Let’s be honest, we all have that itch in us to never settle with what we have. We are constantly looking for something better or something to spice up things up. Call it greed or human nature - it exists. For instance, when you order pizza, you don’t just order pizza do you? Nope. We go gaga with extra toppings! It’s a delight right? C’mon, who doesn’t like (or in our case, go nuts over) extra toppings?
Guess what, headphones too can be toyed with for a more enjoyable listening session.
Unbelievable? Better believe it. Thanks to a few proprietary apps (some of which are free) you can now sync your headphones with your smartphone to further customise the output. Love bass? Make it more punchy. Love guitar solos? Hear them cry even better - you get the gist. From a better user interface to goofing around with the sound equalizer, these apps have got you covered and then some.
Before you jump the gun, do understand that these apps work with products from their own brand. In some cases an app might work with a particular product range within a brand. Regardless, find your fix and just get in the mix.
Here are a few apps that’ll change your headphone experience altogether:
From the house of JABRA...
Fitness savvy and a proud owner of any of the Jabra sport series (Elite Sport, Sport Pulse, Sport Coach or Sport Pace) earphones? This is the app for you. It’s the ultimate all-in-one training solution that monitors your fitness activity and even evaluates your performance. With in-ear coaching that gives you feedback in real-time, this is the perfect fitness partner that you never had. Go lean, the app way.
The Jabra Assist app is a multi-purpose app that’ll get you virtually closer to your headphones. Any closer and you’re probably already wearing it. Jokes apart, this app is choc-a-bloc with features. For starters it has automatic geo-connectivity that helps you locate where the headset has been used previously with an audio activation. From options to change your preferred language, easy to understand user guidelines to a visual display of the battery, the Jabra Assist is does it all. Specifically for Android users, the app also provides a facility where your messages can be read out. Not bad eh?
This Android and iOS friendly app allows you to connect your headset to a smartphone, PC or tablet. It also helps you manage your calls (incoming, outgoing, and hold) as well as sounds (noise cancellation, sound profile and volumes). Like the other Jabra Apps, it also has the features to visually display the battery of your device and to locate the device. It additionally records notes being dictated that can be shared directly via email or other apps. Get cracking and get connected already.
This is an Android friendly app built to enhance the experience of users of a-JAYS Five and a-JAYS One+. The app provides you with both, an easy mode for automatic music enhancement and an advanced mode, for a personalized music enhancement within seconds. With the Navigation Wheel, using other apps like messages, emails and music player is a breeze. One of its best feature is that it can be used in the background without restricting you from using your phone. Hear that YouTube?
The Sony Headphone Connect is an Android and iOS friendly app that is compatible with the Sony MDR-XB950N1 and the Sony MDR-XB950B1. Add that thunder to the bass with its Electro bass booster setting, play with its intuitive dashboard, and choose the surrounding you wish to listen music in with a unique ‘Surround’ setting that allows you to pick from an arena, club, concert hall, and outdoor stage options - this app is blast. What’s more, it also features an easy ‘connection guide’ that helps first time user join the party. Neat huh.
This simple yet useful app from Sony is a way to customize the use of buttons on your Sony earphones or headphones. The in-line buttons with mic can be customized for your convenience. Set music functionality for volume, play and pause, change of tracks. For calls, you can select the button to accept and end call and other functions. This app works with all Sony earphones and headphones having an in-line mic. It is available on android.
Imagine sitting on a comfortable bean bag, it’s easy, comforting and relaxing, right? That’s the experience the user friendly, Parrot Zik App gives you. With its’ features to control noise and an equalizer, it lets your headphones adapt to your surroundings. Indulge yourself in a personalized music experience, with the Parrot Zik App.
This iOS friendly app is unique as it adapts to every Apple device that you connect it to. Think about it, a software that changes its settings as you plug-in your headphones from an iPhone to an iPad, pretty amazing right? Specifically designed for its’ integrated digital audio lightning cable, the Audeze EQ App is compatible with its El-8, SINE and iSINE series of headphones.
The 1MORE Assistant is not the fanciest app on the Android Play Store, but it is certainly one of the most useful apps you can get. It simply tells you the amount of time it'll take to burn in. Additionally it also has a music player and EQ so that you can play your favourite songs, just the way you like.
So that was a quick round up of the apps that can redefine your headphone experience. Think we missed out or got a suggestion or two that you think would interest us? Go ahead and let us know about it in the comment section.
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