Originally Posted by dagothur
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think the Smyth function as a headphone amp. The Phonitor is used for sound engineers and recording, so that adjustments can be made for accurate recording, as well as being a proper headphone amp.
Well... I don't know much about the Phonitor, but Smyth certainly sees their product as a studio/pro mixing/monitoring device fist and a piece of home kit second. When I spoke with them, they were all about the studios to which they had sold their units. It makes sense... if you want to mix, one would assume you would like to mix on (virtual) real speakers, for which the Realizer seems to be the consensus pick.
That said, the pro-focus of Smyth generally makes their I/O and features choices all the more puzzling... I swear it is like they are gratuitously trying to piss off pros and audiophiles alike with their feature-set. Single-ended analog ins and outs only? At first, no digital in at all, and now only the jittery HDMI interface (with no on-board decoding to boot)? And, insult to injury, they provide only the compromised Toslink interface to connect with an outboard DAC? Why?
Smyth: Please look at the TacT, Lyngdof and Holm processors, which do basically for the speaker/room the same thing you do for the head/ear and look at their feature-sets. Adjust accordingly.