Compression just shuts out sounds....unfortunately, like music if you're playing an instrument, and in some cases people. At least this has been my experience which is why I'm trying to find "affordable digitals" that don't have issues with compression. You can ask that it be turned off entirely which would make it sound more like analogs (which I heard better with ironically). I actually think minus the compression, HA would work as they were intended. Good luck.