If you're into clean, flat audio sources, stop reading
I bought the aforementioned app and wow, it makes a huge difference particularly in terms of soundstage and vocal/instrument separation, granted the true audiophiles will hate any distortion the app causes, but if you have an app-capable iDevice and want to add a lot of color and depth to your music, or don't like carrying around a large portable rig, I would highly recommend this app. I know many will call it a gimmick and that it just plays with reverb and whatnot, but this sounds better than just a simple surround/audio enhancer. I haven't tried the SRS iWOW so I can't compare the two as they sound like they may do similar things, but the iWOW requires an app AND the external dongle, whereas the SonicMax Pro is app-only and works with the regular music-player settings within the app. Here are BBE's screenshots...
Pros:-Adjustable amplification and bass control as well as bass contour/"crossover" type function.
-Adjustable virtual soundstage and vocal/instrument separation.
-Adjustable pre-sets for several types of Headphones/soundsystems/docking devices as well as 3 user-selectable pre-sets.
-Much cheaper than buying an amp/DAC (I won't even compare it to any amp/DAC as I'm a Noob and don't want to start a flame war), and unnecessary to run through a PC/Laptop soundcard unless you really want to fine-tune an EQ.
Cons:-not an actual EQ but can play around with broader frequency ranges in the settings.
-Always starts with first track in library when app is opened, not the last listened-to track.
-Not a cheap app at ~$5, but a bargain compared to any amp/DAC on the market.
edit: oops, here's the link...
and no, I don't have any ties to the company, just thoroughly impressed with this little app and wanted to get the word out
Edited by mechamits - 11/16/11 at 9:59pm