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post #2611 of 2617

Hey guys,

 

Just wanted to share that I have a Smyth Realiser I'm looking to let go off, to give someone else the opportunity of experiencing it. 

It's a fantastic piece of equipment, but alas, I have not the time to fully learn how to maximize it being in a startup. 

 

My post can be found here, and I'm open to offers. 

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/714460/smyth-research-realiser-a8

post #2612 of 2617

Stupid question about the Realiser.

 

John-LF's sales post refers to "dual headphone emulation". Does this mean you can listen to two headphones at once e.g. with two head trackers?

 

Would quite like to watch films w/ my GF. Not too much to ask for the price. ;)

post #2613 of 2617
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Originally Posted by John_M View Post
 

Stupid question about the Realiser.

 

John-LF's sales post refers to "dual headphone emulation". Does this mean you can listen to two headphones at once e.g. with two head trackers?

 

Would quite like to watch films w/ my GF. Not too much to ask for the price. ;)

Yes, you can use two different PRIR's or measurements at once for two person listening.

 

If you have a 2nd head tracker, you can have each person with their own head tracking too.

 

The instructions are on page 83 of the A8 manual.

 

It's a pretty cool feature. I have never used it, but it's a great feature for two person use.

post #2614 of 2617

Thanks for the reply - I'm seriously considering a purchase now!

 

Another question. I often play movies from my computer on my widescreen TV. I'm thinking about whether/ how I could use the Realiser for sound. My computer can output Dolby Digital or DTS 5.1 over optical. However, optical only has enough bandwidth for lossy 5.1 sound, not lossless 7.1 or even lossless 5.1. For that, you need HDMI - and my laptop has no HDMI out.

 

This might be a bit of a long shot - can you link the Realiser to a PC via USB and make it play movie soundtracks in lossless 7.1? I must admit I'm not sure what my soundcard can do with DTS-HD Master Audio or Dolby TrueHD tracks but assume for now that it can handle them.

post #2615 of 2617
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Originally Posted by John_M View Post
 

Thanks for the reply - I'm seriously considering a purchase now!

 

Another question. I often play movies from my computer on my widescreen TV. I'm thinking about whether/ how I could use the Realiser for sound. My computer can output Dolby Digital or DTS 5.1 over optical. However, optical only has enough bandwidth for lossy 5.1 sound, not lossless 7.1 or even lossless 5.1. For that, you need HDMI - and my laptop has no HDMI out.

 

This might be a bit of a long shot - can you link the Realiser to a PC via USB and make it play movie soundtracks in lossless 7.1? I must admit I'm not sure what my soundcard can do with DTS-HD Master Audio or Dolby TrueHD tracks but assume for now that it can handle them.

Hi John,

 

Unfortunately, the ONLY way to get digital audio into the Realiser is via HDMI. Your computer will not work unless you can add a video card with an HDMI output that also will output decoded 7.1 audio via the HDMI output.

 

Or you could buy a player or computer that can output decoded (LPCM) 7.1 or 5.1 audio. You cannot pass encoded digital audio like TrueHD or DTS-HD to the Realiser either. Generally most new Windows or Mac computers can do this via HDMI or display port to HDMI adapters. Also the Oppo players can do it too.

post #2616 of 2617
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Or you could buy a player or computer that can output decoded (LPCM) 7.1 or 5.1 audio. You cannot pass encoded digital audio like TrueHD or DTS-HD to the Realiser either 

 

 

Thanks Darin - please ignore my PM as you've already answered the question I asked, in this post.

 

The Realiser is an amazing product but this has to be said: the fact that it can't decode TrueHD or DTS-HD isn't good. My AV receiver, which is about 1/3 the price, can decode either. I need to think about how I'm going to get this to work if I'm going to buy an A8.

 

Edit: I've just been playing around with some of the stuff I own and it seems that my PS4 can decode DTS-HD and output 7.1 LPCM although my Blu-ray player cannot. Presumably it can do the same with Dolby TrueHD.


Edited by John_M - Yesterday at 10:35 am
post #2617 of 2617
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Thanks Darin - please ignore my PM as you've already answered the question I asked, in this post.

 

The Realiser is an amazing product but this has to be said: the fact that it can't decode TrueHD or DTS-HD isn't good. My AV receiver, which is about 1/3 the price, can decode either. I need to think about how I'm going to get this to work if I'm going to buy an A8.

 

Edit: I've just been playing around with some of the stuff I own and it seems that my PS4 can decode DTS-HD and output 7.1 LPCM although my Blu-ray player cannot. Presumably it can do the same with Dolby TrueHD.

I do not have one, but I think there are several Realiser owners who use PS3's as their source. I imagine a PS4 will work also. With the Blu-Ray players, it is hit or miss. I have been able to find some relatively inexpensive Blu-Ray players that work, but I don't know about the current models.

 

I use a Dune HD Max and it works really well. I use it to play back ripped Blu-Ray movies from hard drives or a media server. But the lower end Dune players will not output decoded LPCM.

 

I believe the Oppo 105 will take an incoming DTS-HD or TrueHD HDMI signal and decode it to LPCM on it's HDMI outputs. That's a pretty cool function for Realiser owners. But the Oppo 105 is not cheap. Hopefully someone who owns an Oppo 105 will correct me if I am wrong since I don't own one.

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