Anyone have experience with using de-esser for sibilance in home audio system?

I've been experiencing sibilance over the past year and have arrived at the conclusion that it's my hearing. 

I'm wondering whether a pro-audio de-esser might help.

Does anyone have experience with this?  



Sibilance can often be the result of digital clipping where a dac‘s output is too hot for the pre. If you can, lower the output volume of your dac and use the pre‘s volume control to compensate. This is even more the issue on radio broadcasts and new recording because of excessive loundness

@stuartk You can demo a Weiss from The Music Room for very low shipping fee. You can keep it for months, they are super cool people. Thats how I tried it.

It's not clinical at all, but you need to give it 100+ hours burn-in. It does start out very washed out, but becomes sweet and musical. I suspect 90% of people don't bother to break it in fully.

I have no idea if it will solve your issue though. You can also email Daniel Weiss about your hearing situation and he may have something interesting to say. He's basically a genius.

good luck



By the way, your issue with sibilance on vocals most likely comes from FET mics versus tube. You can YouTube people demonstrating mics if you are curious. (Check out the Chandler Redd, a very smooth sounding new tube design and see if those examples still bug you).

I am super sensitive to highs on both my systems and real life, and my spontaneous irritation with them varies based on stress, sleep and diet usually. If I maintain those, I don’t have an issue. When those things fall apart, the world becomes sonically horrid, like needles.

Most likely your issue is neuro, and something like neurofeedback can address it. My $0.02.