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  1. esimms86

    Smyth Research Realiser A16

    You should check out the Dutton Vocalion website. They have 2 SACD’s that might interest you. They are “Sextant” by Herbie Hancock and “Giant Box” by Don Sebesky. For each of these releases there are some tracks for which the original quad tapes no longer existed, so Michael Dutton included...
  2. esimms86

    Smyth Research Realiser A16

    3D SoundShop Omega. You won’t be sorry.
  3. esimms86

    Smyth Research Realiser A16

    This one, as you know, is out of print and selling for serious money on the used market (74 USD on Amazon and 127 USD on discogs). I envy you guys.
  4. esimms86

    Smyth Research Realiser A16

    It goes without saying but make sure to back up the data on your SD cards. This is especially important for PRIR and HPEQ files.
  5. esimms86

    Smyth Research Realiser A16

    That’s quite the eclectic curriculum!
  6. esimms86

    Smyth Research Realiser A16

    John, what is she teaching you today? 😉
  7. esimms86

    Smyth Research Realiser A16

    Used A16’s do occasionally come up for sale.
  8. esimms86

    Smyth Research Realiser A16

    Sorry to hear that the A16 isn’t doing it for you. I am surprised to see that you don’t use it for Blu Rays or for Dolby Atmos or Auro 3D. There’s been a considerable uptick in available music content in those formats. My wife once asked me why I read mostly nonfiction. I told her that it was a...
  9. esimms86

    Smyth Research Realiser A16

    Thanks for the clarification.
  10. esimms86

    Smyth Research Realiser A16

    I’m confused. Did anyone suggest listing a 16 channel A16 for $2500? I only stated that a seller could expect to easily get more than he or she paid during the Kickstarter campaign. 🤔
  11. esimms86

    Smyth Research Realiser A16

    Of course, with the A16 now selling for something like 5000 USD, you will more than make the 700 USD or so that you had originally invested via Kickstarter.
  12. esimms86

    Smyth Research Realiser A16

    Technically speaking, it did “work,” but the 800 series had world’s better soundstage that really made the “out of the head” experience far more enjoyable.
  13. esimms86

    Smyth Research Realiser A16

    Totally agree. I had an HD600 that didn’t work for me when paired with the A16. I picked up a used HD800 and never looked back. I’d say that(assuming that you’re not looking to buy new), that a gently used HD800 or HD800s would be the way to go. As everyone knows, it’s awesome for soundstage...
  14. esimms86

    Smyth Research Realiser A16

    John, are you sending them a “universal” HPEQ?
  15. esimms86

    Smyth Research Realiser A16

    That’s absolutely awful; I feel for you. Do you have access to an HDMI setup as an alternative?
  16. esimms86

    Smyth Research Realiser A16 Speaker Edition

    My bad; I was thinking back to a listening session with the Auro 3D auromatic upmix. That was the 5.1 that came out on blu ray in 2022(was supposed to be a 2018 release IIRC).
  17. esimms86

    Smyth Research Realiser A16 Speaker Edition

    Thankfully, in this instance it’s not a totalitarian government ploy but, rather, just another capitalist ploy/money grab. 🤷‍♂️
  18. esimms86

    Smyth Research Realiser A16 Speaker Edition

    I agree with you but, being in the US, I’d never looked at it from that perspective.
  19. esimms86

    Smyth Research Realiser A16

    Thanks John. That would be great if the HD800 ever left my house. Will take a look at the pads, however.
  20. esimms86

    Smyth Research Realiser A16 Speaker Edition

    Totally agreed. Pink Floyd’s “Animals” in Dolby Atmos is also great, if you’re so inclined to part with the cash. “Who’s Next” by The Who comes out in Dolby Atmos in September but that one will practically cost you a kidney!
  21. esimms86

    Smyth Research Realiser A16

    BTW if you happen to have access to try out a pair of the Hifiman HE1000 v2 headphones, I would say to give it a try. They perform well across the entire frequency range as far as I can tell, and they pair well in my system with the A16. Having said that, I still prefer the HD800 (I don't have...
  22. esimms86

    Smyth Research Realiser A16 Speaker Edition

    Thanks. I’m sorry to hear that you no longer have that listening room. You may want to revisit your experiment if you ever again find yourself with a convincing PRIR.
  23. esimms86

    Smyth Research Realiser A16 Speaker Edition

    Thanks for your report. When you use a 2L music file that has been mixed for Auro 3D, does the reproduction sound immersive and convincing? Also, does the BBC room work for you? Thanks again.
  24. esimms86

    Smyth Research Realiser A16

    The A16 is a groundbreaking piece of technology that does not come without its own set of challenges. There is definitely a learning curve for understanding how to use it to optimal effect. However, once you obtain a PRIR that works for you and you have everything properly dialed in, there is...
  25. esimms86

    Smyth Research Realiser A16

    Well, you at least like jazz fusion. You still may have Miles to go. 😉
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