Denon has been well known for their popular high quality and fidelity audio products, not to mention their recently released Lifestyle Headphones which are specially designed for the use by people with different lifestyles. The following is a quick introduction of all the 4 series of the Lifestyle headphones:
Audiophile sound experience. So Acoustically Pure, it’s like hearing music for the first time is what describes it.
Designed for frequently travel businessman. It is “The ultimate weapon in your Business Travel Arsenal”.
Listen to music in a fun way. Designed for Basshead. “A Bone-Jarring, Brutally-Powerful Bass Experience”
Best for exercising with its tight fit, lightweight and wireless features. “The Ultimate Wireless, Sweet-Proof Fitness Headphones”
Besides the release of the above 4 excellent headphones series, Denon has released 4 apps that are designed to pair well with these Lifestyle Headphones. Personally, I find the apps offered to have rather similar features except Denon Travel, which comes with traveling guides which is a nice additional feature for frequent traveler. In this article, I am recommending one of these apps – Denon Club.
How To Use
Denon Club is a very simple app and you don’t have to be a professional to use it. It works just like a built-in music app on our iOS devices. A few clicks on iTunes, on the device screen and you’re good to go! Yes, you will still need to use iTunes on a Mac or PC to sync music into your iOS devices as this app imports music from the built-in Music app. Fortunately, it did not take too long for me to import all of my 16GB musics into the app. Right after the import is completed, all my musics are ready to rock and roll as I launch the app.
You are allowed to view your songs in many different ways. You can view it in:
You can also play downloaded podcasts. Things load easy and smoothly effortlessly. I wasn’t expecting it to load that smoothly as it is a third party app and I have a handful of musics in my library. Can’t remember the lyrics of a song? No problem. With just a click on the app, it will instantly search for the lyrics from the internet for you. Denon did a great job on this.
The next big thing about this app is the built-in radio supported by TuneIn which offers plenty of online radio stations that you can tune-in to. This feature allows you to listen to both online-radio stations and the local ones. Although it takes a longer period of time in buffering local radio stations, it still performs faster than most of the radio apps out there. You can also tune your music with EQ when in the radio mode so it left no disappointment here. The only downside is that not all local radio stations are supported. However, I believe it shouldn’t be a problem in Malaysia urban areas.
The main reason that interest me to use this app and to recommend it through the writing of this article is that I find it to be the best EQ you can get for your iOS devices. Not only does it allows you to tune the sound to the way you like most, it allows you to reduce annoying distortion in headphones. Distortions in most headphones are mainly caused by the emphasis on the upper mid of the frequency 6kHz to 8kHz. If that’s the case, I would recommend you to turn down the volume between 6KHz to 8KHz to-3dB. Not to mention the emphasis at 16KHz will cause some distortion but usually, not many headphones have such emphasis but even if there is, you can now turn it down with Denon Club! If there’s not much distortion caused by 16KHz, turning it up will increase details in the music. Listen to music with extreme clarity is the key.
Here’s a decent guide on how to use these EQs:
- 32Hz: Mainly the power of bangs, thumps, and kicks (i.e., bass drum beats).
- 64Hz: Deep throbbing or rumbling bass signals (i.e., kettle drums or gongs), primarily audible on high-end speakers or those with subwoofers.
- 125Hz: The low-end of most bass instruments
- 250Hz: The beginning of most musical instruments’ low-end ranges, including guitar, cello, and piano.
- 500Hz: Deep vocals (eg. Barry White) and bass instruments.
- 1KHz: Most musical instruments and vocals will be greatly affected starting in this range and going higher.
- 2KHz: Most standard vocals are affected by this range
- 4KHz: The sweet spot for melodic components of music (wailing guitar solos and fancy piano runs, etc.)
- 8KHz: High or sharp crashes and bangs such as cymbals and things that screech will be affected most in this range.
- 16KHz: The “fidelity” range, where adjustments can affect the overall “clarity” of sounds but too much may bring out white noise (high hiss sounds) in the signal.
[Source from CNet]
For those who are using EarPods, here’s a quick walk-through on how to set a perfect EQ for it. Do note that, everyone has different sound preferences.
iOS Devices built-in speaker
The above recommended EQ for both Apple EarPods and iOS devices built-in speaker would help reduce hisses from the background and also help improve the weak point of it. Not only does EQ and headphones affects sound quality, the audio format does too! For iOS device users, ALAC [Apple Lossless Audio CODEC] format offers audio quality without losing any detail in the music. Usually, the file format we use are mostly MP3 format which are highly compressed. Some might claim that converting from MP3 to ALAC will not improve sound as it is already compressed and could not be uncompressed again but personally, I find that MP3 converted ALAC music file provides noticeably improved audio quality with minimal hisses. Do note that ALAC file takes up quite a lot of storage, but if you are using high-end headphones, you will notice a significant audio quality improvement. Even Apple Earpods are sensitive to different types of file format although not as much as others. Click Here for a quick guide on how to use iTunes to convert a song to a different file format by Apple. Choose “Apple Lossless” and if you are using non-Apple devices, I would recommend FLAC or WAV. They are the same thing but in different format for different devices. Do note that, FLAC file format is not supported by Apple products and that is why ALAC was introduced.
Overall, I find this app very useful and a very solid app. So far, I didn’t have any experience with app crash or any errors throughout my daily use. It is made for iPhone and iPod Touch that runs on iOS 5 and above but it too works with the iPad. I strongly recommend this app as a personal music and radio app! Go download the app for free now. Direct download link here.
I hope you find the information this article provides useful. Do you have any third party music app that you like? If you do, feel free to share with us in the comment section below!