I want the best sound I can get when I listen to music, and Bongiovi DPS app for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch makes that easy. When my friends who are really into sound augmentation and adjustment start showing me their latest achievement my eyes glaze over. Not because I am not interested, but because I don’t understand a word they are saying. And I know I’m not alone.
The Bongiovi DPS app improves the clarity of your movie library by adjusting across frequencies for you. The app analyzes the audio signal in real-time and optimizes it for playback through device connected to your headphone or line-out jacks. It also compensates for differences in volume between songs.
The app is found in the Music category on iTunes. The current version, 1.0.2, was released August 4, 2011. It is available in English only and is free, but to get full benefit there is an in-app purchase option for US$0.99.
When first opening the app, the user gets a window that allows one to select various music options. When the user clicks on Artists as an example, the artists are listed alphabetically. The cogwheel on the bottom left allows the user to select from a set of options. The musical note on the bottom right allows the user to view the song currently playing. The small i at the top right leads to a help feature.
Bongiovi DPS home page
There are three settings for users to select. In the Speaker option, the user indicates the unit and version, i.e., 3GS iPhone. The Headphones option offers a list of headphone and earbud options, although it is far from all inclusive. Dock (Line Out) allows you to pick the city that best represents your listening pleasure. The DPS uses a system of profiles to set sound controls and they identify them by the names of cities. Users pick the city that most represents their listening style. Some city options are only available with the paid version.
Bongiovi DPS settings
Sample Bongiovi DPS city selections
Using the app
First of all, the app really does enhance the sound. Using my iPhone 4, I tried it with earbuds, headphones, and with just the iPhone itself. I chose a couple of songs that have lyrics that are sometimes difficult to understand, and I was able to understand the words easily. I downloaded one podcast and listened to portions of it and determined that the spoken word was also clearer. It was fairly easy to figure out how to use the app. I’m sure it would have been easier if I had had an eight year old handy, but I made do. The app does not currently have Bluetooth or Airplay support, but the App Store entry indicates they will be available soon.
Do I recommend it?
I do. It is easy to use, does what it says it will do, and makes listening to my music more enjoyable without any effort on my part. That’s my idea of a good deal.