Surround Speaker Check is a fun and entertaining utility to help you set up and enjoy your surround sound audio system!
With Surround Speaker Check, you can:
• Verify your system is properly decoding Dolby Digital surround sound audio (used for iTunes HD movies)
• Confirm your speakers are properly configured
• Hear and evaluate your surround sound speakers in isolation
Uses specially produced surround sound music tracks with on-screen visual graphics - no annoying blasts of white noise!
Designed by guitarist and surround recording artist Jeff Perrin as a means to confirm the integrity of various surround systems while producing surround sound music tracks.
NOTE: Playback of Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound content requires an Apple TV connected to a Dolby Digital compatible home theater system with front and rear speakers.
Ratings and Reviews
This was the first app I got from this developer
And it helped me resolve some issues with my original Kenwood 5.1 surround sound system. It’s one of the first surround sound systems I had ever seen I got it and the speakers for 100 bucks flat, original unit, original speakers.
Which means that I’ve got two columns 3 3/4 feet tall that include 15 inch woofers, The satellite speakers for the rear were kind of sucky though, so I set up a couple of medium sized Technics speakers that had a three-way passive crossover system. So the explosions and stuff sound pretty good from the rear speakers. The center speaker is all right but I also have a Klipsch SW hooked up to an extra Yamaha receiver wired up in mono and the EQ completely disabled so as to not add extra coloration.
But the main problem with the Kenwood is ringing out the system so that it sounds like proper surroundsound when you are sitting in the middle of the room, but fortunately I am able to tell the system exactly where I am in the room, how far away the speakers are from each other, exactly where are the rear speakers are, and it’s very easy to set that, except that the measuring units are all in meters on the system.
But this app allows me to make sure that I have done it properly if it doesn’t sound right in this app then it’s not going to sound right when you are watching a movie later.
The developer also has an air candy app for you to enjoy when you have your system set up properly and it’s worth the four extra dollars to download the music, check out the James Bond theme especially, 64 guitar tracks!
Unfortunately the only issue I have with this app is that the subwoofer check doesn’t completely work when it is doing the comparison. It works at the beginning when it sends the different frequencies through the subwoofer but when it is playing the music, and switches between the surround system and the subwoofer, the subwoofer does not play. There is also another frequency test toward the end where it is supposed to be sending sounds through the sub, but they simply don’t come through.
Perhaps the Apple TV version of this app will do it but for some reason I can’t get the subwoofer test to come up.
Developer Response ,
Thanks so much for the detailed review! I'm glad you found the app useful! (And also thanks you for checking out the "James Bond Theme" in my Surround Sound Ear Candy app too!)
From your description, it sounds like the Subwoofer Check Track is working as intended. The "high pass filter check" portion of the test is designed to let you know if your system is sending any *unwanted* low frequencies to your main speakers (helpful to know since subsonic frequencies can potentially damage smaller, satellite-style speakers). So if you don't hear anything when the red indicators "flatten out" during this last section of the Subwoofer Check Track, it means your system is properly filtering out your lows. However, if you have any concerns or questions, please feel free to send me an email at: firstname.lastname@example.org Cheers! —Jeff
Useful for setting up Apple TV
My Apple TV 4 is connected to a Yamaha cinema unit and it was hard to tell if it was automatically deciding the audio. This app helped me see that it was working unfortunately the speakers in the visual don’t show where the sound is coming from.
Developer Response ,
Hi John! I'm glad you found the app helpful! The animation on the TV screen (when certain speakers turn blue) illustrates which speakers should be sounding. So if what you're hearing does not match up with what you're seeing on the screen, then it's possible your Yamaha unit isn't on correct setting for Dolby Digital surround.
Tip: Make sure the Yamaha unit is in "straight" or "direct" mode, and not on an "enhanced" (DSP effect) setting. The "enhanced modes" are designed for pushing stereo content to surround speakers, and can cause problems with true Dolby Digital surround sound. Hope this helps! —Jeff
- Jeff Perrin Music, LLC
- 126.5 MB
Requires iOS 9.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Apple TV.
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
- © 2015 Jeff Perrin Music, LLC
- In-App Purchases
- Subwoofer Check $0.99
- Center Speaker Check $0.99
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.