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Smyth Research Realiser A16

Discussion in 'High-end Audio Forum' started by jgazal, May 7, 2016.
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  1. Fox1977
    I asked the member of the French forum who got his tracking number, he is actually the KickStarter backer #1.
    So, Smyth Research seems to follow more or less the order of the KickStarter backers. At least there’s that !
    Only 202 more before my turn :sweat_smile:
  2. sander99
    If nothing happens that way don't panic, it does not prove that the web interface is not implemented. There exist web interfaces that require something more in the URL than only the IP address. For example I have a Mede8er MED600X3D that requires the use of a URL of the following form: http://<IP address>:1024/index_pc.html, so for example
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  3. J.Villain
    Open a terminal on a computer and do an 'arp -a'

    That should list all the network interfaces on that network. Plug in the A-16 and do it again. What ever IP is in the new list but not the old list is the A-16.
  4. Got the Shakes
    Alright. This interface is tough to get used to. I have basic audio working and figured out how to switch inputs at least which was more of a chore than it should have been. I can’t figure out how to get to the screen that shows which speakers are in use.

    Also unless I’m missing something obvious, there doesn’t seem to be any audio pass through to my tv which doesn’t seem good if you don’t want to wear headphones all the time.
  5. Eich1eeF
    I thought it was supposed to pass through the complete HDMI signal when in standby. The tech info doc claims that the HDMI signal should be routed through in "Hybrid SVS-AV mode" and "AV only mode". It's possible that those have not been implemented yet...
  6. Got the Shakes
    Doesn’t seem to work on stand by or when the A16 is powered on unless I’m totally missing something I needed to toggle on.
  7. mrmac
    Also 2U.

    Mine is in Melbourne now. Maybe a miracle happens and it will be delivered today...

    @CanMad I’ll most definitely be in touch to make a prir of your system if you let me. Your specs sounds incredible, all puns intended...
    I used to have a 9.2 SVS system, but my current living situation has me downsized to a simple 5.1. That’s the main reason I jumped at the A16.
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  8. esimms86
    AFAIK Darin doesn't have an A16(at least, as of yet) and is software doesn't do PRIRs of anything beyond 7.1. He also doesn't advertise having access to any Dolby Atmos rooms. Of course, he knows how to do PRIR captures one or two speakers at a time, at least using techniques specific to the A8.
  9. CanMad
    I've still heard nothing from James. Either in response to my email or asking for address confirmation etc. My email probably bumped me to last lol.

    Certainly. Supposed to be easier to measure with two people. Given how tricky the process will be, I think we will need a day to move things around and redo measurements. My experience with the A8 tells me this will be even less straight forward. But we should be able to get a 7.1.4 and maybe even a 7.1.6 measurement. I'm thinking we sit beetween the front height speakers and take a measurement as if they were the middle pair of a .6 height set-up.

    Would be best to organise once we are both clear on the operation and correct way to do measurements e.g. turn room correction off.

    I assume the delay for different speaker distances, is set by the realiser itself so that should be off too?
    Last edited: Aug 19, 2019
  10. raband
    Damn - I'm in Melbourne too, but probably won't be getting mine until the tail end (later pre-order)
  11. phoenixdogfan
    Of course if you have an A16, you could bring it to him and he could assist you in gaining access to the rooms whose owners he has relationships with.
  12. Got the Shakes
    Very briefly after setting up and messing around the A16 for a bit:

    • I don't think I'll stand a chance of capturing a room correctly without the owners manual
    • The preloaded BBC room actually sounds pretty decent to me. I tried some Atmos content and it was fairly convincing for a generic room
    • The interface takes a lot of getting used to. I've got most of it down I think, but it took like an hour of messing around to even get the basics down.
    • I don't think this can actually pass audio through the HDMI out. This is going to bug me I think. There are certainly time's where I'd like to watch or play a video game and not have to put headphones on. Something I didn't notice when they announced shipping is that they said "HDMI 2.0b output (video pass-thru* from any HDMI input)". This makes me think this isn't capable of audio passthrough at all.
    • The firmware update process did actually work exactly as they described using a 16 gb FAT32 formatted MicroSD card.
    • Networking functions seem to be totally disabled at the moment. The A16 never appeared on my network after connecting Ethernet and restarting. The "network" option remains grayed out in the menu.
    • I didn't try anything with head tracking, because there's still no manual and I don't know how to set it up.
    • The screen is small enough that operating at any sort of distance is tough.
    I'm honestly at the point where I can't really experiment with much else until they post the user manual. I did figure out to the the HPEQ with my HD800 so that's something I guess. So far the two biggest annoyances are related to HDMI out. No audio passthrough and no HDMI PRIR sweeps (I haven't had a chance to test it yet, but I'm banking on it not being there). Hopefully one or both of these are fixed in a firmware update, if that's something that is even able to be updated.
    Last edited: Aug 19, 2019
  13. Richter Di
    That sounds like they do it the right way.

    Also congratulations. Would you mind to let us know your KS number or else?
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  14. Richter Di
    Even without a tripod you can lean your mobile phone against something and guide us through the process you have figured out so far.
    Sharing is caring.
  15. Richter Di
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