I got the Rexton Bridge 12’s. Much better sound right out of the box, a nice remote / BT interface with a readout. The remote allows direct dialing to the channels- it has 5 buttons for each channel so it goes directly to it. It also is automatic when used with a cell phone - just press the green button on the remote to answer. When the calling party hangs up the aids automatically go back to the previous non cell phone channel. The remote has a VC and a so called treble control, but the treble control seems to be a bass roll off control - at least that what happens when it is watched on the computer screen. Although Rexton says you need to wear the remote around your neck to use its mic for talkback on the cell, I put it on the dashboard of my car with the mic pointed at me, and it worked great. When you dial a number (outgoing) the remote senses it and kicks over to the cell phone channel automatically, then back again.
The aids can be adjusted wireless. The dispenser just hangs the interface device around your neck and goes to work.
The Rexton’s also have a 125Hz EQ band which goes a long way towards stopping boominess without sacrificing male voice recognition. They have 8 bands of compression - I think this is acceptable minimum for music. I play tonight with two guitars, so I’ll get a chance to put the music channel through its paces. The noise reduction is pretty good, but I think, in my case, it needs to be reduced a bit, a little too much NR.
For musicians, the aids have a 5th channel that can be set up with the Bluetooth transmitter- they call it a TV interface but it takes line in, so it can be hooked up to a PA monitor send for direct feed into the aids and mixed with the aids’ microphone. And the whole thing has its own EQ and compression settings.
Played last night with two guitar players and an electronic drumset, and the aids handled it all very well. A bit more EQing and adjustment the compression rate and I think the 8 bands of compression will handle the task. None of the compression ducking effect, either -the compressors were about invisible, with quick recovery.
I’ll post more as I go. Next appt. on Thursday.
Still trying to get the Rexton software and interface…