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Published on February 23rd, 2017 | by Greg

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Aftermaster Pro: Remaster Your Audio In Real-Time

Today’s product solves one of the most first world problems imaginable, but is nonetheless pretty annoying and probably something you’ve dealt with- or maybe even are still hassling over. Televisions and other A/V equipment are starting to catch on, but it still affects a wide range of gear. Whenever commercials come on, you’re probably scrambling to turn the volume down and if you don’t have a 5.1 sound system with proper equalization, chances are that you might have issues hearing dialogue during movies and shows.

The Aftermaster Pro aims to fix these problems, and others as well. They claim that it “transforms the audio of your TV, smartphone, headphones, laptop, tablet, gaming unit, or virtually any audio-enabled device to sound clearer, fuller, deeper, and more exciting”, and the company raised almost $800K on Indiegogo. There are both HDMI and 3.5mm inputs and outputs, allowing you to connect this little box to just about anything from receivers, game consoles, computers, to set-top and cable boxes. And there is a built-in rechargeable battery so you can take it with you and use it with headphones, on the go.

Now, the battery is a bit of a hassle, since it can run for about eight hours between charges, which means you’ll need to pay attention to it if using it portably- but you can always plug it in and it works perfectly. We missed having onboard volume controls occasionally, but most of the time it’s better to use the source device. We liked the nice LED lights which show battery status, curved sides, and subtle branding. Build quality is really high- this is a gorgeous, metal unit with a nicely textured half, about the size of a pocket amp or DAC which makes sense as it serves similar purposes. Whereas some other units we’ve seen modify sounds by boosting only specific elements- things like specializers and wideners- this digital signal processing helps improve the entire frequency spectrum.

The hard question: is the Aftermaster Pro worth it? Probably not for everyone- purists and audiophiles often appreciate a flat or neutral frequency curve for music. But gamers will appreciate the details picked up and brought forward, and anyone sick of commercials blasting their eardrums will find some sweet relief. Subjectively, it distinctly changed the way things sounded, in a positive way for most recordings but sometimes losing a little bit of warmth or texture on acoustic tracks. Re-mastering, as they term it, is definitely made easy though with the Aftermaster Pro, available now online directly in four different color finishes for $169.99.

 

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.



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