Hmmm, this is a curious one. Via MusicThing, we’ve learned of a new device known as the Clari-fi – a little box from Intunition that sits between your music player and headphones and promises to “improve the sound quality” of your MP3 and other compressed audio files.
There’s an overview of the technology used in Clari-fi on the Intunition website. Apparently, it’s capable of removing the digital artefacts that can compromise the sound quality of MP3s, and in doing this, it promises to clean up the audio and deliver a better listening experience.
Of course, the reason compressed audio files sound worse than lossless ones is that some of the original frequency content is removed, and there’s surely no way of putting this back. Intuition, though, seems to think that it’s found some kind of technological workaround that lessens the audible impact of the compression process.
Two versions of the Clari-fi are available – one designed for music listening and the other for podcasts – and both are available now for the introductory price of $49.95 (each). Intunition is currently offering a risk-free trial, too – if you’re not happy you can return the device within 30 days.