In a move that could revolutionize how iOS users enjoy music on headphones and other compatible hi-fi systems, Onkyo-the world leader in home theater, hi-fi, and personal audio components-has announced an innovative HF Player app that enables playback of high-resolution audio files while granting users unprecedented control over how their music sounds.
The free, full-featured audio player app features an intuitive interface that includes album artwork display, playback controls, and an organizational structure that will be familiar to any iOS user. Once the app has been pointed to the device’s music library via a synch with an iTunes-equipped computer (an auto synch function is included), the user can start exploring the benefits of the phase-linear FIR equalizer, which offers 16,384 discrete bands of equalization with zero loss in audio quality. The user simply shapes their desired frequency curve with a finger on the touchscreen to manipulate bass, mid-bass, mid-range, and treble response. Presets may be created to suit a particular musical genre, artist, album, or pair of headphones and can be saved, swapped, and loaded in moments.
Onkyo also enlisted a team of respected musicians to personally design EQ presets optimized specifically for Onkyo in-ear and on-ear headphones. The team comprises Chris Traynor (Helmet, Bush), Scott Ian (Anthrax), Jim Ward (Sparta, At the Drive-in), Leo Nocentelli (The Meters), Tim Lopez (Plain White T’s) and Steven McMorran (Satellite), along with groups Midi Matilda, Buckcherry, and Strange Talk. The Presets from these artists are included in the app.
“Onkyo headphones have an incredible sound for both the studio and for leisure,” says Stephen Docker, Lead Singer of Strange Talk. “We’re also finding out more ways of customizing the sound to fit the different genres we’re listening to using the Onkyo EQ app. You should definitely check it out.”
Additional functionality includes an automatic upsampling function (from 44.1 kHz to 48 kHz) and selectable track crossfading.
Onkyo hopes the friendly interface and audio flexibility will turn casual listeners, who may have only just begun to rediscover their favorite music with a pair of quality headphones, into budding hi-fi enthusiasts. As their confidence grows, so too does HF Player. Users seeking the ultimate in high-resolution audio performance can make an in-app HF Player Pack purchase (US$9.99) to enable FLAC, DSD, WAV, and AIFF playback of up to 192 kHz with 24-bit sampling (these files are loaded via a simple drag-and-drop operation on an iTunes-equipped PC prior to synchronization). This in-app purchase also enables selectable upsampling from 44.1 kHz to a possible 192 kHz, and an HD phase-linear equalizer with an incredible 20,000 bands of adjustment in 64-bit mode.
As well as the flexibility and control offered by the precision FIR equalizer, HF Player introduces SACD (Super Audio CD) and better-than-CD audio quality into the portable domain. Paired with a set of quality headphones, such as Onkyo‘s award-winning ES-HF300 on-ear or IE-HF300 in-ear models, HF Player lets audiophiles enjoy premier high-resolution sound while they’re on the road.
The release of the HF Player app demonstrates Onkyo‘s ongoing commitment to portable hi-fi. Complementing the company’s growing range of premium on-ear and in-ear headphones-which have gathered significant momentum both critically and commercially since their release-this new app will allow listeners to discover how truly great their personal audio setup can sound.
* Note: DSD-IFF and DSF formats are converted to PCM before playback. Playback of high-resolution files places high demands on CPU and battery resources. For optimal playback results, Onkyo recommends closing other applications and placing your device on Airplane Mode.
Since 1946, Onkyo has been passionately committed to developing audio products that deliver uncommon performance, quality and value. Bundling proprietary technologies and innovations with other sound-enhancing exclusives, Onkyo continues to create award winning products that are lauded by many of the industry leading audio publications. The company’s philosophy is to deliver products that are superbly designed and built to a consistently outstanding standard of excellence. The results can be seen in the obviously high quality of any Onkyo-manufactured product, even before it is turned on.
Onkyo is a trailblazing force in the home entertainment industry, anticipating market trends with intelligent, user-focused products. This new release joins a stable of acclaimed audio and A/V components, and will introduce more music lovers to the iconic Onkyo sound.