James Bevan
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JBB_UT reviewed on 09 Apr 2013
I am a classical listener and came upon HEAR while looking for something else. I downloaded the demo and was very impressed, so I bought it the same day. I've been an audiophile for over 50 years and basically believe the "the less signal processing, the better." However, in the world of MP3 and AAC (iTunes) this rule breaks down because you're starting out with a highly processed signal from the get go. I have missed the "sweetness" of tone that vinyl used to have (though I have not missed the surface noise of same). I have a lot of music in iTunes and was "living with" the stridency of string sound that sometimes was there. With HEAR and using the Classical preset, the stridency has been almost eliminated and the sweetness of the vinyl sound has returned. I am running the sound through a NAD amplifier and Paradigm tower speakers. Music simply sounds more musical again. I am more than satisfied with this addition to my iTunes server.

That being said, I wish the documentation (manual) were more complete. For example, under FIDELITY it would be nice to know what the three slide switches do and how they do it. The manual, as it is, is a good start. It just needs to have more information.

Finally, they need to figure out how to get this sound through AppleTV. Music off my MacMini (server) sounds GREAT (as described above), but it now sounds substantially better than my major listening area in my media room. Somehow they need to process the digital signal going out wirelessly to the AppleTV -- OR Apple needs to take some of its cash and buy ProSoft Engineering and incorporate their accomplishment directly into the AppleTV hardware (!!).
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