Originally Posted by Liver
I have certainly been looking for this product to come to market, given my previous posts.
As have I.
I first learned of SVS when I saw an article in Widescreen Review in 2004. I've been following the progress of the product since then.
Three years ago I made contact with Smyth Research (in Camarillo CA, only about 1 hour drive from me) and have been emailing back and forth with them, looking forward as each new year rolled around and each new CES came and went that maybe, just maybe, this would be the year the product would come to market.
Exactly one year ago I was invited up to their offices for something I'd been asking them for for a long time: an actual demo. They finally felt they had a product prototype they could show me. I wrote about my experience in this AVS Forum post
And now, five years later, I finally own one.
|However, after re reading your posts and noticing your post count, I wonder if you are affiliated with Smyth.
While my post count on AVS forum (where I've been a member since April 2001) is up near 3,000, I admit that my post count on this group is minimal. I've been a long-time owner of Stax equipment (going back to the 1980's) and simply have not felt the need to "actively" participate here (i.e. contribute, through posting) although I have been a "lurker" reading the forum for quite some time.
I simply haven't been in the market to buy any new headphones, being quite satisfied with my Omega-1/SRM-T1S system from 1995.
But if you read the AVS Forum, you'll see that I've been actively talking about Pioneer DIR-SE1000C and Dolby Headphone devices for many years. And again, I've been a VERY active participant in that group since 2001. I simply have much more active interest in all aspects of HDTV, content and equipment, than I currently have in headphones (because I'm satisfied with what I own).
To answer your question, I have ZERO ASSOCIATION WITH SMYTH . I, just like you, have been looking forward WITH GREAT ENTHUSIASM to the product since 2004.
And now I have one in my hands. Can you honestly complain regarding my enthusiasm in finally acquiring something you've been lusting after for five years, or accuse me of spamming this group and being a mole for Smyth?
|If you are it would be nice to know.
Sorry to disappoint you. I'm just another civilian.
Hoever I am an avid enthusiast and consumer of "virtual surround" headphone-based equipment as my apartment situation does not permit me to have the true loudspeaker-based surround system I'd really like to have. And SVS is definitely the holy grail for headphone lovers, a far cry from the Dolby Headphone processors I've been using for the past three years.
|Also, if you have the product, it would also be nice to see what it looks like from a user.
Are you asking me to post a photograph, to prove I really have one and that I'm not making all of this up?
(not my photo, but this is exactly what it looks like from the front) from the 10/2008 CanJam show at LAX Hilton. In fact, that photo is from the discussion thread ON THIS FORUM of that show.
Why are you so suspicious... because I'm a relative non-poster on this forum? That makes me suspect? Check me out over on the HDTV forums at AVS.
If you don't have any real interest in the SVS product, fine.
If you are genuinely interested in finding out more about it, or maybe even buying one, you can contact Lorr Kramer at Smyth via this email address
. He actually IS an employee of theirs.
But your suspicion as to my honesty and character and possible association with Smyth (of which ZERO exists, other than that I've met them personally several times and consider them to have invented a genius product, of which I now own one) is unwarranted.
How about if I'd started this thread with a subject title something more along the lines of "Smyth SVS Realiser A8 - official owner's thread", like we do over on AVS for each new piece of equipment that lots of people buy?
Now, what else would you really like to know from me about the product itself?
To be honest, it's still packed up in the carton following its use in my Sunday calibration/personalization at Smyth's sound room. I am awaiting the arrival of the Onkyo SR706B that I ordered last night, in order to actually set this all up and begin using it.