Snapshot of my computer screen depicting the music pattern of a piece of classical music using Microsoft’s Windows Media Player. The visualization theme I used was Bars and Waves, Ocean Mist. I love to see these waves oscillate up and down following the pattern of the music. Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.
Nope, today’s blog post has nothing to do with the 1965 movie “The Sound of Music” about a young woman who leaves an Austrian convent to become a governess to the children of a Naval officer widower. The motion picture was brilliantly performed by Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer. As much as I loved this classical musical, today I’m writing about the best music enhancer I’ve met to create musical magic with my computer system.
The name of this outstanding musical software is Audio Essentials created by SRS Labs. Audio Essentials is a downloadable software that delivers home theater quality sound to any PC. It can be had for $29.99 from the Internet with a credit card payment. It’s great for playing games, movies, music and audio books.
SRS Audio Essentials is fully customizable and works with all PC-based media players and content service providers to bring surround sound to anything you watch or listen to on your media player, like music, movies, podcasts, games and even streaming content.
Some of its awesome features are:
- Intuitive User Interface – Advanced AV receiver look and feel
- Music, Movie and Game Modes
- Maximum Bass Response
- Immersive Surround Sound
- Volume Leveling and Volume Maximization
Using this software you have two options: Stereo/SRS 5.1 or Stereo/SRS 5.1 Surround. I preferred the latter. With 5.1 Surround, Audio Essentials will create the musical illusion of having six different speakers instead of two, (e.g., LS, L, C, R, RS and Sub). The difference in quality is spectacular in search of a better word.
Snapshot of the Audio Essentials player fully displayed. This picture was captured from my computer screen the best I could. At least you can distinguish the buttons and read the words. Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.
The sound features of Audio Essentials are the following:
- 3D Trueban Level: Enhances base. Use in combination with, the truebass speaker size control for best performance.
- Focus: Raises the perceived elevation of the stereo image.
- Truebass Speaker Size: Optimizes truebass for the speaker size.
This is the minimized picture of the Audio Essential player captured from the computer screen using my Canon PowerShot A720 IS. Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.
After downloading and installing SRS Audio Essentials’ software, I tested it by playing The Four Seasons by Antonio Vivaldi. What came out of my Harman/Kardon’s speakers knocked my socks off. It was music descending directly from heaven. Even though my speakers are relatively small—3″ wide x 4 1/2″ tall), the results were absolutely astounding. Every single sound could be distinctly heard; voices, violins, guitars, oboes, flutes, repercussions—you name it. I had never listened to Vivaldi’s music on my computer like yesterday afternoon. It was magic in the air—literally.
If you are a music fan and can spare $30.00 bucks, I strongly urge you to take a look at this extraordinary software from SRS Labs. After listening to your music with this sound enhancer, you will wonder how you could have ever lived without it. Good Day and enjoy your music at a higher level of quality. This is the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help me God.
Source: SRS Labs – Audio Essentials Download
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