Published on February 23rd, 2017 | by Greg0
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.