The equalizer did not seem to work in the Bongiovi app at first, even though it offers to let you demo it, but otherwise the app worked well for podcasts though it was a bit heavy handed with compression. Like Audyssey it has custom equalizations for particular headsets, headphones, and speakers, and you can hear the modifications happen when they’re chosen. Of course there was only one set of headphones in the list that I own (Sony MDR-7506), and that customization had to be downloaded from their website. I listened to it with my Shure SRH840’s on so I have no idea if that custom curve makes everything sound heavenly yet, but it doesn’t really matter at this point because that wasn’t the point of testing the app in the first place. It does reduce the dynamic range of wildly erratic podcasts so I went ahead and purchased it and am happy to say that the eq now works fine, giving frequency sweep, boost/cut, and Q controls. It’s interesting to note that to turn the processing on you have to click on the gear icon in the lower left corner and engage DPS H.E.A.R. Apparently it isn’t enough to just touch the round ‘B’ in the upper middle of the screen. I should probably read the manual to figure out what the difference is but I’d rather just play around until I get what I want out of the app. I’m keeping this one and will use it for awhile to see how it works as a daily podcast player. The heavy compression may be tiring in the end.
Audyssey Music Player
This thing is all nag screens until you get into it. I know the developer wants to help but some of us just want to get in and mess around. It seems that anytime you do anything new in the app you get another ‘helpful’ screen. Argh. Once you’re past all the help screens you must choose a headphone or speaker profile to use the app. I have no idea what happens after the profile demo ends, whether it reverts to unprocessed sound or not, because I haven’t listened to it that long. The profiles, like Bongiovi, certainly change the sound but I don’t want or need that processing all the time and if I do it would be nice to have a bit more control over it. The nicest feature of this program is the equalizer which is accessed from the gear icon in the top left, under personalize your sound. You have the option of tilting your sound toward treble or bass or just controlling those two parameters. It isn’t as much control as in the Bongiovi app but it works well and is very effective. Another nice feature of this app is that it works with Spotify, so you can tailor the sound of that service to whatever you’re listening on. I’ve decided to keep playing with this one too but since you have to purchase each and every profile it probably won’t be on my devices for long.