iFi Audio Ear Buddy - Headphone Optimizer and Travel Kit
- 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
Are you experiencing annoying background noises, such as hisses or pops, while trying to enjoy your music? Are your volume levels limited to loud, too loud, or off? Are you worried about causing damage to your hearing or even your headphones, but don't want to sacrifice the sound quality?
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!
• 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!
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!