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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!

  • 3D Sound - Like movies? like'em more with virtual cinema quality sound experience. Sound will approach you from all angles, even from behind. You are there with Hear.
  • Equalizer - Perfect your sound with Hear's studio quality N-band equalizer with built-in peak limiter. You've got control.
  • Speaker Correction - Control speaker resonance to increase frequency range and enhance sound. more...

What's New

Version 1.1.6:
  • Fixed silent audio output in some apps

Requirements

Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later

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Mikeaugustleo Member IconReview+20
Mikeaugustleo
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I've been comparing Hear with the DPS plug-in for some time.

I'm using a Mac Book Pro with OS 10.9.2, coupled with a BOSE Soundlink Bluetooth speaker. Without enhancement the speaker is pretty crap, offering only a fairly muffled sound.

In the main I've used the DPS plug-in but there are a couple of annoying bugs that persist. One being that the plug-in quits when my Mac goes to sleep so that on wake up I have to manually start the plug-in. The other bug is that playing audio from a website sometimes creates an annoying clicking sound that only goes away but restarting the plug-in.

OK, so now to Hear. None of the above-mentioned bugs are present, which is good. However, with my configuration, and despite a plethora of presets, I can't get the quality of sound that the DPS plug-in offers. No matter how much fiddling I do Hear always sounds mechanical, cold. In comparison, the DPS plug-in produces a fully, rounder, more complete and warm sound. It took me a while to find the audio profile to get the sound I want but the sound quality of the DPS plug-in is superior to Hear.

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Version 1.1.6
JukkaL8433 Member IconReview+0
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The HEAR app from Prosoft engineering adds a graphic equalizer plus various audio effects to the audio speaker output of your Mac. Depending of which Mac you have, this can have various effects. With a Mac Mini or a MacBook Pro, the tiny speakers are technically so bad, that very little can be done to improve their reproduction.

However, any current iMac already has quite a good sound in itself, and HEAR can improve it further quite dramatically: by widening the stereo image of music, by adding more sparkling highs and by boosting presence and adding punch on vocals. It also has a "virtual subwoofer" function for adding bass, but here the mere laws of physics quickly block your path: it is simply not possible for the smallish speakers in (any) Mac to reproduce really powerful lows, there simply is not enough moving mass inside.

When you connect your Mac audio output into an external Hi-Fi system (as any real music lover would), you start to explore even more depths in HEAR. Equipped with external big loudspeakers, HEAR can in fact improve the audible quality of any pair of decent speakers. You can use it for flattening out the acoustic response (for, say, critical classical listening) or, you can adjust any frequency band to your personal liking (like creating the ideal party background music). Furthermore, you can store your own user memories (in addition to factory presets) and switch between them at will.

All this comes at a price you would pay for a few cans of beer. Thoroughly recommended!
--
Jukka
Finland

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Version 1.1.6
MarceloR6884 Member IconReview+0
MarceloR6884
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Marcelo

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Version 1.1.6
Ikir Member IconComment+198
Ikir
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I wanted to try this software, i have a license bought from here at MacUpdate.com but when i run Gear, i see just the dock icon and nothing else, from the menu i can't open any window... already tried t o delete prefs, unistall and reinstall. I'm running 10.9.2. I need a software to lower only USB volume cause them are too loud even at minimum volume.

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Version 1.1.6
RyanB8318 Member IconReview+0
RyanB8318
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I just recently purchased a G-Project G-Grip sound bar for my Mac. I already have an audio system where I'm running a DAC to the system, so I just wanted something small and decent to use "for PC stuff only." In reviews, the G-Grip supposedly sounds as good as the Jambox at a much lower cost. Well, to tell the truth. I don't really care for it. It just doesn't sound good on its own. I was thinking of returning it and trying the FoxL V2, which apparently has much better sound quality.

Well, I decided to at least try an equalizer first. I tried Boom, but then I discovered and downloaded Hear, and it is MUCH better for this kind of thing than a simple equalizer. The sound quality is so much improved on the G-Grip with Hear that I'm completely happy with it as my PC-only speaker. I can't believe the difference.

That said, this difference was made with very conservative settings. I am barely altering the signal using the equalizer. I am also using the Fidelity effect (which provides the best improvement of the features), set to 85 Frequency, 0 coloring and 75 Intensity. Then I'm using the Speaker feature to reduce resonance and accent the mid range. (The 2 Resonance settings are at 15 and the mid-range accent is at 50.) That's it. And the difference is night and day.

Not only does the speaker bar sound much better, but it has reduced the distortion a little so that I can turn the volume up a little higher.

Why on earth didn't they just make the speaker sound this good to start with? I guess then it would have to cost $200 like the FoxL V2. Ha. But for $20 more, Hear turned an unhappy return into something more worth it. Now, if only Hear was available on the iPad.

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Version 1.1.6
IH8BNL8 Member IconReview+2
IH8BNL8
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200% better than Boom. Boom equalizes and can boost audio signal, runs at login and has a system tray icon. Hear has a far more impressive equalizer and a dozen more features than can customize your audio experience tenfold.

Overall 4.5 because I want a system tray icon. There is no way of knowing if it's running or not (besides listening).

Features 5 Best audio customization app period. Most features. High quality. (10band EQ or you can use 96 bands HAHA)

Ease 4 because of this insane transparency. I lose control of it and would rather it be a login process and remain in system tray

Value 4 cause it's $20!

STability 5 haven't had any problems with Mavericks 10.9.1

Comment: There is no system tray, nor user login item. There is a "Hear" process but only when the window pane is open. When you close it, it disappears as a process but still runs indefinitely (even through a restart). There is a no daemon from Hear either. I am baffled where the transparent background process is! The user manual states "The Hear Audio Server handles all the audio processing in background transparently"...

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Version 1.1.6
Petersphilo Member IconReview+22
Petersphilo
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Sadly Hear no longer applies to Flash in Safari 7.0 and 6.1 (i just use Chrome to watch the Daily Show)
Still, it's a great addition to any Mac!
Apple should buy them and add this to the Mac OS!!

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Version 1.1.6
per4manz
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If you are really needing Hear 1.1.6 to work under Safari 7 with the latest Flash, you have to go to Safari Preferences > Security > Internet Plugins > Manage Website Settings, select the Flash Plugin and then set site preferences or general preferences to "Allow" or "Always Allow". This will make the Flash plugin run in "unsafe mode" which will then let Hear take control. How this affects security, I have no idea, but it works for me.

Thank Apple for sandboxing the system to death!

Petersphilo
+0

Wow!

I didn't even think of doing that!!
This is so great for me because this is how i listen to NPR shows, as well as The Daily Show, and i had to use Chrome for that...

Thank you again!

Petersphilo
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Sorry.. No way to edit posts..

if the Prosoft people are reading this, i would definitely recommend that they mention this somewhere in a FAQ on their website!

Mrchips Member IconReview+137
Mrchips
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The best sound enhancer I've found for OS X. So many adjustments to tailor the sound to your precise taste!

I've just installed it after installing Mavericks (10.9.0) and it seems to be working perfectly!

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Version 1.1.6
Ronl Member IconComment+926
Ronl
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Hear 1.1.6 is not supported in Safari 6.1

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Version 1.1.6
Ronl Member IconReview+926
Ronl
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Version 1.1.6 is excellent!
Best app for tweak audio on your Mac.
Caveat: expect to have to take some time tweaking the presets (or creating some of you very own from scratch). If you're willing to put in some time tweaking... I believe you'll love this app.

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Date 11 Sep 2012
Platform OS X / Intel 32
Price $19.95
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