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Offline InnocentBlood

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Re: Smyth Research A16 Realiser discussion
« Reply #15 on: August 13, 2019, 16:31 »
looks like this is finally shipping :)

August 2019 Update:
We will begin shipping Realiser A16 units this week, and this will continue over the next several months. Since the testing procedure is quite involved we’re only expecting to ship around 10 to 20 units per week. We’ll be posting weekly updates on the numbers that have been shipped, which is intended to give backers some indication of our progress.
The A16 is being shipped with only a single operating mode and with a slightly reduced set of features, outlined below. DTS-X and Auro3D are yet to be certified. If and when these are certified, they will be available in future firmware updates. Other operating modes and features may also be introduced in the future as firmware updates.
Realiser A16 specifications, Firmware v1.0, August 2019
Analogue audio inputs/outputs
1. 16ch input + 16ch output, phono, 2.5Vrms
2. 2ch stereo input, phono, 2.5Vrms
3. 2ch tactile output, phono, 2.5Vrms (DC to 120Hz)
Digital audio inputs/outputs
1. HDMI 2.0b* input (8ch LPCM and bitstream)
2. SPDIF input (coaxial or optical) (2ch LPCM and bitstream)
3. USB 2.0 (16ch, 24bit, 96kHz LPCM) (Drivers for PC and Mac)
* : HDR10+ not supported
Headphone outputs (dual users)
1. Analogue, stereo 1/4” jack and 2ch phono
2. Digital stereo, SPDIF, 24bit @ 48kHz (coaxial and optical)
Ancillary inputs/outputs
1. HDMI 2.0b output (video pass-thru* from any HDMI input)
2. Microphone inputs (dual, for supplied binaural PRIR/HPEQ measurement microphones)
3. Headtracker input (for supplied head-tracker)
4. Set-top input (for supplied set-top IR reference)
5. Micro SD card port (for external PRIR/HPEQ file storage and firmware updates)
* : HDR10+ not supported
Audio bitstream decoding/rendering capability
1. Dolby Atmos (listening modes up to 9.1.6ch)
2. Dolby TrueHD (up to 7.1ch)
3. Dolby Digital (up to 5.1ch)
4. Dolby Digital+ (up to 7.1ch)
5. Dolby Surround upmixing to a 7.1.6ch listening mode
SVS headphone rendering capability
1. Dual users, each user can render 16 virtual loudspeakers in any spatial position
2. Individual headtracking (azimuth only) for both users simultaneously
3. Audio sources : HDMI 1 to 4 (LPCM or bitstream), USB 2.0 (up to 16ch), 16ch analogue, 2ch analogue, SPDIF coaxial or optical (LPCM or bitstream). Audio sources are common to both users.
4. All SVS processing and rendering @ 48kHz sampling rate, 32ms latency, max reverb length 0.75s
AV rendering mode
1. Analogue and digital audio inputs (USB and SPDIF) can be output via the multi-channel analogue line outputs.
2. Decoded Dolby Atmos, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital, and Dolby Digital+ bitstream signals can be output via the multi-channel analogue line outputs.
Binaural room impulse response measurement (PRIR measurement)
1. 16ch synchronous measurement using internally generated excitation signals from the 16ch analogue outputs.
Headphone equalisation (HPEQ measurement)
1. Automatic headphone EQ measurement using binaural microphones
2. Manual headphone EQ using equal loudness noise bands
3. Manual headphone EQ using an external loudspeaker reference
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Re: Smyth Research A16 Realiser discussion
« Reply #16 on: August 13, 2019, 19:52 »
Looks interesting. But at usd 4000...

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Re: Smyth Research A16 Realiser discussion
« Reply #17 on: August 13, 2019, 21:50 »
well don't complain if you wanted one before it was closer to 2K at pre launch...with partial deposit.


I hope to have mine shipping soon....but I'm a little disappointed about no DTS-X at this time.


I would still like to see a user manual before finally getting full money on the table.


It's been a bloody long wait...hope its all it was when I first tried it and demo'd it.
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I have a pile of stuff that pushes out squiggly waveforms from smaller squiggly waveforms that sometimes come from 1's and 0's.
It's wonderful to behold as long as you don't let the magic smoke out.

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Re: Smyth Research A16 Realiser discussion
« Reply #18 on: August 22, 2019, 12:10 »
the A16 manual is (finally) up :)

https://smyth-research.com/downloads/

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Re: Smyth Research A16 Realiser discussion
« Reply #19 on: August 23, 2019, 01:56 »
Thats a lot to take in....
I have a pile of stuff that pushes out squiggly waveforms from smaller squiggly waveforms that sometimes come from 1's and 0's.
It's wonderful to behold as long as you don't let the magic smoke out.

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Re: Smyth Research A16 Realiser discussion
« Reply #20 on: August 23, 2019, 09:09 »
I bought the A8.  Extremely high learning curve.

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Re: Smyth Research A16 Realiser discussion
« Reply #21 on: August 23, 2019, 14:00 »
Thats a lot to take in....

yeah this manual could use a quick-start guide, specifically focusing on how to play with the A16 right out of the box.

most folks over at head-fi are hung up on taking measurements of their existing speaker set-ups. what i would want to instead is what if you have no existing set-up to measure and replicate and you just want to experience the A16 doing its thing with the pre-installed rooms.

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Re: Smyth Research A16 Realiser discussion
« Reply #22 on: August 23, 2019, 15:15 »
Uh-oh.. where i’m intending to use the A16 has no speaker setup... like that still can use? Hope I didn’t buy a white elephant

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Re: Smyth Research A16 Realiser discussion
« Reply #23 on: August 23, 2019, 15:45 »
Uh-oh.. where i’m intending to use the A16 has no speaker setup... like that still can use? Hope I didn’t buy a white elephant

i'm sure we can - your use case fits mine. the A16 is being marketed as a device for someone who wants the surround sound experience without having the capacity to install physical speakers. the realiser exchange site - when it goes live - is supposed to allow you to experience other real-life speaker setups on your own A16 box.


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Re: Smyth Research A16 Realiser discussion
« Reply #24 on: August 23, 2019, 17:00 »
yeah this manual could use a quick-start guide, specifically focusing on how to play with the A16 right out of the box.

most folks over at head-fi are hung up on taking measurements of their existing speaker set-ups. what i would want to instead is what if you have no existing set-up to measure and replicate and you just want to experience the A16 doing its thing with the pre-installed rooms.

Didn’t RTFM? :P

The manual Page 30, (page 31 in the PDF) is a single-page Quick Start guide;

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2.5 Quick Start

1. Connect an BD or DVD player (or other HDMI source) to HDMI Input 1 and a TV monitor to the HDMI Out

2. Connect the 12V DC power supply to the A16.


3. Power up the A16, using the remote control if necessary.
… etc

Clearly there are factory default Presets that can be loaded for each User.
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Re: Smyth Research A16 Realiser discussion
« Reply #25 on: August 23, 2019, 23:01 »
i did see that chapter 2.5 but it doesn't mention anything about the head tracker though...
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Re: Smyth Research A16 Realiser discussion
« Reply #26 on: August 24, 2019, 10:59 »
i did see that chapter 2.5 but it doesn't mention anything about the head tracker though...

True, but I'm sure it'll get you up and running, thats the point of the Quick Start anyway, no?  ;D
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Re: Smyth Research A16 Realiser discussion
« Reply #27 on: August 27, 2019, 22:29 »
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