I’m not a big fan of music processing. As a child of the 1980s, I spent more time tweaking graphic equalizers than I did listening to actual music. And now, I figure if my iPad can’t manage to make an over-compressed MP3 sound good, then not much will help.
But those who prefer their music to be all big bass and punchy highs might find the SRS iWOW-U to be a compelling purchase. The dongle dangles between your iDevice’s jack socket and your headphones, and “will make you say ‘WOW’ within 10 seconds of turning it on,” according to the blurb. Then again, that same blurb also claims that the iWOW-U offers “an amazing HD-quality listening experience,” so take from that what you will.
Because it uses the jack socket, the iWOW-U works with pretty much any audio source, and with any speakers and headphones. And talking of speakers, this might be the one place I might use some sound-processing. I currently use a JamBox with my iPad to watch movies, where its Live Audio setting is nothing short of spectacular. The problem is is that it is also rather quiet over Bluetooth, and the processing doesn’t work with the louder cable-connection.
The iWOW would fix that. I might check it out when it ships in May. Then again, at $70, I might not.