Ear Buddy is your solution! Simply put it in between your device and headphones to improve dynamic range, eliminate annoying background noises, and increase the resolution of your audio. Digital volume controls, which is what most smart phones, tablets, and DACs (Digital Audio Players) use, actually remove bits, or information, from your audio. The Ear Buddy allows you to restore those bits without damaging your eardrums thanks to its -16 dB attenuation! It's perfect to use during travel on in flight entertainment systems or with sensitive earbuds and IEM's. The package includes a travel pouch big enough to hold the Ear Buddy and your in-ear headphones, and when you're not listening to music you can use the soft foam ear plugs to enjoy the flight in silence!
Get your bits back!
iFi audio was launched in 2012 and its ultra high-end pedigree dates back a decade further because of its parent company: Abbingdon Music Research (AMR) which produces expensive luxury audio products.
AMR saw in 2010 that hi-fi audio was shifting from home ‘static’ speaker systems to Bluetooth and portable ‘dynamic’ headphone setups To serve this growing market, iFi audio was commissioned with one goal: to produce ‘ultra-fidelity’ audio products that push the sonic performance at the envelope while still priced within the mainstream. It began work on a range of small but prodigious personal audio products using AMR’s trickle-down technology.
Today, iFi designs and manufactures over 35 different products from its headquarters in Southport, UK. It sources parts from around the world from manufacturers including XMOS (UK), GE Valves (USA), WIMA (Germany) and TDK (Japan). It retails through a global network of dealers and has its own distribution in the USA who serves retailers such as B&H and etailz.
• Smartphones • Computers • A/V systems • High-end audio • In-flight systems
How To Use:
How to use
Ear Buddy fits between your headphones and any audio device with a 3.5mm output, such as your smartphone, PC, digital audio player, or stereo amplifier.
Just plug in and play!
Ear Buddy can restore 2 bits or more of resolution to your audio!
What is a bit? In digital audio using pulse-code-modulation (PCM), bit depth is the number of bits of information in each sample. Imagine pixels on a TV screen or pieces of a jigsaw puzzle.
If you pay for a music streaming service, you expect to listen to music at 16bits, which is CD like quality.
What actually happens, because you likely aren't listening at optimum volume, is that you loose 2 Bits of resolutin, so you are ony listening to 14 Bits! Threfore your audio is less than CD quality, and you aren't getting the quality you pay for.
When you add Ear Buddy in and turn up the volume, it adjusts the digital volume to -16dB, allowing you to get 2 Bits back.
Get the full dynamic range of your headphones! What is dynamic range? In music this is the difference between the quietest and loudest volume of an instrument, part or piece of music. Most smart phones, tablets, and DAPs use digital volume. When listening to one of these devices and headphones alone you are most likely usuing only 60% of the available volume. Louder volume levels would damage your hearing. It also increases your likelyhood of having those annoying hisses and pops. Dynamic range is affected so that the distinction between the quietest and loudest parts of the music is blurred, and resoution is distorted. Its like the pixels missing on a TV or missing jigsaw puzzle pieces. You aren't getting the full picture. When you add Ear Buddy in the line you are able to increase the dynamic range by 'moderating' the digital volume.
When adding the earbuddy to your audio chain, you are allowing your device to run at a higher volume without damaging your ears. You immediately get the Bits back, benifit from higher resolution, and an increased dynamic range. Vocals will sound clearer and background noises will dissapear. Enjoy music again!
When red bars appear on your smart phone warning you about unsafe listening levels, the Ear Buddy allows you to listen safely without diminishing the quality.
Normally when you turn it up to full volume your ears (or the people around you) would not thank you for it. Adding the Ear Buddy ‘attenuates’ or adjusts the volume and safely allows you to crank up the digital volume on your smartphone or DAP without painful consequences! This equals more music information being conveyed and gives you back those 2 Bits and the full High Res music experience!
- Listen to your digital device at max volume to get full 16 bit resolution without being too loud to listen comfortably
- Say goodbye to the annoying hiss and background noise common in digital audio playback, especially for sensitive IEMs, while maintaining the dynamic range of your headphones
- Works with any 3.5mm audio device, just plug in line with your headphones or lineout
- Includes travel pouch, soft foam contoured earplug with 37 dB noise reduction, and gold plated airplane adapter
- Perfect for in-flight systems, smartphones, computers, and sensitive in-ear monitors
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