Originally Posted by Hoax
Thanks alot for your explanation.. Getting a bit scared now to buy the Realiser.. I know alot of people in this thread probably look down on Beyerdynamic's headzone but the headzone doesnt need personal calibration. Would I be better off with a headzone or would even a Realiser without the proper personal calibration but with good templates to start from still sound better?
Just to add what I mainly want to use it for: Games / Movies
I have no experience with a Headzone. But it appears to be another "surround simulation" approach, much like Dolby Headphone which is licensed into Pioneer systems like the DIR-SE800C, 1000C and 2000C as well as the Philips HD-1500U. These are NOT what the Realiser is competing with. There is NOTHING that the Realiser is competing with, nor that can compete with the Realiser.
Yes, the Headzone (and Dolby Headphone) do not require "personal calibration" (i.e. measurement of how your own ears perceive the sound of a specific listening room, taking into account everything from carpet, walls, floors, baffles, electronics, speakers, speaker horizontal and vertical placement, listening chair placement, etc., all of which are analog-combined into the net final sound waves that reach your ears and microphones in your ears, in that particular room). And that's because Headzone and Dolby Headphone do not care about that. Their purpose is to "simulate multi-channel surround" through headphones so that you can play games and watch movies and be "entertained" by the 3D-surround illusion.
But they have nothing at all to do with being a device that tries to "duplicate to your particular ears the particular sound of a particular listening room environment".
As was mentioned earlier and by others as well, there really is no "generic template" you can use that can properly reflect YOUR EARS and how YOUR HEAD/EARS/BRAIN hear sound. There is no "optimal PRIR" that can be distributed (e.g. downloaded from some web site). There's no such thing. A PRIR is a particular digital description (i.e. "sonic photograph/filter") that permits playback of anything through that "filter" such that it will sound to you through your headphones as if you were listening to that content IN THE EXACT SAME LISTENING ROOM ENVIRONMENT in which the PRIR measurement/calibration was originally made.
The Realiser is not a Headzone. Nor is it Dolby Headphone. They are completely different products, with different purposes. Different costs as well, but if you understand what the Realiser is for and can do, and you have access to an excellent sound studio or listening environment you can perform a PRIR measurement in, then the results will be worth it. I'm sure most of us cannot afford a high-end multi-zillion dollar sound studio room or home theater with all of its treatments and electronics and speakers. But if you can pay $200 for an hour in that room, and take a PRIR "sonic photograph" of the sound of that room to your ears, you can then take that PRIR home with you and use it in your Realiser when playing BluRay movies or HDTV or playing games and listening through your headphones. It will be like you were in that high-end room. A DUPLICATE of the sound of THAT room.
That's what you're paying for. Not generic virtual surround simulation "one size fits all" for entertainment value and a smile while playing games.