Loudspeakers and headphones are by nature imperfect mechanical systems. Regardless of price or quality, there will always be a degree to which the physical properties of the device impact performance. Dirac HD Sound® challenges these physical constraints, bringing to life the hardware’s full potential.
“How good is it? I listened for about ten hours…compared the Apple EarPods with the Dirac app directly to the $1,100 Ultrasone Edition 8 on an iPhone 5. The optimized Apple EarPods are better”
– Ken Rockwell, famous audio reviewer
True performance enhancement
Dirac HD Sound® enhances an audio system’s ability to faithfully reproduce sound by examining and adjusting for the problems inherent to mechanical devices. For example, by correcting an audio system’s impulse and frequency responses, the technology can transform what began as a distorted sound stage, feeble bass or poor clarity into a pristine, dynamic sound experience.
Impulse and frequency response
An audio system’s impulse response affects the clarity, tightness and all spatial aspects of sound, such as location and detail. By correcting impulse response, listeners can enjoy a more dynamic sound stage, more powerful bass and improved clarity of sound.
Frequency response reflects how balanced the entire range of sound is. An ideal frequency response curve should be flat, meaning the entire range of frequencies, from lowest to highest, accurately represent the input signal. Typical indicators of poor frequency response are harsh treble or thin bass.
“The difference between the Dirac HD Player engaged and not engaged is nothing short of amazing”
– Tom Andry, Associate Editor, Audioholics
There is no perfect audio system
No matter how well designed, all earphones suffer from one fundamental problem: they’re mechanical devices, and all mechanical systems produce acoustic imperfections.
Unlike sound effects and EQ solutions, which only mask these imperfections, Dirac HD Sound utilizes both impulse and frequency response correction to empower speakers and earphones to performer at their highest potential.
Custom-tailored optimization for each audio system
This is no one-size-fits-all solution to sound optimization. At Dirac, we analyze the acoustic behavior of each individual audio system, including how earphones interact with the human ear, and optimize
each system’s performance based on careful measurements and modelling. With this holistic approach, Dirac HD Sound® optimizes the complete audio system – from smartphones to earphones and even the human ear.