I’m not sure why you’d need an equalizer on the phone app because your HA (whichever it is, OPN or Beyond or anything else) already equalizes the sound based on your hearing loss. I do find the OPN app lacking the left/right balance control, however. If you have an iPhone you can set left/right volume independently in their Hearing Aids settings, but for an Android phone, you can only access the OPN through the OPN Android app and it doesn’t have balance control. Otherwise, I’m not sure what other kind of control you need for the OPN because the mic direction control doesn’t apply to the OPN “open” paradigm anyway. You’re not supposed to be using directional mic setting in the first place, although you can if you want to via a program setting, which you can switch to that program on the OPN app. I find myself almost never ever needing to use the OPN app for anything because the whole point of the OPN “open” paradigm is that you only need one default program setting and it’s suitable for all modes. So the need for controlling anything via a phone app is really kept to a minimal, therefore you don’t need the phone app to be fancy with all kinds of controls, because that defeats the purpose for its simplicity by design in the first place. I currently only have 1 single default program setting on my OPN for any kind of environment, and the ONLY thing I ever fudge around with on my OPN is either the volume button (which I don’t need to use an app for), or switch to the TV program (one button push on my OPN). I can’t even remember when the last time I even opened up the OPN app on my iPhone. I would only touch it if I ever use the IoT feature it has, which I don’t. So to me, the simple OPN app without lots of controls and bells and whistles is actually a positive and not a negative. The way I see it is I don’t need to actively interfere and participate and control anything, because the OPN already does it automatically for me. And the simplicity by design here is only possible because of the “open” paradigm that it’s designed around.
But I do agree that the ConnectClip delayed availability to end of 2017 is really a huge disappointment. My solution is to switch from my Android phone to an iPhone. I want to have the direct streaming capability anyway and not have to wear a ConnectClip around me all the times, so it’s actually a good justification for me to switch to an iPhone anyway. Not an excuse for the ConnectClip delayed availability, however -> still a very big miss here for Oticon in my opinion.
The remote microphone would be nice to have but I think it’s such a small niche of people who want that so I don’t blame Oticon for not trying to have a solution available for that, soon.
I’m not sure if the look of any HA matters much to me because they’re supposed to be inconspicuous and out of sight anyway. The form factor (being small and sleek and slender) is more important to me and the OPN is small enough to be very inconspicuous behind my ear and that’s all that matters.
As far as music listening is concerned, I think the bottom line is the input dynamic range of the HA’s microphone, which translates to the ability to hear louder/transient attacks of live musical instruments without incurring clipping/distortion/compression, for a better listening experience. Both the Beyond and the OPN has 113 dB/SPL input dynamic range rating, so I’d expect them to both sound excellent when listening to live music. As to whether one sounds better than the other musically, it’s a personal opinion. But they both have the same (and excellent) input dynamic range spec.