After having a Widex Beyond 440 on trial I’m four weeks into Oticon OPN 1 now (100 dB speakers with power domes). At the beginning I still had to get used at them. After my audi manually increased the lower- and mid tones to enhance speech recognition and I upped the volume by two clicks with the app (4 dB in total) I’m starting to like the OPN’s. Though I still have some issues and I’m wondering whether people had similar experiences.
Sometimes the sound randomly starts to cracking. Like putting a speaker on it’s very max, I find it very hard to describe. I cannot reproduce this effect since it occurs very randomly in both one on one conversations and in restaurants. The only thing I noticed that it is far more common when I put my volume two clicks higher (through the app) instead of default. I mentioned this to my Audi and he told me this might be the Transient Noise Management which we’ll try to put on low next meeting. I was wondering if anyone else had the same experience or might know what this could be.
I’ve noticed in Genie 2 there is not only a (horizontal) classification in low- mid and high tones. But also a (vertical) classification in hard- medium and soft noises. It is not clear for me what the difference should be. I was thinking this might has an effect on the noise cracking or am I wrong?
Whenever I’m on my bike and it’s windy my HA’s gets very noisy. I can’t hear anything else at all and sometimes I’m even wondering whether Wind Noise Reduction is on. Are people have similar experiences? Or is this just how HA perform and Wind Noise Reduction works only to a certain level of wind?
The OPN philosophy is that you hear everything around you. Yet I’m having the impression I understand people in front of me way beter then people next or behind me. Is there still some level of directionality included in OPN? And yes, the HA’s are set on the “open setting”.
Bluetooth calling vs regular calling
Though music is streaming flawless I sometimes prefer regular calling instead of bluetooth calling. This due the fact voices through bluetooth calling are not constant and sometimes less “calm” then regular calling. Is this something which is due the microphone quality of the caller? I’m going to try to experiment on this with different phones. Are people having the same preferences?
Currently I am using power domes, they are very comfortable though I sometimes have to readjust them. I’m wondering about PowerMoulds, are there any advantages of having a PowerMould besides a better fit? Does this improve overall sound?
I’m hoping that people out here with OPN’s are willing to share their experiences on these topics I’m also considering to trial Resound LINX 3D’s since I’m worrying about the noise cracking and bluetooth calling issue. But so far I prefer the OPN’s way above the Beyond 440’s.