shipped in a nice looking color printed box with photos and specs of the robot. Opening the box revealed a well protected product, held in place in custom sized cardboard. Materials used in the construction were mostly plastic, with some metal and rubber. Quality of materials used was excellent, as was the fit and finish. The EcoVacs Deebot OZMO 930 is a premium product, and it showed. Also included was the charging station, extra set of rotating brushes and mop pad, as well as owner’s manual.

Setting up the Deebot OZMO 930 was simple, thanks to the owner’s manual. The manuals were well written and easy to follow. If you have no experience with robot vacuums, this is good news for you. There were just a few pieces that needed to be attached to the robot before it could be used, but it was easy and didn’t take long. Once it was all put together and the location for the docking station was decided, it was time to set it on the base for it to charge.

 The charging station was also pretty cool. There are two metal contact points that are used to charge the robot. So the charging dock and the robot needed to be lined up. When the robot is charging, the power button lights up blue, and glows on and off while it charges. Once it is fully charged, the blue glowing LED completely turns off.


Now the fun begins. Being fully charged, it was time to put it to the test. Before it could get to work, the Deebot OZMO 930 had to map out the area. So away it went, and got to work mapping out the entire area. It took awhile, but it worked. Once the mapping was done, it went back and docked with the charging station.

Pressing the power button again activated the Deebot again. It woke up, backed off the docking station, and got to work, vacuuming and sweeping. AS it approached a wall, it slowed down when it got about 4 inches away, and slowly inched up to the wall. It was really cool to see how well the sensors worked. Working around our table, chairs, and even the baby grand piano was no issue. It hit a leg, rotated, and went around it.

The built-in mapping also worked extremely well! Not only did it know where it was, but it also knew where it had been. So the entire floor area got cleaned. Once the floor was all cleaned, it returned automatically to the charging station. And it did so good enough so that the charge contacting points always lined up and got it charging so it’s ready for the next cleaning.

Given that it is a robot, I did not have high expectations. I was expecting spots to get missed. And I was also not expecting a very good job of vacuuming. After all, I was not expecting a very powerful suction on a robot. Having said that, I was pleasantly surprised by it’s performance. Thanks to the quality of the mapping, it actually cleaned the entire floor and did not miss any corners. The sweeping performance did well on hard surfaces. The vacuum performance was not as good as an upright vacuum, as expected. But it did a better vacuuming job than expected. Definitely better than the average teenager’s job! And for dirtier areas, it was easy to just have it go over that area more with the spot cleaning option.

As for the mopping option…There is no pressure placed on the floor. It basically just squirts the water and runs over it with the pad. This is fine, but any more difficult spots will need to be done by hand. Mopping is a great option for people without kids or for a daily quick wash, but in a household like ours, with 5 teenagers, it won’t replace our mop any time soon. Going over areas a second time also helped. I love the vacuum option for daily cleaning of both the hard floors and carpeted ones.

One of the more up to date features of the Deebot is its wi-fi options. Once the mapping is done, you can access that map through wi-fi and direct which parts of the map you want to clean, parts that are off limits and you can even pinpoint a spot that might need to be covered more than once. This is especially helpful in getting higher traffic areas cleaned without wasting battery life on areas that might not need daily cleaning. And you can change the boundaries easily so you can cover different areas on different days.  Thru the app you can even set cleaning schedules.



Overall, I was very impressed with the performance of the EcoVacs Deebot OZMO 930.  The excellent mapping allowed it to do a thorough cleaning without missing an area, knowing where it was, where it had been, and where it still needed to clean.  So grab a drink, get your feet up, and relax while the Deebot does the work for you! The vacuum function cleaned better than expected, and the mopping also cleaned sufficiently well for light duty.  The build quality was also excellent, and looked to provide a long life.  And not once did it have a problem finding it’s way back to the docking station to recharge.  With an MSRP of $699, it is fairly priced to save you a lot of time cleaning.  Based on it’s design, features, quality, and performance, the EcoVacs Deebot OZMO 930 has earned our Highly Recommended Award.  For more info and complete specs, check out their website at www.ecovacs.com.


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Saturday, January 12, 2019

Kingston A1000 NVMe, UV500 SSD, and Memory Module Laptop Upgrades Review


The Holiday Season is over. And this time of year the upgrade bug can be out in full force. It could be that you got a new laptop, and want to improve it’s performance. Or it could be that you got some cash gifts over the holidays, and are looking to bump up the performance of your current laptop. Either way, RAM and SSD drives are a great way to improve your performance. And Kingston with their plethora of products has you covered.


The Black Friday/Cyber Monday shopping bug got me. It was time for a new laptop, and I couldn’t resist the prices. And many of you may be like me. The new laptops have the newer NVMe slot, as well as the standard hard drive slot. Budget laptops may only come with 4 GB of RAM, maybe 8GM. They all come standard with the slow platter hard drives. But if you want to give yourself a big jump in performance with 16 GB of RAM, a large NVMe SSD primary drive, and maybe an SSD secondary drive, that is all going to come at a huge price premium. The Intel 16 GB Optane drive is a popular option to increase the performance of your platter hard drive, but it’s still a price premium. It’s much cheaper to do these upgrades yourself after you get the laptop.

This is where Kingston comes it. There can sometimes be compatibility issues. But Kingston’s website is phenomenal, and makes finding the right memory modules and drives that will work with your laptop model easy! You just select the make and model of your laptop, and it will tell you the correct memory modules, and different SSD drives that will work for your laptop, including NVMe drives if your laptop has one of those drives. With Kingston’s help, you can turn your laptop into a high performance desktop replacement, especially if your laptop has discrete graphics. Today we will be reviewing Kingston’s  KCP426SS8/8 memory modules, A1000 NVMe drive, and UV500 SSD drive.

I really love these options. 16 GB of RAM will make whatever task you are working on be really quick. Going with a NVMe primary drive, windows will load extremely fast! And going with a huge 960 GB drive, it will be big enough for not only windows, but to hold all of your programs. And they will load very quickly! Adding a secondary SSD drive, all of your multimedia flies, such as photos, music, and video, will also load very fast. Being an SSD drive, it’s also more reliable and safer then an old style platter drive.

For me, going this route was a no brainer. Few laptop manufacturers offered more than a 256 GB NVMe drive, and if they did, the cost was huge. Wanting to use the NVMe drive as my primary drive, I wanted much more than just 256 GB. I also wanted a large secondary drive for my multimedia files, and the size that I wanted was again a huge premium. The same was also true going from 8 GB to 16 GB of RAM. It was so much cheaper to do these upgrades myself. And seeing the price difference between say the 480 GB and 960 GB SSD drive, it was worth paying a little more and getting twice the storage capacity!

I was also a bit intrigued with the performance potential. The laptop deal I found came with the 16 GB Intel Optane drive. I thought I would still get a boost in performance, but I wasn’t sure how much. I knew it would be more reliable, but I wasn’t sure how much faster it would be. But having the platter 7200 RMP hard drive as well as the Intel Optane drive, I can show you what to expect. I’ll run numbers with 8 GB and just with the platter hard drive, and then what the numbers are with the Optane drive installed. Then I’ll run numbers with 16GB RAM installed and the new A1000 NVMe drive and UV500 SSD drive installed.

Features and specs:
Kinston KCP426SS8/8 Memory:
SKU
KCP426SS8/8
EAN/UPC Code
740617281897
Memory Capacity
8GB
Model/Series/Type
KCP
Brand
Kingston
CASLatency
CL17
Chip Organization
x8
Data Width
X64
Form Factor
DDR4
Memory Depth
2G
Memory Voltage
1.2v
Module Type
SODIMM
Operating Temperature
0°C to 85°C
Pins
260 Pin
Product Type/Family
DRAM
RAM Memory Type
Non-ECC
Rank
1R (Single Rank)
Speed
2666MHz (PC4-21300)
Warranty
Lifetime


A1000:
Form Factor: M.2 2280
Interface:
PCIe NVMe™ Gen 3.0 x 2 Lanes
Capacities2: 240GB, 480GB, 960GB
Controller: Phison E8
NAND: 3D TLC
Sequential Read/Write1:
240GB — up to 1,500/800MB/s
480GB — up to 1,500/900MB/s
960GB — up to 1,500/1,000MB/s
Random 4K Read/Write1:
240GB — up to 100,000/80,000
IOPS
480GB — up to 100,000/90,000 IOPS
960GB — up to 120,000/100,000 IOPS
Power Consumption:
0.011748W Idle / 0.075623W Avg / 0.458W (MAX) Read / 0.908W (MAX) Write
Dimensions:
80mm x 22mm x 3.5mm
Operating Temperatures:
0°C~70°C
Storage Temperatures :
-40°C~85°C
Weight:
240GB — 6.4g
480GB — 7g
960GB — 7.6g
Vibration Operating:
2.17G Peak (7–800Hz)
Vibration Non-Operating:
20G Peak (10–2000Hz)
Life Expectancy: 1 million hours MTBF
Warranty/Support3:
Limited 5-year warranty with free technical support
Total Bytes Written4:
240GB — 150TB
480GB — 300TB
960GB — 600TB

UV500:
Form factor: 2.5”/M.2 2280/mSATA
Interface:
SATA Rev. 3.0 (6Gb/s) – with backwards compatibility to SATA Rev. 2.0 (3Gb/s)
Capacities1: 120GB, 240GB, 480GB, 960GB, 1.92TB
Controller: Marvell 88SS1074 Controller
NAND: 3D TLC
Encryption: Encryption Support (AES 256-bit)
Sequential Read/Write2:
120GB — up to 520/320MB/s
240GB — up to 520/500MB/s
480GB — up to 520/500MB/s
960GB — up to 520/500MB/s
1.92TB — up to 520/500MB/s
Maximum 4K Read/Write2:
120GB — up to 79,000/18,000 IOPS
240GB — up to 79,000/25,000 IOPS
480GB — up to 79,000/35,000 IOPS
960GB — up to 79,000/45,000 IOPS
1.92TB — up to 79,000/50,000 IOPS
Power Consumption: 0.195W Idle / 0.5W Avg / 1.17W (MAX) Read / 2.32 W (MAX) Write
Dimensions:
100.1mm x 69.85mm x 7mm (2.5”)
80mm x 22mm x 3.5mm (M.2)
50.8mm x 29.85mm x 4.85mm (mSATA)
Operating temperature:
0°C~70°C
Storage temperature:
-40°C~85°C
Weight:
120GB — 480GB — 41g (2.5”)
960GB — 57g (2.5”)
1.92TB — 52g (2.5”)
120GB — 6.6g (M.2)
240GB — 6.7g (M.2)
480GB — 7.7g (M.2)
960GB — 7.8g (M.2)
120GB — 6.2g (mSATA)
240GB — 480GB — 6.7g (mSATA)
Vibration operating:
2.17G Peak (7–800Hz)
Vibration non-operating:
20G Peak (10–2000Hz)
Life expectancy: 1 million hours MTBF
Warranty/support3:
Limited 5-year warranty with free technical support
Total Bytes Written (TBW)4:
120GB — 60TB
240GB — 100TB
480GB — 200TB
960GB — 480TB
1.92TB — 800TB
  
The two 8 GB RAM modules came in a simple molded plastic holder with a clear plastic cover. The A1000 NVMe SSD Drive also came in a similar holder. Both came with the small manual, and the A1000 NVMe drive also came with a software key. The UV500 SSD drive came in a nice upgrade kit with a color printed box with photos and specs of the drive. Opening the box revealed a well protected drive held in a cardboard holder. Also included was an external case, a desktop drive bay mount, and power and data cables. Owners manual and product key was also included. The memory modules as well as the A1000 NVMe and UV500 SSD drives were all extremely well made.


Installation was very simple. Once the bottom cover of my laptop was off, it was easy to install the new memory modules, A1000 NVMe drive and UV500 SSD drives. The memory modules were spring loaded. Pulling out on the metal holder released it and it popped up. I just pulled out the stock module, slid in both of the new modules, pressed them down and they locked into place. For the A1000 NVMe drive, one end was held in the socket, and the other end was held in place by a small screw. Uninstalling the Intel Optane drive was as simple as taking out the screw which popped up the Optane drive, and then just pulling it out of the socket. Installing the new A1000 NVMe drive was done in reverse order.

One of the great things about both the A1000 NVMe drive as well as the UV500 SSD drive, is the inclusion of the product key, which is for an OEM version of the Acronis True Image software. The software allows you to make a backup copy of your hard drive, as well as make a clone copy of your hard drive. Being able to make a clone copy is what had me really excited. Thanks to the software, it made upgrading hard drives very easy. With the new A1000 NVMe drive installed, I downloaded and installed the software, made a clone copy of my hard drive and had it loaded onto my new A1000 NVMe drive.

It was now time to test. Windows seemed to load ok with the clone version loaded on the new hard drive. Disconnecting my slow platter drive and restarting windows confirmed that the clone copy took perfectly. Now I was able to install the UV500 SSD drive as my secondary drive, in the spot my platter drive was in. After restarting windows and seeing the UV500 SSD drive was installed, it was time to shut down, screw down the back panel, and run some numbers. Now let’s see how it all performs!

I read good things of the Intel Optane drive, and it did impress. I was able to get windows to load very fast! As expected, using just the 7200 RPM platter drive: well..... it crawled. I was pleased to see the Kingston A1000 NVMe drive performed even better than the Intel Optane drive. Windows didn’t load a whole lot faster, but it was faster. And you can see from the numbers that the Kingston drive was up to 50% faster than the Optane drive. And when you compare the Kingston drive to the platter hard drive; well, it’s painful.

If you can do your own upgrades, that’s where you get the most bang for the buck. My laptop was a Walmart Black Friday online special. Looking at HP’s website, if I were to configure it myself with what I wanted, going from the Optane drive to a 256 GB NVMe drive was a $180 upgrade. And there was no option to change the platter drive to an SSD drive. Kingston’s 240 GB NVMe drive is only $60. But the 960 GB version is only $220. Going from 8 GB of RAM to 16 GB through HP was $160, while 2 sticks of 8 GB through Kingston is only $75 each. And the Kingston UV500 SSD drive upgrade kit was only $215.00.

If you want the best performance for your laptop, you will want to upgrade to more RAM, to the faster NVMe drive, and SSD secondary drive. You get a bigger bang for your buck doing the upgrades yourself. And Kingston has you covered with their A1000 NVMe drive, UV500 SSD drive and their memory modules. Based on their design, features, quality and performance they have earned our Editor’s Choice Award. For more info and complete specs check out their website at www.kingston.com.



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Sunday, December 30, 2018

2018 Annual Editor's Choice Awards

2018 has been a fun and exciting year.  There have been some excellent products from some great manufacturers that have come across my desk this year.  Some have been good, others have been great.  However some have been spectacular.  This is to honor those spectacular products, the Editor's Choice Award recipients.



AKG N5005 Reference Class Hybrid 5-Way In-Ear Monitors

Audio-Technica AT33EV MC Phono Cartridge

Audio-Technica ATH-DSR9BT Over The Ear Digital Headphones Review


Ethereal and Metra Home Theater Premium Home Audio & Video Installation Products



Infinity Kappa Perfect 300 & 900 Car Component Speaker System

JBL Boombox Portable Bluetooth Speaker Review

JBL Extreme 2 Wireless Waterproof Speaker System


Massive Audio Nano BLU BL1 Car Subwoofer Amp Review

Netgear Orbi WiFi System AC3000RBK50

Sennheiser HD1 Wireless Around The Ear Adaptive Noise Cancelling Headphones

Sonarworks True Fi Desktop Headphone Calibration Software

Ultimate Ears UE 11 Pro 4-Way Custom In-Ear Monitors with Dedicated Subwoofer

Westone Elite Series ES80 8-Way Custom Custom In-Ear Monitors

As you can see, there have been some excellent products reviewed this year.  We hope you have enjoyed the reviews.  From us here are Stereowise Plus, Happy Holidays to you and your family.  And thanks for reading!


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Sunday, December 16, 2018

Sonarworks True Fi Headphone Desktop Calibration Software Review


All speakers sound different from each other. The same is true of headphones. This is called sound signature or voice. To have a true reference sound, the response curve or voice would be completely flat. But this is extremely difficult to do. Now it is possible. Enter the Sonarworks True Fi.

Features and specs:

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*
Headphones:
·         +/- 0.9 dB accuracy with individually calibrated headphones
·         +/- 3 dB accuracy with average profiles for headphone models

LISTEN TO YOUR MUSIC
Desktop App
·         All computer audio is processed, works on a system level
·         Supported sample rate on Mac currently up to 96 000 Hz; on Windows up to capabilities of your WASAPI device
·         Mac: macOS 10.9 or later
·         Windows: Windows 7 or later
·         Hardware: 512 Mb RAM
Mobile App
·         Local music content (Android)
·         iTunes music library - manually synced content (iOS)**
·         Spotify (Premium account required)
·         Compatible with the latest Android and iOS versions
·         Supports sample rates up to 96kHz***
·         iOS: MP3, WAV, AIFF, AAC, ALAC
·         Android: MP3, WAV, OGG (Vorbis), AAC, FLAC
* Official Mobile App launch is scheduled at the end of Q1, 2019, until then, you are welcome to be a part of Sonarworks True-Fi Mobile Early Access.
**Apple Music is unavailable due to Apple DRM limitations.
***During Early Access period flac and high sample rate file playback is not yet fully supported on all devices and is currently being improved.

As this is a software program that is downloaded, there is no materials or build quality to rate. It’s just a matter of downloading the software onto your laptop or smartphone. So while a positive aspect is that is just a program that you download, the same can also be looked as a potential con as well.  And while the software is available, it is currently only available for computers.  The smartphone app has not yet been officially released, but will soon be.

To use the product, you are limited to listening to music on your laptop or smartphone where the software is installed. One other con, is that it is only compatible with certain headphones. While this list is a couple hundred long and continually growing, it is still a small percentage of headphones found among listeners. Having said that, it could be used as a time to upgrade to better headphones, and get a pair that is compatible with the software.  There are a couple of ways that you can use the product, depending on the quality of end result that you are looking for.  If you already have a nice pair of headphones that are on the list of once supported, then all you need is the software.  If you don't have a pair that is supported, then you could just buy a pair that is on the supported list, and then buy the software.  But Sonarworks also does pre-calibration.  So for the most accuracy, you have a couple options. You could either buy one of the models of headphones that Sonarworks sells that have actually been pre-calibrated, or you could send in your headphones to be pre-calibrated. 

Using the software was very simple. It was just a matter of downloading and installing the software.  Once it was installed, there is a 10 day trial, and a product key when you buy the software that you would enter in.  After you open the software, you enter your profile of gender and age.  We naturally lose certain aspects of our hearing as we get older, and the program compensates for it.  Next you enter in your make and model of headphone.  For me I used a Beyerdynamic DT 1990 Pro.  After this was all entered, the software was ready to use, and was as simple as clicking the engage button.  Click on the button again and it disengages.  So it is easy to go back and forth to see how the music sounds with it engaged vs with it disengaged.  And it was also really cool to be able to see the response curve of the headphones, as well as the new flat response curve of the software once engaged, and the small increase in curve with the age adjustment figured in. Now let’s see how they sound.

Being the holiday season, I turned to one of my favorite artists, Mannheim Steamroller: Christmas Celebration.  I went through the various tracks one at a time, 1st with it engaged, and then with it disengaged.  And did the same multiple times for each track, going back and forth.  And I must say, I was very surprised with the result.  I loved the sound of the Beyerdynamic DT 1990 Pro previously.  But hearing the sound of the headphones with the software engaged was mind blowing.  There was not a single track where I preferred the sound of the headphones without the software.  There were a couple where the difference in sound was not much, but it was still improved.  And there were some tracks where the sound was improved quite a bit!  I was pleasantly surprised to hear that the nice big and wide soundstage that I have come to love from the Beyerdynamic DT 1990 Pro did not change.  As the imaging also did not change.  I was equally surprised that the overall sound without the software engaged was a bit flat and had less energy.  None of the resolution, harmonics, or texture was lost with the software engaged.  Yet I gained a more energetic and livelier sound.  For me, the Sonarworks True Fi is a must have, and I can see most audiophiles feeling the same way.  It's truly a must hear to appreciate!

I’m glad to see the market for high quality music increasing, such as hi-res audio, and access to more and more of these high res downloads and streaming sites. And thanks to this software, the Sonarworks True Fi, we have a tool to make our music sound as the producer intended. Having listened to and used the software, it works as designed. It’s an amazing feat! Based on it’s design, features, quality, and performance, the Sonarworks True Fi has earned our Editor’s Choice award. If you consider yourself an Audiophile, this is a must have software, and at an MSRP of only $79 it is worth every penny! For more info and complete specs, check out their website at www.sonarworks.com.




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